Art in Public Places


The Saginaw Charter Township Art In Public Places is proud to present Cynthia Schwedler of Oscoda, Michigan, for the month of December.

Cyndi Schwedler 

Cynthia Chase Schwedler is originally from Ferndale, has lived all around Michigan and currently lives in Oscoda.  While living in Bay City she studied drawing and design with Chuck Breed at Delta College. She has taken watercolor classes from local artists Bev Chase, Patt Bacon and Helen Mailloux during the years that she has lived in Oscoda.  She has also taken classes from nationally known watercolor artist Judy Betts.  Cynthia did architectural and engineering drafting on paper and vellum while living in Marquette and loved the feel of pen and pencil in hand.  Recently, she obtained a degree in CAD and engineering Technology and did design work for an industrial manufacturer and an aviation company.  She has done custom picture framing on and off for the past eighteen years, owning her own business for seven of those years. 

My work is primarily the result of my need to understand and explain the thing that has caught my eye.  I like to work with ink on paper because it can be very precise.  I also like to combine the ink with watercolor to soften the composition and add feeling.

The event that stimulated my recent interest in painting was a contest named “Hidden Spaces” at Art in the Loft in Alpena, Michigan.  I started taking photos with that contest in mind on a cross country car trip to Maine and a trip to Chicago by train in the summer of 2017.  The photos were used as an inspiration for the watercolors and inks that showed the hidden spaces that I found.  While looking at my photos, I often found beautiful patterns and curious details that I hadn’t noticed while on vacation. I felt satisfaction in finding beauty in unexpected places. I had started with hidden spaces and progressed to taking a closer look.  I invite you to take some time and find the joy in taking a closer look.

Cynthia’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., December 3 through December 28.  The Township Offices will be closed December 24 - 25, 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