Lakes Area Arts Council Presents 2016 Summer Arts Events in Downtown Fenton:


AathAD2016  AwAD2016

Click images above for more info

Images from the June 3 event:




See more images from the June 3 event throughout this homepage

Thanks to our Sponsors!

Your help enables the Arts Council to present art events for our local community.



FentonCityLogo   City of Fenton & Fenton DDA


   HF logoThe Hagerman Foundation


AcornLogo   Acorn Wealth Advisors


Fenton Community & Cultural Center
The Laundry & Crust
Denise Willing-Booher   ▪    Sally Bright
Linda Dyball   ▪   Joan Horcha




MaryLou Ackerman     ▪   Lisa Bayer
Pam Buerger   ▪   George Dyball
Jerry Haddad   ▪   Noah Morgan   ▪   Brenda Wehrli


SharpsLogo   Sharp Funeral Homes

TanglewoodLogo   Tanglewood Assisted  Living


Billmeier Camera  &  Custom Framing


ParagonLogo   Paragon Manufacturing

  SallySponsorLogo  Sally & Barry Bright


Fenton FireHall
Fenton Hotel Tavern & Grill
Uncle Ray’s Dairyland
Zuddle’s Design & Printing
Beauchamp Water Treatment & Supply
Sawyer Jewelers   ▪   A Joyful Noise


RybarLogo   The Rybar Group

StateBankLogo   The State Bank of Fenton

In memory of Alec Gomez

Joan Horcha and Jerry Haddad

RotaryLogo Fenton Rotary Club 

LascoLogo   Lasco Ford

H & H Powder Coating

Please support these businesses and thank them for sponsoring the art events.



The first Arts Are The Heart event took place  Friday, June 3!

At the Fenton Community and Cultural Center



More info here

Don’t miss the next “Arts Are The Heart” First Friday event, July 1



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Artzy Mask Prize Exhibit and Contest at ArtWalk 2016!

Start designing your Artzy Mask now for the July 9 event


For More info:
Website is here
Email your questions here
Call:  810.208.0068




More of our Fine Merchants are Requesting Artists for the
Fenton ArtWalk 2016

So we continue to accept applications

If you are not a member  of Lakes Area Arts Council/LAVA we invite you apply to exhibit at one of the merchants in the Downtown Fenton area during the ArtWalk.  Below is the application.  You can either print, complete and mail the form or apply completely online.

Members of the LAAC / LAVA will be exhibiting in the giant tent on the Fenton Community and Cultural Center lawn, as always.


Downtown Fenton’s  6th Annual ArtWalk
Saturday, July 9th, 2016     11am to 4pm
FREE to Artists  –  Apply by March 18th
In beautiful and newly renovated Downtown Fenton
At participating Merchants and Fenton Community and Cultural Center

Plus… enter the Juried Fine Art Exhibit and Competition
Attend the Community Opening Reception  & Meet the Artists
Friday evening, July 8, 2016

Click here for Artist Application and more info:  LakesAreaArtsCouncil.org
Email:  FentonArtWalk@gmail.com     Phone: 810.208.0068

Sponsored by:   Fenton DDA . City of Fenton . Fenton Lakes Area Arts Council

To Register Completely Online, Click Here. (preferred)


Click here to download a PDF file to print, complete and mail to:

