A 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:
- Judi Braun
- Ron Lee
- Lindy Morley
- Chris & Amelia Reer
- Marion Tincknell
- Martha Triantafillou
- Mari Zimmerman Thompson
- Jim Kelly --Board of Trustees
- Shirley Wazny --Clerk
Art Schedule 2014 - 2015
The Saginaw Charter Township Art In Public Places is proud to present Andrea Czarnik from Saginaw, MI, for the month of November.
Andrea’s earliest artistic pursuits sprouted from attending Saturday youth art classes and lectures through Chicago's Vanderpoel Art Association and Art Institute. She furthered her interest in art and architectural studies at the Art Institute of Chicago, University of Illinois, and the former American Academy of Art headed by Irving Shapiro. She coupled her artistic talent and practical expertise in the world of publishing for roughly ten years by running a small desktop publishing business out of her home. Her illustrations, poster art, or computer generated logos and brochures have benefited children's summer library reading programs, local grade schools, park districts, and certain private individuals. She balances her time painting watercolors with other interests in avid gardening, volunteering, teaching part time, and family. All these everyday surroundings influence her choices in rendering a series of places in time, someone's personal request for a garden painting, or Andrea's playful bottle arrangements with wine and beer bottles.
Czarnik comments, "Basically a picture expresses a version of an idea from nature or from my surroundings that gets refined by incidental line, forms, and color. This combination, if done in an orderly and thoughtful process, can produce wonderful results. I was influenced by works of the old masters such as Rembrandt, Monet, and Winslow Homer. Other area artists also motivate me to explore composition and color harmonies during art classes that I currently take at the Midland Center For The Arts."
Enjoy her watercolor bottle series, landscapes, or flowers as a rhapsody of unique painterly qualities.
Andrea's art exhibit will be shown at the Saginaw Charter Township Hall, 4980 Shattuck Road, Saginaw, Michigan, during business hours Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 5:00 p.m., November 3 through November 26, 2014.