Adrian Center for the Arts receives grant from Lenawee YOUTH Council

The Adrian Center for the Arts recently received funding from the Lenawee YOUTH Council, a program of the Lenawee Community Foundation, to help with the creation of a teen after school art program this fall.

The funds will make possible a bi-monthly art experience for area teens from 13-17 years this fall, and will incorporate art making with viewing art in galleries and museums.

The Lenawee YOUTH Council previously bestowed a grant for this year’s Art: Artist’s Re-Imagining Tomorrow, an all week camp which began with a field trip to Meijer Gardens and concluded June 28th in a final art project. It is the third year for the summer camps at ACA which offer three age-grouped sessions. This year was the first to include young adults. Students learn to work with different media during the week-long camp which culminates in a show of their creations.

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Teen students in the “Reimagining Tomorrow” camp will display their projects during first Friday in September at the Wagley Group at 121 N. Main St. These students are also invited to be a part of the upcoming after school art group this fall.

Teachers involved in Re-imagining Tomorrow included Clinton teacher Lora Forgiel and ACA Youth Program Director Julia Tomaro, retired art teacher and curriculum coordinator from Berkley School District, in Berkley, Michigan. Students experimented with clay, glass, a variety of drawing materials, acrylic paint and silk dying. These bright young students then formulated their own final project using the facilities available at the ACA, along with the expert advice of the instructors and the gallery directors.

Summer Art Show at Croswell Opera House Gallery to Feature 19 Artists from ACA; 2 chosen to participate in LCVA Showcase in October

Nineteen artists from Adrian Center for the Arts have been juried into a summer show at the Croswell Opera House Gallery, and two have been chosen to exhibit in the Croswell Lenawee Council for the Visual Arts Showcase in October. 


The artists were chosen from entries in this month’s Art634 Jackson show, which was the ACA’s Trading Spaces exhibit this year. The ACA art will be installed at the Croswell Gallery from July 5 – August 28.

Juror Valerie Mann will speak at the exhibit reception scheduled for 2 p.m., July 13. Mann has an MFA in painting and is now a sculptor and has and will speak knowledgeably on a wide range of mediums. Mann was a speaker at the ACA Professional Artist Series last year.

Chosen for the show were  Deborah Allen “Hidden Stars,” White Stoneware; Pat Baker “Floral Play,” Acrylic; Duane Bastian “Reflections 2,” Ceramic; Jim Bundshuh “Spontaneous Assassination,” Steel and Stone; Taina Bundshuh “Illusion of Time,” Acrylic; Mike Collins “Angel”  Oil; Justin Cox “Abstain/Consume,” Mixed clays and firings; Anne Flora “Deconstructing the Past,” Silkscreen; Lindsay Hibbard “They’re Getting Away,” Pencil;  Maria Kolin “Beyond Magritte,” Stoneware, Pazzo Art; Kelly Moore “Not Today!” Oil; Amy Philp “Harbor of Healing: Ode to Lake Huron,” Fired Stoneware, pigment, metal; Catherine M. Royer “Passion,” Acrylic, resin, encaustic, found objects; Kris Schmidt “Girl in Stripe Pants,” Oil on linen; Susan Semenick “Storm in the Night,” Watercolor; Kenneth M. Thompson “Small Blade,” Aluminum; Ardea Thurston-Shaine “Surface,” Oil on wood panel; Laura VanCamp “Downcast,” Terra Cotta; Dorie Zorn “You Go Girl!” Oil and acrylic.


Duane Bastian and Cathy Royer were chosen to exhibit in the two-person LCVA exhibit in October.

Bryan and Shirley VanBenschoten were honored by Adrian Center for the Arts

Two Lenawee Council for the Visual Arts co-founders Bryan and Shirley VanBenschoten were honored with Lifetime Memberships.

The two were spotlighted at the Adrian Center for the Arts Donor Appreciation night in June. Their commitment to the visual arts in Lenawee County has been ongoing for decades. Shirley, a painter and Bryan, a potter, have vigorously continued in creating their own art and they regularly participate in exhibitions at the ACA and beyond.

 
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As charter members of the LCVA and artists involved in creating the Millennium sculpture in Adrian’s Comstock Park, they modeled what artists could do to help the visual arts be a viable asset to the community. Shirley served two terms as LCVA President and it was during her second term the Adrian Center for the Arts (ACA) was established. She and Bryan were the leaders in making Studio One on the ACA property the home for two-dimensional arts. They led volunteers for weeks of cleaning a building that had been non-functional for many years, championing many hours of remodeling, battling aging infrastructure. 

