Crooked Tree Arts Center Spring 2022 Newsletter

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If you're like me, you're looking forward to the sounds of spring in Northern Michigan. Maybe for you it’s the spring peepers, or the chirps of cheerful birds in the morning, and moms like me shouting “don’t forget your jacket” as the kids run out the door to play in the sunshine. At Crooked Tree, the spring air is filled with the sounds of hammers swinging to install artwork and leaf-blowers preparing the Bidwell Plaza in anticipation of the coming season’s activities. This spring’s hustle and bustle is a welcome sound, as it brings with it exciting exhibitions, classes, workshops, and performances to our community. And all the thanks goes to you! Why? Because without your support over the winter months—through your memberships, gifts to the year-end campaign, and volunteer hours—we wouldn’t be prepared to offer you another year of arts education and programming at CTAC. That’s not to say we hibernated over the winter. With your help, we were able to add new programming including our High School Portfolio Prep Program in Petoskey and Traverse City, special needs arts classes for adults with disabilities, and an Artist-In-Residence experience with renowned dancer and choreographer Peter Sparling. To keep you engaged, we offered free weekly

Coffee @ 10 Lectures and Open Studio every Saturday. Looking ahead to this summer, two of our most anticipated annual events, Dart for Art and Paint Grand Traverse, will return with renewed excitement. And live music will bring our neighbors together at our Concerts in the Park and Live on Bidwell Plaza concert series. We look forward to sharing these arts experiences with you! And we can’t wait for you to check out our summer exhibitions. In Petoskey, we’ll be dusting off our boots for “Honky Tonk: Photographs by Henry Horenstein” and in Traverse City, BIG things are coming—literally! The galleries will be taken over by colorful and somewhat humorous large-scale sculptures with “Land of Competition: Jason Lee” while “Dreams Beyond Reason: Emily Legleitner” will feature oversized relief prints focusing on the theme of complex relationships between labor, ambition, and aspiration. I can’t help but be filled with gratitude for all you have done to make this coming season a reality. Not only are you bringing an array of inspiring arts programming to your community, you are creating life-long memories and experiences that make our Northern Michigan community so unique. Thank you! I look forward to seeing you at the arts center! Megan DeWindt CTAC President


CTAC Staff & Board of Directors STAFF: Megan DeWindt PRESIDENT

Megan Kelto


Andrea Coronado


Elinore Dake


Liz Erlewine



Carina Hume


Jillian Mateus


Julie Povolo


Heather Raue


Jason Scheper


Alissa Seelmann-Rutkofske PROGRAM ASSISTANT

Andi Symonds


Kate Wagner


Kristi Wodek



Joe Kimmell, CHAIR Elaine Smiley, VICE CHAIR Ragnar Avery, TREASURER Anne Morningstar, SECRETARY Sue Bingham, Ed Boyer, Michelle Boyer, Carole Carroll, Steven J. Fishman, Rob Harold, Bill Millar, Stephen Palmer, Jim Schroeder, Celia Sinclair, Jennifer Tobias, Ben Whiting, Kurt Wietzke

Founded in 1971, Crooked Tree Arts Center has two locations in Northern Michigan: 461 E. Mitchell St. Petoskey, MI 49770 231.347.4337 – AND – 322 Sixth St. Traverse City, MI 49684 231.941.9488

Crooked Tree Arts Center is a community

arts organization committed to providing quality and unique arts experiences for Northern Michigan residents and visitors. Through fine art exhibitions, lectures, workshops, art fairs, dance and music programs, concerts, and more, CTAC inspires and enriches lives through the arts.


