Art in Public Places

Artists of the Month - August


The Saginaw Charter Township Art In Public Places is proud to present Brian Goff and Douglas J. Barron of Bridgeport, MI, for the month of August.

Brian Goff
Brian is an emerging oil paint artist and lifelong Michigan native.  Growing up on a small apple orchard ingrained in him the impacts of changing seasons, a garden’s bounty, and friendly neighbors.  The country road landscapes he traversed in his youth he now sees in terms of sublime shadows and rich panoramas on his journey as an artist.  Brian’s paintings, with their intensity of color and defining brush work, evoke the underlying strength found in nature and rural life.

Brian has a background in the commercial display industry and resides on a small farm in Bridgeport Township.  He can be reached at  .

Douglas J. Barron
Douglas is a 1982 graduate of Frankenmuth, his home town.  The artist paints oil on canvas, en plein air and studio, and practices his technique to convey a sense of immediacy and harmony that we feel within our natural environment.  He applies the strengths of his medium to achieve rich surfaces and vibrant hues of favorite subjects; sky, water, flowers and views of the Michigan countryside.  Often you will find Douglas gardening and raising chickens on his farm, sources of inspiration for much of his work.

Douglas can be reached at  .

This combined 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., August 1 through August 31, 2017.


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Brief History of Saginaw Township Art in Public Places

On September 12, 1986, by joint resolution of the Township Board an Art in Public Places Committee was established. The Committee functions primarily to: Advise the Township Board on art and culture-related issues, promotes the display of art in public buildings, organizes the Annual State of the Arts Exhibition and selects works of art to be permanently or temporarily displayed in facilities owned by Saginaw Township.

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