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February–may 2018


Palate to Palette: Art and Appetite

Crooked Tree Arts Center is a community organization based in the arts, committed to providing quality and unique arts-related experiences to local individuals and those who are visiting and residing in the Northern Michigan region. Through fine art exhibitions, lectures, visual arts workshops, dance and music programs, concerts and more, CTAC inspires and enriches lives through the arts.

FROM DAN LEDINGHAM, BOARD CHAIRMAN AND LIZ AHRENS, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR/PRESIDENT Dear CTAC Friends— It’s the deep of winter here in Northern Michigan. We balance the desire to bundle up and stay inside or bundle up against the wind to venture out. Many people wonder how us full-timers keep ourselves occupied during the deep freeze that seems to extend into April. Well, we each have our personal winter survival guide, and here at CTAC we entice you with as many activities as possible to lure you out into the cold! How about a leisurely stroll through our galleries, stop in for a lecture, enroll in a class, or shop at the weekly CTAC Artisans & Farmers Market? We promise you’ll feel more inspired and enriched when you view our winter exhibits and perhaps even encouraged to enter an upcoming show! It’s the time of year our committees and staff are working diligently, planning budgets, booking performers, contracting with instructors, and finishing details on summer events. Here’s an idea: Why don’t you join one of our committees? It’s another great way to keep busy during the quieter months. We need lots of assistance with our Paint Grand Traverse: A Plein Air Affair event in TC this summer—give us a call or stop by to learn more. Although the snow is deep here along the frozen bays, we know many of you are enjoying warmer climes. Wherever you happen to be whiling away the winter months, please know we send our deepest gratitude for the generosity you have provided over the past year. And we thank you in advance for those gifts you will send our way in 2018. We can only survive with your help—no matter what time of year! Your leaders—


Dan Ledingham, Board Chairman Liz Ahrens, Executive Director/President

We bid farewell to Sheila Ruen, our Galleries Director, as she has accepted a position with the Eleanor and Edsel Ford House and Fairlane Manor. We will miss Sheila, her creativity and wit, but we know she’ll be back to visit often. Our plan is to have a new Galleries Director in place by the end of February.

ON THE COVER: What Blueberries? by Susan Mahan 2


Exhibitions Youth Arts Festival Classes Events

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TRAVERSE CITY Exhibitions Classes Paint Grand Traverse

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Long History of Supporting the Arts John and Sally Clark Legacy Society Want to Join? Membership Information

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January 20-March 24 • Petoskey

top left: Notion Motion by Kristin Stransky; bottom left: Berries by Samantha Dienst; right: Bit of Shine by Mary Guntzviller

HAND IN HAND: P CRAFT AND NEW TECHNOLOGIES An exhibition of contemporary craft and design objects that explores the nexus of traditional handcraft techniques or forms with new and innovative concepts, materials, methods, tools, processes, or approaches. The exhibition includes the works of more than 50 artists from 24 states, and Ontario. In Search of Forgiveness by Rebecca Zeiss


*This exhibition will be on display at CTAC-TC from April 7–May 5* Sponsored in part by North Central Michigan College.


Bill Schwab, the accomplished photographer and founder of the annual Photostock Festival, selected 90 photographs from 182 submissions for this year’s exhibit. Thanks to Korthase Flinn Insurance & Financial Services, Ollar Consulting, and Dennis, Gartland & Niergarth for sponsoring the 2018 awards.



CROOKED TREE PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY WHEN: January 20–March 17 The best photographs from the Society’s core membership.

ARTWORK OF NORTH CENTRAL MICHIGAN COLLEGE STUDENTS WHEN: March 22–April 21 A showcase of the best art and design work of NCMC students.

NCMC FACULTY EXHIBITION WHEN: April 26–May 19 Works that illustrate the breadth and depth of skill, creativity, and accomplishment of our local college teacher-artists.

