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On display June 20-August 15, 2011

Pat HollyPATHWAYS: ART QUILTS
Paradigm Fiber Artists
Paradigm is a group of artists from southeastern Michigan dedicated to the concept of quilt as art. Most members are professional artists: teaching, lecturing and selling their work. Although most of the art is textile based, members use many techniques in the production of their work. This work ranges from quilts, to assemblages, collage, sculptures and dolls. Members meet regularly to share ideas, critique each other’s work and organize group projects and exhibitions. They have worked together to produce artwork for the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, Ronald McDonald House and the Ann Arbor District Library. Members of the group are Mary Andrews, Jill Ault, Mary Bajcz, Cindy Geist, Mary Gentry, Sonja Hagen, Sue Holdaway-Heys, Pat Holly, Gretchen Jackson, Carolyn King, Linda Larsen, Joan Potter Thomas and Carol Wineman.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Taubman Health Center North Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display June 20-August 15, 2011

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


David HelmA COLORFUL LIFE: HAND BLOWN GLASS
David Helm
A retired Skilled Trades Auto Worker, David Helm went back to school at the College for Creative Studies for a degree in glass blowing. As he creates each handmade blown glass piece, Helm focuses on visual depth as the glass reflects, captures and magnifies light. He designs his pieces to be colorful, and he says that the thrill and beauty of making glass objects is unlike anything else. “The slightest lapse in the intense concentration necessary to create in the art form can cause failure of all your hard work and effort. However, the controlled flick of the wrist or puff of air in the pipe can make an outstanding work of art.”
Gifts of Art Gallery – Taubman Health Center North Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display June 20-August 15, 2011

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


Sandy CollinsANNUAL EMPLOYEE ART EXHIBITION
UMHS Employee Artists and Volunteers

Each year Gifts of Art presents an exhibition of artwork by staff of the University of Michigan Health System. This eagerly anticipated event showcases the exceptional talent and creativity of the people who work at UMHS. This year's exhibition will be juried by Arts Alliance President, Susan Froelich. There are ribbon awards for Best in Category and Best in Show, and a People's Choice award will be determined by the votes of visitors to the exhibit. Winners will be announced at the Artist Reception and Award Ceremony on Tuesday, July 12, 2011 from 11:45 a.m.-1:00 p.m. in the exhibition gallery. This will be a Zero Waste Event.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Taubman Health Center South Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display June 20-August 15, 2011

Open daily from 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
 

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Mark PiotrowskyNEW CUT OUTS: ENAMEL ON SHAPED PANEL
Mark Piotrowski

Mark Piotrowski, of Bay City Michigan, is both art educator and working artist. He has taught art at every grade level from elementary to college. His current work involves shaping Masonite and medium-density fibreboard (MDF) panels with a jig saw, preparing them, and then drawing on linear elements with an enamel wash. Once the layout is complete, then the process of breaking the large shape down and making color decisions begins. Piotrowski earned his Bachelor Degree in Art Education at Eastern Michigan University and his Master’s Degree in Fine Arts at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. His work has been on display throughout Michigan and is found in many business and personal collections.
Gifts of Art Gallery – University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display June 20-August 15, 2011

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


Robert W. ClevelandVISIONS OF BAY VIEW: COLOR PHOTOGRAPHY
Robert W. Cleveland

Retired automotive advertising photographer Robert W. Cleveland’s mastery of technique now serves his own artistic expression. The play of light on architectural forms, the feeling of tranquility from a warm seat on a Victorian porch, the joy that arises from a spray of flowers, these feelings, as well as the feeling of harmony and peace that comes from a beautifully composed image, are what Cleveland hopes to share with his viewer. These photographs are of Bay View, Michigan, northeast of Petoskey on Little Traverse Bay. Bay View was founded in 1875 as a Methodist summer gathering place — a Chautauqua — where cultural, social and religious development was encouraged. His color photographs illustrate Mary Jane Doerr’s book on its social history, Bay View, An American Idea.
Gifts of Art Gallery – University Hospital Main Corridor, Floor 2
1500 E. Medical Center Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display June 20-August 15, 2011

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


Youngquist & LongHINE'S EMERALD DRAGONFLY PROJECT
Betsy Youngquist & R. Scott Long

The mixed media beadwork of Rockford, Illinois artists Betsy Youngquist and R. Scott Long reflects a fascination with the intersection of humans, animals and mythology. Stemming from a life-long love of all creatures great and small, Long and Youngquist weave together the human and animal spirit through a surrealistic lens. This project shows the entire life cycle of the Hine's Emerald Dragonfly (the only federally listed endangered dragonfly) including the egg, nymph and adult stage. Dragonflies have resided on Earth for around 300 million years. The only remaining habitat of this insect is in four states: Michigan, Missouri, Illinois and Wisconsin. During the past dozen years, the artists have exhibited their work at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the Smithsonian Craft Show in Washington, D.C., the VIDA Museum in Borgholm, Sweden, and the Racine Art Museum in Racine, Wisconsin. A video of the artists creating this work and a map of where the Hine’s Emerald Dragonfly population is located in Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin and Missouri is available here.
Gifts of Art Gallery – University Hospital Main Corridor, Floor 2
1500 E. Medical Center Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display June 20-August 15, 2011

