Franco Terenzi, of Black Light Visuals, dries freshly applied paint on the arm of Amy Dukaj, 17, of Sterling Heights, during a body marbling program at the Anton Art Center on Jan. 12. The free event kicked off SatARTdays, a collaboration between the  Anton Art  Center and First State Bank in St. Clair Shores.

Franco Terenzi, of Black Light Visuals, dries freshly applied paint on the arm of Amy Dukaj, 17, of Sterling Heights, during a body marbling program at the Anton Art Center on Jan. 12. The free event kicked off SatARTdays, a collaboration between the Anton Art Center and First State Bank in St. Clair Shores.

Photo by Sarah Purlee


Pencil in Saturdays for SatARTdays

Free yearlong effort a collaboration to promote the arts

By: Julie Snyder | Mount Clemens - Clinton - Harrison Journal | Published February 1, 2019

 SatARTdays will be held at  the Anton Art Center the second Saturday of each month through the end of the year.

SatARTdays will be held at the Anton Art Center the second Saturday of each month through the end of the year.

Photo by Sarah Purlee

MOUNT CLEMENS — The Anton Art Center in Mount Clemens and First State Bank in St. Clair Shores have partnered up to bring free monthly art experiences to the community through the end of 2019.

Anton Art Center Executive Director Phil Gilchrist said it’s time to “Pencil in Saturdays for Art” — the tagline for this first-time partnership — and enjoy an up-close look at the goings-on at local favorites from the Michigan Opera Theatre to the Detroit Children’s Choir.

“SatARTdays got off to a great start with more than 125 people attending the Black Light Visuals program on Jan. 12,” Gilchrist said.

SatARTdays are held the second Saturday of each month at the Anton Art Center.

On that first day, Black Light Visuals owner Brad Lawrence, a College for Creative Studies alumnus, demonstrated body marbling under black lights. The result was vibrant, glowing colors on participants’ body parts — mainly hands and arms. Lawrence, who was diagnosed with chronic tendonitis in his wrists at the age of 23 and could no longer draw or sculpt, became interested in the art, and he and his friend Michael Zach debuted the now popular medium at the Electric Forest Festival in 2013.

“They tour the country now for festivals, and people pay between $20 and $30 to have this done,” said Amy Persyn, marketing director and first vice president at First State Bank. “We made it no cost for those who came. And the owner is a CCS grad. It was cool to have someone local.”

SatARTdays are funded by First State Bank’s Community Giving Budget. Persyn said their goal was to create a connection with an art institution that has a close relationship with the community.

“It’s been a vision of theirs for a while,” Persyn said of First State Bank. “Creating a collaboration with a partner in the community that was interested in enhancing the arts and bringing in and supporting local talent.”

And the timing couldn’t be better.

“The Anton Art Center is celebrating 50 years of service to our community through the arts this year, and our new SatARTdays program is a great way that we’re able to share the arts with our community,” Gilchrist said.

The Anton Art Center’s mission is to “enrich and inspire people of all ages through the arts.” The art center is a strong advocate for artists through a wide range of opportunities, including monthly exhibitions ranging from juried statewide competitions to invitational and student shows.

The next installment of SatARTdays will feature Resident Artists of the Michigan Opera Theatre Studio from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Feb. 9.

The Resident Artists will serenade patrons with highlights from their spring season, which will include “Candide,” “Hansel & Gretel” and “The Grapes of Wrath.”

Members of the Detroit Children’s Choir, which is made up of more than 300 students in grades three through 12, will be visiting for SatARTdays from 6 to 8 p.m. March 9.

Persyn said First State Bank is also supporting the upcoming Artstravaganza with the Sterling Heights Regional Chamber of Commerce, and the Anton Art Center and Macomb County Art Mapping Project Scholarships.

Artstravaganza will be held at the Emerald Theatre, 31 N. Walnut St., on Feb. 28.

The Anton Art Center is located at 125 Macomb Place in Mount Clemens. For more information, call (586) 469-8666 or visit theartcenter.org.