Traverse City Record-Eagle

January 13, 2013

Community in Brief: 01/13/2013


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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

Talk about art

Glen Arbor — Traverse City resident Kimberly K. Bazemore will kick off the 2013 season of the Glen Arbor Art Association's "Talk About Art' series.

Bazemore is a self-taught jeweler and owner of Cog's Creek Gallery + Studios. She will talk about her professional travels, which started as a sales clerk at an Atlanta, Ga., gallery, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, at the Glen Arbor Art Association, 6031 S. Lake St. The program is free and open to the public.

Talk About Art's fifth season also includes metalsmith Will Case Feb. 7; author Aaron Stander March 7; and Donna Popke who crafts sculptural kinetic ottomans, April 18.

To learn more, call 334-6112 or visit

Pastel class starts

Frankfort — Debra VanLeen will lead artists on a colorful journey through the seasons starting Friday, Jan. 18, at the Oliver Art Center, 132 Coast Guard Road.

The "Pastel Palette over the Seasons" class will focus on the changing colors of the seasons and will meet six times in 2013. Students will meet from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on a Friday for a demonstration, discussion on color, and inspiration for landscape painting. The next day from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. students will create one or two landscapes using a seasonal palette.

Topics and class dates are "The Silence of Deep Winter" Jan. 18-19; "The New Awakening, Early Spring" March 15-16; "Warmth Returns, Spring" May 17-18; "The Warm Kiss of Summer" Aug. 16-17; "The Dramatic Change, Autumn" Oct. 18-19; and "The Big Chill of Early Winter" Dec. 20-21.

The series is $160 for art center members; $180 for non-members. Individual classes are $50 members, $60 non-members. For details or to register, call 352-4151 or visit

Ice & Spice Festival

Bay harbor — The Bay Harbor Ice & Spice Festival will be held Friday and Saturday, Jan. 18-19, at the Village at Bay Harbor. For a complete schedule of activities and events, visit

Library shows film

Traverse City — The Traverse Area District Library, 610 Woodmere Ave, will screen the ecological drama/documentary "Oceans" at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19. For details, visit

Wild Rose concert

Frankfort — The Wild Rose Society will present a concert on Sunday, Jan. 20.

The 3 p.m. concert at the Frankfort United Methodist Church will feature harpist Sylvia Norris, baritone Jeffery Norris, and pianist Steve Larson in a mixture of duo, trio and solo pieces. The audience is invited to meet the artists at a post-concert reception.

Admission is free, but donations will be accepted to support the Wild Rose Scholarship program.

Repurposed art

Traverse City — The Goodwill Reinvention Convention is looking for artistic individuals of all ages to repurpose items from the Goodwill Store into art masterpieces.

For a $20 registration fee, participants receive $30 in Goodwill Bucks to purchase items at the Traverse City Goodwill Store. Artists then reinvent their purchases into works of art. The only limitation is imagination. The registration deadline is Friday, Feb. 1.

Entries will be displayed March 1 and 2 during the Reinvention Convention Gallery Show, which will be open to the public. Visitors can vote for their favorite artist or entries through $1 donations. Voting also will be available online.

For details, call 995-7742. Registration is available at the Goodwill Store, Pure Essence Salon or McMillens Custom Framing.