Art in April: 3 Exhibitions to See in Flint

Rome from the Vatican

Rome from the Vatican

Whether you’re interested in digital screen printing, steel engravings or the creativity of preschoolers, Flint’s art scene has something for everyone this April. For instance:

  • The Engraver and Mr. Turner will be on display at the Flint Institute of Arts from April 2 to June 12. The exhibition will explore how paintings by English artist J. M. W. Turner were reproduced through the medium of engraving. On display will be 25 steel engravings printed by  Appleton & Co.in the late 19th century, after Turner’s death. For details, visit flintarts.org or call (810) 234-1695.
  • The Human Abstract by Missouri artist Colby Jennings will be on display at the Mott Community College Fine Arts Gallery from April 4-10. In addition, Jennings will present a workshop on digital screen printing from noon to 2 p.m. April 5 in the Visual Arts and Design Center, Room 103. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more info, call (810) 762-0443.
  • The Alpha Montessori School Exhibition will open at the Greater Flint Arts Council on April 8, as part of 2nd Friday ArtWalk. To learn more, visit greaterflintartscouncil.org or call (810) 238-2787.

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MCC Fine Arts Gallery to Showcase ‘The Soul of Baseball’

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“The Soul of Baseball: Portraits of Negro Leaguers,”a series of paintings by by Ann Arbor-area artist Phillip Dewey, will be on display at the Mott Community College Fine Arts Gallery from Nov. 30 to Dec. 15, 2015.

According to Dewey, whose solo and group exhibitions include the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame and Negro Southern League Museum Acquisitions, this particular exhibition has evolved quite a bit over the years:

“I’ve tried a smorgasbord of mediums—pencil and ink, oil paint, watercolor, lithography, ceramics, woodworking, photography, stained glass. But the one thing that has prevailed is the maxim that my undergraduate painting professor used to always tell us, ‘Keep focusing on the idea.’ For me, the idea is that the Negro Leagues defined 20th century America so well. That enterprise of talent and energy, defying the odds while dazzling at the same time. An organization that was born out of the old lie of separate but equal, yet would be the machine which turned the tide in race relations well ahead of the Civil Rights movement.”

Dewey will give a public presentation about his work on Tuesday, Dec. 8, at noon in the Visual Arts and Design Center, room 129.

The Fine Arts Gallery is located in the Visual Arts & Design Center on the Mott Community College main campus in Flint. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

For more information, call the Art & Design office at 810-762-0443.

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MCC Fine Arts Gallery Presents Work of Matthew Zivich

ArtGallery-ZivichThe work of Saginaw-area artist Matthew Zivich will be on display in Mott Community College’s Fine Arts Gallery from Monday, Sept. 28 through Oct. 13.

According to Zivich’s artist statement:

The Americana Series started about seven years ago initially as drawings using a historical genre depicting events by means of appropriated imagery from several different sources. The generalized historical depictions become more politically significant with a concentration on American history, specifically martial events.

Subsequent paintings followed the drawings using the same, or variations of American historical events. For the most part, the drawings were concerned with a layered effect of different media and the use of disparate elements such as wallpaper; tinted and textured, handmade paper grounds, stitchery. The use of titles for word/image puns was utilized as influenced by several artists such as Marcel Duchamp. Karl Wersum and William T. Wiley.

Zivich, an art professor at Saginaw Valley State University, will give a public gallery talk on Wednesday, Oct. 7 at 1 p.m. in the Visual Arts and Design Center (Room 128).

Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

For more information call the Art & Design office at (810) 762-0443.

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Fly-Town Puppet Theatre Pens, Performs Original Sci-Fi Fantasy

Students Eli Wilson (left)  Kody Saunders  master a puppet on stage.

Students Eli Wilson (left) and Kody Saunders master a puppet on stage.

The public is invited to attend the premiere of REM, an original sci-fi fantasy written and produced by Mott Middle College High School’s Fly-Town Puppet Theatre, on Saturday, June 6.

