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May 17, 2013

Support local artists at Spring Art Show and Sale

By Kristyne E. Demske
C & G Staff Writer

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Support local artists at Spring Art Show and Sale
Linda Coutts, of Mount Clemens, works with pastels at the Lakeside Palette Club’s studio space in the St. Clair Shores Adult Education Center May 14. The club currently has a spring show on exhibit at the St. Clair Shores Country Club.

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Stopping for a weekday lunch at the Chip Shots restaurant at the St. Clair Shores Golf and Country Club, Cindy Powers said it was a nice treat to see local artwork decorating the facility.

“I think it’s wonderful because, normally, I wouldn’t be seeing it, so it was nice to,” said the St. Clair Shores resident. “Especially this time of year.”

The work is at the club through June 2 as part of the Lakeside Palette Club’s Spring Show and Sale. The 66-year-old organization holds a show each fall and spring to show off the work of its members. This year, the club’s 100-plus members submitted more than 60 pieces of work for judging by artist Shirley Hathaway; about 35 pieces were accepted and judged for the show.

Denise Koehler, a past president and a member of the club since 2005, said they hope by holding the show at the golf club, more eyes will see and appreciate the work of local artists.

The pieces are also for sale.

“It’s great to have an original piece versus going to Target,” Koehler said. “It’s an original.”

Robert Selwa, another past president of the club, said they are enjoying the increased traffic at the golf club. In the fall, they host a show in the halls of the St. Clair Shores Adult Education Center on Masonic Boulevard — where the club has studio space to paint and also displays artwork year-round.

“Most of the art is priced affordably and there’s so many styles,” he said.

Koehler said one of her goals is to get the club its own permanent gallery, perhaps in conjunction with the Cultural Committee, to expose more work to the citizens of St. Clair Shores. Already, she said, club members have pieces on display at Karas Restaurant, The Grecian Table, Palmer’s Inn and The Copper Penny on Harper Avenue, at Grand Dimitri’s Restaurant on Gratiot and at the St. Clair Shores Senior Activities Center on Stephens.

“We are probably one of the growing clubs in southeastern Michigan,” she said. “We’re doing whatever we can to support the local community.”

Anyone can join the club — residency or proof of artistic ability is not required — and Selwa said the hundreds of years of combined experience and the demonstrations given at the club’s monthly meetings are worth it.

“It rubs off,” he said, adding that local businesses have stepped up to support the club.

Tom Joseph, of Clinton Township, a 12-year member of the club, said he’s glad to have the show at the Country Club.

“We don’t seem to get the traffic here we would get there,” he said.

Lakeside Palette Club’s annual Spring Art Show and Sale will be open through June 2 at the St. Clair Shores County Club and Chip Shots Restaurant, 22185 Masonic Blvd. The exhibit is open during normal business hours at the clubhouse and restaurant.

You can reach C & G Staff Writer Kristyne E. Demske at kdemske@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1041.