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On display September 1-December 6, 2015

Laurie Schirmer CarpenterTHE SPIRIT OF PLACE: OIL PAINTINGS
Laurie Schirmer Carpenter
A full time painter, Laurie Schirmer Carpenter studied art at the University of Colorado, Denver but has deep ties to the Midwest. She has developed a special interest in the land and skies of this region, which are often depicted in her paintings. While her paintings are of particular places or things in nature, they are paintings first – ideas made visual. Most of them result from sketches, en plein air paintings and photographs made during a walk or bike ride through the countryside. Using these references, she creates the paintings in her studio that are often a composite of several places. Her oil paintings can be found in many private and corporate collections.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Taubman Health Center North Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display September 1-December 6, 2015

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


Lisa WalshA COLLECTION TO WEAR: GLASS JEWELRY
Lisa Walsh
Working over an oxygen-propane torch flame, Lisa Walsh creates the glass beads she uses in her original jewelry designs. Fascinated with rocks and stones from an early age, she enjoys mimicking this organic theme using traditional flameworking techniques and incorporating precious metals into the glass at the molten stage. Walsh lives in Lafayette, Indiana, and has been creating glass art and jewelry designs since 1998. 
Gifts of Art Gallery – Taubman Health Center North Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display September 1-December 6, 2015

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


Steven Christian Upton, 2014 winner of Best in ShowANNUAL UMHS EMPLOYEE ART EXHIBITION
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 in the exhibit gallery on Tuesday, October 27, from 11:45 am-1:00 pm. For more information, please visit: www.med.umich.edu/goa/employee.htm.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Taubman Health Center South Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display September 1-December 6, 2015

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

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Dale FisherTHE COLOR OF U-M SPORTS: HELICOPTER PHOTOGRAPHY
Dale Fisher

As perhaps the world’s only artist-photographer who works primarily from a helicopter, Dale Fisher captures and transforms his subjects using color, light and shadows – all while skimming over his subjects at ground speeds of up to 120 miles per hour. In the US Navy, he began shooting with a camera from the skies as an aerial reconnaissance photographer. In the ‘60s, Fisher traveled the country in a Ford pickup truck with a camper top darkroom, towing a rather lengthy trailer with his helicopter. Now working in the digital format, Fisher currently resides and has his studio on a 200 year old farm in Grass Lake, Michigan, and his work can be found in public and private collections across the country.
Gifts of Art Gallery – University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display September 1-December 6, 2015

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


Bill FranzAT WORK & PLAY: PHOTOGRAPHY
Bill Franz

After retiring from his career in business and engineering, Ohio artist Bill Franz became a volunteer photographer, doing projects for numerous nonprofit organizations. His environmental portraits show people at work and at play in a variety of contexts. Franz’ work has been on exhibit in Ohio and neighboring states.
Gifts of Art Gallery – University Hospital Main Corridor, Floor 2
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display September 1-December 6, 2015

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


Mary CodyPALETTES & PATHS: BEAD WOVEN JEWELRY
Mary Cody

Returning Gifts of Art exhibiting artist Mary Cody designs colorful jewelry with a subtle message meant to inspire creativity and hope. She freely combines tiny 24 kt gold, palladium and glass beads in her original weavings by "picking up the pieces," a look that came by accident after costly beads scattered across the floor. Cody sees her work as representing the lessons in our lives – how unforeseen events are often prior to beautiful blessings. Her bead woven jewelry has been in fine art shows from Ann Arbor, Michigan to Bellevue, Washington and has been described as miniature works of stained glass. 
Gifts of Art Gallery – University Hospital Main Corridor, Floor 2
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display September 1-December 6, 2015

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

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Sheryl BudnikLIGHT WITHIN THE DARKNESS OF NATURE: OIL ON CANVAS
Sheryl Budnik

Using palette knives and an intuitive response to her oil paints and surface, painter Sheryl Budnik first looks carefully at the land or sea, noticing her emotional response. She paints what she feels is the heart of a place, finding "the light within the darkness of nature”, or Lumen Naturae. This refers to Paracelsus’ Middle Ages idea that the light in nature allows inspiration and intuition to rise from the subconscious. Budnik evokes a memory of land or water with her abstract paintings in order to connect us with the spirit of the earth and leave us with an awareness that we are all nature.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Comprehensive Cancer Center, Level 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display September 1-December 6, 2015

Open M-F from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

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Dinnerware Museum CollectionTHE DINNERWARE MUSEUM: A PLACE AT THE TABLE
Dinnerware Museum Collection

The Dinnerware Museum, a new museum in Ann Arbor established in 2012, features a collection of thousands of pieces of functional dinnerware from all over the world along with fine art referencing dinnerware created from ceramic, metal, glass, paper, plastic and more. This exhibition highlights portions of eight memorable place settings of American tableware dating from the 1930s to the present, including sets designed by the leading 20th century designers Eva Zeisel, Russel Wright, Glidden Parker, and Don Schreckengost as well as new dinnerware by contemporary artist Julia Galloway in 2014. For more information, visit: http://www.dinnerwaremuseum.org.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Cancer Center Elevator Alcove, Level 2
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display January 7-December 6, 2015

Open M-F from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

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