We hope you had a wonderful holiday and we wish you a very Happy New Year.
We have recently updated our website and we invite you to take a moment to explore our new offerings, including many updates and additions to our artist's statements & resumes found on their bio pages. If you love sharing the beauty of our region, send your friends to photographer Ken Scott's page on our site. And if you are wondering about our winter/spring calendar, check out the events page.
As with all our newsletters, you will find below a few photographs of recent works at MAG just to pique your interest.
At this time we are delighted to announce our spring show with 40+ artists interpreting Daniel Belardinelli's "The Art of Coming Undone."
Outsider artist Belardinelli has a way of tackling difficult matters with compassion, humor and honesty. We look forward to seeing how our artists interpret his work in both 2D & 3D formats, in their own media and style. All MAG friends and patrons will be invited to vote for their favorite piece. OPENING: Friday, May 3rd, 5-9 p.m., Downtown Traverse City Art Walk (the exhibit runs through June).
Daniel lives and works in New York City where he has been making art since childhood. Drawing kept him occupied during the many after-school hours he spent in his father's two Manhattan restaurants. These establishments were frequented by popular entertainers such as Groucho Marx and Tony Bennett, as well as successful jockeys and the occasional Mafia kingpin. Hanging out with Andy Warhol in his teens, meeting such people was routine for the young Belardinelli, who regularly eavesdropped on the animated conversations in the restaurants and art studios.
When his drawings caught the attention of a Soho art dealer in the mid 80's, Belardinelli embarked on a successful career in Europe and the United Sates. He currently has a year-long show at the American Visionary Museum in Baltimore. His work has regularly been shown at the Outsider Art Fair in New York City, Folk Fest in Atlanta, South by Southwest in Austin, and is hung in galleries throughout the United States and Europe.
Also, by a twist of fate, Daniel is one of the few passengers who changed his ticket from Flight 93 on 9/11 in which his uncle perished. The History Channel's documentary, "I Missed Flight 93" featured Belardinelli and two other passengers exploring how it changed their lives, and in Daniel's case, influenced his artwork.
Enjoy a few new works at MAG below:
Fissure architectural assemblage 30"h x 63"w Larry Fox (can be hung vertically, as well)
Geometric Vessel ceramic 52"h x 12"w x12"d Andrew Otis
Wall Poppies ceramic, 9" x 9" each Cheryl English Joy Pure Joy I & II acrylic mixed media, 30"h x 30"w each Laurie Meseroll
Bird House Man metal/mixed media with 6 magnetic birds 25"h x 21"w Scott Randolph
From Kandinsky earthenware ceramic 18"h x 17"w x 10"d Cynthia Marks
Meditating Mama Blue III stoneware/stained & glazed 27"h x 19"w x 18"d Leanne Schnepp
March Marigolds I of II watercolor 58"h x 46"w Pat Custer Denison
Top: Victorian Psychedelic mixed media, 23"h x 21"w Middle:Thoughts of Spring mixed media, 6"h x 20"w Bottom: Untitled mixed media, 17"h x 20"w Jil Johnson
Renaissance Man & His Fetching Dog acrylic on wood panel 29"h x 23"w Nancy Adams Nash
I'll Dream of You sewn collage/vintage sheet music 19"h x 23"w framed Colleen O'Rourke
Spirit Bear Warrior Pose II ceramic/walnut base 20"h x 20"w x 17"d Julie Kradel
Letting Go lino cut print 20"h x 17"w, matted Laurie DeLind
Dragonfly painted silk collage 10"h x 10"w Char Bickel
Uh Oh! (detail) clay/found object assemblage 19"h x 5"w x 3.5"d Michelle Tock York
Reclinging Nude raku fired clay 19"h x 30"w Seated Nude raku fired clay 22"h x 17.5"w Doug DeLind