Exhibits

Resettlement Through The Eyes of Refugees

Photographs with Text: Jewish Family Services of Washtenaw County

"Photovoice” is the process of putting cameras in the hands of traditionally marginalized community members to allow them to record, reflect on, and share their community’s strengths and concerns. Photovoice participants have the opportunity to capture their current experiences through pictures, with the goal of sparking dialogue and action related to the themes depicted in the photos.

In the fall of 2016, a group of refugees from Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Sudan, and Iran met weekly with a facilitator and translators to engage in a Photovoice project at Jewish Family Services of Washtenaw County. Together they learned about the Photovoice method and about composing photographs, issues of ethics and safety, and visual storytelling. They were then given digital cameras.

Guided by prompts such as “When I first arrived in the U.S…”, “What is most challenging about living here?” “What makes you feel welcome?” and “What does ‘home’ mean?” they were asked to photograph moments in their daily lives that had meaning for them as they worked to make a new home in the Ann Arbor area.

The resulting exhibit consists of 26 insightful photos-with-narratives that will illuminate the experience of adjusting to life in a new land. As you view this Photovoice exhibit, we hope that you will consider what it means to be a newcomer and what role you can play in sharing our community with recently resettled refugees.

Remembering Summer: Oils & Watercolors by Marcelle Gray

"In the midst of winter and the holiday season it is fun to remember summer days in the sun. Filled with light, these impressionistic paintings are meant, for a moment, to recall those days on the beach, by the lake, picnicking in a meadow and traveling in sunny locales." - Marcelle Gray

The Nichols Arboretum in Black and White: Photography by Jeff Clevenger

Jeff Clevenger's evocative photographs are done in black and white digital, a medium he shows to be perfectly and enduringly suited to landscape and nature photography. Taken during the past two years these pictures explore the Nichols Arboretum, a landmark of the heart and mind for many who have come and walked through it, in its differing moods and seasons, conveying hints of its beauty, power, and grace, and tracing the inward connections its visitors often forge with this remarkable place.

Climbing Out of The Abyss: Mono-prints & Mandalas by John Gutoskey

How does one stay centered and present during a time in which so much of the news provokes personal stress and anxiety and a sense that the ideals of our democracy are under attack. How does one stay engaged in the world that seems to be falling apart and still have peace of mind? How does one keep a sense of faith in the goodwill of humanity when minorities, immigrants, women, and the poor are under constant attack by the government? How does one hold on to hope when our freedom and rights are threatened, and we are pitted against each other by politicians and the media?

The mixed media mono-prints in this exhibition are an attempt to address spirituality and mental well-being in a time of social, political, and international turmoil and upheaval.

The 3 mixed media mandalas are said to be mirrors of the inner or spiritual self. Mandalas–concentric diagrams–have spiritual and ritual significance. In various spiritual traditions, mandalas may be employed for focusing attention, as a spiritual teaching tool, for establishing a sacred space, and as an aid to meditation and trance induction. In common use, mandala has become a generic term for any plan, chart or geometric
pattern that represents the cosmos metaphysically or symbolically.

No Cake is Safe: a Cakeasaurus Tale, Woodblock Prints by Marian Short

This picture book exhibit follows the confectionary exploits of Cakeasaurus, one cake-deprived town, and a little boy about to turn five – all told through dramatic black and white woodblock prints.

"'No Cake is Safe' walks you through this picture book, as told by my woodblock prints, which I drew, carved, and printed over the course of several years. As with any long-term project, this story evolved as I made it. I couldn’t resist fiddling with word choice, tempo, and minor story shifts. Visually, page drawings that satisfied on my dining room wall were sometimes nixed before they touched a woodblock; or several pages needed revision due to a new idea about a character’s appearance. I love learning about artists’ process, so this exhibit includes print variations and behind-the-scenes peeks." -Marian Short

Marian Short is a Michigan-based artist and writer, whose work has appeared in local and national exhibitions. She lives in Ann Arbor with her partner Rick Sperling, and their rambunctious two-year-old daughter.

Ann Arbor Women Artists Fall 2017 Juried Exhibition

Ann Arbor Women Artists present their Fall 2017 Juried Exhibition. The public is invited to attend the artists' reception on Friday, October 20, 2017, 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM. At 7:00 PM, juror, B. B. Winslow, will give a talk and present the awards.

Ann Arbor Women Artists is a non-profit organization open to all visual artists 18 and older that has approximately 330+ members with connections to Ann Arbor, Michigan, ranging from beginning to professional artists. The purpose of the AAWA is to stimulate creative expression and sharing among its members in order to continually raise the quality of the art produced.

