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CURRENT EXHIBITS

On display August 23-October 11, 2010

TranCROSS STITCH PAINTINGS: HANDCRAFTED SILK EMBROIDERY
Don Tran
The youngest of thirteen children, award winning artist Don Tran is a native of Vietnam and has a MBA from Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri. The art of handcrafted silk embroidery was passed down from his mother to him as a part of a multigenerational family tradition. Black fabric forms the background for these cross stitch paintings so that the vibrant colors and delicate shades of the fine silk threads stand out brilliantly. Tran begins with free hand drawings in chalk, using simple, light lines, and then with imagination, patience and skill, he stitches in the threads to create the image. 
Gifts of Art Gallery – Taubman Health Center North Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display August 23-October 11, 2010

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


CostelloTONGUE TIED: RE-"SPIRITED" MEN'S TIES
Brooke Costello

Who would have thought that burgeoning bundles of thrift shop bound ties and scarves could undergo a creative transformation and assume a fashionable second life in the form of totes, togs and treasures? Tongue Tied, Brooke Costello’s Chicago design enterprise, specializes in forging new life into these time weary, forgotten treasures. From cast off ties, scarves, ascots, suspenders, bows and buttons, Costello “respirits” these heirlooms into one of a kind women’s accessories that are chic and stylish, eco-friendly accessories for your head, neck, shoulders, arms and waist.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Taubman Health Center North Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display August 23-October 11, 2010

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


KaplanFARMSCAPES: PHOTOGRAPHY
Abram W. Kaplan

Raised on a steady dose of the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, Abram Kaplan now exhibits in the Summer Art Fair as a photographer with an eye for elements in our natural world that we see but often fail to notice. Kaplan has taught Environmental Studies at Denison University in Granville, Ohio, for 16 years and has exhibited his art in galleries and competitions around the nation. This exhibition centers on the food system: the tools and machinery, the land and the products produced through our agricultural processes. These images highlight the calming nature of our agrarian landscape and reconnect viewers with our rural heritage.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Taubman Health Center South Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display August 23-October 11, 2010

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


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GugeWILDLIFE WOOD SCULPTURES
Bob Guge & Joshua Guge

The Guge Institute of Wildlife Art in Gilberts, Illinois is the setting for Bob and Joshua Guge’s wildlife wood sculptures of birds and fish. They work and teach classes out of the studio, but they also travel around the US and teach seminars for all ages. Their pieces range from primitive decoys to highly detailed realistic depictions. Wood, metals, epoxy and acrylic paints are all used to create their lifelike pieces. Each one is carved with power tools, drills, and skilled handwork, and then they are meticulously hand painted. Bob is a five‑time World Champion Bird Wood Sculptor, and Josh is a two‑time World Champion Fish Wood Sculptor.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Taubman Health Center South Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display August 23-October 11, 2010

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



CrawfordTRAVELS: MIXED MEDIA PAINTINGS
Susan Crawford

Connecticut based artist Susan Crawford explores the idea of travel and the intangible benefits that occur while being immersed in a place outside of daily life. While hoping to share the "essence" of locations such as Viareggio and Sorrento, Italy; Seville, Spain; and Santorini, Greece; her goal is to bring the viewer more fully into the experience. Crawford's artwork is recognized by its dramatic color and detail, and it is enhanced by three dimensional elements. She earned a BA in marketing, and has completed postgraduate study in painting and art history at the University of Hawaii, the Honolulu Academy of Arts, and Manhattanville College in Purchase, New York. 
Gifts of Art Gallery – University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display August 23-October 11, 2010

Open daily from 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
 


GallupLIBRARY SERIES COLLAGES
Karen Gallup

Karen Gallup loves to use the elements of perspective and scale to create scenes which combine whimsy and implausibility. She invites the viewer to make sense of how so many variant pieces can combine to make one seamless and harmonious whole. Being intrigued with images of books — their colors, texture, size and arrangements — Karen created the Library Series. Born and raised in Midland, Michigan, Gallup has a BFA from Michigan State and a MFA in Metalsmithing from Cranbrook Academy of Art. She lives in Ann Arbor with her husband and a dog and cat.
Gifts of Art Gallery – University Hospital Main Corridor, Floor 2
1500 E. Medical Center Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display August 23-October 11, 2010

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


MannPEARS & STONES: JEWELRY & MIXED MEDIA
Cynthia Mann & Suzanne Manji

Growing up in Michigan and vacationing at many of the Great Lakes gave Cynthia Mann the opportunity to collect many stones and fossils along the shorelines. With her artistic talents showing up early, this life-long love of minerals and gemstones naturally applied to jewelry making. With over thirty years of creating her unique jewelry, Mann now showcases her work in galleries and juried shows. Suzanne Manji graduated from the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, DC and now lives in Royal Oak, Michigan. For the past 14 years she has beenManji obsessed with pears. She paints them in all sizes in oil and watercolor and has sewn them in canvas and placed them in mixed media assemblages. Manji paints pears because they remind her of all that is good and pleasing about the female form.
Gifts of Art Gallery – University Hospital Main Corridor, Floor 2
1500 E. Medical Center Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display August 23-October 11, 2010

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

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On display August 23-December 1, 2010

Yourist StudioYOURIST STUDIO COMMUNITY CERAMICS
Studio members with Kay Yourist

For Kay Yourist, improving the health and welfare of people is a fundamental part of her business. Part of the remarkable business of Yourist Studio Gallery is that through the artistic journey, the community studio members are provided with an avenue to express thoughts and feelings as well as to improve skills and techniques. This process helps create a synergy of learning and creativity, reason and the heart. The gallery offers classes and workshops by a variety of instructors, and the community members come from varying backgrounds, all pursuing their passion for ceramic art together. In addition to Kay Yourist, you will see work by Jerry Bricker, Marilyn Pearce Edington, Thea Fish, Darcy Bowden, Barbaranne Branca, Rachel Jensen and Joanne Daniels.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Comprehensive Cancer Center, Level B2
1500 E. Medical Center Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display August 23-December 1, 2010
Open M-F from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.