Visual Arts Presenter: Edward Jones of Petoskey, Harbor Springs and Traverse City



Annual Youth Arts Festival APRIL 3–MAY 6


April 3–13

Call for Young Writers

April 7

Youth Art Opening & Strings Showcase

April 17

Coffee @ Ten: NCMC Art Student Panel Discussion

April 25

CTAC Youth Arts Awards Night

April 28

Super Saturday for Kids

April 30

International Jazz Day

May 5

Young Writers Juried Expo Reception

May 5

Culinary Arts Showcase

May 20

CTAC School of Music Spring Concert

YOUTH ART SHOW WHEN: April 7-May 5 OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday, April 7 • 2:00-4:00 pm Artwork created by Char-Em ISD and home school students, Kindergarten through Grade 12, will be on display during the Youth Arts Festival. Awards will be announced at 2:30 p.m. during the opening reception, and include the following: BEST IN SHOW: Sally Chadwick McKenzie Memorial Award; Louise Herlocher Memorial Award: 3-D; First Place; Second Place; and Third Place. Thank you to juror Mary Grosvenor for her time and expertise!


YOUTH AWARDS NIGHT WHEN: Wednesday, April 25 • 7:00 pm CTAC-Petoskey Theater Please join us as we honor students in a variety of our programming who are graduating or receiving scholarships from Crooked Tree Arts Center. The CTAC Arts Scholarship will be presented to two graduating high school seniors living in Emmet and Charlevoix counties and pursuing fields of study in the arts.



This​ ​$500​ ​scholarship​ ​is​ ​awarded​ ​to​ ​an​ ​ outstanding​ high school ​junior​ ​or​ ​senior​ ​ who​ ​demonstrates​ ​excellent artistic​ ​ creativity,​ ​craftsmanship,​ ​and​ ​promise.​ ​ This​ ​scholarship​ ​is​ ​available​ ​to​ ​any​ ​high school junior​ ​or​ ​senior across​ ​all​ ​media, and will also be presented at the Youth Art Show opening reception. Supported​ b ​ y​ ​Anne​ ​Morningstar​ ​ &​ B ​ rian​ ​Bates.

Our 16th Annual Young Writers Juried Exposition is open to all aspiring authors in the Char-Em ISD (or homeschool students in Charlevoix or Emmet counties), Kindergarten through Grade 12. Students may submit one work of poetry, prose, or one of each to the exposition. Check for submission details!

YOUNG WRITERS JURIED EXPOSITION RECEPTION WHEN: Saturday, May 5 • 11:00 am–1:00 pm • CTAC-Petoskey Theater Winning authors of the 16th Annual Young Writers Juried Exposition are formally acknowledged and have the opportunity to read their work on stage at Crooked Tree. Students, teachers, family, and friends are welcome to attend. Refreshments provided by the Petoskey Culinary Arts Program. Thanks to Bob Schulze Fund for Creative Writing at the Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation, Petoskey News-Review, McLean and Eakin Booksellers of Petoskey, and Walloon Writers Review.

CULINARY ARTS SHOWCASE WHEN: Saturday, May 5 • Noon–2:00 pm • Gilbert Gallery Please join us in supporting the Petoskey Culinary Arts Program as they showcase their epicurean abilities and provide delicious refreshments for Arts Center patrons. Thanks to Good Hart Glass Works and Lynn Dinning.


"SERSE" – AN OPERA BY ISAAC WITTENBERG WHEN: May 31, June 1 & 2 • 7:00 pm CTAC-Petoskey Theater “Serse,” based on the over 360-year-old libretto, is an Italian opera re-scored by local high school senior Isaac Wittenberg. With the help of local artists, his opera will be produced at the Crooked Tree Arts Center in Petoskey.


The Learning Studio

The mission of The Learning Studio is to expand programming that explores the endless possibilities that lifelong learning has to offer to achieve optimal aging. Programming at the Arts Center, and at area retirement communities, will be interactive, affordable, intergenerational and accessible for all. Free and open to the public. DROP-IN & DRAW



WHEN: Mondays • 9:30-11:30 am January 29, February 12, February 26, March 12

WHEN: Thursdays • 10:00–11:00 am February 8, March 8

ABOUT: Spend the morning at Crooked Tree with a local artist! Each session, a different artist will share stories and guide sketching. Feel free to drop-in anytime between 9:30–11:30 am. No experience necessary! Basic drawing supplies will be provided.




