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On display March 18-June 7, 2019

Bala ThiagarajanBENDING THE LINES: ACRYLIC ON CANVAS
Bala Thiagarajan
Born and raised in India, Bala Thiagarajan has a passion for colors and patterns that are inspired by Indian culture. Her henna-inspired designs as Mandala paintings are an attempt to capture the ephemeral nature of these everyday art forms onto more enduring surfaces. Mandalas are used for facilitating personal growth, healing, grounding and transformation. Thiagarajan’s paintings greet viewers with the familiarity of repetitive patterns, while creating an exciting opportunity to explore texture and geometry. Based in Wood Dale, Illinois, Thiagarajan exhibits her work throughout the Midwest and will be participating in the 2019 Ann Arbor South University Art Fair.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Taubman Health Center North Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display March 18-June 7, 2019
Open daily from 8 a.m.-8 p.m.



Rezgar MamandiMANNA POTTERY
Rezgar Mamandi
After finding Mannea pottery artifacts at archaeological sites in his hometown of Rabat in the northwest of Kurdistan in Iran, Rezgar Mamandi discovered his passion for ceramic art. His formal studies in ceramic art technique were in Turkey. Now Mamandi creates Manna Pottery, decorative and functional ceramics reproduced from 7th century Mannea Art originals. With hand-painted figures, patterns, shapes and colors, each piece is one-of-a-kind with an ancient, yet contemporary look achieved by using lead-free, high-fire oxidation glazes. To describe his relationship to art, Mamandi quotes Thomas Merton: “Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Taubman Health Center North Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display March 18-June 7, 2019
Open daily from 8 a.m.-8 p.m.



Rick LiederWILD LIGHT: PHOTOGRAPHY
Rick Lieder
Rick Lieder is a painter and photographer whose work has appeared in novels ranging from mysteries to science fiction, including the children's book, Step Gently Out, with novelist and poet Helen Frost. Lieder’s filmmaking work was featured in the PBS NOVA program "Creatures of Light", produced by National Geographic Television, in 2016. This exhibition of photography is a celebration of the poetry of Michigan wildlife and their surroundings: the leaves, the water and the light. One of Lieder’s goals is to engender in viewers an awareness that we share the world with millions of other lives whose welfare depends on our behavior.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Taubman Health Center South Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display March 18-June 7, 2019
Open daily from 8 a.m.-8 p.m.


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Roshan HoushmandUNDER THE BODHI TREE: MIXED MEDIA
Roshan Houshmand
Roshan Houshmand is an Iranian/American artist who exhibits both nationally and internationally and lives in the Catskills of New York. She teaches drawing, painting and art history at State University of New York and Southern New Hampshire University. This body of work fuses eastern and western art traditions and techniques, reflecting her multicultural background. Each art piece has a leaf from the Bodhi Tree in Bodhgaya, India, where Buddha sat and achieved enlightenment. Houshmand began this series as an aid to her meditation practices after visiting India and studying traditional Buddhist thangka painting and drawing at a monastic art school in Nepal.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Taubman Health Center South Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display March 18-June 7, 2019
Open daily from 8 a.m.-8 p.m.



Nina WeissTHE PRAIRIE: OIL ON CANVAS
Nina Weiss

Internationally recognized artist Nina Weiss has been painting and drawing the landscape for over thirty years, and the lush feel of her painted surfaces are alive with gesture and emotion. Weiss frequently bikes through rural Michigan for inspiration as well as traveling abroad to document the landscape. She completes her large-scale layered compositions of deep, saturated color in her studio in Evanston, Illinois. Weiss’ work is represented in private and corporate collections and can be found in 100 Artists of the Midwest, Artists Homes & Studios and The Chicago Art Scene. In addition, Weiss has taught at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago & Columbia College Chicago.
Gifts of Art Gallery – University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display March 18-June 7, 2019
Open daily from 8 a.m.-8 p.m.



Juliette HemingwayART, MUSIC & AUTISM: JAZZ MUSICIANS IN MIXED MEDIA
Juliette Hemingway

In Juliette Hemingway’s work, viewers can imagine the grumbling tones of a saxophone or the sharp lines of a trombone. The sound is inside the musicians. You may not know the details of their experience or understand it, but it's visceral. That is what jazz is in Hemingway's work. It is the instinctual part of her life that she gives to viewers as a visual excerpt: a life that revolves around healing, autism, creativity and awareness. Jazz and the blue-hued musicians give you a sense of the deep-rooted experiences of her son and what it is to live with autism, and for her, straining to look into his secret world. Hemingway is based in Aurora, Colorado.
Gifts of Art Gallery – University Hospital Main Corridor, Floor 2
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display March 18-June 7, 2019
Open daily from 8 a.m.-8 p.m.


