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CURRENT EXHIBITS

On display February 15-April 12, 2010

MarkESSENTIAL OBSESSION: REDUCTION BLOCK PRINTS
Mary Mark
Mary Mark’s influences are manyfold. The skewed perspectives of Cézanne, the ringing color of Matisse, the expressive line quality of Baskin, the whimsy of Picasso and the determination of O’Keefe, all speak to Mark in her process. Her multilayered pieces combine the work of chemistry and engineering with aesthetics and design. As she makes her reduction lineoleum block prints, Mark works with unanticipated chemical reactions of layered ink, carves away negative space to leave positive space, and manipulates the mirror image to improve and transform her original thought into a piece of art.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Taubman Health Center North Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display February 15-April 12, 2010

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


SappDOLL MAKER'S JOURNEY: FIBER & MIXED MEDIA
Michele Sapp

Michele Sapp is a self-taught doll maker from Detroit, Michigan who creates African inspired dolls from recycled bottles. Although the dolls make references to African nations, there is no direct association. Every doll is a one-of-a-kind creation dressed in colorful garb, accented with beads, shells, found objects, and other natural materials. The dolls have soft, fiber-filled heads that do not have facial features so that the observer can "see" the "inner beauty" of the piece and not be distracted by outward features.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Taubman Health Center North Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display February 15-April 12, 2010

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


ZhaoCHINA: GLOBAL/LOCAL PHOTOGRAPHY
U-M Center for Chinese Studies Photography Contest Winners

Now in its fourth year, the Center for Chinese Studies’ annual photography contest reflects different perspectives of a changing world in which China plays a pivotal role. As Chinese influence — be it political, economic or cultural — reaches far and wide around the globe, what is considered local and what is thought to be global changes. This exhibit, comprised of the winners’ work, tells evocative and enduring stories about China now as it appears on the world stage.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Taubman Health Center South Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display February 15-April 12, 2010

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


NowakSILENT REPRESENTATIONS: CLAY, BEADS & WOOD
Margaret Nowak

Margaret Nowak, MSA, MEd., ATR-BC, is an artist, educator, and art therapist. As an artist she works with a wide range of mediums but especially enjoys working with clay and fibers. In teaching, her focus is on the use of art as a means for self-understanding, meditation, enjoyment, and healing. She is currently working as an art therapist at the U-M Comprehensive Cancer Center, Complementary Therapies Program. 
Gifts of Art Gallery – Taubman Health Center South Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display February 15-April 12, 2010

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



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YeagerFLORA FLORA FLORA: ART QUILTS
Juanita G. Yeager

Altamonte Springs, Florida artist Juanita G. Yeager’s work is first and foremost about color. As a studio artist, Yeager has been working in the quilt format for over 20 years and is best known for her large scale, abstract flowers and her use of intense, saturated colors. Several pieces in this exhibit are constructed using contemporary versions of traditional quilt making techniques i.e., piecing and appliqué. The others were created by applying thickened dyes directly to whole cloth in a painterly way before quilting.    
Gifts of Art Gallery – University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display February 15-April 12, 2010

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


JonesLETTING IMAGES UNWIND: ACRYLIC ON CANVAS
Alvey Jones

Alvey Jones’ series of deeply textured acrylic on canvas paintings have bold forms and saturated colors that explore both the idea of symmetry and the subtle ways that symmetry can be broken. The paint, often mixed with sand or grit, is applied with a combination of palette knives and model‑making syringes to create a thickly layered and intricately articulated surface. The themes are cosmic and reflect the artist's interest in science, astronomy, and astrophysics. Jones is a member and co‑owner of the WSG Gallery on Main Street in Ann Arbor, where he regularly exhibits his paintings, assemblages and artist books.
Gifts of Art Gallery – University Hospital Main Corridor, Floor 2
1500 E. Medical Center Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display February 15-April 12, 2010

