As Salinians step cautiously from February into March and begin to emerge from their winter hibernation, Salt Valley Arts invites all to kick off the warmer season with an artsy celebration - Arti Gras.
Ever since its inception in 2016, the goal of our local Arts Center, Salt Valley Arts, has been to serve the Saline Community and its neighbors as a hub for artistic activity. Through classes, collaboration, and outreach, they have worked to share a love of art, artists, and artistic endeavors of all kinds.
The 2018 Arti Gras Celebration is a step further into the community, and a way to celebrate all different kinds of arts in the Saline area. According to co-chairpersons for the event, Karen Losey and Cindy Baxter, “Arti Gras is Salt Valley Arts’ annual ‘Art Party,’ it’s part friend raiser, part fundraiser, part art installation, and a big part is a celebration of artists, art appreciators and the community in which we create.”
This year, as part of the Art Gras event, SVA will also unveil “Sum of the Parts” - a showcase of artistic community members who came together to create a unique art piece that will be installed in the main space of Salt Valley Arts (located in the former St. Joe’s emergency room entrance).
In their introduction to the project, Losey and Baxter said, “The Sum of the Parts is a 4.5’ by 6’ art installation consisting of ‘parts’ created by 36 artists, each having reproduced one section of a well-known work of art. The work of art was unknown to them and they could work in any medium.” (See below for a full list of the artists and the mediums they used.) Attendees of this Saturday’s event will actually be able to see the piece put together on the wall, piece by piece like a puzzle, and guess what the final work of art will be.
The 36 artists involved in the “Sum of the Parts” piece will also have their own original artwork hanging on the walls of SVA in a gallery exhibit for the event. (While the “Sum of the Parts” piece will remain on the wall at SVA long-term, the gallery exhibit will only be up for the Arti Gras event.) Keith McGuire, who teaches children’s and youth classes at SVA on Saturdays, will also be exhibiting some of his students’ artwork, which will be hanging in the space - a unique opportunity for the youngest SVA artists to showcase their talents.
Salt Valley Arts plans to make Arti Gras an annual event, with a different twist each year. This year it is the “Sum of the Parts” piece, but in the future it might be Art on the Runway (a popular event in Two Twelve Arts Center’s days), or a silent auction.
This Saturday’s event, from 4-7pm, will have many opportunities to view artwork and talk with the artists themselves, and to find out more about Salt Valley Arts’ offerings for the community. Refreshments, courtesy EVH Senior Solutions, will also be served, and there will be a prize drawing from some local businesses.
SVA is also looking for new members and further fundraising to keep the organization going. According to Baxter, “Our goal is to be sustainable and be what meets the needs of this area’s artists. It’s like finding your tribe - who are the people that are interested in the arts - what kinds of classes would they like? Maybe they just want to take a class, or maybe they don’t think they’re an artist because they knit. We want to find that community and support all of the arts in the Saline area.”
Arti Gras will be held Saturday March 3rd from 4-7pm at Salt Valley Arts - 400 W. Russell St. Saline, MI 48176. For more info on SVA, go to https://www.saltvalleyarts.org/
1 Kathy Rich - Yarn
2 Ann Stofflet - Colored pencil
3 Marge Mills - Acrylic paint
4 Lynne Friman - Encaustic w/oil pastels
5 Michelle Sanford - Lentils w/acrylic paint
6 Nancy Miller - Rug hooking w/recycled wool
7 Sandy Webster - Wool roving
8 Danni O’Brien - Tin foil w/acrylic paint
9 Victoria Moessner - Return address labels w/oil pastels
10 Linda Klenczar - Acrylic paint
11 Cindy Baxter - Colored Epsom salts
12 Dixie Olin - Oil paint
13 Karen Losey - Wool roving
14 Val Mann - Paper
15 Kristy Lerma - Acrylic paint
16 Becky Bohnett - Fabric w/thread, beads, paint
17 Elizabeth Walther - Paper w/acrylic paint
18 Eileen Shivak - Paper
19 Kerri Brannen - Watercolor paint
20 Keith McGuire - Watercolor paint w/ink pen
21 Shelia Blough - Watercolor paint
22 Sandra Xenakis - Fabric w/thread, yarn, beads, colored pencil
23 Stacey Harper - Encaustic
24 Susie Karr - Fabric w/paint
25 Jan Fleming - Watercolor paint w/crayon
26 Emily Martin - Acrylic paint w/pom poms
27 Toni Oliverio - Watercolor paint
28 Samantha Nielsen - Paper
29 Anne Sheill - Fabric w/ yarn, pebbles, beads, marbles
30 Julie Daleiden - Watercolor paint w/colored pencil
31 Piper Daleiden - Watercolor paint w/colored pen
32 Donna Zwerk - Watercolor paint w/fabric, beads
33 Stanley Ferguson - Pastels w/colored pencil
34 Karen Bloch - Acrylic paint
35 Neah Bloch - Acrylic paint
36 Lisa Belanger - Fabric w/thread