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On display October 17-December 5, 2011

CrawfordIMPRESSIONS IN FABRIC
Lenore Crawford
Lenore Crawford's fabric art combines her love of France — its architecture and flower gardens — along with her passion for color and realism. The texture and warmth achieved from the fabric itself, along with fabric painting, gives the art an impressionistic feeling that only this medium can produce. Crawford has won several prizes for her art, and she continues to develop and grow her medium and style in new ways. 
Gifts of Art Gallery – Taubman Health Center North Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display October 17-December 5, 2011

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


LebowskyPLUSHIES: HUGGABLE ART
Kate Lebowsky
Kate Lebowsky enjoys creating fun and playful art that provoke smiles and laughter. Living in Ann Arbor, Michigan provides her with inspiration from public art and the wonderful museums. Her fiber art explores a variety of different materials and forms. Applying her inspiration to her plush toys allows her to share her compassion and smiles with others.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Taubman Health Center North Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display October 17-December 5, 2011

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


SkarsgardTWENTY SIX OF 26: ALBHABET PRINTS
Susan Skarsgard

Susan Skarsgard is an artist & designer known internation­ally for her calligraphy, artist books and graphic design. She holds a Master of Fine Arts from U-M and has worked as a designer at General Motors since 1995. For many of the art pieces in this exhibit, Skargard used broad-edged and pointed brushes and pens with gouache and ink, while others began as woodcuts. Skarsgard’s work is widely collected by individuals and institutions including the Library of Congress Rare Book Room, the Newberry Library in Chicago and the San Francisco Public Library.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Taubman Health Center South Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display October 17-December 5, 2011

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

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LaneCERAMIC RELIEF HOUSES
Marie Lane

Marie Lane, a ceramicist from the Ann Arbor area, has been legally blind for over 20 years due to glaucoma. She studies with Sadashi Inuzuka of the U-M School of Art and Design and has exhibited her work locally and at the Lighthouse for the Blind in San Francisco. Her relief panels are colored with an oxide wash to highlight and enhance the depth and detail of the buildings, which originally portrayed homes of family and friends, but have expanded to include well known structures containing unique architectural design.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Taubman Health Center South Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display October 17-December 5, 2011

Open daily from 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
 


Master HaLOOK TO THE SKIES: CHINESE KITES
Master Ha Yiqi

As part of this year’s U-M New Millennium Kite Festival, in celebration of the Center for Chinese Studies’ 50th Anniversary, Gifts of Art presents an exhibition of the work of Chinese Kite Master Ha Yiqi. Master Ha is a fourth generation kite maker from Beijing, and he is one of China’s most distinguished and skilled artisans, keeping alive the craft and tradition of an art form that is widely popular throughout Asia. Gifts of Art is also offering a Chinese Kite Making Workshop on Oct. 20 in the gallery from 12:00-1:30 pm by Anne Mondro and Matthew Shlian, U-M School of Art & Design, who both studied with Master Ha in Beijing.  See a video here about the trip.
Gifts of Art Gallery – University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display October 17-December 5, 2011

Open daily from 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
 


KujalaNATURE MANDALAS: DIGITAL ART
Laila Kujala

Laila Kujala was born and raised in Finland and spent four years at the Art Students’ League in New York City. In her Nature Mandalas, the photos of which were all taken in Ann Arbor, Kujala combines her love of spirituality and nature. She explores the idea that the visible and invisible worlds meet at the center point of the mandala. The word mandala comes from Sanskrit meaning circle. The circle is a symbol of unity and wholeness worldwide, and it has been used to create sacred spaces and as an aid in meditation.
Gifts of Art Gallery – University Hospital Main Corridor, Floor 2
1500 E. Medical Center Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display October 17-December 5, 2011

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


FehrenbachINSPIRED BY NATURE: FINE ART JEWELRY
Deborah Fehrenbach

Deborah Marie Fehrenbach’s two main loves are scuba diving and gardening, and you can see the inspiration in her designs. Her jewelry is playfully contemporary with a retro feel — bold yet feminine. Often mixing traditional techniques with the unconventional, her goal is to create forms that produce an energy and excitement for the women who wear them. The results are innovative styles, cuts, and color capturing the energy of the design. Fehrenbach’s jewelry is exhibited internationally and around the USA in galleries, boutiques and fine jewelry stores.
Gifts of Art Gallery – University Hospital Main Corridor, Floor 2
1500 E. Medical Center Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display October 17-December 5, 2011

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

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On display August 22-December 5, 2011

Katrina RubyFRAGILITY & STRENGTH: GLASS AND MIXED MEDIA SCULPTURE
Katrina Ruby

Metro Detroit artist Katrina Ruby’s work is a juxtaposition of fragility and strength. The delicacy of the glass contrasts beautifully with the strength of the metal, and they work together to create a sense of stillness and calm. Ruby’s work is deeply influenced by nature. She recharges her creativity by returning to the rural land of her childhood, a small town in western Massachusetts. There she finds the peace, calm and beauty that nature has to offer.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Comprehensive Cancer Center, Level B2
1500 E. Medical Center Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display August 22-December 5, 2011
Open M-F from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.