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Darcy R. BowdenSHAPE-SHIFTING: SURFACE & FORM IN CLAY
Darcy R. Bowden

Darcy R. Bowden has been working in clay for ten years following a forty-year hiatus. In the ensuing years she taught art in the Ann Arbor Public Schools and worked as a printmaker. This recent body of work combines hand-built forms with playful graphic compositions akin to those in her prints. Disparate shapes and elements find unity in her work. Influences include modernist design, Japanese textiles and abstract artists Ellsworth Kelly and Franz Kline. A Flint, Michigan native, she has lived in the Ann Arbor area for over forty years having earned a BFA, MA and teacher certification from Eastern Michigan University.
Gifts of Art Gallery – University Hospital Main Corridor, Floor 2
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display March 18-June 7, 2019
Open daily from 8 a.m.-8 p.m.



Barbara J. SchneiderSTILL LIFES IN INDIGO: WABI-SABI SPIRIT IN TEXTILE
Barbara J. Schneider

Barbara J. Schneider’s studio is in the Starline Factory in Harvard, Illinois. She has an extensive background in surface design, and she works with cloth, paint, dye and thread. The Japanese concept of Wabi-Sabi (aesthetic of transience and imperfection) is a strong influence in her work. This collection is a series of stitched textiles that are a reinterpretation of traditional still life paintings. These small, intimate artworks use vintage Japanese boro fabrics as backgrounds for personal objects that contain a Wabi-Sabi spirit. Schneider teaches and exhibits her work nationally and internationally, and her work is in both private and public collections.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Rogel Cancer Center, Level 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display March 18-June 7, 2019
Open M-F from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.



Yankee Air MuseumWILLOW RUN & THE HOME FRONT DURING WWII
Yankee Air Museum

The Yankee Air Museum dedicates itself to educating individuals about the history of US military aviation. Located at the historic Willow Run Airport, just east of Ann Arbor, where over 8,600 B-24 Liberator Bomber aircraft were produced during World War II, the Yankee Air Museum seeks to keep the history of the ‘Arsenal of Democracy’ alive. The Willow Run Bomber Plant is home to ‘Rosie the Riveter,’ the iconic symbol of the thousands of women who poured into industrial factories to help the war effort during WWII. This exhibition features unique artifacts from the US home-front, the Willow Run Bomber Plant, and local WWII aviators from Ann Arbor.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Rogel Cancer Center Entrance Alcove, Level 2
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display December 21, 2018-March 8, 2019
Open M-F from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.


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UPCOMING EXHIBITS


On display June 17-September 6, 2019

Laurie LeBretonHONOR & COMFORT: HANDMADE PAPER & MIXED MEDIA
Laurie LeBreton
Each of Laurie LeBreton’s paper tapestries are a kind of meditation or prayer. Some works she created to reach out to a greater power, while others honor a particular person or joyful time. Her sculptural paper tapestries can be installed in a number of different ways, reflecting the impermanence of this world. LeBreton lives and works in Chicago and has been working with handmade paper for ten years. She enjoys its surprising properties: it is light and appears fragile, yet it is also pliable, absorbs color beautifully, and is very strong. LeBreton particularly loves papermaking because of the calm that comes from the repeating forms in the process, and she appreciates working with water for its beauty, sensuality and healing qualities.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Taubman Health Center North Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display June 17-September 6, 2019

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



Kate LebowskyCLOVER SPRINGS CROCHET DOLLS
Kate Lebowsky
Kate Lebowsky enjoys creating fun and playful art that provokes smiles and laughter. As a native to Ann Arbor, she has spent over 30 years drawing inspiration from life experiences with the diversity in cultures offered in the area and beyond. Her crocheted dolls come to life through the inspiration of children’s daydreams, books, movies and music. She lets the creativity form itself with fiber. Creating plush toys allows her to share her compassion and smiles with others through huggable art.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Taubman Health Center North Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display June 17-September 6, 2019
Open daily from 8 a.m.-8 p.m.



Ronaldo ByrdTHE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL: ACRYLIC PAINTINGS
Ronaldo Byrd
Ronaldo Byrd was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York and now resides in Burlington, New Jersey with his mother and three younger siblings. Byrd's main medium is acrylic on foamboard, and his process involves observation of the world and the people in it. His paintings depict his ideal world and how its inhabitants should treat each other. Byrd is known as the Artist of Happiness and the overall theme of his paintings is love and acceptance. Byrd and his artwork represent a different way of seeing, and his hope is that the world can see beauty and acceptance through his eyes.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Taubman Health Center South Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display June 17-September 6, 2019
Open daily from 8 a.m.-8 p.m.