The Living Artfully Lectures Series focuses on enriching the mind, body, and soul. These interactive talks will unlock your creative potential and help you develop paths to a healthy, fulfilling lifestyle.


WHEN: Wednesdays • 11:00 am–12:00 pm February 14, March 14 Learn the fundamentals of photography in these hands-on workshops. No experience necessary! A new topic will be covered each session. Bring your camera or your smart phone!


WHEN: Tuesdays • 10:00 am-12:00 pm February 13, February 20, February 27, March 6

ABOUT: “Uke ‘n Do It” is a free, introductory baritone ukulele class. Participants will learn basic chord shapes, songs, and strumming patterns. No prior music experience needed.

P CALL FOR QUILTERS! INTERGENERATIONAL QUILTING PROJECT REQUIRED DATES: Wednesday, February 7: Sewing Day • 10:00 am–12:30 pm Wednesday, February 21: Sewing Day • 10:00 am–12:30 pm Wednesday, April 11: Quilt Unveiling • 10:00 am–12:30 pm

The goal of this project is to provide an intergenerational learning opportunity through the arts, while also teaching area children about the Civil War. The Learning Studio will be working with Public Schools of Petoskey Enrichment Coordinator, Kathy Slack, and her group of 18, fourthgrade language arts students. These boys and girls were selected for the enrichment program based on their exceptional test scores. Each volunteering mentor will work with a student to create a quilt block during three set dates at Crooked Tree Arts Center. It is The Learning Studio’s hope that the student and mentor establish a relationship through sewing activities and letter writing that will not only be beneficial to the student, but to the mentor. Crooked Tree Arts Center will provide fabric, patterns, and lesson plans from the text Barbara Brackman’s Civil War Sampler. Interested in volunteering as a mentor for the Intergenerational Quilting Project? Please contact Megan DeWindt at 231-347-1236 or



Classes and Workshops SUMMER ARTISTS' WORKSHOP SERIES - PETOSKEY REGISTRATION OPENS: February 15 CTAC MEMBERS: Register by March 31 and save 10%! June 18-19

Discovering Your Vision Photography Workshop with Greg Czarnecki

June 21-24

Quick Sketch in Oil with Kim English

June 25-28

Watercolor Impressions - Flowers, Faces & Figures with Janet Rogers

July 9-10

Watercolor Sketchbook with Patrick Wise

July 16-17

Painting Alla Prima with Patrick Wise

July 19-21

Painting en Plein Air with Kurt Anderson

July 26-28

iPhone Artistry with Dan Burkholder


July 30–August 2 Watercolor Workshop with Tony Couch August 3-5

Woven Shibori and the Organic Indigo Vat with Catharine Ellis

August 6-7

Painting Light and Shadow en Plein Air with Patrick Wise

August 8-9

The Kinetic Landscape en Plein Air with Eve Vaterlaus

August 14-16

Paint by Note: Monet with Kevin Barton

August 20-22

The Art of Seeing-Making a Painting Work (Plein Air) with Ned Mueller

September 7

Watercolor Waterfalls with Betty Bea Washburn

WINTER CULINARY ARTS SERIES Adults • Tuesdays or Thursdays 6:00-8:00 pm Member Tuition: $50 Non-Member Tuition: $65 Tuesday, January 30: Paper Station Bistro

3D PRINTING CERAMICS WORKSHOP WITH TAEKYEOM LEE WHEN: Monday, January 29 • 3:00–6:00 pm WHERE: NCMC Pottery Studio $35 Members/$55 Non-Members/$25 NCMC Students The workshop is structured to foster an eye-opening experience and a personal approach to 3D printing ceramic objects. Topics introduced in the workshop include 3D modeling, 3D scanning, and ceramic 3D printing. Taekyeom is a renowned interdisciplinary artist who explores unconventional methods of creating three-dimensional type with materials and techniques not traditionally related to type design. He currently holds the position of Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at Appalachian State University.