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


BeltchenkoSTERLING LANDSCAPES: SCULPTURAL JEWELRY
Mark Beltchenko

Mark Beltchenko, who is known for his large scale steel and stone creations, has again integrated his jewelry designs into sculpture. When not being worn, this newly created series of sterling silver pins rest on a wedge of darkened steel to create an intriguing landscape of surreal metal forms. Each of the sculptures contains two sterling silver pins that can compliment a scarf, hat, purse or jacket. The fine craftsmanship and detailing of these unique fabrications speaks of Beltchenko’s versatility.
Gifts of Art Gallery – University Hospital Main Corridor, Floor 2
1500 E. Medical Center Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display February 15-April 12, 2010

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

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On display December 14, 2009-April 12, 2010

CravensTHE SISTERS: WORKS IN CLAY
Kristine Moryc Cravens

The arts have always been a deeply rooted part of Kristine Moryc Craven’s life, either through clothing construction and design, or painting and drawing. She ventured into work with clay as a way to further express her interest in clothing construction how things fit together. Quite a bit of Craven’s work is highly decorated, much like fabric. She likes to create art pieces that you can use in everyday life. A lot of Craven’s work is slab rolled and formed because she likes the ability to give her work personality through hand altering. She often wheel throws the basic shape and then sets out to transform that basic shape into something unique and one of a kind.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Comprehensive Cancer Center, Level B2.
1500 E. Medical Center Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display December 14, 2009-April 12, 2010.
Open M-F from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.


O'NealKATMANDU TO EVEREST: COLOR PHOTOGRAPHY
Heather O’Neal

Local adventure tour guide Heather O'Neal regularly organizes and leads tours trekking in the Himalayas in Nepal. Her striking photographs with captions offer a virtual tour of what you might see and experience while hiking along the trail from Katmandu to Mount Everest base camp at 17,600 feet. Inspiring heights, unusual animals, glaciers and extreme sports enthusiasts are just a few of the things that you will encounter in her work.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Comprehensive Cancer Center, Level 1.
1500 E. Medical Center Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display December 14, 2009-April 12, 2010.
Open M-F from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.


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UPCOMING EXHIBITS

On display April 19-June 14, 2010

KimBOTANICAL WATERCOLORS
Ku-mie Kim
Born and raised in Korea, Ku-mie Kim moved to the US with her family in 1985. Although she has always had a strong interest in fine art, as a child her formal art education was sporadic. In 2002, Kim serendipitously discovered the botanical art program at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois. Since her eye-opening first class, Kim has discovered the flawless design, perfect symmetry and exquisite color of tiny flowers –- they fill her with awe! She attempts to express this joy and wonder through her botanical paintings. By profession, Kim is an obstetric anesthesiologist at Loyola University Medical Center.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Taubman Health Center North Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display April 19-June 14, 2010

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


Tribute to GylesHORSE HAIR RAKU
Terri Lynn Schwartz

In Horse Hair Raku, Terri Lynn Schwartz combines her life-long love of horses with her passion for working in clay. Schwartz uses the tail hairs from her retired thoroughbred race horses to create the random carbon imprints on her clay pots that are typical of this ancient Native American style pottery. A self taught potter, Schwartz has an intuitive and somewhat metaphysical rapport with her clay that lends itself to, “pots with good energy.”
Gifts of Art Gallery – Taubman Health Center North Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display April 19-June 14, 2010

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


AdlerCIAO, ITALY: ART QUILTS
Michigan
Quilt Artists Invitational
For the 12th annual exhibit of the Michigan Quilt Artists Invitational, curators Mary Andrews and Marty Calhoun have invited a select group of Michigan fiber artists to create a small quilt exploring the past and present influences of Italy. You are invited to stroll through the gallery and enjoy the Italian city and country scenery; snapshots of carnivals, vacation, or dream destinations; round Roman arches and numerals; Latin engravings; and influencial Italians like Leonardo da Vinci and Galileo. Let out your belt and sample the food – eggplant, minestrone, pizza, spaghetti and spumoni as well as grapes and wine. One quilt artist exclaimed, “So many pasta-bilities!”
Gifts of Art Gallery – Taubman Health Center South Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display April 19-June 14, 2010

