Art in Public Places

 Janet Baugher & Sally Rose - Copy (2)

Artists of the Month - October
Saginaw Charter Township Art in Public Places is proud to present Janet Baugher of Owosso, MI and Sally Rose of Mt. Pleasant, MI as the Artists of the Month for October.

Janet Baugher
Artist Bio
With a background in architecture and design and a love of photography, Janet often includes her photography into her encaustic art.  In addition to representational painting from her own photos, she enjoys creating mixed media art using found objects, fiber, textiles, and historical documents and artifacts.  Her interest in history and storytelling is evident in the visual narratives created throughout her body of work.

Janet received her Bachelor of Interior Design degree from Baker College of Flint, studied American Culture at the University of Michigan, and completed several encaustic workshops at the Truro Center for the Arts in Massachusetts.  She has exhibited and sold in many galleries throughout Michigan and her work is currently available at the Shiawassee Arts Center in Owosso, Michigan.

Artist Statement
“My current work explores the construction of landscapes and cityscapes created with layers of encaustic wax, oils, ink, and other materials and fibers.  My photography, printed on Japanese washi, is added and often the focal point of my encaustic art.  The use of antique images of people, animals, and scenery allow me to explore history alongside contemporary thought in a visual narrative that is relevant to life today.  My work is meant to evoke memories, frame ideas, ask questions and ultimately consider the future.”

Sally Rose
Artist Bio
Sally Rose combines an obsession with plants and gardening with plants and making handmade paper.  She has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions locally, nationally and internationally, receiving an honorable mention in the 4th Cheongju International Craft Biennale in Korea.  Her work is included in the Lark Books 500 series -- 500 Paper Objects: New Dimensions in Paper Art, and is represented  in the collections of the R.C. Williams Papermaking Museum in Atlanta, Georgia, and the Budapest Museum of Fine Art in Hungary.  Recently retired as head of the Fibers program in the Department of Art and Design at Central Michigan University, she continues to make her home in Mt. Pleasant.

Artist Statement
I’m fascinated with the material investigation of handmade paper and how it transforms as it dries and shrinks into sculptural forms.  Depending on the type of plant used to make the paper pulp—cotton, flax, or abaca--a non-edible banana palm tree-- the paper can be extremely delicate or extremely tough.

Janet and Sally'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., through October 31st.

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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