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The Elizabeth Lane Oliver Center for the Arts exhibits work created by 33 artists who have participated in the Glen Arbor Art Association’s (GAAA) Artist-in-Residence (AIR) program. This show opens Friday, Oct. 21 with a reception from 5-7 p.m. at the Oliver Art Center, 132 Coast Guard Road, Frankfort. The exhibition runs through Nov. 26.
This collaborative show is built around paintings and photographs selected from the GAAA’s AIR Collection. In addition to the residents’ works, there will be paintings by the late Suzanne Wilson, the AIR program’s founder; paintings by former AIR Chairperson Harvey Gordon; and contemporary quilts by Sarah Bearup-Neal, the AIR Committee’s current chairperson.
A panel discussion about artist’s residencies, what they are and how they figure into a creative practice, supplements the exhibition. Sarah Bearup-Neal will facilitate the discussion at the Oliver Art Center on Saturday, Nov. 5, 1 p.m. The panelists are painter and art educator Joan Richmond, and poet Teresa Scollon, both of Traverse City. There is no charge.
The GAAA’s AIR program was established in the late 1990s. Wilson, a local painter of note, felt passionately about the need to create an artist’s residence program for the GAAA, and shepherded that idea into reality. The exhibition is sponsored by the Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation. For more information please call the Oliver Art Center at 231/352-4151.