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


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LaubTHIS & THAT: MIXED MEDIA WORKS
Karl Laub
Karl Laub makes what he calls children’s art for people ages 1-100. Joyous and playful, his artwork comes to life with a mixture of acrylics, watercolors, pastels and molding paste. He has been developing this craft for the past 12 years. Laub has commissioned pieces that can be seen at the Michigan Humane Society and the Children’s Hospital in Detroit. During summers, you can find him at art fairs.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Taubman Health Center South Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display April 19-June 14, 2010

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


SteigerUNSEEN UNIVERSES: ACRYLIC ON CANVAS
Merrill Steiger

Merrill Steiger believes that spirit is part of our experience from which the arts, philosophy, science, magic and all religions of the world derive. Inspired by different people, places, and experiences throughout her life, Steiger strives to juxtapose the totality of the universe with the microscopic creatures that exist within it. The Unseen Universe series features organic forms, landscape imagery, and startling shifts of scale from the microscopic to the cosmic. Her strongly hued paintings suggest a journey through the inner space of one’s own consciousness. These microcosms, which represent the cosmos in its entirety, take us on a journey into the divine realities of nature, which in turn helps us tap into the essential nature of our own being.  
Gifts of Art Gallery – University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display April 19-June 14, 2010

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


RossNORTHERN MINNESOTA: RECENT PAINTINGS
Douglas Ross

Douglas Ross’ work changed direction dramatically following his retirement from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln where he taught sculpture and drawing for 32 years. Upon moving to Minnesota, he embarked on a series of paintings inspired by the northern landscapes, which he first learned to love as a teenager. Imagery from his youth merges with his present imagination, and now the focus of the majority of his paintings is on the trees, rocks, and water that form the dramatic landscape along the north shore of Lake Superior.    
Gifts of Art Gallery – University Hospital Main Corridor, Floor 2
1500 E. Medical Center Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display April 19-June 14, 2010

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


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HallidaySIMPLI JESSI: HANDMADE DOLLS
Jessi Halliday

Jessi Halliday lovingly creates a modern spin on the vintage rag doll. The clothing from one of the dolls is from her father’s bell bottom jeans from the 60's! As you can imagine, each hand stitched patch has a story that goes with it. Every doll is original, hand sewn with recycled fabrics, and filled with eco stuffing. After finishing her BFA at the College for Creative studies, Halliday spends her time between designing at a local architecture firm and creating her unique dolls. Her work may be found at boutiques around the world.     
Gifts of Art Gallery – University Hospital Main Corridor, Floor 2
1500 E. Medical Center Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display April 19-June 14, 2010

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


On display April 19, 2009-August 16, 2010

PatricoloPOWER OF CHOICE: CLOTH DOLLS
Charlie Patricolo

Doll making is Charlie Patricolo’s creative expression. A hobby that began in the 1960’s became a passion and business in the 1990’s. She spent 10 years in western North Carolina connected to the John C. Campbell Folk School learning new techniques and defining her style and methods. Now in Chelsea, Michigan, Patricolo creates dolls representing loved ones in life stages. From Grammie, to Legacy, to New Mom, to Cancer Dolls, Patricolo’s work signifies the struggle and strength necessary to deal with life’s joys and challenges. She says, “Life will show through in the work of any artist who will permit the outside to have a glimpse of her own truth.”
Gifts of Art Gallery – Comprehensive Cancer Center, Level B2
1500 E. Medical Center Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display April 19, 2009-August 16, 2010
Open M-F from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.


FranzenIMAGES & PATTERNS: NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY
Lori Franzen

Lori Franzen has been a freelance photographer for the past 20 years. Her love of the visual arts and natural history has strongly influenced her work. Her photography covers a wide range of nature subjects, from scenics, to wildlife, to macro images. In many of the images, Franzen explores patterns in nature. Franzen’s work has been published in magazines such as Nature’s Best and the National Wildlife Federation’s Children’s Magazines Ranger Rick and Your Big Backyard. Her images have also been published in Audubon calendars, among others. Franzen is a retired occupational therapist and lives in Ann Arbor. 
Gifts of Art Gallery – Comprehensive Cancer Center, Level 1
1500 E. Medical Center Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display April 19, 2009-August 16, 2010
Open M-F from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.


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