CTAC-Traverse City

ON THE COVER: Harmonica Player, Merchant's Cafe, Nashville, TN, 1974, Henry Horenstein, Honky Tonk: Photographs by Henry Horenstein

DAVE LAWRENCE “I just love art,” says Dave Lawrence, when asked to talk about why he got involved with Crooked Tree Arts Center and its predecessor in Traverse City, ArtCenter. “Art to me is one of the humanizing elements of civilization. It causes people to think differently, and exposes them to new emotions and ideas.” An avid art collector, Dave first encountered the Grand Traverse area art scene in 1980 when he and his wife, Jane, bought a cottage in the area. He became a regular attendee of area arts fairs, including the ArtCenter Outdoor Art Fair, held on the campus of Northwestern Michigan College. His career also brought him to the Traverse City area, as his architectural firm worked on the early designs for the Dow Visual Arts Building on the campus of Interlochen Center for the Arts. In the early 2000s, the Lawrences made Traverse City their full-time home, and Dave struck out in search of ArtCenter. He found it tucked away in the former All Faiths Chapel building

at the entrance of the Grand Traverse Commons, a building it shared with other non-profit organizations. With a strong love of art and desire to encourage the cultural development of Traverse City, Dave became involved with ArtCenter, eventually serving as its board president. During his tenure, ArtCenter continued to grow the vibrant Outdoor Art Fair, host an annual youth art show, and held a successful summer workshop series. Dave was on the board of ArtCenter with other notable arts leaders, Paul LaPorte and Bob Streit, in 2014, when talks began with Crooked Tree Arts Center to have the two organizations join forces and merge. In early 2015, the leaders found the Traverse City organization a new home, in the historic former city library on Sixth Street. Today, Dave continues to be an active supporter and volunteer, bringing his architect’s eye to improving CTACTC’s facilities and envisioning how we can best engage artists, students, and guests. Dave supports CTAC because he wants to make art a part of people’s lives, and to serve and grow the artist community. “If we do that, and artists are active

with CTAC,” says Dave, “it benefits the whole community. CTAC can provide opportunities for artists and connect the community with their work.” It’s also important to Dave that CTAC ignites a passion for art in our area’s young people. Dave has supported CTAC’s arts education programs, annual youth art exhibit, and scholarships. He has served on the Youth Arts scholarship selection committee for several years, and has been a strong advocate for growing the program and its awards. “It’s important that people experience artistic satisfaction when they’re young, by having their artwork exhibited, winning awards, or being encouraged in art classes,” says Dave. “It creates a springboard for continued interest in art and creative expression throughout their lives.” By sparking that lifelong interest in the arts in our community, CTAC makes Northern Michigan a more vibrant, interesting place to live in and visit. With the support and involvement of strong art advocates like Dave Lawrence, CTAC can live our mission to inspire and enrich lives through the arts for generations to come. 3


Wednesday & Thursday July 13 & 14 Downtown Bay Harbor

Party with a purpose at Dart for Art!

Dart for Art is not your typical fundraising party — it’s a two-day event with an arts and epicurean emphasis! This year, we celebrate with featured artist Indy Bacon, whose piece Share the Branch will serve as inspiration for this year’s event. Share the Branch will be auctioned off live at the event.

Preview Night

Wednesday, July 13 • 6 - 9 PM Tickets: $100 Mix and mingle with the Dart artists as you enjoy wine, craft beer, specialty cocktails, and a strolling tasting menu prepared by area chefs. Bid on silent auction items and preview the Dart for Art Gallery while you groove to live music with Charlie Millard.

The Main Event

Thursday, July 14 • 6 - 10 PM Enjoy wine, beer, and cocktails as you dine on delectable hors d'oeuvres from featured guest chefs, followed by a seated dinner and dessert prepared by Executive Chef Eric Basta of NOMAD. in Bay Harbor.

featuring more than 150 pieces from artists of local and national acclaim, including paintings, photography, pottery, jewelry, sculpture, and more. At the end of the night, you will “dart” for your choice of artwork to take home with you! “Dart-ing” is included in your admission to Dart for Art, so everyone goes home with a special piece from the Dart Gallery at NO extra cost. Reservations begin at $600 per person or $1,000 per couple and include a piece of artwork from the Dart for Art Gallery. Get ready to Dart!

Bid in the silent and live auctions, and stake your claim on your favorite piece of artwork in the Dart for Art Gallery,

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Dart for Art Featured Artist

INDY BACON Assemblage artist Indy Bacon is an avid collector of vintage hardware, foundry molds, architectural elements, antique furniture parts, and salvaged treasures from days gone by. These items are the materials and inspiration for the characters she creates. Indy studied art and psychology at Miami University and the University of Colorado in Boulder. After graduation, she and her soon-to-be husband moved back to the Michigan-based family business where Indy worked in the print area. Spending days in the darkroom and burning plates for the press was far from the creative life she had envisioned.

