Traverse City Record-Eagle


January 13, 2013

Community in Brief: 01/13/2013

New art exhibit

Scottville — Grand Rapids artist Brenda Sipe will show her sculpture and drawings at the Manierre Dawson Gallery. The exhibit opens Monday, Jan. 14.

Sipe works with both traditional and explorative materials and is heavily influenced by nature. She has exhibited widely in Michigan, most recently at Art Prize in Grand Rapids, as well as throughout the Midwest.

The exhibit may be viewed through March 3 at the gallery in the Arts and Science Center at West Shore Community College. Gallery hours are 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday. The Gallery is also open evenings during performances and events at the Center Stage Theater.

Play auditions

Benzonia — The Benzie County Players will hold auditions at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, for their May production of "Are You Sure."

Auditions will be held at Mills Community House, 891 U.S. 31. There are parts for three men and three women. For details, call Debbie Eckhout, 889-9959.

Exhibit on prejudice

Traverse City — "THEM: Images of Separation" opens Sunday, Jan. 13, at the Dennos Museum Center, 1410 College Dr.

The traveling exhibit from the Jim Crow Museum at Ferris State University showcases items from popular culture used to stereotype different groups. It is part of a larger initiative in Traverse City called Embrace the Dream, which involves numerous area cultural and educational institutions working in collaboration with the Traverse City Human Rights Commission. It will be on display through March 3.

A reception for the exhibit will be hosted Thursday, Jan. 17. It will open with a tasting menu of soul food at 5:30 p.m., followed by a lecture by Dr. David Pilgrim, curator of the exhibit and professor of social sciences at Ferris. The event is free and open to the public.

Dr. Pilgrim also will lead a free educator discussion starting with a 15-minute registration and conversation period followed by the discussion at 3:45 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, at the museum. Advance registration is encouraged; call 995-1029 or email

The exhibit is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, Thursday until 8 p.m., and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Free admission will be offered Saturday and Sunday for the exhibit and on Martin Luther King Day, Monday, Jan. 21, through support from the DTE Energy Foundation. Regular admission is $6 for adults, $4 for children and free for museum members. For details, call 995-1055 or visit

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