I/ACT Newsletter May 21, 2010
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Meeting Reminder  - Image and ArtsCouncil of Troy
Monday May 24th 1:30 pm - Troy Public Library

Topics will include an update on the Ridgedale Fundraiser, IACT artists in the news, the Troy Artists' networking event and the new Bemis School Mural.  The meeting is free - and anyone interested in the Arts in Troy is encouraged to attend.

We Need Feedback about Artists' Networking Location and Cost

There is a good chance that we might be able to meet in the evening at one of the Michigan Design Center Studios.  The networking event would cost about $10 per person to cover refreshments and some gourmet snacks. Artists would be encouraged to bring a piece of their artwork for display.

Question: We don't want to go ahead with this unless we can get approximately 30 people. No date has been set yet. If this sounds like an event you could attend - please email Linda Shears (linda@lindashears.com) or call / leave a voicemail for Charlene Brown at 248-813-0234.

I/ACT Junior Artist Adrian Jellinek

Adrian Jellinek received some great news coverage in the Troy Somerset Gazette and in the Troy Times with a two page article: "Pint Sized Collector and Artist Embodies Renaissance Spirit". 

Adrian recently won 3rd place in the Junior Division of the  Numismatic Society's Spring Show at the Hyatt Regency in Dearborn. Great job Adrian!

Larry Zdeb in Three Exhibits

University of Michigan Dearborn - Open Competition
Location Berkowitz Gallery on the U of M Dearborn Campus
Opening Friday, June 4th 5 - 7pm

Scarab Club - Blooms Bugs and Beasts
Opening (TONIGHT) Friday May 21st  6 - 9 pm

Orion Art Center "Re-Create: Recycled Art Show
115 S Anderson Street in Lake Orion.

View more of Larry Zdeb's art on Facebook.

James Homer Brown Abstract Painting Featured in Junior League House.

Artist and I/ACT Board Member James Homer Brown recently had one of his black and white oil paintings "V Number 4"  included in the Junior League of Detroit Designer Showhouse .

A 6500 square foot mansion located on Lakeshore Drive in Grosse Pointe was renovated and redecorated in conjunction with the Michigan Design Center and a charity fundraiser.  The Junior League link above has lots of pictures from the April 30th opening party as photograhed by Hour Detroit Magazine.

Two of Jim's colorful abstract paintings will be in the Detroit Artists Market Grosse Pointe Garden Party and Art Sale which will be held on June 17th from 4 to 8pm (more info).

Bill Cowger - Is Booking the 2011 African Photo Safari Tours

The 2011 trips will be in February, May, July and September. For a  10% discount, book by June 15, 2010.

Bill is an internationally known photographer and I/ACT Board Member.

He has also given some wonderful  photo safari presentations in conjunction with I/ACT's "Brown Bag Lunch" seminars and his exhibits at the Troy Public Library. 

To find out more information about visiting the Serengeti at different times of the year, visit Bill's website or call him at 248-828-0666.

New Auburn Hills Art Market Opportunity

I/ACT artist, and calligrapher, Lynn Lim has forwarded information about a new venture in Auburn Hills.  A "Farmer's Market" will be opening up June 17th and their objective is to include art and artisans in their open air format.  "This will be  weekly community event that will bring together residents, farmers and artisans in a relaxed and fun atmosphere."

It will run each Thursday through Oct 21st. Location will be the downtown area of Squirrel and Auburn Road, hours from 3 to 7pm. Vendor fee is $20. Download 2 page flyer here (pdf format).

Art Prize - Registration Deadline Extended to June 17th!

Artprize  turns the City of Grand Rapids into an art gallery for two weeks. It also offers $450,000 in prizes with the top winner receiving $250,000.  It's an international arts competition that is also part arts festival and part social experiment. (Artprize: Igniting the Power of the Arts video link.)

It has some unique rules. Each artist can enter only 1 piece of work - and the works are voted on by the public. You have to be at the event in order to vote. Also each artist must connect with a venue willing to display their artwork.  For 2010, the number of venues hosting art has increased from 159 to 220 and the demand for artists has increased accordingly.

For networking about this event, please contact Jim Brown at 248-528-3876.
Artserve is the key arts advocacy organization in the State of Michigan (newsletter signup link.) They are currently involved with the Michigan Cultural Data Project  and provide training for the project via Regional Artserve meetings. This project offers  powerful online management tools that will help to strengthen arts and culture organizations and ultimately streamline the grant application process. Free training sessions are being held in metro Detroit in June (schedule here).

I/ACT Meeting Dates for 2010

It looks like we can continue to meet at the Troy Library, at least through year end.

The anticipated meeting schedule (last Monday of each month) is listed below. Contact Linda Shears (linda@lindashears.com) or Charlene Brown  248-813-0234 with any meeting questions.

  • May 24
  • June 28
  • July 26
  • Aug  30
  • Sept  27
  • Oct  25
  • Nov 29
  • Dec - No meeting

I/ACT Contact Names

Linda Shears - I/ACT Committee Chair  linda@lindashears.com

Charlene Brown - Newsletter / Website : Phone 248-813-0234 or info@troyarts.org.
I/ACT Website:  www.TroyArts.org