Art in Public Places

The Saginaw Charter Township Art In Public Places is proud to present Merry Feith of Saginaw, Michigan, for the featured Artist of the Month for December.

Merry Feith
Merry Feith pronounced (Faith); has been an admirer of the arts ever since she was a little girl in Kindergarten learning to finger paint. For as long as she can remember, her parents encouraged her talent beginning with her first easel at age 5, handcrafted by her father, and later selling colorfully painted homegrown pumpkins at her father’s locally owned flower shop. Merry continued to develop her artistic talents throughout her education and found a passion for using color pencils and acrylics to describe the wonderful colors and themes she imagined as a child.

Every picture Merry draws or paints, evokes her imagination of a simpler time. Each glance tells a different story with elements having significant and special meaning. If you look closely at her paintings, most will have either a couple, a dog, a cat, a lamb, a church, a gazebo, or woodland creatures.

Merry’s artwork has been on display at the following places: Studio 23 in Bay City, Art at The Anderson, established by the Saginaw Arts and Enrichment Commission, Downtown Saginaw Farmer’s Market, New Hope, Wellspring, Wescourt, and a number of local holiday art shows, along with various fundraisers including Can Council, The Eye Ball (S.A.F.E.), The Home Builder’s Association, Mustard Seed, Travis Mills fundraiser, and other various medical and church fundraisers.  Merry’s painting “The Grand Tea Garden” was the cover page to “Addicted To Mackinac Island” facebook page cover as their featured artist of the month. Her work has been featured in the Saginaw News, M-Live and the Bay City Times. She currently sells her work which also includes hand painted Christmas bulbs on Mackinac Island and at the Andersen Enrichment Center in Saginaw, MI. She is currently proud to add Artist of the month at the Saginaw Charter Township Art in Public Places to her accomplishments.

Merry's art exhibit will be shown at the Saginaw Charter Township Hall, 4980 Shattuck Road, Saginaw, Michigan, Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., thru December 29, 2021.  The Township offices will be closed December 23rd & 24th.

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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 James Wickman.

Committee members include:

  • Bob Lewis
  • Lindy Morley
  • Marion Tincknell
  • Karen Gerhardt
  • Jim Kelly --Board of Trustees
  • Shirley Wazny --Clerk