Designing, producing, and teaching stained glass filled the next decade. Jewelry-making and pastel painting were practiced, too. But it was Indy’s love of antiques and "cool old stuff" that was the inspiration for her series of "Salvagettes." The first "Salvagette" was assembled in 2001 and the passion for working in this medium continues to excite her. Created with cleverly arranged odds and ends once lost or forgotten, Indy reimagines found objects into a collection of whimsical characters. People, dogs, birds, fish, and even elephants have joined the collection— and each has a unique personality and light-hearted story. Her piece, Share the Branch, was uniquely created for Crooked Tree Arst Center's annual fundraiser, Dart for Art. In Share the Branch, Indy assembled salvaged pieces of wood, metal, and glass to create a whimsical work of art that speaks to our Northern Michigan sense of community and connectedness. There is enough for all—if we just share the branch! Recently, Indy and her husband returned to Colorado but will continue to call Northern Michigan home in the summer. The assemblages will come to life in her new studio in Colorado, but will find their way back to the Michigan galleries that have represented Indy for many years. Share the Branch will be auctioned off onstage at Dart for Art on Thursday, July 14.

Get a "bird's-eye view" of this year's featured artwork, Share the Branch 5



his August, CTAC’s plein air painting festival will be back and better than ever with a full week of landscape painting, live demonstrations, activities for kids, art sales, classes, parties, and community events! Now in its fifth year, Paint Grand Traverse includes 36 featured artists from across the country. They’ll spend the week being inspired by the summer magic of Traverse City, Old Mission Peninsula, Leelanau County, and the Lake Michigan coastline. More than 300 paintings will be created, each one capturing a special place and moment in Northern Michigan. When CTAC launched Paint Grand Traverse in 2018, our goal was simple but audacious: to become one of the nation’s premier plein air painting events. Despite the challenges of the pandemic, and thanks to everyone who is a part of Paint Grand Traverse, we’re well on our way! In 2021, Paint Grand Traverse hit record numbers in art sales and enjoyed a sold out Collectors Gala finale event. We’ve worked to build PGT into a “bucket list” festival for artists and collectors alike, and a fun, cultural event that is embraced by our community. We hope to see you at PGT this summer, and look forward to celebrating artistic excellence and the beauty of Northern Michigan!


Sunday - Saturday, August 14-20 Extended Exhibition and Online Sale August 23 - September 17




of Northwest Michigan

Russ & Leslie Knopp Russ and Leslie Knopp have been fans and friends of CTAC for many years, and frequently attended events at CTAC in Petoskey before CTAC launched in Traverse City. The Knopps believe strongly that “the arts are an important expression of what makes us human, and it’s been especially clear over the last couple of years that art, in all its forms, helps us express feelings, think, cope, process, maintain hope, and celebrate life.” Through their business, Comfort Keepers of Northwest Michigan, Russ and Leslie have supported Paint Grand Traverse as a major sponsor since its inception. Comfort Keepers helps seniors live independently, by offering uplifting in-home care and companionship. This year, Comfort Keepers is PGT’s first “premier” - level sponsor, and we are so grateful for their support! Thanks to Comfort Keepers,

Paint Grand Traverse will feature several major artist awards—which is key to the continued growth of our event, and to attracting top talent. “We really love Paint Grand Traverse,” says Leslie. “We make time the whole week to observe artists on location and love going to the events to see their interpretations of our beautiful area. We are thankful that we were able to sponsor this event from the beginning, and love that because of the quality job CTAC does managing the event, we are attracting an even more competitive field of artists who want to participate.” Russ and Leslie are passionate about supporting artists and arts organizations. “If you want to support artists, buy some art,” says Leslie. “It doesn’t have to be expensive, and it isn’t only for the well-off. And you can support local arts organizations like CTAC by taking classes, attending events, or with memberships and donations, so they can continue their work in our communities. They help make us all better.”