Adrian Center for the Arts and Adrian District Library Offer Free Class to Create Birdhouse

“Not Just For the Birds” Auction to Raise Funding for Youth Art Activities at Artalicious.

The Adrian Center for the Arts and the Adrian District Library are teaming up to create a fundraiser that is not just for the birds! In a joint collaboration, two classes will be offered to paint locally-made wooden birdhouses for the “Not Just For the Birds” auction at Artalicious this Fall. The bird house sale will support youth art activities at the annual art fair.

Classes will be taught by ACA resident artist Jill Shaffer on June 15 and July 10. Shaffer is Director of 2D media at the Adrian Center for the Arts. The classes will be held from 10:30 a.m. – noon on the 15th and from 6:30 - 8 p.m., on the 10th at the Library, located at 143 E. Maumee St.

Shaffer is especially inspired by nature and has been a recognized artist in our area and beyond for many years. Her primary media is pastel. She enjoys teaching, especially helping others to see in a new way, open their creativity and identify passion through their art.

There is no cost and all supplies are provided. Call the Adrian District Library at 517.265.2265 to reserve your spot. Each class is limited to 20.

Youth Art Camp: June 24-28

Register online for this class aimed at teens interested in art

There is still time to register for teen-targeted Visual Arts Camp at the Adrian Center for the Arts.

The camp caters to 13-17 year old students who are interested in advancing their artistic ideas and skill. The camp runs afternoons from June 24 – 28, with the exception of the first day which features a trip to the Frederick Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids and will begin at 8 a.m.

The camp is partially funded through the Lenawee Youth Council and the Kappa Kappa Epsilon Sorority.

Students will convene at the ACA from noon to 4 p.m., June 25-28th . Each day will present a new skill or technique that will help students hone their own ideas about and choose a final project. ACA resident artists and their studios will be available if one on one consultation for students’ works is needed. Final projects will be exhibited after the week-long session at an Adrian location to be determined.

This camp will be directed by Julia Tomaro and include two of the ACA’s newest teachers Amber Mades, who has successfully taught middle school for 10 years in Oakland County and Lora Forgiel, who is a wonderfully talented teacher in the Clinton School District of Lenawee County.

“We pride our program in providing lessons that go beyond the scope of normal classroom art activities, specializing in utilizing tools and materials of our artist studios at the Adrian Center for the Arts Campus,” said camp Director Julia Tomaro.

Adrian Center for the Arts Offers Youth Art Programs this Summer

The Adrian Center for the Arts (ACA) is hosting a youth program ARK (Art Rocks Kids) this summer. The 2019 programming includes one new art camp and two returning art camps as choices.

The new camp caters to 13-17 year old students who are interested in advancing their artistic ideas and skills. The camp is partially funded through the Lenawee Youth Council which is also dedicated to this young adult group. The camp kicks off June 24 with an all day trip to Frederick Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids, followed by daily afternoons

June 25-28 of concentrated works generated by the students themselves. Each day will present a new skill or technique that will help students hone their own ideas about their final project. Studios of the Adrian Center for the Arts and their residents will be contacted and available if personal requirements for students’ works are needed. Final projects will be exhibited after the session at an Adrian location opening. This camp will be run by Julia Tomaro and include two of ACA’s newest teachers Amber Mades, who has successfully taught middle school for 10 years in Oakland County and Lora Forgiel, who is a wonderfully talented teacher in the Clinton School District of Lenawee County.

The youth art camps will divide the day into morning (9am-12pm) and afternoon (1-4pm) sessions, July 8th-12th. The morning session is dedicated to first through fourth grade and the afternoon session is geared toward fifth through eighth grade.

“We pride our program in providing lessons that go beyond the scope of normal classroom art activities, said Julia Tomaro. “This year’s camp will include returning and oh so loved instructor, Ashley Kendrek, along with another delightful new addition, Andrea Marsh, who is new to our area.”

Registration is available on site at the Adrian Center for the Arts, 1375 N. Adrian Hwy., Adrian or online:

ARK Summer Camp (Grades 1-4)

ARK Summer Camp (Grades 5-8)

Artists Re-Imagining Tomorrow (ages 13-17)

Announcing New ACA Executive Director

Announcing New ACA Executive Director

The Adrian Center for the Arts is pleased to announce that Lisa Neuman is joining the ACA team as our executive director! Lisa is a passionate advocate for education, the arts, and the Lenawee County community, and we are thrilled to have someone of her skill and experience leading us into the future.