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On display March 20-June 11, 2017

Marian ShortCAKEASAURUS: SCENES FROM A PICTURE BOOK
Marian Short
One caffeinated afternoon in 2008, a monster appeared to Marian Short, bragging about his many cake thefts. He was arrogant, sugar-fueled and oddly appealing. Being a printmaker, Short began carving the tale into woodblocks. This picture book exhibit follows the confectionary exploits of Cakeasaurus, one cake-deprived town, and one little boy about to turn five. It also shows the evolution of a long-term project, with print variations and peeks into artistic process. Short is an Ann Arbor based artist and writer, whose work has appeared in local and national exhibitions.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Taubman Health Center North Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display March 20-June 11, 2017

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



Janet KelmanGLASS CAKES
Janet Kelman
Janet Kelman’s glass cakes are a perfect fusion of her love of glass and love of baking. Each colorful slice or cupcake invites sampling while her mirror cakes are intriguing brain teasers. Kelman began her love affair with glass in 1970. While studying chemistry in college, she watched, fascinated, as the glassblower in her department created scientific equipment, inspiring her to later teach herself lampworking (glass worked over a torch) and open a hot glass studio. Kelman bakes with glass at her home studio in Ann Arbor.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Taubman Health Center North Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display March 20-June 11, 2017

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



David L. FosterNATURE'S ESSENCE: PHOTOGRAPHY
David L. Foster
David L. Foster is an Atlanta based nature photographer, writer and educator best known for images that convey the essence of his favorite subjects – botanicals and water. In 2014, he collaborated with Julie Hliboki in creating a book entitled, Breathing Light: Accompanying Loss and Grief with Love and Gratitude. Foster received the P.C. Turczyn Art That Supports the Healing Process award from among 50 international artists chosen for Manhattan Arts International’s 2014 exhibit, Celebrate the Healing Power of Art.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Taubman Health Center South Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display March 20-June 11, 2017

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

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Gabrielle SoltisBLOSSOM BY BLOSSOM: ELVISH CERAMICS
Gabrielle Soltis
Gabrielle Soltis creates works from the Gyldenstjerne Porcelain Company lineage. The story goes that sometime in the early 1700s, a young Danish nobleman by the name of Einar Gyldenstjerne fell in love and married an Elvish woman named Gwyneira (surname unknown) who shared the family recipe for how to create hard-paste porcelain. The first items produced by the company are dated to 1715. Soltis’ porcelain flowers in this tradition are assembled meticulously petal by petal. She studied ceramics at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan and is interested in European history and fiction.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Taubman Health Center South Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display March 20-June 11, 2017

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



Durwood CoffeyDEEP OCEAN VIEW: ACRYLIC ON CANVAS
Durwood Coffey

Westland, Michigan artist Durwood Coffey was influenced at an early age by his artistic family, especially by his father and brother who were both enamored with drawing. In the US Marine Corps, he served as a combat artist, whose job is to interpret and illustrate fellow Marine experiences with emotional resonance, all while protecting himself and others. After spending his working life as an illustrator, in 2001 Coffey decided to focus entirely on his own paintings of images from the animal kingdom. In this exhibition, the viewer is plunged up-close into the beautiful world of the sea.
Gifts of Art Gallery – University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display March 20-June 11, 2017

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



Dale Osterle CREATING EMOTION: HAND PAINTED INTAGLIO PRINTS
Dale Osterle

Dale Osterle, originally from Boston, MA, received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Rhode Island School of Design. This body of work is hand painted intaglio prints of romantic and expressionist landscapes, all created from memory. She makes her prints by etching into magnesium plates, embossing oil paint into paper with three different rollers of color, and hand-coloring the prints with colored pencil, marker and paint. Her work hangs in art galleries all over the country and the world, including the United Nations, the Kennedy Center and the National Museum of Women in the Arts.
Gifts of Art Gallery – University Hospital Main Corridor, Floor 2
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display March 20-June 11, 2017

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

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Matt PaskietSEASCAPES: FIRENATION ART GLASS
Matt Paskiet

Matt Paskiet is a native to the Glass City – Toledo, Ohio. He began his study of glassblowing at the Toledo Museum of Art in 1993, and he continued his studies at Pilchuck Glass School in Washington state in 1998 and the Fundacio Centre del Vidre in Barcelona in 2001. He later returned to Toledo and opened Firenation Glass Studio & Gallery in Holland, Ohio in 2002, where he has been blowing glass ever since. His Seascape series featured in this exhibit is composed of individually made Murrini pieces, a Venetian glass technique encased in layers of hot glass.
Gifts of Art Gallery – University Hospital Main Corridor, Floor 2
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display March 20-June 11, 2017

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



Robert P. Kelch, M.D.EXPLORING COLOR & PATTERN: PHOTOGRAPHY
Robert P. Kelch, M.D.