On display August 23-December 6, 2010

DattiloDRAWN FROM MOMENTS: PHOTOGRAPHY
Philip Dattilo

Philip Dattilo's photographic assignments have ranged from Europe to the American West. During his career, areas of special interest have been the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and photography as fine art. His work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Business Week and U.S. News and World Report. Dattilo says, "Photography's attraction lies in the medium's ability to open our eyes to a world of visual literacy many never see. Ask any photographer and it is that aspect of sharing tableaus drawn from moments in time that brings satisfaction to our work."
Gifts of Art Gallery – Comprehensive Cancer Center, Level 1
1500 E. Medical Center Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display August 23-December 6, 2010
Open M-F from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.


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UPCOMING EXHIBITS

On display October 18-December 6, 2010

LounsburyTHE MICHIGAN LANDSCAPE: OIL PAINTINGS
James Lounsbury
Based in Ann Arbor, for over 30 years James Lounsbury has been painting the Michigan landscape – from Washtenaw county to Lake Michigan and the Upper Peninsula. His subjects are farmland, urban landscapes and seascapes, and he’s inspired by the exceptional beauty that he sees around him. Winter, summer, spring and fall – any and all interest him. His artistic process changes with the season, but his oil paintings arise from working at the site, as well as working from photographs and drawings in the studio. Lounsbury has been exhibiting his work at art fairs throughout the Midwest for many years, and he has been a vendor at the Ann Arbor Farmers Market for 20 years.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Taubman Health Center North Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display October 18-December 6, 2010

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


RuehleWOODTURNINGS
Richard R. Ruehle

Richard R. Ruehle’s woodturnings are created using local woods, as well as woods from around the world.  He uses burl woods in many of his bowls, hollow forms, platters and other creations.  Originally from Findlay, Ohio, after retiring from his trucking and a warehousing business, he became involved in art shows and festivals in neighboring states.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Taubman Health Center North Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display October 18-December 6, 2010

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


MunroOBSERVED & IMAGINED: LANDSCAPES IN OIL
Judy Munro

Rochester Hills based artist Judy Munro has a passion for landscapes. From family trips as a child, Munro recalls sacred summer nights spent lakeside, treks through "enchanted" Michigan forests, and endless, fluid roadside panoramas. Munro revisits these impressions in her paintings and combines them with current observations, giving her work great depth. Her landscapes are painted alla‑prima – completed in one session while the paint is wet. Using fluid strokes, she creates impressionistic and evocative images alive with energy and color. Munro studied art at New York’s Pratt Institute and has a BFA from Wayne State.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Taubman Health Center South Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display October 18-December 6, 2010

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


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RoweEXPRESSIONS IN CLAY
Chelsea Clay Group

The Chelsea Clay Group is a loosely formed group of friends who share a love of working in clay and are connected to the community of Chelsea, Michigan. Most of them live in Chelsea, while others are attached through family or collaborative activity. Each maintains an independent studio or work space, coming together to share ideas, conversation and just enjoy each other's work. Each member of the group has gravitated toward hand built work in stoneware or porcelain, although at least half return to the potter's wheel regularly. All have found unique ways to express themselves in clay.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Taubman Health Center South Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display October 18-December 6, 2010

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


HodgsonCHILD'S GARDEN OF EDEN: WATERCOLOR & MIXED MEDIA
Loraine S. Hodgson

Loraine S. Hodgson's art feels like a magical world of jumping into puddles after the rain and seeing the rainbows. It reminds one of childhood games of spirographs and lollipops and paper windmills. Her art goes where the imagination captures a child's Garden of Eden.
Gifts of Art Gallery – University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display October 18-December 6, 2010

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


HarrisILLUSTRATIONS IN FIBER
Renee Harris

Renee Harris uses felted wool fabric, cotton thread hand embroidery and other materials to create narrative one-of-a-kind wall pieces. She began illustrating with conventional tools, but the creative process led her to discover the infinite possibilities of fiber illustration. Felt fabric can become a canvas, and hand embroidery a drawing tool. With a degree in painting, printmaking and illustration from the Art Academy of Cincinnati and 20 years of experience in the field, Harris embraces the continuously innovative task of illustrating with new materials.
Gifts of Art Gallery – University Hospital Main Corridor, Floor 2
1500 E. Medical Center Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display October 18-December 6, 2010

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


MotawiHANDCRAFTED CERAMIC ART TILE
Motawi Tileworks, Nawal Motawi

Nawal Motawi’s historically-informed tile designs are influenced by turn of the century Arts and Crafts artists and potteries: Dard Hunter, William De Morgan, Pewabic, Rookwood and Grueby. Motawi believes, “...in respecting the best of historical design – rendering old motifs in new ways and creating works that will be enjoyed in this lifetime and passed down for generations to come.” In addition to this exhibit of newly released tiles, the U-M Health System has Motawi tile murals in the east and west Patient Elevator lobbies on floors 1-8. Motawi tiles are also permanently exhibited in the new U-M Cardiovascular Center. A free Make-A-Tile workshop will be held in rooms C & D off of the cafeteria, Floor 2 of the University Hospital on Monday, Nov. 29 from 12:00-1:30 p.m.
Gifts of Art Gallery – University Hospital Main Corridor, Floor 2
1500 E. Medical Center Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display October 18-December 6, 2010

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

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