FIA presents ‘The Life of an Artist’ film series
FLINT – A new season of the Flint Institute of Arts’ popular Art la Carte series kicks off in September with five videos focusing on the creative life of artists, the creative process and the creations themselves.
On September 8th, “The Life and Works of M.C. Escher” explores the illusionistic graphics of Dutch artist Maurits Cornelis Escher (1898-1972), best known for his images of so-called “impossible structures” and his patterns of repeated interlocking shapes.
The colorful dcor of French artist Raoul Dufy (1877-1953) is the subject of the September 15th video, “Raoul Dufy: Painter and Decorator.”
On September 22nd, “Rembrandt: Painter of Man” focuses on the portraits of Dutch master painter Rembrandt (1606-1669) and shows his unique capacity to capture and depict the many aspects of humanity.
The month wraps up with a look at two French Impressionists. The life and work of Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919) is expressed as a video poem in “Pierre-Auguste Renoir: Painter,” combining eloquent narration and ingenious montage techniques to bring to life the artist’s most cherished and memorable works. “London’s Monets” gathers together more than twenty paintings by Claude Monet (1840-1926) from London collections to consider his aims as a painter, his passions for the depiction of atmosphere, and his changing painting techniques.
The weekly series is offered free of charge on Wednesdays from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. at the International Institute, 515 Stevens Street, Flint, while the FIA undergoes renovation. Participants are encouraged to bring lunch; coffee, tea and cookies are provided.
For more information contact the FIA at 810-234-1695.
Art Gallery at Marygrove College opens season with ‘Critical Mass’ exhibit
DETROIT – The Gallery at Marygrove College will begin its 2004-2005 season with an exhibition of creative work entitled “Critical Mass,” which consists of multi-media collaborations by artists, writers, musicians, performance artists, filmmakers, designers, and architects from around the world.
The exhibit will open on Sept. 7 and will be on display through Oct. 2. An opening reception will take place on Sunday, Sept. 12, 3 – 6 p.m., in The Gallery, which is located at 8425 W. McNichols Road, Liberal Arts Building, 4th floor.
Art Center offers new teen classes
ANN ARBOR – The Art Center is introducing new, innovative teen classes for its Fall 2004 term that begins Sept. 20.
The “Toons for Tunes” workshop will be instructed by Detroit’s College for Creative Studies Instructor Dave Chow, who is noted for his work creating illustrations for Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” video. Chow will share tips and tricks on drawing with a sense of humor, as well as his experiences in the TV and film industry. The workshop will be held Sept. 21 from 6 – 9 p.m. The cost is $25 per participant.
“The Cardboard Lounge” is a two-day workshop for teens interested in going to college for architectural design. Students will learn how to use cardboard and duct tape to create sound architectural structures and collaboratively design and build the interior and exterior of the lounge with multiple rooms. The class will end with an art party in the lounge. The workshop will be held on Sept. 11 and 12 from 1 – 4 p.m. The cost is $55 per participant.
“The Applying to College as an Art Major” class is designed to give students a winning edge in applying to college as art majors. Multiple challenges will be discussed, including the documentation of artwork, designing a cohesive portfolio, researching art schools, and more. The class will also include a field trip to tour local art colleges. The six-week class will be held on Tuesdays from Sept. 21 – Oct. 26 from 3:45 – 5:45 p.m. The cost is $106 per participant.
“Designing for Teens” will introduce the basics of graphic design as well as industrial design, and will focus on the fundamentals of design and color choice. The six-week class will be held on Thursdays from Nov. 4 – Dec. 16 from 4:15 – 6:15 p.m. The cost is $106 per participant.
For more information or to register, call 734-994-8004 ext. 101 or stop by the Ann Arbor Art Center at 117 W. Liberty. To view the class schedule and register online, visit www.annarborartcenter.org.
Fall term art classes at the BBAC
BIRMINGHAM – The Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center’s fall registration is currently underway for art classes and workshops for youth and adults. The fall term runs Sept. 13 through Dec. 6.
The Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center is located at 1516 South Cranbrook Road, on the northwest corner of 14 Mile and Cranbrook.
For class information, call 248-644-0866 or go online to www.bbartcenter.org.
Zeitgeist Gallery at ‘The Edge of Dissolution’
DETROIT – Zeitgeist Gallery will host “The Edge of Dissolution” featuring the recent works of Roger Hayes.
According to Jacques Karamanoukian, one-time Ann Arbor gallery owner, “Roger Hayes is certainly, if not the strongest, one of the very strongest artists that I saw in America in my lifetime. He has his own brand of expressionism. The quality of the skin, the flesh, the nerves showing, is quite unique. His subject matter is disturbing, showing the description of human beings and the lower aspects of human beings…he’s always been a very controversial artist.”
The exhibit runs Sept. 10 through Oct. 23 at Zeitgeist Gallery, 2661 Michigan Ave., Detroit. The opening reception will be held Friday, Sept. 10 from 7 p.m. to midnight.
For complete information, call 313-965-9192 or go online to www.zeitgeistdetroit.org.