Artist of the Month - May
The Saginaw Charter Township Art In Public Places is proud to present Karen Jonker of East Tawas, MI for the month of May.
Art is about feeling and communing with myself and those who view my work. Ultimately, art allows us to transcend differences. Creativity is universal. I strive to reveal our commonalities by reducing images to their essence. I find watercolor and pastel the best media to express the fluidity of life.
This 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., thru May 31, 2019.
SAGINAW TOWNSHIP ANNUAL STATE OF THE ARTS EXHIBITION
2019 Award Winners
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:
- Bob Lewis
- Lindy Morley
- Ursula Steckert
- Marion Tincknell
- Barbara Day
- Jim Kelly --Board of Trustees
- Shirley Wazny --Clerk