Copyright by Henry Horenstein

ATRIUM GALLERY EXHIBITIONS Gretchen Dorian: A collection from 1970 to present June 11 - August 6 Atrium Gallery

IN THE GALLERIES IN THE PETOSKEY GALLERIES  Honky Tonk: Photographs by Henry Horenstein June 3 - September 3 Gilbert Gallery

Honky Tonk: Photographs by Henry Horenstein is a collection of photographs that document the changing world of country music and its fans. Shot in bars, music ranches, and famous venues like Nashville's Ryman Auditorium, Horenstein not only shows us the performers on stage but also the dedication and love the fans have for the performers and the music.

 Singulars: Work by Lynn Bennett-Carpenter June 3 - September 3 Bonfield Gallery

Through her mixed-media work and woven drawings, interdisciplinary fiber artist, activist, and educator Lynn Bennett-Carpenter explores phenomena related to our experience with beauty and the sublime. For Bennett-Carpenter, beauty is accessible in all moments. Singulars showcases work from several of the artist's recent series.

August 13 - September 10 Atrium Gallery

A small group show featuring recent work by local artists.

Crooked Tree Photo Society Exhibition September 17 - October 30 Atrium Gallery

The Crooked Tree Photographic Society (CTPS) is an open group of photographers who reside throughout Northern Lower Michigan. Each year, they exhibit recent work at Crooked Tree Arts Center.


Artists working throughout the region are invited to submit photographs and photography-related media for inclusion in our juried photography exhibition, Travelogues. The call for entry with dates and details is available online. CTAC Artist Guild Members can enter for free.

Image credit: Lynn Bennett-Carpenter (detail)


Copyright by Henry Horenstein

At Water’s Edge: From the Shores of Northern Michigan

Travelogues: Juried Photography Exhibition

Save the date for the opening celebration on June 18! Join us for an Artist Talk with Henry Horenstein on June 30 at 5:30 p.m. Don’t miss weekly screenings of PBS’s Country Music documentary series by Ken Burns in the theater at 10 a.m. beginning June 21!


A solo show featuring work by photography and mixed-media artist Gretchen Dorian.

Juried Exhibition of Functional Pottery September 17 - November 5 Atrium Gallery

Artists working throughout the region are invited to submit functional pottery for inclusion in this juried exhibition. The call for entry with dates and details is available online. CTAC Artist Guild Members can enter for free.


ART Workshops FOR ADULTS Beach Stone Jewelry with Janet Ryan June 9 and June 10 Intro to Wet Plate Photography with Amber Dietz June 25 - 26 Watercolors from A to Z with Sterling Edwards June 27 - June 30 Foraged Dye with Jasmine Lace July 9 Intro to Blacksmithing with Leon Nash July 23 - July 24 Painting Expressive Landscapes with Eric Jacobsen July 26 - July 29 Indigo Dye with Jasmine Lace July 30 Intuitive Acrylic Collage with Julia Dufault McGrath August 7 - August 9 Plein Air Watercolor with Spencer Meagher August 11 - August 13 Jewelry Basics with Leon Nash August 13 - August 14 Traditional Watercolor with Tony Couch August 22 - August 25

KIDS ART CAMPS IN PETOSKEY Kids Camp: Creative Critters (Grades K-3) June 13 - 17 SOLD OUT! Summer Art Camp: Painting (Grades 4-8) June 13 - 17 Summer Art Camp: Young Masters: (Grades 4-8) June 20 - 24 Kids Camp: Red, White, and Blue (K-3) June 27 - July 1 SOLD OUT! Kids Camp: The Great Outdoors (Grades K-3) July 11 - 15 SOLD OUT! Summer Art Camp: Young Masters - Beloved Pets (Grades 4-8) July 11 - 15 Kids Camp: The Great Outdoors (Grades K-3) July 11 - 15 SOLD OUT! Summer Art Camp: Intro to Printmaking (Grades 4-8) July 20 - July 22 Kids Camp: Pirates! (Grades K-3) July 25 - July 29 Summer Art Camp Studio Intensive: Portfolio Development (Grades 9-12) August 1 - August 5

Summer Art Camp Studio Intensive: Design Basics (Grades 6-8) August 1 - August 5 Kids Camp: Space Explorers (Grades K-3) August 8 - August 12 Kids Camp: Young Masters - Summer in Michigan (Grades 4-8) August 8 - August 12 See website for full schedule.