DSLR/DSLM PHOTOGRAPHY BOOTCAMP WITH DAVID HAUPT WHEN: Friday, February 16 & Saturday, February 17 9:00 am–5:00 pm $220 Members/$270 Non-Members Whether you’ve just purchased a DLSR camera or you’re a longtime user, this bootcamp is for you. For two full days, you will learn how to get the most out of your digital camera. 6

Tuesday, February 6: FULL! Authentic Mediterranean with Mim’s Mediterranean Grill Thursday, February 8: FULL! Chandler’s—A Restaurant Tuesday, February 13: Aphrodisiacs with Torch Lake Cafe Thursday, February 15: FULL! Paella with Palette Bistro Tuesday, February 20: Traditional French Cuisine with Boyne City Bakery Tuesday, February 27: FULL! Classic Thai Food with Thai Orchid Tuesday, March 6: French Spaghetti and Crème Brûlée Dam Site Inn Thanks to our Culinary Arts Committee.


Tuesdays, now through March 13 10:00–10:30 am $8 Drop-In Fee


Tuesdays, now through March 13 11:00–11:45 am $9 Drop-In Fee


CTAC SCHOOL OF BALLET Winter/Spring Session Dates: January 29–June 8


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IMPROV & ACTING WORKSHOP (GRADES 6-12) Saturday, February 3 • 1:00–4:00 PM $32 Members/$52 Non-Members


Mondays, February 26–March 12 3:45–5:00 pm $37 Members/$57 Non-Members

Emily Stabile


Join us in wishing our Pre-Professional dancers luck as they embark upon their 2018 audition season January through March!



Two of our Pre-Professional students’ recent choreographic works were selected, upon adjudication, to be performed at the Midwest Regional Alternative Dance (RAD) Festival on March 11. Emily Stabile, age 14, will showcase her piece, “Déjà vu,” and Haley Van Patten, age 18, will perform her piece, “Is Humanity Humane,” among the works of 200 other dance artists at the festival.

Art & Action combines two things kids really love: to move and to create! Join CTAC instructors for a week of fun-filled creation and movement. Activities will change daily, so kids can come for one day or stay all week. Kids should come dressed in comfortable clothing and tennis shoes.

The Midwest RAD Fest is a juried event at the Epic Center in Kalamazoo, Michigan featuring the best in modern, post-modern, and contemporary dance from all over the country. No other festival in the region offers emerging, professional, and experimental artists the opportunity to present their work (without financial commitment), opportunities for professional development (master classes, lectures, discussion panels), and free networking events.


Tuesdays, February 27–March 13 3:45–5:00 pm $37 Members/$57 Non-Members

REGISTRATION OPENS FEBRUARY 26! March 26–30 • 2:00–4:00 pm $15 per day or $65 for the week

Haley Van Patten


SPRING PERFORMANCE WHEN: June 8 & 9 WHERE: Harbor Springs Performing Arts Center



Crooked Tree Youth Orchestra SPRING CONCERT

WHEN: Sunday, May 20 • 2:30 pm CTAC–Petoskey Theater


Summer Art Camps, CTAC School of Ballet Summer Intensives, and School of Music Summer Strings Classes REGISTRATION OPENS MAY 1!

The annual Spring Concert will feature the entire CTAC School of Music Strings Program in addition to the Crooked Tree Youth Orchestras, including Little Stars, Intermediate Strings, and the Concert, Chamber, and Symphony Orchestras. The Symphony Orchestra will be performing “Rhapsody In Blue” by George Gershwin, featuring piano soloist Isaac Wittenberg. Thanks to the Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation. 7




SIX APPEAL WHEN: Saturday, March 10 • 7:30 pm CTAC–Petoskey Theater Tickets: $25 Members/$35 Non-Members/ $10 Students


Presenting: Funny Papers; The Uncommitted; Airs WHEN: Saturday, February 10 • 7:30 pm Harbor Springs Performing Arts Center Tickets: $25 Members/$35 Non-Members/$10 Students In 1954, Paul Taylor founded the Paul Taylor Dance Company, a New York based dance company built on the foundation of modern dance. In 1993, Taylor established the Taylor 2 Dance Company to ensure that audiences all over the world, unhindered by economic or technical limitations, could see his works. The Taylor 2 Dance Company is comprised of six professionals who all have a particular gift for the Company’s American Modern Dance-style. Through their tours and performances, the group showcases the athleticism, humor, and range of emotions that characterize Mr. Taylor’s work.

