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On display October 13-December 7, 2014

Arnold BerkmanCHANGING LIGHT: DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY
Arnold Berkman
After a forty-year career as a clinical psychologist, Lansing, Michigan artist Arnold Berkman retired in order to pursue a career as a fine arts photographer. Berkman’s photography has a painterly quality due to his use of light. True to the definition of photography, he sees his work as writing, drawing or painting with light, transforming the elements of subject, color and shape into compositions. Appreciating that a photograph captures a fleeting moment in time, he uses light to create emotional moods and bring his images to life.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Taubman Health Center North Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display October 13-December 7, 2014

Open daily from 8 a.m.-8 p.m.


One Acre CeramicsONE ACRE CERAMICS: ART POTTERY & TILE
Thomas & Sarah Gelsanliter
Sarah and Thomas Gelsanliter often draw on the colors and patterns of their surroundings in southeastern Michigan while creating their work. Luminous glazes and intricate designs are the hallmarks of One Acre Ceramics art pottery and tiles. With his background in design, Thomas draws and hand carves all of the designs, while Sarah throws the covered jars, vases, candleholders and other vessels on the potter’s wheel. Working together allows them to draw on their varied backgrounds in clay and means daily conversations about designing new pieces, expanding surface treatments and solving technical challenges. 
Gifts of Art Gallery – Taubman Health Center North Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display October 13-December 7, 2014

Open daily from 8 a.m.-8 p.m.


Mustafa WahidLANDSCAPE & TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHY
Mustafa Wahid
Mustafa Wahid is a metro Detroit based artist who has a special interest in travel & landscape photography. He uses various digital techniques and textures to intensify the details and colors. The use of light, shadow and color creates a balance in his photographs. His passion for photography has brought him to many beautiful places around the world. Mustafa has a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Wayne State University and works full time as an automotive engineer.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Taubman Health Center South Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display October 13-December 7, 2014

Open daily from 8 a.m.-8 p.m.


BuddhaYOURIST STUDIO GROUP SHOW: CERAMICS
Yourist Studio Artists
Kay Yourist started a working studio and gallery space over thirty years ago and opened it as a teaching facility almost twenty years ago. This show represents a collection of work from students, teachers and members whose pieces were all made in her Ann Arbor studio. The studio strives to encourage and support many levels of experience. Many people find the process of working with clay therapeutic and the participants are excited to exhibit their work in a healing environment.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Taubman Health Center South Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display October 13-December 7, 2014

Open daily from 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

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Heather MacaliWARPED: JAQUARD WEAVING
Heather Macali

As a contemporary fiber artist, Heather Macali focuses primarily on color, pattern, texture, distortion and memory. Her use of color and pattern arose out of childhood experiences steeped in the popular material culture of the Midwest in the 1980s and early 1990s. Macali grew up in Munroe Falls, Ohio and received her Bachelors of Arts in Crafts from Kent State University. She continued her art research and development at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, receiving her Masters of Fine Arts in Textiles in 2009. Macali currently resides in Detroit, Michigan working as an artist and professor at Wayne State University.
Gifts of Art Gallery – University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display October 13-December 7, 2014

Open daily from 8 a.m.-8 p.m.


Elaine S. WilsonCHARTING THE WOLVERINE: MAP COLLAGE
Elaine S. Wilson

Elaine S. Wilson chronicles the experience of riding Amtrak’s train from Ann Arbor to Chicago by combining maps, aerial drawings and watercolor images. The prints are the result of over five years of research in map collections at the University of Michigan, Library of Congress and Yale University, as well as countless trips along the tracks to find sites identified from the windows of the train at which to set up her easel. Now based in Washington D.C., Wilson taught previously at the U-M School of Art and Design and Washtenaw Community College. Her work is in the collections of Grand Rapids Art Museum, the Office of the President of U-M, Herman Miller Inc., Washtenaw Community College and C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital. 
Gifts of Art Gallery – University Hospital Main Corridor, Floor 2
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display October 13-December 7, 2014

Open daily from 8 a.m.-8 p.m.


