Art in Public Places

Artist of the Month - November

The Saginaw Charter Township Art In Public Places is proud to present Alan Maciag of Midland,
Michigan, for the month of November.

Alan Maciag

Michigan Artist, Alan Maciag (B.1950), is a 1974 Graduate of Central Michigan University with a
Masters Degree in Art Education. He has retired after teaching art for the last thirty-two (32) years in
the Frankenmuth School District.

Alan’s avid interest in architecture and gardening are reoccurring themes in his current body of work.
It is the pure beauty of nature at its finest hour that inspires Alan’s oil paintings. Alan is especially
moved by sunlight and the magic a ray of light can cast upon a particular subject revealing the depth
and fundamental form waiting to be captured on canvas…from a field of poppies to and ida red apple.

Alan’s rural landscapes are a balance between form, distance, colour, and content. This balance
creates a sense of calm and bucolic reverence for the rural heritage of Michigan, for the wonderland of
her vacation lakes or for the sanctuary within a garden or public space. It is as though you have been
given a gift; to simply “step in” for a moment and be surrounded by the spirit captured on that canvas.

Alan also has an ability to capture the energy of city life. His paint strokes capture the hustle and bustle
of humanity, simplifying them to a palatable content. Alan literally draws out the quintessential
elements that are the breath of life in his subjects and definition of statements. You will “feel” the city
as you gaze upon his city views.

Ever evolving, Alan’s work is growing as the artist grows influenced by the beauty surrounding him as
seen through his eyes.

Plein air painters paint from life with a passion like no other in the world of painters. As an “open air”
painter, I channel all my sensory faculties to absorb the truth in sight complemented by the atmosphere
around me. By placing myself among these magnificent gifts of light and nature, my visions are
propelled from my head to my hand to my canvas. First known as Realist in the 19th century
revolutionary painters such as Manet, Monet, Degas, and Renoir collectively gave birth to
Impressionism. These Impressionistic masters, as I, embrace the philosophy that I must trust my eyes
by physically registering the color of light. This is the basis of Plein air painting…to see nature not as
form, but rather light on form. This then is my unique personal “philosophy” of light on form. I use no
formulas for painting but have learned to trust my own vision to find truth before me.
Alan’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., November 1 through November
30, 2017. The Offices are closed for Thanksgiving, November 23 & 24, all day.


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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