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For the third year in a row, Oliver Art Center will be presenting its Cabin Fever Artist Talk Series in conjunction with the annual Furniture, Fiber, Photography and Sculpture Exhibition which opened January 20. Every year, four artists are invited to speak on their art work which is featured during the exhibition. “These talks have been very popular since we introduced them several years ago. It is a great reason to get out of the house during the winter. They are well-attended and provide an opportunity to bring in people from the community to see one of our most unique exhibitions,” says Mercedes Michalowski, Executive Director.
The first talk of 2017 will be by Aubrey Ann Parker, a well-known local photographer will talk about her global travels and local connections. Originally from Northern Michigan, having graduated from Benzie Central High School in 2004, Aubrey graduated with degrees in chemistry from Kalamazoo College and degrees in both chemical engineering and Spanish from the University of Michigan.
Aubrey has spent the past seven years working as a photojournalist. She has reported from the United Nations climate negotiations in Copenhagen, the glacial lakes of Chilean Patagonia, the coal mines of central India, and the city streets of Jerusalem.
Locally, she runs the social media campaigns for several local businesses and nonprofits; she coaches soccer at Benzie Central and serves on the Frankfort-Elberta school board; and she is co-owner, editor, and photographer of The Betsie Current newspaper. Her artist talk takes place on Friday, January 27 at 5:30pm.
The second talk will be Kurt Swanson of Beulah. Kurt will discuss how he went from working on a computer in Grand Rapids to starting his own woodworking business in Northwest Michigan. In 2012 and 2015, he participated in ArtPrize and his 2015 entry, “The Race” was voted into the top 20 out of over 1,500 artists. That experience as well as his desire to start a career in woodworking encouraged his move to Benzie County. Here he finds the natural beauty of the area as inspiration to create timeless wood furniture and furnishings. Kurt’s talk will be Friday, February 3 at 5:30pm.
All of the Cabin Fever Artist lectures are free and open to the public.
Please see our Events page at http://oliverartcenterfrankfort.org/events for a full listing of presentations and our exhibition calendar at http://oliverartcenterfrankfort.org/gallery-gift-shop/exhibition-calendar for exhibit and reception dates.