Art in Public Places


Artist of the Month - August
Judy Wood Thurston

Saginaw Charter Township Art in Public Places is proud to present Judy Wood Thurston of Clare, MI as the Artist of the Month for August.

Artist Bio
Judy Wood Thurston is a Mid Michigan artist who has produced and exhibited her watercolor and egg tempera paintings for over 30 years.  She has a B.S. in Education, and a Masters in Secondary Education with a painting concentration from Central Michigan University.  Judy taught high school art at Farwell Area Schools, Art Education at Mid Michigan Community College and Central Michigan University, and most recently watercolor painting at C.M.U.

Thurston studied watercolor painting and composition with the late Sondra Freckelton and Jack Beal at their home in Oneonta, New York and in Italy.

Thurston’s exhibition record includes:  C.M.U. Faculty Show, Greater Michigan Show; Art Walk Central; Hats Off to the Arts; Studio 23 All Area Show; MEA/MAEA Arts Acquisitions Show; Vivianne Hansen Gallery of Delhi New York; Michigan Watercolor Society Show; 515 Gallery of Clare, Michigan; Art Reach of Mid Michigan; and the Art in Public Places Exhibition at Saginaw Township Hall.  Many of these venues were repeated multiple times.  She has earned Best of Show, Juror’s Choice, Honorable Mention and Purchase Awards.

Judy and her husband, Dwight, live in the country in the Clare area.  They enjoy living surrounded by nature. 

Artist Statement
It is the quality of light and shadow as they define form that compels me to paint and draw still life subject matter in watercolor and egg tempera.  The ambiguity light creates as it dances over and through glass and reflective surfaces fascinates me.  And when the illumination of simple everyday objects and the effect of its counterpart shadow limit and define each form, these objects become significant far beyond their pedestrian functions.  They offer endless possibilities for interpretation.

Judy'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., August 1st - 30th.


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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