Artist of the Month - June
The Saginaw Charter Township Art In Public Places is proud to present Barbara Plezia-Doepel of Midland, Michigan, for the month of June.
I have a BFA (Graphic Design) from the Center for Creative Studies – Detroit. Michigan nature scenes and how people, historically and currently interact in a setting, are among my favorite subject matters for illustrating.
Michigan is endless in its provision of inspiration for all of my work. Driving through Grayling’s forests, walking through Midland’s City Forest, fishing the AuSable…are just a few of the gems that motivate me to pick up pen, ink and a paintbrush.
I hope my art helps evoke a favorite memory of a visit or inspires you to spend a little more time in observation of our beautiful state.
Barbara's art exhibit will be shown at the Saginaw Charter Township Hall, 4980 Shattuck Road, Saginaw, Michigan, during business hours Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 5:00 p.m., June 5 through June 30, 2017.
ANNUAL STATE OF THE ARTS EXHIBITION
Brief History of Saginaw Township Art in Public Places
Former Saginaw Township Manager Robert C. Homan first investigated ways in which to promote art appreciation in Saginaw Township. The Township Board appointed a committee of seven individuals with various art backgrounds to organize activities and schedule displays. The original members; Bonnie Bellinger, Patricia Shaheen, Patricia Koucky, Luther Hale, Walter Nagel Jr., Rev. David Bracklein and Marian Tincknell held their first meeting on November 13, 1986. At that first meeting they discussed the possibility of showcasing a monthly art display at the Saginaw Township Hall. During the remainder of the year and the year following, the Committee organized an art show featuring Michigan artists and their works. This annual show is now referred to as the "Annual State of the Arts Exhibition".
The Committee appointed Bonnie Bellinger as Chairperson and through her and the Committee's hard work a successful arts appreciation program was established for Saginaw Township residents. Bonnie Bellinger retired as Chairperson in 1990, but her projects live on. In 2004 the Annual State of the Arts Exhibition dedicated the exhibition to Patricia Koucky who unexpectedly passed away earlier that year.
The Committee is now Chaired by Saginaw Township Manager Rob Grose.
Committee members include:
- Judi Braun
- Bob Lewis
- Lindy Morley
- Ursula Steckert
- Marion Tincknell
- Jim Kelly --Board of Trustees
- Shirley Wazny --Clerk