Run as a volunteer organization, members exhibit their work in several different juried and non-juried exhibition spaces throughout the year. The organization also offers workshops and monthly events, including presentations by artists and others in the art field who speak on a wide variety of topics. Additional creative opportunities include plein air sessions, life drawing studios, holiday art & craft shows, and many social events.

MiASLA 2017 Landscape Architecture Design Awards Exhibit

Photo and Text Panels

Each year, the Michigan Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (MiASLA) honors the best in landscape architecture in Michigan. MiASLA is excited to showcase entries to their 32nd annual design awards program at the Mallets Creek Branch. The exhibit features projects from around the state including built projects and planning and research documents. Projects will be judged by the Kentucky Chapter of ASLA and winning projects will be awarded at the MiASLA Annual Meeting at the Gem Theatre in Detroit on September 28, 2017.

Landscape architects analyze, plan, design, and manage built and natural environments. They design parks, campuses, streetscapes, trails, plazas, and other projects that help define communities, and provide beautiful, functional, and sustainable spaces. Interested in learning more about landscape architecture? Visit asla.org.

Creating With Clay

Ceramics: Clay-Art-Friends Group

This ceramic exhibit is the third annual show by the Clay-Art-Friends at AADL. The participating artists this year are: Nancy Bulkley, Jeanine Center, Betty Locey, Caron Valentine-Marsh, Jessica Krivan, and Lineke Zuiderweg.

Once one learns to create with clay, if it is on the potter's wheel or hand building, it almost becomes an addiction. One can make decorative or functional ceramics, play with colors or draw on them. The creativity never ends. After the glazed pieces come out of the kiln, it is always a surprise to see the results.

Most of the work in this exhibit is done by hand building: using fresh rolled out, coiled, extruded or leather hard clay to create shapes and objects which never could be made on a potter's wheel. Examples of all kinds of hand building techniques, which illustrate the process, will be on display in this exhibit.

2017 Kerrytown BookFest Library Exhibit

Covers and Posters: Kerrytown BookFest

The annual Kerrytown BookFest exhibit this year celebrates the 10th annual Book Cover Design contest for high school students. The contest, open to all Michigan High School students, asked the students to re-imagine a cover for a chosen book and give a visual interpretation to the written word. This year’s book is Last Seen Leaving, a young adult novel by Caleb Roehrig. The novel is set in Ann Arbor.

Members of this year’s judging panel will announce the first, second and third place winners at the annual Library Reception on the Third Floor of the Downtown Library on Friday, September 8 at 7 p.m.

This year’s judges were author Caleb Roehrig; Cover designer and writer Molly McCaffery, and children’s book expert Jackie LaRose. The judges evaluated the work submitted from schools in Flint, Kensington Woods, Hillsdale and St. Clair Shores. The finalists were chosen on the basis of originality, execution, and understanding and application of the subject matter.

The finalists are:
Ashley Abel, 12th Grade, Genesee Career Institute, Flint
Brandon DeMond, 11th Grade, Lakeview High School
Alexis Higgins, 12th Grade, Hillsdale High School
Sydney Jones, 11th Grade, Kensington Woods
Autumn Stoddard, 12th Grade, Genessee Career Institute, Flint

To celebrate the 15th Anniversary of the BookFest, this year’s exhibit includes original framed posters from each year of the Festival. Many of these posters were hand letterpress printed and are works of art in themselves. Artists include Tom Hollander (2003), Jim Horton (2007, 2009, 2011), Nicole Ray (2017), Pati Scobey (2006) and Darcy Bowden (2004).

Resettlement Through The Eyes of Refugees

Photographs with Text: Jewish Family Services of Washtenaw County

"Photovoice” is the process of putting cameras in the hands of traditionally marginalized community members to allow them to record, reflect on, and share their community’s strengths and concerns. Photovoice participants have the opportunity to capture their current experiences through pictures, with the goal of sparking dialogue and action related to the themes depicted in the photos.

In the fall of 2016, a group of refugees from Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Sudan, and Iran met weekly with a facilitator and translators to engage in a Photovoice project at Jewish Family Services of Washtenaw County. Together they learned about the Photovoice method and about composing photographs, issues of ethics and safety, and visual storytelling. They were then given digital cameras.

Guided by prompts such as “When I first arrived in the U.S…”, “What is most challenging about living here?” “What makes you feel welcome?” and “What does ‘home’ mean?” they were asked to photograph moments in their daily lives that had meaning for them as they worked to make a new home in the Ann Arbor area.

The resulting exhibit consists of 26 insightful photos-with-narratives that will illuminate the experience of adjusting to life in a new land. As you view this Photovoice exhibit, we hope that you will consider what it means to be a newcomer and what role you can play in sharing our community with recently resettled refugees.

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