PO Box 523
Fenton, Mi  48430



Watch for the ArtWalk billboard June 13
On US 23, north of the M-59 exit.





~~~~ Art Video of the Month ~~~~

British artist, Bubzbeauty’s, speeded-up video.


Click on image to see the video.

The best parts are her comments during the painting.




Non Fiction Fans

A Non Fiction discussion group meets every 3 months at the Fenton Library.

The non-fiction group is currently reading “How Detroit Won the War” [i.e. World
War 2] by A.J. Baime, to be discussed on Tuesday August 23rd, 6:30.

Again, everyone is welcome! Bring a friend!


Creative Spark*

Creative Spark* was started by Joan Horcha & Mary Lou Ackerman.  They will be contributing bits of info meant to Spark* your thoughts of art:  love of art, how you see art, create art and think about art.

Spring is Here!

“Art is the signature of civilizations.”
Beverly Sills

“True artists are almost the only men who do their work for pleasure.”
Auguste Rodin

“Art resides in the quality of doing, process is not magic.”
Charles Eames



 Poetry Fans

Are you a fan of poetry?  A group of poetry fans meets monthly at the Fenton Library  to discuss & enjoy poetry together.

On Thursday June 23rd, beginning at 3:00, the group will be considering the poetry of Rita Dove.
Everyone is welcome!  Bring a friend!

Everyone is welcome!


From University of Michigan

Art Helps Those Suffering with Dementia

Meet Me at UMMA: A Museum Arts Experience for Persons with Mild Memory Loss and Their Care Partners


Meet Me at UMMA invites people with mild memory loss to enjoy a guided gallery experience along with family members or care partners. Offered in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association, this program is designed for people who live at home and their companions.

If you or someone you care about is experiencing mild memory loss, research has shown that the visual and expressive arts can be good for your mind. In addition, great enjoyment is to be found in seeking out the sights, sounds, textures, and good feelings that come with looking at, learning, and sharing feelings about paintings, music, and other creative arts.

UMMA’s trained docents will accompany small groups for a guided tour and provide the opportunity for everyone to experience different kinds of art and share their responses.

Upcoming “Meet Me” session: Sunday, July 17, 3-4 p.m.
Click here for more info

New Law Can Hurt Michigan Schools’ Arts Education


Recently Representative Lisa Posthumus Lyons (R – Alto) and members of the Michigan legislature introduced a piece of legislation that if passed would have a devastating impact on arts education in Michigan schools.

This article is copied from the Arts Council of Greater Lansing newsletter:

As a part of the Michigan Merit Curriculum, high school students are required to take one credit in the arts (visual, performing or applied) to qualify for graduation. This measure was signed into law in 2006 with overwhelming bi-partisan support (136 yeas’ – 11 nays’ and 1 excused). House Bill 5463 would eliminate that requirement and instead allow students to complete three credits in any of the following “21st Century Skills”:
A language other than English
Visual, performing, or applied arts.
Computer science or computer coding, or a combination of the two.
A Michigan Department of Education (MDE)-approved formal career and technical education program.
HB 5463 was initially introduced as a bill that would simply add computer coding as an allowable method to complete the language requirement. During a House Workforce and Development Committee meeting, a substitute H-1 was offered which transformed the bill from one minor change to the Merit Curriculum requirements to a sweeping rewrite. The H-1 substitute was approved by the Committee and sent to the full House by a vote of 14-0.

Creative Many certainly does not oppose providing Michigan students with opportunities to learn valuable computer coding skills, but such opportunities should not come at the expense of arts education. Considering the growing number Michigan jobs available in the creative industries now and in the future, arts education is essential to ensuring that our students have the knowledge and skills necessary to fill these positions and help a thriving economic sector continue to grow and prosper.

In fact, according to the recently released Creative Many’s Creative Industries Report, in 2014 Michigan’s creative industries generated nearly $5 billion in wages for 88,761 employees in 10,706 creative businesses. Additionally, in 2013 nonprofit arts and cultural organizations in Michigan contributed more than $610 million in annual expenditures, a $15 million increase from the previous year.

You can view a copy of House Bill 5463 (H-1) here and a summary of the legislation here.

Contact your Michigan State Representative today and urge them to oppose House Bill 5463 in its current form. This legislation could move at any moment so time is of the essence for arts education in Michigan. Ask your lawmaker to restore the one credit fine arts requirement in the Michigan Merit Curriculum. Click here to send a message to your lawmaker today.

Creative Many and our allies will continue our work to keep this bill from undermining arts education in Michigan and will keep you informed as things progress.

As always, please feel free to contact Sarah Triplett, Director of Public Policy, with any questions at sarah@creativemany.org or by phone at 517.599.7784.

Flint Art Fair 2016

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Click here to sign-up for a volunteer position at the 2016 Flint Art Fair

Click here for more info on the Flint Art Fair

Why Building Arts-Based Communities Is So Important

by Suzanne Gerber  SuzanneGerber

…….  For the past decade, creative placemaking has come to describe projects in which “art plays an intentional and integrated role in place-based community planning and development.” That definition is from Jamie Bennett, executive director of ArtPlace America (APA), a consortium of federal agencies, banks and philanthropic foundations who believe that artists and arts organizations can shape the social, physical and economic characters of their communities.

Putting art at the heart of a community enhances our lives by stirring hard-to-articulate feelings and inspiring us to look beyond what we believe to be possible and imagine a more vibrant, exciting future. It also reminds us that we’re all creative beings — and that whether we’re making art or music, telling stories or cathartically sharing in the experience, we’re all connected.


Beyond the sociological aspects, how can these kinds of community art projects benefit individuals?

The NEA [National Endowment for the Arts] published a research-driven white paper called How Art Works, showing that when art happens, there are benefits to communities and to individuals. Those benefits include increased creative capacity and insight, the ability to bridge and bond and make connections with people who aren’t like you. Art is unique in that it offers individualized experiences, which can comfort you, sometimes provoke you, sometimes challenge you and sometimes it does all of those things………

Read the entire article here.

After World War II, Japanese American architect became “the new modernist designer” in Detroit

Michigan has its fair share of magnificent architects, one of whom is Minoru Yamasaki.

By Stateside Staff, Michigan Radio


Author John Gallagher recently wrote a book about Yamasaki. He joined us today on Stateside.

Yamasaki lived during World War II, when life for many Japanese Americans was not easy. Some suffered in internment camps, and Yamasaki too faced discrimination.

“And yet he was so good at what he did and so brilliant that he got these sort of high-end commissions, you know, from early on designing a naval base for the military at the height of World War II,” Gallagher said.

Read more or listen to the interview here.