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Art in Public Places

Artist of the Month - February

Steven Parkhurst3

Saginaw Charter Township Art in Public Places is proud to present Steven Parkhurst of Midland, MI as the Artist of the Month for February.

Artist Bio
I have been interested in the visual arts from an early age and always dreamed of the artistic life.  All through my professional career I practiced drawing, photography and dabbled in multi-media collage.  After retirement I re-energized my creative talents taking classes at The Midland Center for the Arts, later joining the faculty, teaching ceramics and beginning drawing.  Through many years of both facilitated instruction and self-learning I have focused on the medium of oil painting to be my primary tool of expression, however I still explore and experiment in photography and multi-media.

Artist Statement
I paint abstract landscapes/cityscapes and industrial interpretations.  I am inspired by shapes and the colors of our surroundings and the interactions of those shapes and colors.  I often de-construct my subject matter to its constituent elements allowing the viewer to ‘make their mind up’ when interacting with my paintings.   My subject matter evolves along with my technique, but certain themes keep emerging.  These themes:  the smallness of the individual when compared to industrial scale construction and the immensity of Nature reoccur in my paintings.  The absence of people in the built environment and nature by itself, speaks to our great responsibilities of being caretakers of our environment, our surroundings.  We are defined by our constructions and nature, yet they seem to stand alone without us.  

Steven'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., now through February 25th.  The Township offices will be closed on February 17th.

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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