Missy OrgeBIRD PANTS & OTHER FORMAL FOREST WEAR
Missy Orge

Missy Orge creates work that is evocative of scientific curiosities and mounted butterflies, with a humor that sneaks up and inspires a closer look. Her current work focuses on birdpants and formal wear of the forest – tiny pants for birds and frogs, and dapper suits for squirrels that “could be for backyard visitors who are fashion-forward or simply chilly in the Michigan winter.” She employs traditional craftwork such as quilting, embroidery and beading to produce her highly detailed – and decidedly nontraditional – confections. Making Ann Arbor her home for more than 20 years, she spends her spare time filling bird feeders in the hope that, one day, she can talk a songbird into modeling her creations.
Gifts of Art Gallery – University Hospital Main Corridor, Floor 2
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display October 13-December 7, 2014

Open daily from 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

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On display August 18-December 4, 2014

Sandra SomersHEART & HOME: PRIMITIVE PAINTING
Sandra Somers

The art of Primitive Americana comes naturally to Sandra Somers who was born and raised in a small midwestern town “full of large old houses, horse barns and lush farmland within roller skating range.” Her primitive art, created using acrylics, depicts an active, bustling world with interesting architecture that time has somehow overlooked. Nationally recognized museums, historic townships and individual collectors have commissioned her work, including the Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village. Somers is presently living and working in a 1860s farmhouse homestead with restored outbuildings, including a chicken coop used as a showroom studio.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Comprehensive Cancer Center, Level 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display August 18-December 4, 2014
Open M-F from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

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Marvin LipofskyPAPERWEIGHTS & STUDIO GLASS
UM-Dearborn Permanent Art Collection

The American studio glass movement started in 1962 with glass workshops held at the Toledo Museum of Art. The workshops, taught by Harvey Littleton along with scientist Dominick Labino, introduced a small furnace built for working glass that made it possible for artists to work in independent studios. The studio glass movement quickly spread north to Michigan, and in 1982, a decision was made that studio glass would be the focus of the University of Michigan-Dearborn permanent art collection, which is housed at the Alfred Berkowitz Gallery. This exhibition is a portion of that collection, spotlighting studio glass art by major artists working in the medium, including Dominick Labino, Marvin Lipofsky and Richard Ritter.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Comprehensive Cancer Center, Level B2
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Open M-F from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

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UPCOMING EXHIBITS

On display December 15, 2014-February 1, 2015

Thomas L. ClarkCHASING THE CHERUBIM: SNOWFLAKE PAPER CUTTINGS
Thomas L. Clark
This year’s exhibition of Dr. Thomas L. Clark’s exquisite, hand-cut paper creations highlights work from his two collections, “Chasing the Cherubim” and “Fiery Furnace”. Cherubim, the higher order of angels, are guardians representing divine authority in human life. Clark explores themes of changing human experience and consciousness and the evolution of authority though images of these winged beings and other manifestations. A former U-M physician, Clark, a.k.a. Dr. Snowflake, has been exhibiting his snowflakes at U-M Hospitals since 1987. The annual free snowflake making workshop will be held on Thursday, January 8 from 12:00-2:00 p.m. in the Gifts of Art Gallery – Taubman Health Center North Lobby, Floor 1. If planning to attend the workshop, please bring scissors.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Taubman Health Center North Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display December 15, 2014-February 1, 2015

Open daily from 8 a.m.-8 p.m.


Mikey McGheeTHE MOTION OF STANDING STILL: PORCELAIN TEAPOTS
Mikey McGhee
Mikey McGhee pushes the familiar medium of the teapot to its limits by sculpting asymmetrical, gravity-defying works that play with viewers’ expectations. McGhee’s sculptures are incredible simply for the fact that they can balance and withstand their own weight, but she also has an unusual way of playing with negative and positive space and a sinuous use of line. This works together to create delicate, whimsical, graceful works of art that seem to defy physics. McGhee was born and raised in Alaska and moved to the Midwest with her family in 2002, where she developed her artistic career.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Taubman Health Center North Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display December 15, 2014-February 1, 2015

Open daily from 8 a.m.-8 p.m.


Erin ShiJUNIOR DUCK STAMPS: COLORED PENCIL & MORE
Michigan & Ohio Student Artists
The US Fish & Wildlife Service’s Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Program is a dynamic art and science program that teaches wetlands habitat and waterfowl conservation to students in Kindergarten through high school. The program guides students, using scientific and wildlife observation principles, to artistically express the beauty, diversity and interdependence of wildlife. For this exhibition, Lionel D. Grant, Michigan Junior Duck Stamp Coordinator, and Rebecca Hinkle, the Ohio Coordinator, have combined their winning entries from the 2014 Junior Duck Stamp art contest. For more information visit: www.fws.gov/juniorduck
Gifts of Art Gallery – Taubman Health Center South Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display December 15, 2014-February 1, 2015

Open daily from 8 a.m.-8 p.m.


