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New PCCA exhibition to showcase members’ work

By: Mary Beth Almond | Rochester Post | Published January 6, 2016


ROCHESTER — The Paint Creek Center for the Arts will start the 2016 exhibition year off with the center’s “Members Biennial Exhibition,” which runs Jan. 23-March 5.

The PCCA’s adult members were invited to submit work in all mediums to be reviewed by members of the PCCA’s Exhibition Committee for possible inclusion in the show.

This year, PCCA Manager of Exhibitions and Art Market Megan Gurisko said, the committee chose a total of 55 individual pieces of art — including oil and acrylic paintings, drawings, mixed-media works, ceramics and more  — by 30 member artists.

“It was really challenging to decide what pieces to put in,” she said. “It basically showcases the best of our members.”

The exhibition is an opportunity to show the public a wide range of work in many different mediums from the center’s many artist members — who include students as well as professional artists from across the region and the metro Detroit area.

“Members don’t necessarily have to be students, so you can expect to see work from professional artists who live in Traverse City or other parts of Michigan,” Gurisko said.

The public is invited to attend a free gallery talk 4-5 p.m. and an opening reception for the new exhibition 5-7 p.m. Jan. 23.

“During the gallery talk, seven artists will be talking about their work, so it should be an interesting conversation, especially if you are an artist,” Gurisko said.

Christopher Marshall, an oil painter from Washington Township, will have four of his still-life paintings on display during the exhibition and will be on hand to share his artist story and discuss his work during the gallery talk.

Marshall said he has been painting on and off for over 50 years.

“My mom’s dad liked to paint, and they came to visit us between fifth and sixth grade, and I just liked it. I was an athlete, but I enjoyed painting too. The following year I got hit by a car, and I was bedridden for a year, so my mom would set up these little still-lifes for me to paint while I was laying there in bed in a body cast, so I actually got more into it then, because I couldn’t do anything else. That is when it kind of took hold,” he said. “So, all through my life, I would paint for a little while, then I would go do something else, so I have been doing it off and on my whole life.”

Today, Marshall takes weekly classes at the PCCA to perfect his craft.

“I get together with other artists at Paint Creek to either draw or paint a person that comes in. It’s something I like to do once a week as a little diversion from my normal routine,” he said.

Gurisko said there are a number of PCCA membership levels — which she said are essentially a tax-deductible, nonrefundable donation to the PCCA that include a variety of membership benefits — available each year. The PCCA offers a student membership for those under 17 for $30, a senior membership for those 55 and older for $30, an individual membership for those 18 and older for $40, a family membership for $50, a patron membership for $100 or more, and a partner membership for $250 or more.

Member benefits include discounts on classes, discounts from participating art supply stores — such as Green’s Art Supply in Rochester — access to open studio sessions, eligibility for the members’ biennial juried art exhibition and the annual student and faculty show, and inclusion in PCCA e-news about special events, art school offerings, workshops, exhibitions and specials.

“(This exhibition) is really a benefit for the members and is kind of a thank-you for having a membership with us and supporting us. A lot of these members do a lot for us. They take classes here, they shop in our art market and more, so it’s a benefit that they are able to have their own exhibition,” Gurisko said.

To become a PCCA member, visit or call (248) 651-4110 or email The PCCA is located at 407 Pine St. in downtown Rochester. It’s open 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays. For more information, call (248) 651-4110 or visit