Six Appeal is a world class vocal ensemble infused with impeccable comedic timing and the energy and vitality of a rock band. Swearing off instruments, this award-winning vocal band takes you on a journey that spans decades of music, performing classic oldies, current chart toppers, and catchy original tunes – all sung a cappella. Featuring vocal dexterity and adventurous song selection, this remarkably talented sextet of young singers navigates multiple genres of music with a wonderfully eclectic repertoire that is guaranteed to captivate a nd entertain audiences of all ages. This presentation is supported by the Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest that is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional contributions from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the Crane Group.


WHEN: Thursdays • 5:30–7:00 pm Join us for monthly wine and beer tastings in our galleries with food pairings and live music—a delicious blend of culture, libations and fun! Tickets are $15 advance/$20 Day of Swirl, unless otherwise noted. Thursday, February 22: Vernales and Petoskey Brewing Music: Michelle Chenard Thursday, March 22: City Park Grill Music: The North Carolines Thursday, April 26: Chandler’s – A Restaurant Music: Jeff Pagel *Swirl & A Show with Little Traverse Civic Theatre Thursday, May 31: Bay View Wine Trail Music: Sky & Signal Wednesday, August 15 • *5:30–8:00 pm* Summer Super Swirl: D&W Fresh Market Music by a lineup of local musicians $25 Advance/$30 Day of



WHEN: Tuesdays @ 10:00 am • Free lectures open to the public. Coffee sponsored by Roast & Toast Café January 30: Taekyeom Lee, Digital Culture & Technologies February 13: Bill Schwab, Juror, 2018 Juried Photography Exhibition March 21:

The World of Digital Art with Anne Morningstar & Shanna Robinson

April 17:

Panel Discussion with NCMC Art Students

May 15:

The Creative Spirit with Elizabeth Fergus-Jean


NEW YEAR'S EVE AT THE ARTS CENTER On December 31, we celebrated 11 years of ringing in the New Year at the Arts Center. With festive and fun programming put on by CTAC, the Petoskey District Library, and Blissfest Music Organization, children, families, and community members enjoyed hands-on activities, workshops, and live music by local musicians and bands. As per tradition, the evening culminated with the exciting “Midnight at 9” ball drop outside the Arts Center. Thank you to CTAC instructors, area artists, Blissfest, and the Petoskey District Library for their participation! Jürgen Griswold, an 11-year-old Ellsworth Community Schools student, was the featured artist for 2018. His artwork was used for t-shirts, admission buttons, and promotional materials for the event.

THE MAN IN THE CRANE Hundreds of community members gathered on the corner of E. Mitchell and Division Street as the oversized, lighted ball rose up into the sky, dangling from a 100-foot crane, donated by Moran Iron Works and operated by longtime employee, Mr. Dan (Shep) Shephard. Since the inception of New Year’s Eve at the Arts Center, Shep has volunteered his time to execute the ball drop, a pivotal part of the holiday celebration, punctuated by a rousing rendition of “Auld Lang Syne” in the street. Thank you to Shep and Moran Iron Works for their years of helping with the NYE finale! New Year’s Eve at the Arts Center is generously sponsored in part by the Kroeger-Mainland Family Fund at Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation, Moran Iron Works, and the L’Arbre Croche fund at PHSACF.

SAVE THE DATE! JULY 18 & 19, 2018 Join us as we celebrate the 21st D’Art for Art! We hope to see you at the Irish Boat Shop warehouse this summer as we continue inspiring and enriching lives through the arts.

D'ART FOR ART The 20th annual D’Art for Art was an amazing success! Thank you to all our sponsors, guests, donating artists, volunteers, committee members, auction donors, guest vintners and brewers and chefs for another successful year. The D’Art Artists catalog can be viewed on our website. Check out all the fabulous artwork donated by our generous artists. 9





PALATE TO PALETTE: TC ART AND APPETITE January 13–March 3 EXHIBIT RECEPTION: Saturday, February 24 • 2:00–4:00 pm This culinary arts inspired exhibit explores themes of food, cooking, and eating through painting, drawing, sculpture, graphic design, ceramics, collage, industrial design, video, textiles, and other media.