Phyllis PerryNATURE'S ART: POETRY & PHOTOGRAPHY
Phyllis Perry

Ann Arbor fine arts photographer Phyllis Perry has enjoyed taking photos and writing since childhood. She combines these two passions in an exhibit of colorful photographs with merry menageries, country scenes and inspirational verse. With a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA), and a Master of Social Work from U-M, Phyllis combines her artistry and humanity with a love of animals and nature to create artwork about the simple joys of laughter and love, creativity and compassion.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Comprehensive Cancer Center, Level 1
1500 E. Medical Center Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display August 22-December 5, 2011
Open M-F from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

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UPCOMING EXHIBITS

On display December 12, 2011-February 6, 2012

Thomas L. ClarkSNOWFLAKE ROYAL: FACE CARDS REVEALED
Dr. Thomas L. Clark
Ever miss the maid cards in our current deck of cards? Snowflake master Dr. Thomas L. Clark’s exhibition of royal snowflakes includes not only what we usually see in a deck of cards, but wild face cards of each suit, glorified face cards of each suit, and  the missing maids in the wild suit. A former U-M physician, Clark, a.k.a. Dr. Snowflake, has been exhibiting snowflakes at the University of Michigan Hospital since 1987. A free, how-to workshop on the making of these beautiful, pictorial snowflakes will be held on Thursday, January 5, 2012 from 12:00-2:00 p.m. in the gallery. If planning to attend the workshop, please bring scissors.  
Gifts of Art Gallery – Taubman Health Center North Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display December 12, 2011-February 6, 2012

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


Lilli BlackburnBIRDS & BEASTS IN CLAY
Lilli Blackburn
Ann Arbor artist Lilli Blackburn creates functional and whimsical works in clay. She opened her studio, Grins Clay, because we all need a few more grins in life. In her work, pets in various humorous dilemmas find life in clay. The functional white ware is lighthearted, so simple tasks such as eating and drinking can be playful. Each vessel is individually handcrafted with animal companions, so the diner never eats alone!
Gifts of Art Gallery – Taubman Health Center North Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display December 12, 2011-February 6, 2012

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


Saline Area SchoolsK-12 STUDENT GROUP SHOW
Saline Area Schools

This annual exhibit celebrates the emerging artistry of students from Saline Area Schools and provides a great opportunity to view exceptional works by young talent. Work from students in grades K-12 who are discovering and developing their artistic approach and technique will be displayed in both 2-D and 3-D galleries. The students explore themes as presented by many different teachers from all thirteen grades. All variety of mediums from drawing and painting to ceramics and sculpture are included in this exhibit.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Taubman Health Center South Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display December 12, 2011-February 6, 2012

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

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Joyce LiebermanGARDENS: UN-STILL LIFE ACRYLIC PAINTINGS
Joyce Lieberman

Joyce Lieberman's “UNStill Life” acrylic paintings on canvas evoke traditional, still life flower arrangements that have grown beyond their staid vases to incorporate the space around them in a joyous, dynamic, swirling dance of color and energy. Some of her canvases retain their representational contexts, while others generate entirely new families of form and ecstatic expression. In beholding these works, the viewer leaves behind the everyday world to enter into the artist’s most exotic and fanciful daydreams. Lieberman studied with noted colorists Gerome Kamrowski and Mignonette Cheng of the U-M School of Art & Design.
Gifts of Art Gallery – University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display December 12, 2011-February 6, 2012

Open daily from 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
   


Marian ShortSEEKING DELIGHT, CREATING MAYHEM: WOODBLOCK PRINTS
Marian Short

Whether showing penguins alighting for far destinations or cake-loving monsters seizing desserts from innocents, Marian Short’s woodblock prints depict figures who are searching. Short explores the search for momentary pleasures and deeper meanings with bold lines and an off-kilter sense of humor. The playful prints reflect her fascination with picture books – especially the interplay between image and text, and her obsession with food! Over 10 years ago, she turned to printmaking as a low-tech antidote to a high-tech life. Short has shown her work in both local and national exhibitions.  
Gifts of Art Gallery – University Hospital Main Corridor, Floor 2
1500 E. Medical Center Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display December 12, 2011-February 6, 2012

Open daily from 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
 


Beth NorthADORNMENT & INSPIRATION: JEWELRY
Beth North

Beth North creates jewelry in metal, precious stones, wood, and acrylic that inspires and empowers the wearer. Her designs are often stamped with words and phrases of encouragement, hope, and inspiration, so her jewelry is worn, read, and lived. “Few things in life are ever as rigidly structured as they might seem, and it’s this fluidity that really interests me,” says North. Using some of the earth’s most treasured elements, her work celebrates individuality and freedom, openness and intimacy – all things that are key to her way of life.  North has been making jewelry for 14 years and is based in Birmingham, Michigan.
Gifts of Art Gallery – University Hospital Main Corridor, Floor 2
1500 E. Medical Center Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display December 12, 2011-February 6, 2012

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


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On display December 12, 2011-April 9, 2012

Madeline NavarroARTISTIC TRAPPINGS: FIBER & BEADWORK
Madeline Navarro

Brighton, Michigan based artist Madeline Navarro expresses herself through the exploration of color, texture and space. Her wearable art is meant to blend and enhance the persona of the individual. She sees creativity as the sport of life, and animal fibers and other products of the earth as the best choice of medium. Navarro believes that engaging with the elements of Mother Nature, such as, silk, wool and stone on a daily basis helps the wearer to be nourished by artistic beauty.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Comprehensive Cancer Center, Level B2
1500 E. Medical Center Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display December 12, 2011-April 9, 2012
Open M-F from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.


Aussome Study GroupINSPIRED BY THE MASTERS: FIBER ART
Aussome Study Group

The Aussome Study Group is a collaborative forum used to exchange ideas, give critiques, and study materials and techniques. These Ortonville area artists are award-winning, international artists whose work has been commissioned, published and exhibited worldwide. This exhibit is a collection of diverse ideas and techniques inspired by master artists such as Van Gogh and Hundertwasser. Group members are Mary Andrews, Lois Ann Fulton, Karen Kiley Olson, Robbie Payne and Carol Tamasiunas.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Comprehensive Cancer Center, Level 1
1500 E. Medical Center Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display December 12, 2011-April 9, 2012
Open M-F from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

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