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 11/29/2018 - 12:58
Installation of new works of art downtown Saline earlier this year

Art Around Saline – a public art display project initiated by the City of Saline Arts & Culture Committee – expanded in September with six new pieces of art.  These were added to five artworks from the previous year. Saline Main Street, Saline Area Chamber of Commerce, and Rotary Club of Saline have contributed to the Project.

The new artworks are (with descriptions by the artists):

Sandra S. Difazio, “Cedar Creek,” oil: a plain air painting created at the Pierce Cedar Creek Institute near Hastings Michigan. It was one of the many picturesque views on the property.

Jan Fleming, “Flower of Sun,” colored pencil: After I took a picture of the sunflower, I was amazed at how many colors there actually were in the flower. I used colored pencil and did most of the work on a heated surface which works well to blend the colors. The piece also won a "peoples choice" award at an art show.

Stacey Harper, “I Give You the World,” hand-dyed, painted quilt: All of the fabric is fine quality muslin that I hand-painted with fabric paint or hand dyed using an ice technique with powdered pigments. I used a glue resist technique with Elmer's gel glue and fabric paint for all the continents. The oceans are dyed using ice and powdered pigments.

Carmin Olson, “Safe Haven,” colored pencil: The first time I saw this photo, I thought to myself how perfect it would be to draw this during a Michigan winter waiting for Spring and Summer to arrive. I used small circular ovals, delicately creating layer upon layer until I achieved a soft overall look. Original photo by Emily Brown Artificavitch

Lynne Schaffer, “Water Lilies,” colored pencil, three water lilies.

Kathe Suddendorf, “Hattitude,” watercolor: Watercolor on cold press watercolor paper. 
While shopping, I noticed a display of colorful winter hats on a metal rack. They were my inspiration for this painting.

A once/year cycle is now established for the Fall. A new call for artwork will be announced in early 2019.  

A walking map identifying the location of the pieces is available and on display at Saline businesses.

For more information, visit the Saline Arts & Culture page on the City of Saline’s website, or the Saline Arts & Culture Facebook page.



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Katherine H. Downie
Katherine Downie is a local artist and art educator. She serves on the executive committee of the Saline Celtic Festival, on the board of the Saline Area Players, and on the Saline Library Art Exhibit Committee.

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