Marlene DusbiberFOLK ART WOOD CARVINGS
Marlene Dusbiber
Marlene Dusbiber is a self-taught folk art woodcarver who has been carving since 1985. She lives in a reproduction timber frame saltbox house with barn in the country outside of Chelsea, Michigan. A graduate of the University of Michigan, she is inspired by country living and is constantly creating new designs to add to her collection of folk art woodcarvings. Dusbiber’s carvings have been featured in Country Home, Coastal Living, Country Living Gardener and Better Homes and Gardens magazines.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Taubman Health Center South Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display December 15, 2014-February 1, 2015

Open daily from 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

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Elizabeth SchwartzWOODLAND SEASONS: ACRYLIC ON CANVAS
Elizabeth Schwartz

Following a successful career as an attorney and administrative law judge, Elizabeth Schwartz turned to painting in 1990 and soon received local, national and international awards for her art. Inspired by elements of nature, she works spontaneously, beginning with a concept, idea or image that involves starting points of color, shape and line. As the work develops, she responds to each level of these elements intuitively, applying many textural layers of paint. Schwartz’ work is exhibited in galleries and private collections throughout the US. She is based in Ann Arbor, and is part owner of WSG Gallery on Main Street, where she regularly exhibits. 
Gifts of Art Gallery – University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display December 15, 2014-February 1, 2015

Open daily from 8 a.m.-8 p.m.


Jean L. ThomsonTHE ART OF GESTURE: WATERCOLOR & SUMI
Jean L. Thomson

For Jean L. Thomson, watercolor in any form comes from both a love of nature and a desire for self-expression. Chinese Sumi painting reinterprets nature in an abstract manner that is similar to the art of calligraphy. Thomson holds a BFA from Syracuse University and for many years exhibited widely from her home studio in St. Michaels, Maryland. She currently resides in Oakland County.
Gifts of Art Gallery – University Hospital Main Corridor, Floor 2
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display December 15, 2014-February 1, 2015

Open daily from 8 a.m.-8 p.m.


Betsy LehndorffSTERLING CHARACTERS: SILVER JEWELRY
Betsy Lehndorff

In 2008, Betsy Lehndorff began studying silversmithing at a local recreation center in Colorado. She had a sock full of silver dimes and quarters and a set of sterling forks and spoons. In her apartment kitchen, she soldered together tiny, durable compositions that conveyed stories or visual puns, and her narrative style emerged. Her work, often representational, challenges the idea of jewelry as a status symbol. An Ann Arbor native, she has strong family connections to the University of Michigan Health System (UMHS). She is the daughter of Edgar Kahn, M.D., who headed the U-M Michigan Department of Neurosurgery from 1949-1969 and developed an early art cart program for patients, and granddaughter of renowned architect Albert Kahn, whose firm designed both the 1925 beloved “Old Main” Hospital as well as the current University Hospital and Hill Auditorium, among others. Her mother, Dr. Rose Parker, was in internal medicine and her sister, Carol Rose Kahn, R.N., currently works at UMHS. Lehndorff lives and has her studio in northeastern Michigan.
Gifts of Art Gallery – University Hospital Main Corridor, Floor 2
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display December 15, 2014-February 1, 2015

Open daily from 8 a.m.-8 p.m.


On display December 15, 2014-April 5, 2015

LeAnne Mawby SowaMICHIGAN LIFE: WATERCOLOR
LeAnne Mawby Sowa

LeAnne Mawby  Sowa is a west Michigan artist who paints with an appreciation of history and love of the Great Lakes. Her lighthouses and lake scenes are reminiscent of summer vacation times exploring the state's wonders. Sowa’s colors are vibrant, and she also brings to life the historic beauty of barns and other places far from the shoreline. Her artistic education is through self exploration, workshops and a few college classes, including Hertfordshire College in Ware, England.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Comprehensive Cancer Center, Level 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display December 15, 2014-April 5, 2015
Open M-F from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

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