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  1. National Youth Art Month Exhibit

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    March is national Youth Art Month. The Glen Arbor Arts Center [GAAC] celebrates the work of young creatives with an exhibition by Glen Lake Elementary School sixth graders taught by Leah Lawson, Glen Lake Elementary art teacher, and the GAAC’s After School Art kids led by instructor Sarah Cheek-Toomey. The show runs from March 1 – 23.

    Started in 1961 by the Art & Creative Materials Institute, Youth Art Month focuses on the importance of art education in citizenship, as a contributors to quality of life for all, and directs attention to the value of art education as a strategy for developing critical and divergent thinking skills. Working collaboratively with the Glen Lake Schools, the GAAC exhibition is not only a showcase of art work, but provides the students with an exhibition experience that gives them insights into the professional process.

    The Youth Art Month exhibition continues through March 23. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. during the week, and noon – 4 p.m. on Sunday.

    For more information, call the GAAA, 231/334-6112; or go to:

  2. Works In Cloth by Molly Phinny

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    The Glen Arbor Arts Center [formerly the Glen Arbor Art Association] is showing Works In Cloth 2015-2017, a small survey of fiber constructions by Leelanau County artist Molly Phinny. This mini-show is hung in the GAAC’s new Hall Gallery and continues through April 8, 2018. The GAAC is located at 6031 S. Lake St., Glen Arbor.

    For decades, Phinny’s creative practice focused on landscape painting. She worked in watercolor and acrylic, and painted widely: scenes from her Leelanau County home, from her travels to Europe and throughout the U.S. In recent years, Phinny has transitioned away from paintbrush and paper, and embraced thread and needle, fabric and stitching as the foundation of her expressive compositions.

    Fiber work is “an extension of my painting,” Phinny said. “It’s still working with shape and color.” Her scissors — instead of brushes — create the shapes. Fabrics supply the color. Phinny composes with vintage textiles [cast-off laces and handkerchiefs inherited from her maternal grandmother], and recycled clothing. Used clothing has history, she said. It is softened by wear. And each piece of denim or corduroy or velvet or cotton comes with a story, which can suggest an idea for a composition. The GAAC is open 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. during the week, and noon – 4 p.m. on Sunday. For more information please call 231/334-6112.

  3. Leelanau Focus: New Painting by Joe Stewart

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    The simplicity of old Leelanau farms and farm buildings combined with the peacefulness of the area’s preserved natural areas is the focus of painter Joe Stewart’s exhibition of new work opening July 8 at Center Gallery, 6023 S. Lake St., Glen Arbor. An artist’s reception is 6-8 p.m. that night. A resident of Cincinnati, Stewart paints in oil, en plein air and in the studio. His new paintings are part of an ongoing series inspired by regular visits to Leelanau County.

    Stewart will conduct a painting demonstration on Sunday, July 10, 1 p.m. The demonstration is open to the public.

    This exhibition continues through July 14. For more information, please call 231/334-3179.

  4. New Views – A Storm of Art

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    New Views: A Storm of Art opens June 10 at the Glen Arbor Art Association, 6031 S. Lake St., Glen Arbor. An artist’s reception opens the show at 6 p.m. Awards will be presented at 7 p.m.

    The juried exhibition – created in response to the Aug. 2, 2015 wind and hail storm – interprets, rather than documents, the storm. Underlining New Views is the philosophy that artmaking offers a way to address difficult events, and provides an avenue for transformation and hope.

    New Views continues through June 23. The exhibition is open during regular GAAA office hours, Monday through Friday; and Saturday, June 11 and 18, 11 am-2 p.m. Support for the exhibition comes from The Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation, The Leelanau Conservancy and Pryor Design Co. of Ann Arbor. For more information, please call the GAAA, 231/334-6112.