Art in Public Places

Artist of the Month - November

Diane Shomo - Copy (2)
Saginaw Charter Township Art in Public Places is proud to present Diane Shomo of Macomb, MI as the Artists of the Month for November.


Artist Bio
Education

BA degree in Administration:  Service Sector from Central Michigan University


I have taken classes and workshop lessons from instructors:  Richard McKinley, Jim Markle, Elizabeth Mowry, Vianna Szabo, Amy Foster, Janet Kohler and I have taken classes at Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center.

Professional Affiliations:  Warren Tri County Fine Art, Detroit Society of Women Painters and Sculptors

Awards

Saginaw Township State of the Arts  2019 W.L. Case Purchase  Award
Anchor Bay Artist Club:  2018 Best of Show
   2018 Best Landscape
   2017 Honorable Mention
   2016 Honorable Mention
   2015 Outstanding
 Warren Tri County Fine Art:  2017 Outstanding Prestige Show
   2017 50th Anniversary Show
   2016 Honorable Mention
 Lakeside Palette Club:  2017 Fall Show Outstanding
   2014 Outstanding Spring Show
 Detroit Society of Women Painters & Sculptors             2017 Nancy Proft Award


Artist Statement
My artwork has been my passion for many years.  I like to create scenes that depict the natural beauty of nature with my landscape and seascape pictures.  I have traveled across the U.S. and Europe and have taken lots of reference photos.  My frequent travels provide me with a library of visual images and memories.  I use my photos and memories to convey special moments on my pastel paper.  I also paint seascapes and still life.  I would like to draw my viewer into my world.

Diane's 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 1st through November 26th.


2019 - 2020 Monthly Art Schedule


SAGINAW TOWNSHIP 
ANNUAL STATE OF THE ARTS EXHIBITION
2019 Award Winners

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