Art in Public Places

ARTIST OF THE MONTH - AUGUST

The Saginaw Charter Township Art In Public Places is proud to present Patricia Riegle of West Branch, Michigan, for the month of August.

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ARTIST STATEMENT
Patricia K (Burns) Riegle is married with five children, twenty-six grandchildren, thirty plus great grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren.  Yes, that makes five generations!

She was born in Saginaw Michigan, graduating from Durand High School. After her marriage she lived in Midland County for a few years and presently resides in Ogemaw County.  Past employment includes Probate Court, Township Clerk and Accountant for a private firm.

Self-taught, Patricia completed the Famous Artists School Correspondence Course, but was unable to pursue her passion for art until her children were grown.  In 1992 she joined the West Branch Creative Arts Association in West Branch, Michigan.  With the help and guidance of her new artist friends, she began painting .  After a few years, she created "Journey of Love", a watercolor painting of her newly adopted daughter from China.  A year later, she painted "Lovely Reveal" and decided not to sell it.  However, people were interested in purchasing these pieces, so she began a search for someone to make prints.  Quite by chance, she found Peter O'Neill in St. Augustine, Florida while on vacation.  Peter introduced her to the Giclee` print process.  For the next few years Peter mentored her.  The most encouraging statement he made was " you are not a hobby artist"!  This statement inspired her to continue to paint.  He also said "never give up".  Peter himself is a self-taught successful artist, so that was the common bond.  Other studies include summer art classes at Kirtland Community College.

Patricia has won numerous awards in art shows throughout Michigan.

Patricia’s art exhibit will be shown at the Saginaw Charter Township Hall, 4980 Shattuck Road, Saginaw, Michigan, during business hours Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., August 1 through August 31, 2018.

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Brief History of Saginaw Township Art in Public Places

On September 12, 1986, by joint resolution of the Township Board an Art in Public Places Committee was established. The Committee functions primarily to: Advise the Township Board on art and culture-related issues, promotes the display of art in public buildings, organizes the Annual State of the Arts Exhibition and selects works of art to be permanently or temporarily displayed in facilities owned by Saginaw Township.

Former Saginaw Township Manager Robert C. Homan first investigated ways in which to promote art appreciation in Saginaw Township. The Township Board appointed a committee of seven individuals with various art backgrounds to organize activities and schedule displays. The original members; Bonnie Bellinger, Patricia Shaheen, Patricia Koucky, Luther Hale, Walter Nagel Jr., Rev. David Bracklein and Marian Tincknell held their first meeting on November 13, 1986. At that first meeting they discussed the possibility of showcasing a monthly art display at the Saginaw Township Hall. During the remainder of the year and the year following, the Committee organized an art show featuring Michigan artists and their works. This annual show is now referred to as the "Annual State of the Arts Exhibition".

The Committee appointed Bonnie Bellinger as Chairperson and through her and the Committee's hard work a successful arts appreciation program was established for Saginaw Township residents. Bonnie Bellinger retired as Chairperson in 1990, but her projects live on. In 2004 the Annual State of the Arts Exhibition dedicated the exhibition to Patricia Koucky who unexpectedly passed away earlier that year.

The Committee is now Chaired by Saginaw Township Manager Rob Grose.

Committee members include:

  • Bob Lewis
  • Lindy Morley
  • Ursula Steckert
  • Marion Tincknell
  • Barbara Day
  • Jim Kelly --Board of Trustees
  • Shirley Wazny --Clerk