Super SatARTday will be held from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. June 8 at the Anton Art Center in downtown Mount Clemens. The event will be a celebration of the arts and of the Art Center’s 50th anniversary.

Super SatARTday will be held from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. June 8 at the Anton Art Center in downtown Mount Clemens. The event will be a celebration of the arts and of the Art Center’s 50th anniversary.

File photo by Erin Sanchez


Super SatARTday commemorates art center

By: Julie Snyder | Mount Clemens - Clinton - Harrison Journal | Published May 23, 2019

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MOUNT CLEMENS — Building on the success of SatARTdays, the Anton Art Center and First State Bank have organized a daylong celebration of the arts and the 50th anniversary of the Anton Art Center.

Super SatARTday will be held from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. June 8 at the Anton Art Center in downtown Mount Clemens.

“Plan to spend the whole day and explore all of our hands-on activities, tours showcasing public artwork in downtown Mount Clemens, and learn more about the history of the Anton Art Center,” said Executive Director Phil Gilchrist.

Super SatARTday will be free and open to the public, and will feature numerous art activities for all ages such as weaving, sun art, chalk drawings, figure drawing, mask making, button making, clay crafts, origami, and even painting a car.

Gilchrist said there will be live entertainment and performances by children’s musician Guy Louis, storyteller Lois Sprengnether, poet M.L. Liebler, the Companeros de Flamenco dancers, and a drum circle with the Mount Clemens Arts Consortium. Also featured will be tours of the historic Carnegie Library building and local public artwork, which will depart from the Anton Art Center’s north entrance.

Many of the Anton Art Center instructors will be on hand, and attendees will have opportunities to learn more about its education programs, exhibits, gift shop and Holiday Market.

The Anton Art Center, 125 Macomb Place, is a nonprofit organization that aims to enrich and inspire artists of all ages.

The art center opened inside the former Mount Clemens Carnegie Library building in 1969. The interior was converted to three galleries, a gift shop and offices on the main floor, with an art studio/meeting area and a pottery studio and kiln room in the lower level. Children and adults of all skill levels are able to see, learn about, experience and create art firsthand.

“The art center presents full exhibition seasons annually and introduces many local youngsters to what it means to make something — the joys and frustrations, responsibilities and rewards of creating and craftsmanship,” the center’s history reads. In the Art in Public Places program, five significant sculptures that have been installed in downtown Mount Clemens are already a local tradition.

To commemorate the art center’s anniversary, a cake-cutting ceremony will be held at 1 p.m., followed by the unveiling of a new public sculpture by artist John Sauve as part of his “Man in the City” series. A selection of local food vendors will be available as well.

SatARTdays, which were launched at the beginning of the year and will continue through the end of 2019, bring free monthly art experiences to the community.

“It is our pleasure to bring a collaboration (of) the humanities and business to our county seat in a full-scale celebration of art,” said Amy Persyn, First State Bank marketing director and first vice president. “It is wonderful working with the Anton Art Center to bring opportunities for families to interact with local artists and immerse themselves in culturally rewarding experiences.”

For more information about the Anton Art Center, visit theartcenter.org or call (586) 469-8666.

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