Art in Public Places


The Saginaw Charter Township Art In Public Places is proud to present Deanna Bergman of Saginaw Township, Michigan, for the month of October.

Deanna Bergman 


Painting is a wonderful gift from God.  I love doing it and thank the Lord always.  Painting is always on my mind, in looking at the world around me, I see things that I want to paint.  On a cold winter day, I may be painting roses.


As a child, I loved art projects, I had a few oil painting classes while in high school, where I won the art award when I graduated from Laker High in Pigeon, Michigan.  About nine years after school, I took classes from Annabelle Seymour.  I loved her work and that started me on my path of art.  As I grew as an artist, it opened my eyes to see things around me.  As I saw things in nature, like the reflections in a pond or lake or glass and silver with a reflection in them, dewdrops on a leaf, tear drops in the eye of a child or older person, shadows in a window or doorway, I couldn’t wait to try and paint them.  I love to take walks in the woods or country, also at the lake.  I especially liked Ireland.  It gave me ideas of things to paint, stone walls, sheep, old castles, old farmers in hip boots with the faithful dog beside them walking out to the barn or shed.  I especially liked the sheep, because we are like the sheep in need of the Lord, our Shepard, to always watch over and take care of each one of us.


I have also painted on furniture.  Our family has an old writing desk, over 100 years old, which I painted on the drop leaf portion of it. I have also painted on drop leaf tables and decorative mirrors.


I have painted in oils for over 40 years and love everything about it.  I love the smell of the oils and cleaners; but these products were causing  health hazards to a lot of artists, so  about nine years ago I decided I would take a few water color classes.  This opened a whole new world of painting for me.  I love how the colors flow and mingle together like magic to form new colors which are just beautiful.  It was then that my daughter, Stacie Rose joined me in a few classes that started our journey into this world of art.  We have had so many fun filled days of painting together.  We have had mother/daughter shows together.  I have shown my work at the Saginaw Art Museum, The Anderson Enrichment Center, First Congregational Church, Saginaw Township Hall and other places.  I belong to the Saginaw Artist Guild, where I am treasurer and the Saginaw Area Watermedia Artists.  It is wonderful to share this passion with my daughter.

Deanna'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., September 4 through September 28, 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