Walt Kempski hangs one of his pieces, “Pumpkin Cart Greenfield Village,” for the Fall Art Show Nov. 13.

Walt Kempski hangs one of his pieces, “Pumpkin Cart Greenfield Village,” for the Fall Art Show Nov. 13.

Photo by Kristyne E. Demske


Art comes alive at show in St. Clair Shores

By: Kristyne E. Demske | St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published November 15, 2018

 “The Heart of Heavens IV,” an acrylic on canvas by Ann Furnaris, will be in the show.

“The Heart of Heavens IV,” an acrylic on canvas by Ann Furnaris, will be in the show.

Photo by Kristyne E. Demske

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Huge canvas paintings of spirituality, tiny portraits of music players, photographs so realistic that viewers inspect the image carefully looking for three-dimensional aspects, and more are on display as part of the Lakeside Palette Club’s annual Fall Art Show.

“It’s always a great variety of styles and different mediums,” said Lakeside Palette Club Second Vice President Tom Sherry.

The show officially opened Nov. 16 in the St. Clair Shores Adult Education Center, 23055 Masonic Blvd. This year’s show is being judged by watercolor artist Tony Warren, and the public is invited to come and check out the artwork, and maybe purchase a piece to take home.

In addition to paintings and drawings, there will also be photographs and sculptures included in the show, which will be open through mid-December.

There are all skill levels represented in the show as well, Sherry said.

“We really encourage participation. It helps to get your art out there and get feedback and support for other members,” he said.

Personally, he said that the show is a great way for members to get motivated to create more artwork, as well.

The show includes member artists as young as 18 years old, as well as submissions from local high schoolers, who will have their own section of the show with a few dozen pieces.

Member Ruth Hollister is showing some paintings in the show, and her granddaughter has some pen and ink drawings in the show as well.

“I feel she’s a very talented young lady,” Hollister said of her granddaughter. “It gives us a chance to show our ideas and show our work. We have to get our game together.”

Everything in the show is for sale, Sherry said, and organizers are also encouraging visitors to vote for their favorite piece in the show when they come to visit. Founded in 1947, the Lakeside Palette Club touts itself as the oldest continuously operating organization in the city.

The club was set to give away 16 awards to artists in the show at its annual potluck dinner and awards ceremony Nov. 16, after the St. Clair Shores Sentinel went to press.

“We want to encourage people to get out and show their work and participate,” Sherry said.