John Gutoskey Meet & Greet: Climbing Out of the Abyss Monoprints

Friday December 1, 2017: 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm -- Downtown Library: 3rd Floor Open Area

Join John for a meet & greet on the third floor of the Downtown Library to celebrate the opening of Climbing Out of the Abyss, an exhibition of his most recent monoprints with a few of my mixed media mandalas

The mixed media mono-prints in this exhibition are an attempt to address spirituality and mental well-being in a time of social, political, and international turmoil and upheaval.

Resettlement Through The Eyes of Refugees

January 28, 2018 through March 15, 2018 -- Malletts Creek Branch: Exhibits

Photographs with Text: Jewish Family Services of Washtenaw County

"Photovoice” is the process of putting cameras in the hands of traditionally marginalized community members to allow them to record, reflect on, and share their community’s strengths and concerns. Photovoice participants have the opportunity to capture their current experiences through pictures, with the goal of sparking dialogue and action related to the themes depicted in the photos.

In the fall of 2016, a group of refugees from Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Sudan, and Iran met weekly with a facilitator and translators to engage in a Photovoice project at Jewish Family Services of Washtenaw County. Together they learned about the Photovoice method and about composing photographs, issues of ethics and safety, and visual storytelling. They were then given digital cameras.

Guided by prompts such as “When I first arrived in the U.S…”, “What is most challenging about living here?” “What makes you feel welcome?” and “What does ‘home’ mean?” they were asked to photograph moments in their daily lives that had meaning for them as they worked to make a new home in the Ann Arbor area.

The resulting exhibit consists of 26 insightful photos-with-narratives that will illuminate the experience of adjusting to life in a new land. As you view this Photovoice exhibit, we hope that you will consider what it means to be a newcomer and what role you can play in sharing our community with recently resettled refugees.

Additive/Subtractive Works by Helen Gotlib & Dylan Strzynski

January 15, 2018 through February 25, 2018 -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room Exhibit

Ann Arbor artists Helen Gotlib and Dylan Strzynski exhibit drawing and mixed-media works that embody the essence of each artists' additive and subtractive approach. Gotlib's process-oriented drawing style is characterized by extreme detail. In her most recent work, Gotlib has made an extensive exploration of a deceptively nuanced and emotional subject – flowers. By following the life cycle of flora but focusing particularly on dried, dead flowers, she's managed to create images of unexpected beauty and emotional power. Strzynski's mixed-media work combines drawing, painting, and influences from his background in printmaking. He's inspired by the woody marine landscape of northern Michigan and rural, western Washtenaw County. Focusing on landscape and vernacular architecture, his work addresses concerns about the environment and poverty by telling stories characterized by mystery and subtle humor.

Over/Come(ing): Paintings by Juliet Seignious

January 13, 2018 through February 26, 2018 -- Downtown Library: Lower Level Display Cases

"The images I bring to you were inspired by John Lewis’ graphic novel series “March”. This series of paintings was initially conceived in reflection about current marches and their connection to marches in the past – mostly the famous march, the march in 1965, the walk from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. Within this work, I seek to explore the power/complexity/hopefulness of social movement (s), the most powerful of human creations, for improving the world, appropriately." -Juliet Seignious

2018 AIA Honors Award Exhibit

January 13, 2018 through February 26, 2018 -- Downtown Library: 3rd Floor Exhibit

The 2018 AIA Honor Awards exhibit consists of twenty-five projects displayed on photo panels, designed by registered Architects practicing in the Huron Valley Chapter area (Jackson, Lenawee, Livingston, Monroe, and Washtenaw Counties) that were submitted to an independent jury for consideration. Five of the projects were selected by the jury to receive a merit-based Honor Award for the demonstration of skill and sensitivity in the resolution of aesthetic, functional, and technical requirements, and/or the advancement of the contemporary understanding of architecture.

The goal of the Honor Awards Program is to enhance public awareness of architecture through the advocacy of quality design and to recognize excellence and leadership of architects in the Huron Valley area.

