Art exhibit to feature works by Shelby Township Fine Art Society artists

By: Kara Szymanski | Shelby - Utica News | Published August 10, 2021

 The Anton Art Center in Mount Clemens is hosting an exhibit called Artistic Expressions that spotlights artwork done by members of the Shelby Township Fine Art Society. This piece is by Joyce Kilpatrick.

The Anton Art Center in Mount Clemens is hosting an exhibit called Artistic Expressions that spotlights artwork done by members of the Shelby Township Fine Art Society. This piece is by Joyce Kilpatrick.

Photo provided by Stephanie Hazzard

 “White Heron,” by Candy Falkowski, is part of the exhibit.

“White Heron,” by Candy Falkowski, is part of the exhibit.

Photo provided by Stephanie Hazzard

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SHELBY TOWNSHIP — The Anton Art Center in Mount Clemens is hosting an exhibit, Artistic Expressions, highlighting artworks done by many members of the Shelby Township Fine Art Society for an entire month. The exhibit will run through Aug 31 on the second floor of the art center.

Artistic Expressions features 44 artworks by 21 artists from the Shelby Township Fine Art Society. Founded in 2003, the Shelby Township Fine Art Society’s purpose is to promote, educate and encourage fine art. The society’s inaugural exhibition was juried by local artist and art instructor Amy Foster.

The exhibition is a collection of original artwork in a variety of mediums. For visitors, Artistic Expressions is an opportunity to dive into the experiences of these artists from their points of view.

Artist Rebecca Smith said she started painting as a hobby later in life.

“After experimenting with oils, I fell in love with pastel painting. This picture (“Festal Cornet”) came together when I saw my son’s cornet sitting on a table that held decorations for Christmas. I liked the bright colors reflected in the shiny bell. If you look closely, you will see an upside-down figure in the bell, which is a reflection of me taking the picture,” she said in an email interview.

Artworks will be on display in the Petitpren Community Gallery on the second floor of the Anton Art Center, as well as virtually on the Anton Art Center’s website www.theartcenter.org/exhibits.

Patti Connors, of Shelby Township, who has artwork in the exhibit featuring works mainly in watercolor and a little in mixed media, said both of her pieces, “Light the Way” and “Klearly Koi,” are watercolor pieces.

She said that the quiet time working with the flow of watercolors brings about her creative passion.

“It’s no wonder that the word ‘art’ is part of the word ‘heart.’ I love the quiet and solitude that comes to me when I paint, as well as watching the paint dance around the paper when I use watercolor. My heart is definitely a part of my artwork,” she said.

Karen Ann, who also works with watercolor, said that being an artist allows her to express her thoughts and emotions in ways that words could not convey.

“We see and visualize what can be and attempt to see them manifest in many ways. I personally work in a variety of mediums, including watercolors, acrylics, mixed media and even textiles. But I consider myself first and foremost to be a watercolorist. I love watching the colors swim across the page as they mingle together. The fluidity of the medium feels like what I’m visualizing in my mind is flowing onto the page. It’s fast, unpredictable and exciting. To be sure, it’s energizing,” she said via email.

She said Artistic Expressions is a perfect title for this show.

“You’ll find pastels, oils, watercolors, textiles and mixed media all being artistically expressed. It gave me an opportunity to enter a watercolor, an acrylic and a mixed media piece that included textiles. I felt the judge would have a difficult time selecting which pieces would be awarded ribbons, as the Shelby Township (Fine) Art Society is a group of really accomplished artists,” she said.

Stephanie Hazzard, the exhibition manager, said the Anton Art Center is delighted to welcome the Shelby Township Fine Art Society for its inaugural group exhibition.

“It’s a wonderful brand-new show featuring beautiful scenery, still life, as well as some portraits of people and animals that are perfect for a summertime visit for all ages,” said Hazzard.

Sara Katsavrias, president of the Shelby Township Fine Art Society, said she would just like to say how proud she is of all 21 artists who took part in the show.

“The works of art displayed include many different mediums and subject matter, as a wide range of our talents are represented. It’s a very eye-appealing collection, I think — full of color, great compositions and interest that would appeal to many. The Anton Art Center has gone above and beyond; we are so grateful to them for all they’ve done. This has been a great opportunity for the Shelby (Township) Fine Art Society. Being our first gallery show, the excitement and pride are present, and we look forward to being a part of other shows in the future where we can share our art with others again,” she said.

For more information about the Anton Art Center, visit www.theartcenter.org or call (586) 469-8666. The Anton Art Center is open from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Admission is free.

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