I/ACT Newsletter Jan 5, 2012
Image and Arts Council of Troy
Ridgedale Players 
Community Theater
205 W Long Lake - Troy

Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor  Dreamcoat    

Runs Friday, Feb 17th to

Sunday,  Mar 4th 2012   

Tickets: Adults $17 

Students / Seniors $15   

Artist Market Event 
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Spring Artists Market   

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Anton Art Center

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Next Meeting Date: 

Date:      Monday  January 30, 2012
Time:     1:30 pm lasting until approximately 3:00 pm

Location:  Belian Art Center 5980 Rochester Rd, Troy MI 48085
               (SE corner of Rochester Rd & Square Lake Rd)
                     I/ACT parking is behind the building

Please RSVP to Linda Shears (linda@lindashears.com).

There is no charge at attend. Meetings are open to anyone interested in promoting arts and culture in Troy. Artists are encouraged to bring work samples for discussion. Our website is TroyArts.org.     
 Glen Michaels - Home Tour  Sat  Jan 7th at 1:30pm
Glen Michaels
is an internationally known Troy artist who creates amazing wall art using glazed and unglazed tiles, glass, metal and even peacock feathers. His artworks appear in large corporate settings throughout metro Detroit and across the USA.

Glen resides in a historic home in Troy.  We are in for a special treat because Glen is inviting I/ACT members to a tour of his home and studio on Saturday, January 7th at 1:30pm . We will also visit a collector of Glen's work who lives near him in Troy. There is no charge for this event.

Space is limited. Please RSVP to linda@lindashears.com for details and directions.
Exhibit Opening - Troy Library -  Sun Jan 8th 2- 5 pm
Bill Cowger: Safari Photography and Tours
Bill Cowger of ThePhotoSafari.com has a month long exhibit called  "African Adventure in Troy" at the Troy Public Library. The opening reception is this Sunday, Jan 8th, 2012, from 2-5 PM.

This is a great opportunity to meet the photographer and hear about his exciting adventures and upcoming photo safari trips.

Popular Photography Magazine (largest circulation in the industry) featured Bill's Photo Safaris & Workshops in their Nov 2011 issue. This is a great honor for Bill. Congratulations!!
Community Arts Certification Program - Conference
There is a need for certified community arts programmers - and a solution is in the works!  Join art leaders, corporate reps and government administrators from around SE Michigan to discuss this new program. It is a joint effort between EMU and  the City of Farmington Hills Cultural Arts Division. (Nancy Coumoundouros is the City's Cultural Arts Supervisor who made us aware of this event.)

Community Arts Certification Conference - Kick Off Event
Friday March 23rd  9am to 11:30 am

Eastern Michigan University  Student Center - Ypsilanti
For more information call: 248-473-1856
Click here for a two page pdf about the event. 
Maxine  Gardner and  ArtfulVision.com

Artful Vision, is an online gallery started by local artist Maxine Gardner.  What sets Artful Vision apart is that the American artists, musicians and authors who participate contribute 20% of each item's sale price to support a participating worthy cause of the customer's choice. With no upfront fees, this innovative approach to fundraising with creative products made in the USA, is a great opportunity for artists to show up to 100 pieces with no risk. Artful Vision charges commission on net sales only.      


Prices range from $5 for notecards up to $5,000 for a hand made kayak.  To highlight variety rather than volume, Artful Vision is juried, so the artworks stands out, rather than getting lost.  


Maxine is looking to add more artists. Here are the  submission guidelines and answers to frequently asked question.  


Support your favorite artists and organizations by shopping at  ArtfulVision.com.      

New Members
Highlights of some of I/ACT's newest members in the last month:

Richard Powell - Troy Caricature Artist.  Caricatures by Powell

Lori Taylor - Created the Troy Nature Center murals and is also a children's book illustrator among many other endeavors. Lori Taylor Art

Victor Pytko - Artist and Actor (imdb page). Victor has a studio in the Pioneer Building in Detroit. He  teaches at the BBAC and Victor also has a new exhibit at the BBAC which runs through Feb 3rd. The art opening is this Friday,  January 6th from 6pm to 8pm.

Michael Schafer - The Wine Counselor owns a Troy based business which provides entertaining wine education. His business motto is
"I taste bad wine so you don't have to".

Melissa Leaym-Fernandez- an artist who only paints elephants!

Judy Frankel Antiques Centre of Troy.  The center is located at Maple & Coolidge and specializes in European antiques, selling mostly English, French and Belgian pieces.  She also hosts interior design vignette showrooms by local designers which are a must see!

My Craft Room - Beading, craft and scrapbooking supplies. Conveniently located at Square Lake & Rochester Rd across the street from the Belian Art Center where I/ACT meetings are held.

Great Wall Custom Coverings - provides artists the opportunity to reproduce their work  in a large scale format including wall murals, wallpaper and self adhesive vinyl. They recently relocated to 530 Livernois in Ferndale where they are located near artists and studio spaces. Work samples are on display at the Mich Design Center.
South Oakland Arts Association - Monday Meeting
View their website and most recent newsletter. Next meeting:

Date:            Monday, January 9th at 7PM
Location:      Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
                    814 N Campbell Rd in Royal Oak.

Speaker:       Mike Moats - Award Winning Nature Photographer 
who is nationally known for his macro photography books.

For more information, here are links for his website MikeMoatsBooks,  informative blog and a biographical press release.

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I/ACT Contact Names:


Linda Shears - Executive Director linda@lindashears.com   

Charlene Brown - Newsletter / Website info@troyarts.org 



Image & Arts Council of Troy

  PO Box 1025

   Troy, MI 48099-1025