Artist of the Month - February
Allise Noble is an award winning Michigan artist with a background in fine art and interior design. She teaches art to creators of all ages and abilities throughout the Great Lakes Bay region, and is especially passionate about working with artists with disabilities and mental health struggles. Noble believes in the healing power of creativity, and is blessed to see every day how creation sparks joy in both the creator and those around them. Noble believes that everyone is an artist. Each person on earth has the ability to do something creative that can touch another person, and it is never too late to begin.
My art celebrates the natural world around us and all those who inhabit it. Living things truly are works of art in and of themselves, but often our interior landscapes are even more interesting. I believe art should show us something we cannot see in real life, and I enjoy visually exposing the unique mental environment of the subjects in my work. In each piece, I aim to begin a story that the viewer gets to finish.
Allise's exhibit will be on display at Saginaw Township Hall, located at 4980 Shattuck Road, Saginaw, Michigan, Monday - Friday, 8am - 5pm, thru February 29, 2024. Township Offices will be closed in observance of Presidents' Day, February 19, 2024.
2023 Award Winners
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 Brian Rombalski.
Committee members include:
- Karen Gerhardt
- Bob Lewis
- Marion Tincknell
- Barbara Walworth
- Jim Kelly --Board of Trustees