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

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On display April 18-August 15, 2011

Norma Penchansky-GlasserMOMENTS IN MOTION: BRONZE SCULPTURE
Norma Penchansky-Glasser

Dance has been a continual inspiration for Norma Penchansky-Glasser. In bronze sculpture, she explores the gestural quality of a single moment in the continuous movement of a dancer. The subtle variations in position and movement that the figure finds, both in rehearsal and performance, have inspired her to freeze a moment and capture not only the stress and strain, but also the relaxation of the human form in dance.  These transitory moments are what she strives to realize in her sculpture.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Comprehensive Cancer Center, Level B2
1500 E. Medical Center Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display April 18-August 15, 2011
Open M-F from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.


E. Brooks HinermanTHE BLOOMS OF MATTHAEI: ART QUILTS & PHOTOGRAPHY
E. Brooks Hinerman

E. Brooks Hinerman's floral art quilts are a combination of her experience with making art quilts and her love of nature photography. She uses her floral photographs as patterns for her art quilts, and the results exhibit both naturalness and grace. All of the photographs used as patterns in this exhibit were taken at the U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens in Ann Arbor. Hinerman is based in Saline, Michigan.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Comprehensive Cancer Center, Level 1
1500 E. Medical Center Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display April 18-August 15, 2011
Open M-F from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

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UPCOMING EXHIBITS

On display August 22-October 10, 2011

Monte NaglerSTATEMENTS OF LIGHT
Monte Nagler
Noted writer, lecturer, teacher and fine art photographer Monte Nagler is the author of six highly successful photography books. Nagler’s photographs, which have won numerous awards, are found in many private and public collections including the Detroit Institute of Art, the U-M Museum of Art and the Grand Rapids Art Museum. In addition, he has been honored with proclamations by the State of Michigan Senate and House for his contributions to fine art photography. This group of images includes traditional black & white, color and infrared digital photographs. The prints are produced on very high quality watercolor paper.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Taubman Health Center North Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display August 22-October 10, 2011

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


Mary KatzWHIMSICAL NATURE: FIBER BIRDS
Mary Katz
Mary Katz is a fiber artist living and working in Denver, Colorado. She is an avid bird watcher and amateur naturalist, and she is inspired by everything in the natural world. Katz’s soft sculptured birds and animals are constructed from recycled thrift shop fabrics and found objects. They take on whimsical personality and gesture as they are completed. Katz has been sewing and crafting since childhood, and she is constantly expanding her skills  and techniques.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Taubman Health Center North Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display August 22-October 10, 2011

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


John LilleyNATURAL ABSTRACTION IN COLOR PHOTOGRAPHY
John Lilley

Based out of Dexter, Michigan, John Lilley discovers photographs in places often unseen or overlooked — designs, textures and forms that occur as small but distinct subsets of the broader landscape. Photographing since the 1960s, Lilley presents image content clearly and directly, even though the subject matter may not be immediately discernible. To provide superior tonal gradation and textural detail, he photographs primarily with large and medium format film cameras and then completes the process digitally. Prints are made using pigment ink on the highest quality rag paper.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Taubman Health Center South Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display August 22-October 10, 2011

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

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Joe ContiCOMMITTED TO CLAY
Village Potters Guild

Founded in 1995, the Village Potters Guild of Plymouth is a non-profit, cooperative pottery studio comprised of 30 artists who share the common bond of a commitment to clay and a collaborative setting in which to work. The guild offers year-round ceramics classes, works with student artists from local high schools and participates in local art events. Along with Detroit’s Pewabic Pottery, Village Potters Guild co-sponsored and completed the tile wall mural at Plymouth Township Hall. Guild artists worked with community members and scout troops to build and glaze each tile. 
Gifts of Art Gallery – Taubman Health Center South Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display August 22-October 10, 2011

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


Robert MullenixTREELINE: MIXED MEDIA PAINTING
Robert Mullenix

Robert Mullenix creates wooded landscapes which emphasize light and reflect his dual interest in painting and photography. In his pieces, both negative and positive shapes can be of equal interest. Mullenix works to bring about an interior experience for the viewer — what may only be sensed, intuited, known. Seeing creation in destruction, he works with a table saw, recombining elements, reevaluating and revising his ideas. Mullenix holds an MFA from the University of Illinois and lives and works in Oxford, Ohio.
Gifts of Art Gallery – University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display August 22-October 10, 2011

Open daily from 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
 


Ilona BrustadCONTEMPORARY MOSAICS
Mosaic Artists of Michigan

Spanning the state from west to east, Mosaic Artists of Michigan promotes the rich historic art of mosaics. Members are committed to sharing their passion and knowledge of mosaic art with each other and the community through education, exhibitions and public installations. Many have had solo and international juried exhibitions, published their work in mosaic and other art books and magazines, and had public and private commissions. The art of contemporary mosaic presents a world of endless possibilities in color, texture, shape and expression.
Gifts of Art Gallery – University Hospital Main Corridor, Floor 2
1500 E. Medical Center Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display August 22-October 10, 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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