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Glass AcademyCACTI, PINE TREES & TUMBLERS: HOW NATURE INFLUENCES DESIGN
Glass Academy
The Glass Academy is a private, modern-day studio in Dearborn. Co-creators and founders Michelle Plucinsky and Chris Nordin share the love of glass art and traditional glass blowing methods with the community thru various art projects, installations and seasonal events. Formally trained at College for Creative Studies, Alfred University, Pilchuck, Penland and Haystack, Nordin and Plucinsky have over 60 years of combined glass experience. During the day, the hot shop team manufactures glass items designed by the founding artists to sell in the studio’s 4,000 sq. ft. gallery. In the special project area, the founding artists can be found working on large scale, site specific sculptures commissioned for hospitals, hotels and public corporations across the U.S.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Taubman Health Center South Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display June 17-September 6, 2019
Open daily from 8 a.m.-8 p.m.



Jeanne BieriHIDE & SEEK: FIBER WALL QUILTS
Jeanne Bieri

Jeanne Bieri’s art practice begins with the simple act of hand sewing. This allows contemplation of the art making process and careful organization of the parts. As she assembles it piece by piece, the work grows in a way that closely relates to painting. Bieri received a grant from the State of Michigan in 2000 to study quilts and their patterns. She discovered that they often touch people on a personal level and encourage memories. Whether an army blanket or quilt, she delights to find a treasure that has a personal history that goes well beyond her and extends to the observer. Hide & Seek, Bieri’s current series of art quilts incorporating fabrics with history, encourages viewer interaction and reminiscence. She received a Kresge Fellowship for her fiber pieces in 2017.
Gifts of Art Gallery – University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display June 17-September 6, 2019
Open daily from 8 a.m.-8 p.m.



J. HowardTHE ART OF LEAVES: SOFT PASTEL & PENCIL
J. Howard

Born in Houston, Texas, one of the most colorful cities in the U.S., J. Howard recognizes that color is important in the food we eat, the clothes we wear, our homes, our cars, and even our pets. She points out that “there is a great deal more to color than what meets the eye.” Howard utilizes hyper-realism and enhanced depth of field to create highly detailed soft pastel drawings on canvas that are often mistaken for photographs. She uses the beauty and intense color of organic soft pastels to elicit emotional responses from viewers, recognizing and working with the inherent qualities of color.  Also a practicing art therapist, Howard’s award-winning work has been recognized both nationally and internationally.
Gifts of Art Gallery – University Hospital Main Corridor, Floor 2
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display June 17-September 6, 2019
Open daily from 8 a.m.-8 p.m.


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Jonathan B. WrightEVIDENCE OF URBAN FAIRIES: MULTI MEDIA
Jonathan B. Wright, certified fairyologist

Two U-M alums, Jonathan B. Wright, a life-long Ann Arborite, and his wife Kathleen Wright, have been finding evidence of fairies in their home since 1993. In 2005, fairy doors began to appear in downtown Ann Arbor and Jonathan began documenting them in earnest as a certified fairyologist. He studied graphic design, architecture and illustration, while Kathleen is a teacher of young children, a writer and professional storyteller. Together they discover the stories behind the fairy doors. Though Jonathan’s multi-media works require no shortage of labor, he says, "imagination is the key to the fairy doors."
Gifts of Art Gallery – University Hospital Main Corridor, Floor 2
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display June 17-September 6, 2019
Open daily from 8 a.m.-8 p.m.



Raymond GaynorTHROUGH MY LENS: PHOTOGRAPHY OF NATIONAL PARKS
Raymond Gaynor

Raymond Gaynor, from Ann Arbor, Michigan, has been practicing art photography for over 25 years. This exhibition of photographic works from 12 U.S. National Parks captures both iconic and unique landscape scenes. Gaynor chooses subjects that have a sense of solace and rejuvenation. One of his goals is to give the viewer an opportunity to imagine what it would be like to be the one looking through the camera lens while composing and capturing an image. He hopes to evoke emotions, memories, and a desire to witness firsthand the beauty of the National Parks. Recently he has been invited to participate in numerous juried art exhibitions, expanding his passion to pursue exhibiting throughout the Midwest.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Rogel Cancer Center, Level 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display June 17-September 6, 2019
Open M-F from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.


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