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The Erickson Center for the Arts (ECA) invites the public to attend an Artist’s Reception at the Erickson Center in the Waterfront Gallery and Gifts on Wednesday, June 25th from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The reception is being held in conjunction with the American Medley exhibit on display through September.
The two featured artists are Renee´ Michaud and Genevieve Cousineau. In addition, there are over 20 other artists and writers with work on display in the Waterfront Gallery and Gifts. Many pieces in a variety of mediums are available for sale.
ECA is a sponsor for the William Bonifas Fine Arts Center Northern Exposure exhibit. The Featured Artist sponsorship involves selecting an artist to feature in an exhibit. Renee´ Michaud’s work was selected by ECA’s Fine Arts Committee and is currently on display at the Erickson Center. In addition, in 2012 she was awarded the First Time Exhibitors Award by the Lake Superior Art Association and the First Prize 2D at the Great Lakes Showcase in 2014.
She currently resides in the Ishpeming area and owns the Nook and Cranny Art Studio in the historic Gossard Building in Ishpeming. Her collages, silks and jewelry are on display in her studio. Michaud is a member of the Lake Superior Art Association and the International Society of Experimental Artists.
While at Michigan State University, she earned a degree in art education. Her area of emphasis was printmaking, which lent itself well to the layering techniques in her collages. Each of her collages invites the viewer to get close and explore the images and stories represented. Many of the collages are not flat two dimensional pieces, but are sculpted and rise from the support giving texture and depth to each creation. Others explore in more depth the colors and values rendered during the layering process adhered closer to surface of the support.
The second featured artist, Genevieve Cousineau, is a graduate of Michigan State Normal (now called Eastern Michigan University) graduating with a degree in Fine Arts She later earned her teaching certification and a Master’s Degree from Oakland University. Her work includes stained glass, acrylic and watercolor painting and pen & ink drawing.
While teaching for the Rochester School District, one of her career highs was a commissioned work for Walter Reuther and his wife of themselves for Reuther Junior High. In addition to her art and teaching career, she also worked for years in the real estate business.
She retired to the Naubinway area where she is involved with a group, the “Paintin’ Place” at the Hiawatha Sportman’s Club. Cousineau works in her garage studio on commissioned pieces and teaching students.
Stop in and meet both Michaud and Cousineau along with many other artists during the Artist’s Reception. Music in the Park begins at 6:30 that same evening in the Erickson Center Park. If you miss the Artist’s Reception, the exhibit is open during normal business hours Monday through Friday.