Five new original art works are installed in historic downtown Saline for a one-year outdoor exhibition. “Art Around Saline” brought four large framed prints of art to the exterior walls of Saline downtown businesses last May. The newest additions were selected from over 50 entries featuring local artists.
This article is the first in a series describing the five art pieces with profiles of the artists.
The portrait, “Taylor Jacobsen,” watercolor by Julie Daleiden, is located on the south wall of Cobblestone Rose on South Ann Arbor Street.
“When I was a Saline High School student,” says Daleiden, “I loved taking the art classes taught by Taylor Jacobsen and Stephen Kerr, who both encouraged me to explore new media and develop and expand my abilities. On Taylor’s recommendation, I enrolled in the Saline Community Ed watercolor class that he taught, and from then on I have been hooked on watercolors. Having moved back to this area after being away for many years, I was delighted to find Taylor still teaching the same watercolor class, and I have been taking it every since!”
This particular piece was painted for a display that depicted the artwork of Saline Mills. “Capturing the likeness and characteristic expression of Taylor seemed fitting,” notes Daleiden, “as he is at the very heart of Saline Mills.”
Daleiden’s work has been included in the annual spring display at the Saline District Library and the Michigan Water Color Society’s juried Travel Exhibition. Two of her paintings were published in “The Artistic Touch 5” of the National Watercolor Society. She also donated paintings to the Saline Circle of Art (hosted by Saline Picture Frame) which were auctioned to raise money for Food Gatherers.
The goals of this unique project are to enhance and promote public art within the City of Saline, highlight the work of local artists, and increase and enhance pride in the city and its growing art culture. The project was initiated by the City of Saline Arts & Culture Committee and in collaboration with the Saline Main Street. The expansion of the public art display by the Art Around Saline Task Force is through a grant from the Washtenaw County Convention and Visitors Bureau Community Tourism Action Plan (CTAP) Program.
For more information, contact Cindy Baxter, Chair, City of Saline Arts & Culture Committee, 734-678-5619.
Marci Cameron, City of Saline Arts & Culture Committee