The Saginaw Charter Township Art In Public Places is proud to present Gail Leduc of Freeland, Michigan, for the Artist of the Month for September.
Through the years art has taken me through many years of discovery and fulfilment on professional and personal levels.
As of most artists I drew on everything and as a horse lover from an early age it was horses that filled the pieces of every scrap of paper I could find. As I grew up I learned to paint with oils and pastels and for many years did animal portraits of horses and dogs.
Then for several years I turned to bronze sculpture, the highlight of my bronze years was a life size running horse, when working with the sculptor James Hopfensespuger; that sculpture is standing in Wisconsin.
Now I paint exclusively with Acrylics and gravitate to whatever is special to me, be it a landscape or a particular animal; or something that is sometimes overlooked in our daily lives. I try to depict my subjects as true and honestly as I possibly can . To reach the viewer and see the response to my work brings me pleasure and a sense of satisfaction and is the ultimate goal and reward.
Gail'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 September 30, 2021.
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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