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On display August 18-October 2, 2014

Darlene Yeager-TorreILLUMINATIONS: PAINTING THE NIGHT WITH LIGHT
Darlene Yeager-Torre
When the sun leaves the sky, Darlene Yeager-Torre gathers flashlights, camera and tripod and ventures into the night to create luminous landscape photographs by using extremely long exposures (45 seconds to 1 hour). After a career of teaching art, with degrees from Edgecliff College and Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio, she began exploring her own artistic vision. A presentation on night photography piqued her curiosity about that genre and sent her on the adventures that now fill her evenings. Despite the difficulty of long exposure photography, the resulting, glowing images fuel her creativity and rejuvenate her spirit.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Taubman Health Center North Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display August 18-October 2, 2014

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


Tom KendallFOREST PATTERNS: FUNCTIONAL PORCELAIN
Tom Kendall
Using tones and leaf patterns of deep forests, Tom Kendall studies deep northern woodlands with close-up still life compositions. It is as if the viewer has stopped by the trail and is quietly contemplating the patterns of light and color in the woods. The porcelains are functional, making enjoying them even more rewarding. Kendall has a Master’s degree in Fine Art from Illinois State University and was director of the Art School, Kalamazoo Institute of Arts for many years. His studio, Oak Leaf Pottery, is in the country near Plainwell, Michigan. Kendall’s work has been exhibited widely and is in collections in the US and abroad.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Taubman Health Center North Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display August 18-October 2, 2014

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


UMHS Employee Art ExhibitionANNUAL EMPLOYEE ART EXHIBITION
UMHS Employee Artists
Each year Gifts of Art presents an exhibition of artwork by U-M Health System faculty, staff, students, volunteers and family members. It showcases the exceptional talent, creativity and accomplishments of artists in the extensive (~26,000) UMHS community. There are ribbon awards for Best in Category and Best in Show, and a People's Choice award will be determined by votes of visitors to the exhibit by using the voting ballots and box provided on site. Winners will be announced at the Artist Reception and Award Ceremony held on Tuesday, Sept. 9 from 11:45 a.m.-1:00 p.m. in the exhibit gallery. More info.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Taubman Health Center South Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display August 18-October 2, 2014

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

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Sue Holdaway-HeysLOCAL COLOR: PICTORIAL ART QUILTS
Sue Holdaway-Heys

Sue Holdaway-Heys is an Ann Arbor artist known for her pictorial art quilts which often use imagery from nature and the environment. She has been a professional artist for over forty years and has an MFA in fibers from U-M. Holdaway-Heys combines texture and pattern with fabric paints to create her unique art quilts. Her focus has been commission and gallery work for the past 10 years. Mayo Clinic, Chelsea Hospital, St. Joseph Hospitals in Ypsilanti, Oakland, Brighton, Henry Ford and others have Holdaway-Hey’s work in their collections.
Gifts of Art Gallery – University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display August 18-October 2, 2014

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


Brenda Miller-SlomovitsECOSYSTEM 1952-2014: COLLAGE
Brenda Miller-Slomovits

Brenda Miller-Slomovits has been studying and working in the field of art and design for much of her adult life. She received a BFA in 1989 from Eastern Michigan University and has shown her work in the Chelsea River Gallery, the Legacy Land Conservancy Exhibits, Ann Arbor Women Artist’s shows, the JCC Amster Gallery, and the Gifts of Art UMHS Employee Art Exhibition. The Ann Arbor Observer has published her art over a dozen times on its cover. Miller-Slomovits has worked full-time in the Mott Newborn Intensive Care since 2002, where she develops support programs for parents and families.
Gifts of Art Gallery – University Hospital Main Corridor, Floor 2
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display August 18-October 2, 2014

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


Debbie ThompsonGESTURE, LINE & COLOR: CERAMICS
Debbie Thompson

An art teacher in Ann Arbor Public Schools for over 30 years, Debbie Thompson works predominantly in clay, finding inspiration from the natural world. Thompson began her art education at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. She then earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Michigan, a Master’s of Fine Arts from Eastern Michigan University and took post-graduate studio classes from the Chicago Art Institute, Maryland Art Institute, Rhode Island School of Design and Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. She exhibits her work locally and nationally and is a member of the Clay Gallery and Potters Guild in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Gifts of Art Gallery – University Hospital Main Corridor, Floor 2
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display August 18-October 2, 2014

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


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 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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