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

AathAD2016  AwAD2016

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Fenton Community Orchestra’s

2016 June Concert


The Hagerman Foundation Gives $10,000 Grant to

Lakes Area Arts Council!


Today, The Fenton Lakes Area Arts Council accepted a $10,000 grant from “The Hagerman Foundation” for a NEW community project celebrating the arts. The event, “Arts Are The Heart” of the city is a summer series of family art projects, art exhibits, music, literary and performing arts, as well as, a reception for families to attend and view art.

The series will be on the “First Friday’s” of the month, June 3rd, July 1st and August 5th from 3:00pm to 7:00pm based at the Fenton Community and Cultural Center.   The event is free and open to the public, celebrating the arts and showcasing the newly renovated center.

“Arts Are The Heart” will help provide a consistent avenue of accelerating art and culture in downtown Fenton. It is an effort to build awareness for the arts in the community as well as support the revitalization of downtown and engage families in the arts.

The Lakes Area Arts Council thanks The Hagerman Foundation for their generous contribution and invites the community to this spectacular celebration of the arts – a family friendly event with art opportunities for all ages.

“The Hagerman Foundation is excited to see the recent revitalization taking place in downtown Fenton. This summer series is a wonderful addition in bringing the community together; embracing family, arts, and culture. We look forward to enjoying it with friends and family”, said Becky Foerster, Executive Director, The Hagerman Foundation.



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

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

Pics from the 2016 Watercolor Workshop

Taught by Joe Fettingis

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

Glass Artistry


Click on image to see the video.

The Art video this month is an incredibly artful film on the artistry of blowing glass.  So much so, that in won an Oscar for “Documentary Short” in 1958.  check out the old timers’ collasped cheeks in the beginning of the video, contrasted with mass production of the era in the middle and the elegant, elegant dance of the artisans’ hands near the end.

Non Fiction Fans

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

The non-fiction group will discuss “Unstoppable” by Ralph Nader on
February 23rd.

Everyone is welcome!

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.

 From a Blog Post by Johannes Vloothuis:  The Value of Hard and Soft Edges    by Johannes Vloothuis  (taken from a website article)

Handling edges is a skill that all fine artists will need to learn sooner or later. Edges that are out of focus are vital in paintings in order to create the 3D illusion of making things look like they recede in a landscape painting, for example. Edges that are blurred make things appear they are moving.

There are three kinds of edges in all mediums:

The contour of forms can become completely lost, leaving little or no definition. Use diffused edges to:
*Indicate foliage in the last plane in your background
*Create ethereal cumulous clouds
*Create realistic waterfalls that appear to be moving
*Indicate crashing waves in a seascape

The edge is recognizable, but blurry.
*Distant trees and evergreens in backgrounds
*Distant hills
*Things in the peripheral areas of a painting
*Water reflections

Clearly defined with no sense of being out of focus.
*Rocky mountains

” The essence of all art is to have pleasure in giving pleasure.”
Dale Carnegie

” Nothing right can be accomplished in art without enthusiasm.”
Robert Schumann


 Poetry Fans

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

At the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, we will be considering his sonnets on May 26th.

Everyone is welcome!

Ai Weiwei exhibition coming to Meijer Gardens

Opening January 2017


ArtReview magazine dubbed Chinese artist and dissident Ai Weiwei the most powerful artist in the world in 2011. (Courtesy photo)

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei’s largest outdoor sculpture stands tall at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, where the colossal “Iron Tree” serves as a commentary on globalism.
Next year, more works by the renowned artist and political activist — including some of his iconic works as well as new art — will be on display at Meijer Gardens. Weiwei’s exhibition, “Ai Weiwei at Meijer Gardens: Natural, State,” will mark his first show in the upper Midwest and also his first at a botanic garden. It is slated to open Jan. 27, 2017.

Click here to read more.

The Singing Tree


This image was shared on facebook, by member Mary Boyer.

2016 Biennial All Media Exhibition

Presented by DAM, the Detroit Artist Market, April 29 – May 28


This year, DAM invited MaryAnn Wilkinson, Exhibitions Director at the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning; and Adjunct Curator of Modern Art, University of Michigan Museum of Art to select from over 200 pieces of artwork submitted for consideration. The ‘All Media Exhibition’ will feature a wide array of work from 64 local artists. From painting to assemblage to fiber, the DAM Biennial showcases the wide range of media and techniques used by local artists. It’s exciting to see and jury all this fine work. – MaryAnn Wilkinson

More info here.

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.