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On display February 9-April 5, 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. Watch a video about Dr. Clark's exhibition and workshops.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Taubman Health Center North Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display February 9-April 5, 2015

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


Leanne SchneppSTORYTELLING WHIMSICAL SCULPTURE
Leanne Schnepp
Story greatly influences the clay sculptures of Leanne Schnepp. By combining animal and human forms and characteristics, she tells stories of connection and transformation. Humans, coyotes, frogs, and birds interact and “converse,” and mischievous children become monsters and tumble about. There is a sense of play and whimsy in the work and the opportunity for viewers to use their imagination. Schnepp earned her BFA at Michigan State University and has worked as an artist and teacher for the past 20 years. She currently lives and works in East Lansing.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Taubman Health Center North Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display February 9-April 5, 2015

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


Dick & Sue RigterinkMICHIGAN SPLENDOR: WILDLIFE & FLORAL PHOTOGRAPHY
Dick & Sue Rigterink
Ann Arbor artists Dick and Sue Rigterink use digital photography to share the joy and splendor of nature. By stopping fast motion, their photographs capture the moment and the personalities, whether a bird in flight or song, or a chipmunk jumping for a flower. They focus attention on the diversity, habitats, behavior, and beauty of local, recognizable wildlife to evoke memories in viewers. Dick has a Bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture from Michigan State and a Master’s from Harvard Graduate School of Design. Sue has a Bachelor’s from Michigan State in Mathematics. Their wildlife photographs have been published in Audubon Magazine and National Wildlife Federation.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Taubman Health Center South Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display February 9-April 5, 2015

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


Jan Bell**CANCELLED**
AN INTIMATE VIEW OF NATURE: PHOTOGRAPHY

Jan Bell
Jan Bell is an avid adventurer. He treks throughout the U.S. in search of subjects, and it is the time in the wilderness that allows him to connect with the land and compose his images. Unlike many photographers, he focuses on a tighter, more intimate view of the world. Each photo is an opportunity to consider the subject – almost apart from its meaning or function – in terms of the beauty of its form. Winner of the Grand Prize in the prestigious Ansel Adams Gallery Photography Competition, he follows in Mr. Adams’ footsteps, but in his own style. An Ohio native, much of his work is shot along Lake Superior, as well as the west and southwestern states.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Taubman Health Center South Lobby, Floor 1


Lisa S. GoeslingLIFE LINE: SCRATCHBOARD ETCHINGS
Lisa S. Goesling
While Chicagoan Lisa S. Goesling has spent her life creating art, she discovered scratchboards (boards made of clay and India ink) while undergoing a cancer diagnosis in 2006. The idea that adversity teaches us to turn the negative into a positive is a great analogy for transforming these black boards into thriving works of art. Her past careers in graphic design and art direction continue to influence her art by incorporating the fundamentals of design, such as composition, pattern, texture, contrast, line, etc. Using nature as her muse, Goesling scratches fine lines into a layer of ink until meticulous images appear in the clay.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Taubman Health Center South Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display February 9-April 5, 2015

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

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Amy FellSTUNNINGLY ORDINARY: OIL PAINTING
Amy Fell

Michigan based artist Amy Fell finds great beauty, charm, and even mystery in the everyday articles that surround us. Fell uses a variety of techniques – including dramatic lighting, large scale presentation, detailed rendering and bold color – to celebrate the objects that provide comfort and support in our day-to-day lives. Fell studies oil painting at the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center as well as regularly attending workshops of nationally acclaimed artists. She exhibits her work in juried shows and is very active in the arts community in the Detroit metropolitan area.
Gifts of Art Gallery – University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display February 9-April 5, 2015

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


Shayne DavidsonCIVIL WAR SOLDIERS
Shayne Davidson

Shayne Davidson is an experienced genealogist who received an MFA from the University of Michigan. Her exhibition consists of 17 life-sized colored pencil portraits based on rare, identified photos of a group of African-American men who served together for the Union in the 25th United States Colored Troops, Company G. The portraits incorporate portions of the men’s military records in the artwork, and a mini-biography of the soldier, written by the artist, accompanies each portrait. Davidson also studied painting and drawing at Cooper Union in New York City and received a BFA from California Institute of the Arts.
Gifts of Art Gallery – University Hospital Main Corridor, Floor 2
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display February 9-April 5, 2015

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


Amber D. HarrisonPLAYGROUND VALENTINE: ART JEWELRY & OBJECTS
Amber D. Harrison

Amber D. Harrison is a Michigan based studio artist practicing contemporary art jewelry and object making. She works as a fabricator hand cutting and forming each piece while exploring the implementation of play. Her goal is to transfer her own memories into a whimsical and wearable world, evoking the recollections or imaginations of others. She recently exhibited in the 2014 Philadelphia Museum of Art Contemporary Craft Show, one of the top craft shows in the United States. Harrison earned her BFA from the University of Michigan Penny W. Stamps School of Art and Design.
Gifts of Art Gallery – University Hospital Main Corridor, Floor 2
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display February 9-April 5, 2015

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

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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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On display January 7 to end of 2015