Remembering Summer: Oils & Watercolors by Marcelle Gray

December 17, 2017 through January 25, 2018 -- Malletts Creek Branch: Exhibits

"In the midst of winter and the holiday season it is fun to remember summer days in the sun. Filled with light, these impressionistic paintings are meant, for a moment, to recall those days on the beach, by the lake, picnicking in a meadow and traveling in sunny locales." - Marcelle Gray

The Nichols Arboretum in Black and White: Photography by Jeff Clevenger

Now through January 10, 2018 -- Downtown Library: Lower Level Display Cases

Jeff Clevenger's evocative photographs are done in black and white digital, a medium he shows to be perfectly and enduringly suited to landscape and nature photography. Taken during the past two years these pictures explore the Nichols Arboretum, a landmark of the heart and mind for many who have come and walked through it, in its differing moods and seasons, conveying hints of its beauty, power, and grace, and tracing the inward connections its visitors often forge with this remarkable place.

Climbing Out of The Abyss: Mono-prints & Mandalas by John Gutoskey

Now through January 10, 2018 -- Downtown Library: 3rd Floor Exhibit

How does one stay centered and present during a time in which so much of the news provokes personal stress and anxiety and a sense that the ideals of our democracy are under attack. How does one stay engaged in the world that seems to be falling apart and still have peace of mind? How does one keep a sense of faith in the goodwill of humanity when minorities, immigrants, women, and the poor are under constant attack by the government? How does one hold on to hope when our freedom and rights are threatened, and we are pitted against each other by politicians and the media?

The mixed media mono-prints in this exhibition are an attempt to address spirituality and mental well-being in a time of social, political, and international turmoil and upheaval.

The 3 mixed media mandalas are said to be mirrors of the inner or spiritual self. Mandalas–concentric diagrams–have spiritual and ritual significance. In various spiritual traditions, mandalas may be employed for focusing attention, as a spiritual teaching tool, for establishing a sacred space, and as an aid to meditation and trance induction. In common use, mandala has become a generic term for any plan, chart or geometric
pattern that represents the cosmos metaphysically or symbolically.

No Cake is Safe: a Cakeasaurus Tale, Woodblock Prints by Marian Short

Now through January 10, 2018 -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room Exhibit

This picture book exhibit follows the confectionary exploits of Cakeasaurus, one cake-deprived town, and a little boy about to turn five – all told through dramatic black and white woodblock prints.

"'No Cake is Safe' walks you through this picture book, as told by my woodblock prints, which I drew, carved, and printed over the course of several years. As with any long-term project, this story evolved as I made it. I couldn’t resist fiddling with word choice, tempo, and minor story shifts. Visually, page drawings that satisfied on my dining room wall were sometimes nixed before they touched a woodblock; or several pages needed revision due to a new idea about a character’s appearance. I love learning about artists’ process, so this exhibit includes print variations and behind-the-scenes peeks." -Marian Short

Marian Short is a Michigan-based artist and writer, whose work has appeared in local and national exhibitions. She lives in Ann Arbor with her partner Rick Sperling, and their rambunctious two-year-old daughter.

Ann Arbor Women Artists Fall 2017 Juried Exhibition

Now through November 28, 2017 -- Downtown Library: 3rd Floor Exhibit and Downtown Library: Lower Level Display Cases and Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room Exhibit

Ann Arbor Women Artists present their Fall 2017 Juried Exhibition. The public is invited to attend the artists' reception on Friday, October 20, 2017, 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM. At 7:00 PM, juror, B. B. Winslow, will give a talk and present the awards.

Ann Arbor Women Artists is a non-profit organization open to all visual artists 18 and older that has approximately 330+ members with connections to Ann Arbor, Michigan, ranging from beginning to professional artists. The purpose of the AAWA is to stimulate creative expression and sharing among its members in order to continually raise the quality of the art produced.

Run as a volunteer organization, members exhibit their work in several different juried and non-juried exhibition spaces throughout the year. The organization also offers workshops and monthly events, including presentations by artists and others in the art field who speak on a wide variety of topics. Additional creative opportunities include plein air sessions, life drawing studios, holiday art & craft shows, and many social events.

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