Lakeside Palette Club past President Robert Selwa stands next to some of his artwork on display at the St. Clair Shores Adult and Community Education building.

Lakeside Palette Club past President Robert Selwa stands next to some of his artwork on display at the St. Clair Shores Adult and Community Education building.

Photo by Kristyne E. Demske


Lakeside Palette Club holds fall show in St. Clair Shores

By: Kristyne E. Demske | St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published November 14, 2017

 Jan Swiatkowski, of St. Clair Shores, holds a piece she is submitting for the Lakeside Palette Club’s fall show.

Jan Swiatkowski, of St. Clair Shores, holds a piece she is submitting for the Lakeside Palette Club’s fall show.

Photo by Kristyne E. Demske

Drab hallways are now bright with color — a sign of the Lakeside Palette Club’s annual fall show.

The Lakeside Palette Club is one of the oldest clubs in the city. Established Feb. 3, 1947, by “Mrs. Russell Srigley and a group of 10 artists,” the club first met at Blossom Heath Inn, according to the history on the club’s website.

The club hosts two shows a year: one in the spring and one in the fall. This will be the 70th fall show for the group.

“This one is a little less formal, and it will all be in the halls of the adult education building on Masonic,” said Lakeside Palette Club Second Vice President Tom Sherry. “We don’t have a theme; it’s just your own personal choice, which I think is kind of interesting.”

On display in the main hallway of the St. Clair Shores Adult and Community Education building, 23055 Masonic Blvd., the show will be up for at least a month and will feature about 50 pieces of artwork, including oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastels, photography and other media. Sherry said they accept sculpture and ceramic pieces as well, but don’t always have submissions.

“Last year, we had to put more hangers in the hallway because we ran out of space. There’s a handful of very professional artists and a good majority of amateur artists — a nice mix,” Sherry said. 

Being part of the club allows members to have a way to showcase their work.

“If you’re working by yourself, you don’t tend to get into shows,” he said. “We have an organized show that encourages our members to participate.”

Jan Swiatkowski, of St. Clair Shores, has been a member of the club for about eight years. She submitted water-themed landscapes to this year’s show.

She called painting her “escape” and said she has “just been gradually trying to get better because of all the encouragement of the other artists.”

“They say the more you do it, the better you get,” she said.

Seventy years later, the club now meets at the St. Clair Shores Public Library and has about 90 members. Its objective remains “to study and paint together and to stimulate and promote interest in creative art.”

The show will be judged by Eugene Clark, an art instructor at Oakland University who paints murals and public art. He’ll be awarding first, second and third place, as well as outstanding and honorable mentions. 

The show is juried; Sherry said they try to work with artists to find a good piece and help them with framing.

Past President Robert Selwa said that they are always looking for new members.

“We encourage them to join,” said Treasurer Mary Palazzola. 

Some of the artwork on display is also for sale. 

“It’s going to be a great show,” said member Ruth Hollister, of St. Clair Shores, who has a portrait of a local man in the show. Her granddaughter also submitted a piece of work, a drawing of a hydra.

“I’m more into fabric arts, but I’ve gotten more into painting again,” Hollister said. “I joined the club to get back into painting and drawing.”

For more information, visit LakesidePaletteClub.org or find the club on Facebook.