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 to end of 2015

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

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UPCOMING EXHIBITS

On display April 13-June 7, 2015

Maria RuggieroTRANSITIONS: WATERCOLOR ON PAPER
Maria Ruggiero
The current work of Ann Arbor based artist Maria Ruggiero focuses on the large and small events in daily life through the genre of still life. She creates complex compositions of objects and other elements that reflect aspects of her experiences, with an emphasis on those that relate to the development of her young son. Pattern, decoration, and the juxtaposition of objects with flat images are consistent elements in Ruggiero's paintings, as is her interest in light quality and color. She holds a BFA in Studio Art from Michigan State University, an MFA in Painting from Kent State University in Ohio, and she is Professor of Art at Eastern Michigan University.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Taubman Health Center North Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display April 13-June 7, 2015

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


Middy PotterEVOLUTION OF ROCK GETTING WHEELS
Middy Potter
Ann Arbor artist Middy Potter has creativity at the center of his life. When composing a sculpture, he adds a dash of humor, a bit of whimsy, and a pinch of wonderment. Self-taught as an artist, Potter realizes the connection between science and art. His formal training includes a degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, a form of art in itself. Texture, color, technical challenges and different materials are part of his creations. Materials for Potter's sculptures include wood, cloth, 3-D glass mosaic, stone, metal, cast stone and found objects.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Taubman Health Center North Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display April 13-June 7, 2015

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


Sara Slee BrownALONG THE WAY: COLLAGE ON CANVAS
Sara Slee Brown
Iowa City artist Sara Slee Brown focuses on using images of natural beauty and man-made buildings to create imaginary scenarios that give rise to possibilities outside of everyday experience. Using the computer as her medium, she digitally combines photographic images and original artwork. She then makes digital prints and layers them onto canvas with acrylic varnish. The resulting surface is more paint than print, revealing the artist’s hand upon the work. Brown holds a BFA from the U-M Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design and an MFA in Painting from the University of Iowa School of Art.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Taubman Health Center South Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display April 13-June 7, 2015

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


Lynette CurtissCHASING FOTOS – CRITTERS
Lynette Curtiss
Lynette Curtiss is an award winning Michigan based artist who has always had a passion for photography. She has used this passion to capture the beauty of many forms of life, including people, places, wildlife and nature. Curtiss holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Lawrence Technological University and a photography certificate from the College of Creative Studies. She continues to expand her knowledge of photography by taking workshops, leading photography group meet-ups with Ann Arbor Shutterbugs and collaborating with other groups. She is also the volunteer yearbook editor for Parkview Elementary in Novi.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Taubman Health Center South Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display April 13-June 7, 2015

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

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Karl LaubBIG PAINTED STUFF: MIXED MEDIA
Karl Laub

Karl Laub’s paintings are a mixture of acrylics, watercolors, pastels, molding paste and whatever else he can find to include in his artwork. He has enjoyed working on these larger pieces that have let him experiment with a wider range of colors and techniques and allowed him more room to make a mess. Laub is the Community Development Director for the City of River Rouge and resides in Gibraltar, Michigan.
Gifts of Art Gallery – University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display April 13-June 7, 2015

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


Graceann WarnPROOF: ENCAUSTIC ON WOOD
Graceann Warn

As she paints and constructs, Graceann Warn’s paintings and assemblages use the metaphor of excavation. Her formal education in landscape architecture and classical archaeology assist her as she attempts to unearth an object or solve a mystery. A full time artist since 1985, Warn now works primarily on wood panels with oils and encaustic, and much of her work is concerned with the science and mystery of uncovering and covering. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and is in the collections of Yale University, Museum of Art and Design, New York, NY,  US Embassies in Nairobi and Sarajevo, Pew Charitable Trusts and many others.
Gifts of Art Gallery – University Hospital Main Corridor, Floor 2
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display April 13-June 7, 2015

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


Ashley BuchananPEARLS, CHAINS & SILHOUETTES: HANDMADE, INDUSTRIAL & DIGITAL JEWELRY
Ashley Buchanan

Drawing on common jewelry motifs and iconic imagery, Ashley Buchanan individually hand-cuts silhouettes from sheet metal using a traditional jeweler’s saw. She then applies color using an industrial process called powder coating. In select pieces, Buchanan incorporates digitally scanned photographs made into buttons that she prong sets onto pieces in the form of gemstones. By combining the handmade with the industrial and the digital, Buchanan pushes the boundaries of jewelry, producing pieces with a fresh voice that speaks to the past, present and future of craft while maintaining the seductive quality of jewelry.
Gifts of Art Gallery – University Hospital Main Corridor, Floor 2
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display April 13-June 7, 2015

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

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On display April 13-August 23, 2015

Deborah L. HooverSEEING MUSIC: ACRYLIC & WATERCOLOR
Deborah L. Hoover

Deborah L. Hoover hopes to achieve what the Swiss artist Paul Klee described as, “making the invisible visible.” The music the musicians create in her paintings is full of life. Can you hear it? Using vibrant colors in acrylic or watercolor, Hoover’s paintings inspire a multisensory response. She graduated from Kendall College of Art and Design and currently works in graphic arts and painting.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Comprehensive Cancer Center, Level 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display April 13-August 23, 2015

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

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