Dr. Robert P. Kelch retired from his position as Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs at U-M in the fall of 2009. He enjoyed a wonderful career in academic medicine – as a pediatric endocrinologist, physician investigator and administrator. Retirement has given Kelch much more time and energy to devote to his lifelong interest in photography. He especially enjoys photographing beautiful scenes, animals and objects during his many travels and around his home in South Haven, Michigan.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Comprehensive Cancer Center, Level 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display March 20-June 11, 2017

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




On display through September 10, 2017

Elaine ReedTOY ROBOTS PAST & PRESENT
From the collection of Elaine Reed
Elaine Reed has been collecting toy robots for over 30 years. As a painter herself, she appreciates the artistic design & futuristic ideas that robots awaken in people. As a child, television programs like Lost in Space, The Jetsons & Star Trek inspired Reed to dream large and wish for a real robot of her own. Although she doesn’t own any real live robots, some of her best friends are robots. At the University of Michigan Health System, Reed works as a Bedside Artist for the Gifts of Art program and as an artist at the Turner Senior Resource Center. She also volunteers at 826 Michigan in Ann Arbor writing about robots.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Cancer Center Elevator Alcove, Level 2
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display through September 10, 2017

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

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UPCOMING EXHIBITS

On display June 19-September 10, 2017

Zengquan XuPHOTOGRAPHY THROUGH CHINA
Zengquan Xu
Zengquan Xu is a retired electrical engineer who worked professionally in the local automotive industry. Since his teens, photography has been his lifetime hobby. He has a great love for travel photography and landscapes, especially subjects that are culturally related. Using both film and digital photography, Xu prints his work on paper and canvas. This exhibit is in partnership with the U-M Confucius Institute.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Taubman Health Center North Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display June 19-September 10, 2017

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



Olga StowersCERAMIC HOUSES
Olga Stowers
Olga Stowers was born in Siberia and grew up in Moscow, Russia where she earned her degree in finance. She has always been interested in creating art, and started working with clay three years ago in Ann Arbor. Stowers has made different clay pieces, but houses and buildings are her favorites. Stower’s pieces demonstrate her unique style and great attention to detail.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Taubman Health Center North Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display June 19-September 10, 2017

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



Aussome Study GroupCOLORING WITH THE MASTERS: ART QUILTS
Aussome Study Group
For this exhibition, the Aussome Study Group (ASG) picked some of their current favorite artists – MaryAnn Beckwith, Peter Max, Louis Tiffany, Dr. Seuss, Ugo Nespolo, Rick Loudermilk and George Rodrigue – and created art based on their work. This exhibit also contains images and information about each of the inspiration artists. The work of ASG award winning artists, Mary Andrews, Lois Ann Fulton, Robbie Payne and Carol Tamasiunas, has appeared in Quilting Arts and Fiberarts magazines and the book, The Natural World, and they have exhibited their work locally, nationally and internationally.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Taubman Health Center South Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display June 19-September 10, 2017

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

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Gabrielle SoltisSIMPLI JESSI: HANDMADE RAG DOLLS
Jessi Halliday Mesalic
Jessi Halliday Mesalic is an interior designer, artist, illustrator, doll maker, painter, yarn fanatic and lots of other artistic-type things. Originally from Michigan, where she earned her BFA at the College for Creative Studies, she has recently returned from a 3-year adventure living in the countryside of England. Simpli Jessi dolls are handmade with great care and attention to detail. Natural linens, organic cotton stuffing, felt, yarn, and reclaimed fabrics are used in every doll, making each one unique and special.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Taubman Health Center South Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display June 19-September 10, 2017

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



Catherine McClungHIS EYE IS ON THE SPARROW: WATERCOLOR
Catherine McClung

Combining a passion for painting and a love of nature, Catherine McClung has shown her work in the Ann Arbor Art Fair since 1980. In both Michigan and Florida, she walks every day observing and photographing birds to use as a reference for her watercolor paintings. Over a two-year period, she created paintings of all of the 33 birds mentioned in the Bible. McClung also created china patterns for Lenox tableware. In 2002, the Michigan Governor’s office asked her to represent the state by designing an ornament for the White House Christmas tree.
Gifts of Art Gallery – University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display June 19-September 10, 2017

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



Thom BohnertTHE SHIFTING CIRCUS: DRAWING & SCULPTURE
Thom Bohnert

The drawings and sculpture of Flushing, Michigan artist Thom Bohnert range from lyrical to poetic, playing with tension and balance in a kind of whimsical theatrical arena. His drawings show a complex layering, allowing viewers to imagine a storytelling encounter of spaces. His ceramics and sculptures are compositions often combining wire armature and wet looking clay fragments with colorful multi-glazed surfaces. He is the recipient of awards from the National Endowment for the Arts and John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, among others, and museum collections include Minneapolis Art Institute and Detroit 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 June 19-September 10, 2017

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



Boisali BiswasFIBER MUSINGS
Boisali Biswas

Boisali Biswas is a studio artist working in mixed media fibers, currently residing in West Bloomfield, Michigan. She is originally from India, and her formative years were spent at Visva-Bharti International University, founded by the Nobel Laureate, Rabindranath Tagore. She has an attunement with nature and a deep rooted attachment to the traditional art forms of her culture rich homeland. Living in this country for over two decades and incorporating styles, techniques, and inspirations of western culture into her Indian background has made her art into a cauldron of multicultural assemblages.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Comprehensive Cancer Center, Level 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display June 19-September 10, 2017

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

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