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Studio Art Showcase Highlights Local Talent

Sue VanSlyke said it best: "Anyone can create, we should all try." This statement truly encapsulates the vision behind the first exhibition of 2023 at the Arts Council of White Lake-Nuveen Center (ACWL-Nuveen). The exhibit highlights two main divisions of ACWL-Nuveen programming: art exhibitions and instructional classes. We invited our artist teachers and our multi-generational students who attended classes between 2020-2022 to display up to two pieces of artwork and share a little about their experience teaching and/or taking classes at the ACWL-Nuveen.

We had a very enthusiastic response to the call from both our teachers and their students, the result being a wide variety of artistic mediums are on display. We have art showcasing skills in ceramics, fiber, watercolor, jewelry, collage, acrylic, pencil, print, and ink. Viewing this diverse array of art is a treat and a great opportunity to gain insight into our upcoming scheduled classes. Many of the teachers in the exhibit will be offering classes at the ACWL-Nuveen over the next few months. For example, stop by to get a glimpse of artwork from John Herron's Watercolor for All (March 10 or 11), Sarajane Fellini's Masterstrokes series (March 15, 22, & 29), and various jewelry classes led by Casey Bemis or Chris Rogers.

The exhibit is open to the public Tuesday through Friday – 11:00 – 5:30pm and Saturday 11:00 – 3:00pm. We invite the public to celebrate all the artists at a closing reception on Saturday, January 21 from 1:00-3:00pm. We will be providing a community art activity for all ages - decorating lunch sacks - to support Kids Food Basket. Come out to view the show, enjoy some snacks, and get creative!

In the meantime, peruse our Winter 2023 class schedule here and follow through on that New Year’s resolution to find more time for creativity and fun!

"I learned I had more talent than I thought I had. Anyone can create, we should all

try it."

- Sue VanSlyke - Watercolor for All

with John Herron, Paint your Pet with

Casey Bemis

"I love to paint, draw, basically anything that involves art. It's like magic. "

- Maren Brocklehurst - Quick Sketch:

People with Mary Jo Ernst, Open

Studio, Picasso Collage and many


"Everyone finds such joy in learning something new!"

- Chris Rogers, teacher of Beginning

"Teaching at the ACWL was so much fun! I was so impressed with my students' creativity and had such an amazing experience."

- Julia Beaumier, teacher of Woven

Fiber Art which will be held again in


"Preparation of the canvas, choosing vibrant colors, choosing the right tools, and developing my own personal painting style, all become fun for me. "

- Sharon Haggadone - Masterstrokes

with Sarajane Fellini

"The students inspire me to keep going!"

- Sarajane Fellini, teacher of


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