Creative minds come together in St. Clair Shores for fall art show

By: Kristyne E. Demske | St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published November 18, 2019

 “Winter Tulips,” by Walt Kempski, hangs in the show, which runs for the next month.

“Winter Tulips,” by Walt Kempski, hangs in the show, which runs for the next month.

Photo by Kristyne E. Demske

 Lakeside Palette Club President Deni Metivier carries a painting in for the 73rd annual Fall Art Show at the St. Clair Shores Adult and Community Education Center, 23055 Masonic Blvd., Nov. 13.

Lakeside Palette Club President Deni Metivier carries a painting in for the 73rd annual Fall Art Show at the St. Clair Shores Adult and Community Education Center, 23055 Masonic Blvd., Nov. 13.

Photo by Kristyne E. Demske

ST. CLAIR SHORES — For more than seven decades, artistic members from St. Clair Shores and the surrounding areas have put their talents on display for the community to enjoy.

This year, the 73rd annual Lakeside Palette Club Fall Art Show was scheduled to open Nov. 15 — after press time — at the St. Clair Shores Adult and Community Education Center, 23055 Masonic Blvd. The juried show was slated to be judged by Vianna Szabo, an award-winning artist known for her expressive use of color.

Tom Sherry, the Lakeside Palette Club’s second vice president, said that they try to get a variety of judges because art is subjective.

“You can take two judges and judge the same show and get totally different results,” he said.

Of the two shows each year, Lakeside Palette Club President Deni Metivier said that the fall one is more “personal.”

She said that it gets club members warmed up for the holiday season, and they enjoy a potluck dinner together for the awards ceremony.

“It’s like a collaboration, which makes it special,” she said.

The fall show is for Lakeside Palette Club members only, said First Vice President June Nash.

“We’ve got a lot of fantastic artists,” she said.

Visitors to the show, which is at the St. Clair Shores Adult and Community Education building, will be able to vote for their favorite piece among the oil paintings, photographs, watercolors and acrylic pieces.

“Everybody has their own style. You can look at a particular piece of artwork and know who did it,” Nash said. “We have a lot of really great artists.”

The club emphasizes content instead of judging on technical ability only, Sherry said, because they have a variety of skill levels among their members.

“Other people are starting, but they might come up with a very original idea,” he said. “We like a variety of judges because it gives a variety of results.”

About 31 members planned to submit about 60 entries in the fall show. Of those, 16-17 will win awards.

“I think it means a lot to people to get some recognition for their work,” Sherry said.

Lakeside Palette Club member Jacqueline Block was at the center Nov. 13 to submit a watercolor painting for the show, titled “Winter Solstice.”

“It’s fun to see what your neighbors are creating,” she said. “It inspires me to keep creating because sometimes you get busy with life.”