DEMOS A great affordable way for artists and art appreciators alike to see nationally recognized artists doing what they do best!

Sterling Edwards - June 30 Eric Jacobsen - July 29 Spencer Meagher - August 10


Snow White

Friday, June 10, 7:00 PM Saturday, June 11, 1:00 PM & 7:00 PM Harbor Springs Performing Arts Center $5 students/$15 adults/$50 reserved Join us as the entire School of Ballet presents its original full-length ballet, Snow White, inspired by the classic fairy tale told by the Brothers Grimm. Artwork by: Robert Scudder Temptation, 8" x 8" original artwork created by Robert Scudder for the School of Ballet's Snow White is up for silent bid. Proceeds from the highest bid goes toward student scholarships. BID ONLINE at

Beginning & Beg/Int Workshop July 11 - July 30

Intermediate Ballet Workshops Session I: June 20 – July 9

Session II: July 11 – July 30

Upper Level Workshops Session I: June 20 – July 9

Session II: July 11 – July 30 Includes guest instruction with alumna & Miami City Ballet dancer, Taylor Naturkas. Session III: August 1 – August 20 Includes guest instruction with Sacramento Ballet dancer, Ava Chatterson.

Adult Ballet

June 21 – August 16

Session III: August 1 – August 20




School of Ballet


CONCERTS In the Park

Wednesdays & Fridays, June 17 - August 19, Noon - 1 p.m. Pack a picnic and head to Pennsylvania Park in Downtown Petoskey for Crooked Tree’s annual Charlotte Ross Lee Concerts in the Park series! Held weekly on Wednesdays and Fridays, June 17 - August 19, this concert series brings a lineup of local and regional artists to the quaint gazebo stage. Enjoy an afternoon in the park while listening to live music! Don’t forget to pack a lunch or grab a treat from your favorite downtown restaurant, bring a lawn chair or blanket, and soak up the sweet tunes of summer! These performances are free and open to the public. For a complete list of performances, please check For lodging information while attending Concerts in the Park, visit

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Live on the

Bidwell Plaza Relax with CTAC outside on the Bidwell Plaza! Bring a lawn chair or grab a picnic table and enjoy family-friendly tunes on select summer evenings at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 21 - Two Sisters Records Recording Artist - Pete 'Big Dog' Fetters Tuesday, July 26 - Spectrum Brass Tuesday, August 30 - Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra Special thanks to Marsha and Neil Bidwell for supporting this series!

Unless otherwise noted, all shows begin at 7:30 p.m. and take place at CTAC-Petoskey with ticket pricing as follows: $25 Members/ $35 Non-Members/ $10 Students

Third Coast Swing Band with special guest Dave Bennett Saturday, October 15

CutTime Simfonica Saturday, February 4

Tumbo Bravo Saturday, March 18

Adam Carpenter and the Upperhand Saturday, November 12

The Nutcracker

Saturday, December 10 and Sunday, December 11 at the Great Lakes Center for the Arts

Interlochen Woodwinds Friday, January 27



In the



Land of Competition: Work by Jason Lee June 17 - July 29 Carnegie Galleries

West Virginia-based artist Jason Lee's work mixes varied materials and techniques, including paper embossments, relief printing, slip-cast porcelain, woodworking, cast plastic, cast rubber, aluminum, and blown glass, to create colorful and playful sculptures and installations inspired by the skateboard pseudo-culture that was sold to the rabid and disenfranchised youth of 1980s popular media.

Dreams Beyond Reason: Prints by Emily Legleitner June 17 - July 22 Cornwell Gallery

Emily Legleitner's large-scale relief prints center on the complex relationships between labor, ambition, and aspiration. Exploring personal narratives and familial histories, Legleitner depicts comforting images of home pushed to distortion through perceived excess or exaggerated perspectives. The images reflect ideas of home, domesticity, work, and dreams realized or not, provoking viewers to consider the fleeting nature of time and the human condition of longing.

