ALPENA – A beautiful 18-month glossy calendar will be available on Friday featuring artworks by artists from the Thunder Bay Arts Council gallery.
A reception will be held on Friday from 17:00 to 19:00 and the works of art in the foreground will also be on sale.
“Right now we have 24 artists in the gallery,” said Pat Manning, one of those artists. “So, you’ll see how we put some on the front, some on the back, because we definitely wanted to highlight all the artists.”
“Each month has an artist with a photo of the artist and a short bio,” said Kelly Belew, another artist at the gallery. “So if I’m not in a month, I’m on the cover or the back.”
Manning creates whimsical watercolor papers, paints rocks, and has a sense of humor evident in his art.
Belew makes unique handcrafted wooden tables, benches and more.
When you enter the gallery, your eyes are fed with a buffet of colorful pieces, from photography, to painting, to jewelry, to handmade baskets and so much more. All artwork is locally made and marked with affordable prices.
Thunder Bay Arts Council is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting quality arts and entertainment in the Alpena area.
“The council and the gallery have such a symbiotic relationship,” Belew said. “We work together seamlessly to promote the visual and performing arts throughout Northeast Michigan.”
The gallery is a collective of local artists who volunteer for the gallery staff during opening hours. All profits from the artwork sold go directly to the artist, which keeps costs low for the consumer and gives artists the opportunity to continue creating artwork for sale.
TBAC connection Jean Stewart is thrilled with the calendar. She said that each artist had input on which month she would like to represent in the calendar.
“Some of their drawings indicated where they would be,” Manning added. “If they had a winter scene, we put them in a winter month.”
Adam Miller was the calendar photographer. A graduate of Alpena High School, Miller traveled overseas but took the opportunity to photograph “the beauty that is the Sunrise Side,” according to his mini bio on the back of the calendar. Miller’s photography is on display at the gallery.
“We just think it made us look really cool,” Manning said.
“He’s very gifted,” added Stewart.
“The purpose of the calendar was to promote local artists from northeastern Michigan,” Manning said. “Because we are a cooperative, so if you have your art here, you almost have to be local, because we work”.
He said many people may not even realize the talented artists who live right next to them in the Alpena area.
“There are a lot of talented people,” Manning said. “One thing about this gallery is that we have a great variety: everything from baskets to ceramics, acrylics, oils, watercolors, wood burning, woodworking, jewelry and our new artist, the Michigan-themed work by Dean Huey. “
Calendars are $ 20 each, available at the gallery, open 11 am-5pm at 127 W. Chisholm St. in Alpena. For more information, call 989-356-6678.
Belew had the pleasure of designing and arranging the calendar, but said: “It was a great collaborative work.”
Calendar committee members included Belew, Manning, Stewart, Jan Herring, and Karen Cracchiolo.
“We wanted a nice calendar that people would be proud to have in their home for 18 months,” Manning said. “And that was really our goal, to have the arts in your home.”
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