Beauty to behold at Spring Art Show in St. Clair Shores

Annual Lakeside Palette Club event returns

By: Kristyne E. Demske | St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published May 7, 2019

 “M., G. Pe, IND,” by Robert Selwa, is a piece of work on display at the Lakeside Palette Club’s Spring Art Show. The show is on display at the St. Clair Shores Adult Education Center, 23055 Masonic Blvd.

“M., G. Pe, IND,” by Robert Selwa, is a piece of work on display at the Lakeside Palette Club’s Spring Art Show. The show is on display at the St. Clair Shores Adult Education Center, 23055 Masonic Blvd.

Photo by Kristyne E. Demske

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ST. CLAIR SHORES — Photorealism, textured painting, religious art, landscapes and still lifes all brighten the halls of the St. Clair Shores Adult Education Center.

That’s because, for the 72nd year, the Lakeside Palette Club is holding its annual Spring Art Show, displaying the talents of artists from the community and surrounding areas.

The Lakeside Palette Club formed in 1947 as a nonprofit group in the city and hosts two main shows each year. While the fall art show highlights the work of members and local high school students, the spring iteration is more of a formal fine art show, said club president Deni Metivier.

The show will run for about a month, and visitors can come check out the awards won by local artists whenever the St. Clair Shores Adult Education Center, 23055 Masonic Blvd., is open.

“Art is important in our lives,” said Metivier. “It develops (neural) pathways. It helps you (become) calm.”

She said that getting outside for plein air painting helps some of the atmosphere make its way into the picture. While she feels that people are losing touch with each other nowadays, she said that art brings people together.

“It gives them something to discuss,” she said. “It’s something that makes you think.”

Club vice president Tom Sherry said that many different styles of art are represented at this year’s show, and Metivier said that it’s nice to see the progress of skills among members.

“Belonging to the club, it gives you incentive to get the work done,” Sherry said.

This year, the work will be judged by Eugene Clark, an artist and teacher at Oakland University who specializes in murals, figure drawing and painting.

“We try not to get the same person within a two- to three-year period,” Metivier said.

Awards were set to be given to artists May 7, after press time, at Assumption Cultural Center and will be displayed with the work throughout the month of May at the St. Clair Shores Adult Education Center.

“Every judge would see the show differently,” Sherry said.

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