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.
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.