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Art & Soul: The Visual Arts - Thriving And Surviving In A Pandemic And Local Exhibitions

Oct 8, 2020

"For Which It Stands" display
Credit John Gutoskey

This week, "Art and Soul" is about the visual arts.  WEMU's Lisa Barry and state and local arts leader Omari Rush talk with Marie Klopf, founder and CEO of the Ann Arbor Art Center, about how they have been able to survive and even thrive during the current pandemic.  There is also discussion about two local art exhibits, both including the work of Ann Arbor artist John Gutoskey.  


ABOUT THE ANN ARBOR ART CENTER

Ann Arbor Art Center founder/CEO Marie Klopf
Credit Ann Arbor Art Center / annarborartcenter.org

The Ann Arbor Art Center is a nonprofit arts center that hosts rotating exhibits in its gallery, various classes for children and adults, as well as an art shop.  Located on W. Liberty Street, the art center is one of the oldest community arts organizations in Michigan as it was established in 1909.  Upcoming classes include sketching, comics, calligraphy, and perspective drawing. 

ARTBOX

Art supplies kit from Artbox
Credit ArtBox / shop.a2ac.org

Art projects easily made in the comfort of your home — all in a box!

An artistic leap from coloring books and crayons, ArtBox is the next level of creative exploration for kids of all ages—developed by the professional, enthusiastic, and talented team at the Ann Arbor Art Center.

ArtBox is just what you might expect, “art supplies in a box” and included in the box is a packet filled with unique ideas for art projects.  The goal of ArtBox is to provide a creative outlet during our shared experience of staying at home.  

To choose your items and arrange delivery, go to shop.a2ac.org.

"FOR WHICH IT STANDS" AT 22 NORTH GALLERY (NOW THROUGH NOVEMBER 14)

This exhibition presents a diverse group of Michigan based artist’s visual depictions or evocations of the American flag from a liberal, progressive point of view.  Working in a variety of media, these different physical representations of the American flag are intended to disrupt, question, challenge, claim, provoke, criticize, expose, change, & honor what this potent American symbol signifies in this moment of great civil unrest and political upheaval.  With the resurgence of white nationalism wrapped in the American flag, this exhibition is meant as a liberal, democratic response to counter the extreme right wing’s fascist rhetoric & racist, white supremacist propaganda.

    

"For Which It Stands" display
Credit John Gutoskey

Hours by appointment only.  Email Gallery@22North.org.

POP--A POP CULTURE EXHIBITION

This exhibition will run from now through October 24 at the Gutman Gallery in Ann Arbor.  Featuring 11 artists' work, the exhibition centers on iconic pop culture themes from the past and present.

The Gutman Gallery is open by appointment, or to the public during the following times:

  • Wednesday, Friday: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

UPCOMING FALL CLASSES AT THE ANN ARBOR ART CENTER

Fall Art Classes Open Now for Registration
Credit Ann Arbor Art Center / annarborartcenter.org

DRAWING & PAINTING

MIXED MEDIA

CERAMICS

  

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— Lisa Barry is the host of All Things Considered on WEMU. You can contact Lisa at 734.487.3363, on Twitter @LisaWEMU, or email her at lbarryma@emich.edu