Using the tradition of Bunraku puppet theater and European-style puppetry, REM follows the story of a man who is visited in his dreams by a mysterious glowing seed that takes him on a series of magical and mysterious adventures. He must find objects of unknown origin and power that could affect life, space, time, the present, past and future.

Fly-Town Puppet Theatre – a program designed by two of the school’s fine arts teachers – allows students to explore humanity and its condition through creating original Bunraku-style puppets, plays and performances. Bunraku is a form of traditional Japanese puppet theater.

In class, students learn about movement, acting, puppet performance techniques, anatomy and physiology, playwriting, drawing, painting, sculpting, mask-making, costume and make-up, sound and light design, puppet and prop design, engineering, construction and performance.

The show will be held at 7 p.m. in the Mott Memorial Building Auditorium on the campus of Mott Community College in the. Admission is free.

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MCC Presents “Unfinished Business” by Scott G. Brooks

“Attack of the Mechanical Bees” by Scott Brooks

“Attack of the Mechanical Bees” by Scott Brooks

Artist Scott G. Brooks has returned to exhibit his work in Flint for the first time since 1990.

“Unfinished Business” will be on display at the Mott Community College Fine Arts Gallery in the Visual Arts and Design Center through April 21.

According to Brooks, the title is a reference to a quote attributed to Leonardo da Vinci: “Art is never finished, only abandoned.” Brooks says he spends anywhere from several days to several months and, in some cases, years to “finish” his work.

The title also references Brooks’ departure and absence from the Flint art scene. The MCC and U-M alum first began his art career in the Flint area, where he painted several murals and exhibited his work in local galleries before relocating to Washington, D.C.

Brooks’ work ranges from simple portraiture to intricate narratives. Anatomical distortions separate the figures from the photographic ideal, which gives the Mt. Morris native the freedom to create his own distorted reality.

The Fine Arts Gallery is located in the Visual Arts & Design Center on the Mott Community College main campus, at 1401 East Court St. in Flint. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. through 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

There will be an artist’s reception at the gallery April 17 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

For more information, call the Art & Design office at 810-762-0443 or visit www.scottgbrooks.com.

*This post was updated at 11:50 a.m. on April 7. 

MCC to Host Organ Donor Awareness Event  

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Did you know that a single organ donor can save up to eight lives through organ donation? Learn more about the process this Saturday at the Mott Community College Event Center on the main campus in Flint at 1401 E. Court St.

During the event, to be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., attendees will learn about donor registration and how they can support the recipients and caregivers.

There will be a panel discussion every hour, with presenters for the event including organ recipients, medical professionals and representatives from donation programs.  Among the recipients scheduled to speak are several  MCC students and alumni, including Kyle Clark, who received his lung transplant earlier this month.

There will also be light refreshments and prize drawings. Contest participants must register to be a donor or provide proof of being a donor currently.

For more information about the Organ Donor Awareness Event, sponsored by the MCC College Life Enhancement Fund Committee, visit www.mcc.edu.

South Dakota Artist’s ‘Nothings’ Exhibited Through March 10 at MCC Gallery

Karri Dieken

Karri Dieken

Looking to take in a little arts and culture? Mott Community College’s Fine Arts Gallery has just the ticket.

The gallery in MCC’s Visual Arts and Design Center is presenting an exhibition of work by South Dakota artist Karri Dieken titled “Nothings.” Her work will be in the gallery through March 10.

Dieken grew up in the badlands region of the Midwest. Her work has been inspired by heritage, craft and the handmade, and she continues to participate in various cultural patterns within the Midwest. As a performance artist, she is interested in fibers and polymers as mediums for documenting perceived moments in time.

View some of Dieken’s most impressive works of art from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. weekdays. The MCC Fine Arts Gallery is located in the Visual Arts & Design Center on the Mott Community College main campus in Flint. Learn more at (810)762-0443.

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