Paint Grand Traverse 2022 August 20 - September 17 Cornwell and Carnegie Galleries

Experience and shop over 150 original paintings depicting stunning scenes and iconic landmarks from the Grand Traverse region. Thirty-six artists from around the nation will spend a week capturing the beauty of Traverse City, Old Mission Peninsula, Leelanau County, and the Lake Michigan coastline, during CTAC's week-long plein air painting festival, Paint Grand Traverse. This exhibition is the week's grand finale and an extended opportunity to appreciate the work of these outstanding artists.




Intro to Wet Plate Photography with Amber Dietz June 18 - 19

In this introductory workshop, participants will learn how to create in-camera tintypes using the wet collodion process.

SUMMER EVENTS  Youth Art Camps

New for 2022: All-day camp options with supervised lunch!

June 20 - 24 June 27 - July 1 July 11 - 15 July 18 - 22

 You Can’t Ruin a Watercolor with Steve Griggs August 12 - 13

Gain comfort and confidence with loose watercolor painting with Paint Grand Traverse artist, Steve Griggs.

 Accelerate the Cure

Saturday, June 18 Traverse City & Leelanau Peninsula 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Accelerate the Cure is hosting their 4th Annual drive on June 18, 2022, as a social distancing, car-enthusiast journey to raise awareness for Alzheimer’s and to raise money to aid the caregivers in our community that are dedicated to helping the victims of dementia and Alzheimer’s. Enjoy stops in Leelanau Peninsula where local plein air artists capture the view and moments from the event.

61st Annual Art Fair

July 30 Grand Traverse County Civic Center Crooked Tree Arts Center will celebrate its 61st Annual Art Fair on the grounds of the Grand Traverse County Civic Center. Over 130 artists and artisans, along with community groups, food trucks, and a children’s art tent will make this the perfect place to spend an art-filled Saturday. The art fair will bring together artists working in a wide variety of media who share a commitment to artistic excellence and craftsmanship. The Art

Fair includes sculpture, jewelry, glass, fibers, paintings and other 2-D fine art, pottery, metalwork, and more. The Civic Center boasts on-site parking with CTAC volunteers driving golf carts to help shuttle patrons to and from the art fair.

PorchFest 2022

Sunday, September 11 Central Neighborhood Traverse City's Central Neighborhood Association presents PorchFest, a fun, free afternoon of music and performances on porches throughout the neighborhood. CTAC will have live music on the porch of the Carnegie Library porch.

Education: Fall Session September 17 - November 19

Explore a variety of workshops and 4-8 class sessions for ages Pre-K-Adult Drawing, painting, collage, printmaking, mixed media, metalsmithing, fabric collage, fiber arts, open studio figure drawing and more.

September 23 - 24

Intro to Encaustic Painting with April South Encaustic or hot wax painting is an ancient painting process using melted beeswax and damar resin mixed with color. 13



Throughout the Summer, CTAC’s Coffee @ Ten series will be offered regularly, both in-person and online via zoom. Visit to learn more.

CTAC Petoskey

Thursdays @ 10 a.m. June 9 - Avery Amps


June 16 - Exhibition Walkthrough

PORTFOLIO PREP PROGRAM September - November 2022 Available in CTAC-Petoskey & Traverse City Developed for students in grades 9 - 12, CTAC’s High School Portfolio program helps aspiring artists and designers build a strong foundation for future studies and careers in the arts. Through

studio-based lessons and professional development opportunities, students build a strong creative portfolio suitable for college admissions. CTAC’s first High School Portfolio classes took place in January 2022 in both Traverse City and Petoskey. The program will resume in the fall, with studio intensives offered over the summer. All high school courses are taught by professional teaching-artists who provide individualized instruction to help students reach their goals and create portfolio quality work. Students in 8th grade may be considered for the program (as space allows) with a recommendation from an art teacher, mentor, CTAC faculty, and a portfolio review.


