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Art in Public Places

                                                         Artist of the Month - January

Tom Lipinski - Copy (3)
Saginaw Charter Township Art in Public Places is proud to present Tom  Lipinski of Flushing, MI as the Artist of the Month for January.

Artist Statement

What are you looking at, color, design, emotion? Art helps us to understand the things we see. It helps us to translate our vision of color design and emotion and helps in understanding what an Artist is trying to express. The paintings you are looking at are the result of time spent daydreaming, imagining designs, and manipulating materials into the product before you. When the artist is applying the final strokes of color he is able to say it is done there is no more that can be added, but he struggles and worries. Should that edge be softened, that color muted or intensified? Now is the time for others to decide these queries. You view these works with puzzlement, dismissal, and emotion. You walk away, and just maybe there is something that draws you back for a second look. Go back and embrace the impulse that draws you to view again and again. All of the work on display may not interest you but new ideas on continuing themes carry us forward. Art can warm or repel, soothe or stimulate. Above all art will change and grow your understanding.

Tom'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., January 2 through 31st.  The Township offices will be closed on January 20th.

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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
  • Karen Gerhardt
  • Jim Kelly --Board of Trustees
  • Shirley Wazny --Clerk