For our introductory year, this program will be offered at reduced tuition. Needbased and merit-based scholarships are available. Scholarships may cover up to full tuition. To apply for a needbased scholarship, visit crookedtree. org. To be considered for a merit-based scholarship, contact CTAC to schedule a portfolio review and interview.


June 18 - Henry Horenstein June 30 - Stephen Thomas Erlewine July 21 - Paint Grand Traverse July 28 - Samantha Modder, Goodhart Artist-in-Residence August 4 - Exhibiting artist Lynn Bennett-Carpenter August 11 - Music photographer, Doug Coombe August 25 - Zoom Panel discussion with Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Dave Cantwell, and Marissa Moss September 1 - Rashaun Rucker, Goodhart Artist-in-Residence

CTAC TRAVERSE CITY Fridays @ 10 a.m.

May 20 - Liz Barick Fall June 17 - Jason Lee July - TBD September 16 - Lori Sikkema, Exploring marketing opportunities for visual artists



My favorite thing at Crooked Tree Arts Center is…OUR MEMBERS! Our members are passionate, dedicated, creative, and opinionated (in a good way). And they are the foundation of CTAC. When I first met Robert (Bob) Scudder years ago, I had no idea how much his humor, kindness, and willingness to volunteer would make such a big impact on CTAC—and me! Getting to know Bob, I learned about his outdoor advertising business, Sign & Design, where he crafted beautiful hand-painted signs that grace many local businesses— including the one installed at the new CTAC School of Ballet studio. (I also learned about his hijinks in the 70s as a bachelor living “off the grid” in Northern Michigan, but I can’t share those stories because I was sworn to secrecy.) Bob is one of those rare people who will always help when asked. Even when that ask involves building a 10’ birthday cake float to roll down Mitchell Street during the 4th of July parade in celebration of CTAC’s 50th birthday! Recently, Bob donated a piece of artwork to support the CTAC School of Ballet; you can find out more about it on page 10 in the newsletter. We are so lucky Bob is a member of the CTAC family! I hope you enjoy “meeting” one of our favorite members! Andrea Coronado Membership Engagement Director

Tell us your CTAC “origin story”! When/how did you first get connected with Crooked Tree Arts Center?

Over the years I knew about CTAC but was not involved with the arts. In 2014, I retired and wanted to get back to painting after a forty-year hiatus. Thinking it was time to try it out, I signed up for Susan Blackwood’s workshop at CTAC. It was an eyeopening experience and made me want to learn more. After Susan’s workshop, I took a lot of workshops at CTAC and other locations. For years after, Susan was a mentor to me.

What’s your favorite part of being a member of CTAC? In such a small town like Petoskey, CTAC is an incredible resource for the community. It’s great to be able to be involved with people with like minds, and I also enjoy being able to contribute to an organization that supports all areas of the arts.

Over the years, what has been your favorite experience at CTAC?

There’s been a number of great experiences, all different. In workshops, I’ve learned so much from the instructors and have met some great artists. Some of the artists and students I’ve met in that first workshop are still friends. Exhibits are always fun; it’s great to see what other artists are doing, whether it is the Youth Art Show or accomplished artists. Also, Dart for Art - it’s great to contribute artwork in support of CTAC and the fundraiser is great fun.

Not a member? Join our CTAC family! Contact Andrea Coronado at 231.347.2718 or to schedule a tour and learn more about membership at the arts center!

What/how do YOU create? Exclusively oil painting. I’m drawn to figurative and portraiture and paint different subjects but not many landscapes. Recently, I’ve been exploring clouds and rusty trains.

Creativity is fluid, sometimes in your journey you’re drawn to different subjects and techniques. I’ve stayed pretty close to painting figurative and portraits.

What is your favorite work of art or artist and why? Daniel Sprick, Nick Alm, David Gray, David Kassan - all great contemporary portrait painters. If I had to pick only one, it would be Daniel Sprick. All of these artists paint portraiture in the classic style, and have incredible vision, insight and skills. Something I strive for.

What’s something about you that not many people know?

I play golf and know how to shoot pool and have my own custom pool cue.


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