YOUTH ART SHOW TC March 11–31 OPENING RECEPTION: Sunday, March 11 • 1:00–3:00 pm The 2018 Youth Art Show showcases the artwork of students, Kindergarten through Grade 12, in the Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District. The show is curated by area art teachers, and cash prizes will be awarded in the high school division.


HAND IN HAND: CRAFT AND NEW TECHNOLOGIES April 7–May 5 OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday, April 7 • 2:00–4:00 pm **See description on page 3**

We are now taking reservations for the 2018 Art & Craft Trails brochure and mobile app! The Art & Craft Trails guide is Northern Michigan’s resource for art studios, galleries, organizations, attractions, and events. Its mission is to encourage residents and visitors to explore the many cultural resources here, and promote Northern Michigan as an art destination. Each year, 40,000 full-color brochures are distributed across the state at locations including hotels, restaurants, visitors centers, MDOT rest areas, and more. Visit for more information.


CALL OPEN: January 25–March 30 EVENT DATE: Saturday, July 28 9:00 am–4:00 pm The 58th annual Crooked Tree Outdoor Art Fair will be held on the grounds of Northwestern Michigan College. The Crooked Tree Outdoor Art Fair is a juried show featuring over 100 artists from across the country. We offer spacious display areas and ample parking to provide a wonderful art fair experience. Participation is open to all artists who exhibit work of original concept, design, and execution. Artists can apply via ZAPPlication, and find details online at


CALL OPEN: May 1–July 7 EXHIBIT DATES: September 15–October 27



WHEN: Tuesdays @ 10:00 am • Free lectures open to the public. Coffee sponsored by Higher Grounds Co. January 23: Photographer and Food Stylist Krystn Madrine February 20: Palate to Palette Artists March 20:

Patty Smith, Michigan Association of Art Education Regional Liaison

April 24:

Hand in Hand: Craft and New Technologies Artists

The 38th Annual Juried Fine Arts Exhibition is moving to CTAC-TC this year! The Detroit Contemporary Art Gallerist, Simone DeSousa will serve as juror. Artists from Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, and Ontario are encouraged to submit up to two works. There will be three awards— First Place: $1,000; Second Place: $500; Third Place: $250.

Visual Arts Presenter: Edward Jones of Traverse City, Harbor Springs and Petoskey 10


Classes and Workshops







PRESCHOOL ADVENTURES IN ART Mondays, January 22–March 19 • 10:00–10:45 am $5 Drop-In Fee Line, shape, and color will be introduced through a variety of media. Come ready to create your own art adventure! Experimentation is encouraged!

MEMBERS’ OPEN STUDIO Tuesdays, January 23–March 13 • 1:00–4:00 pm • NO FEE!

PALATE TO PALETTE FAMILY WORKSHOP Saturday, February 24 • 10:00 am–NOON Register by: February 16 • $33 Members/$53 Non-Members A fun, food-themed workshop for kids ages 8 and up and a grown-up.

MEMBERS’ MIX AND MAKE NIGHTS February 15 & March 15 • 6:00–9:00 pm • $25 per CTAC Member

ADULTS: STILL LIFE PAINTING: PERSIMMONS AND TAPESTRY Saturday, February 3 • 9:30 am–4:00 pm Register by: January 26 • $50 Members $70 Non-Members Master the art of the still life by learning to paint persimmons and tapestry with oil paints. Artist Lori Feldpausch will show you how to set up your still life and how to work with a limited palette to achieve color harmony.

CTAC members are invited to join fellow artists in an open studio environment to work on individual projects. No instruction. No need to register or call ahead. Feel free to show up at your leisure.

On the third Thursday of each month during the winter season, enjoy a glass of wine, snacks, get to know your fellow Crooked Tree members, and learn a new skill! Register seven days in advance. All materials provided. *Please visit website for additional details and project descriptions.*

DRAWING FACES Saturday, February 10 • 9:30 am–1:30 pm Register by: February 2 • $46 Members / $66 Non-Members Learn how to draw faces using different drawing mediums in just a few hours. Students will be introduced to different facial shapes and proportions. You will learn how to use light and shadow to create three different dimensional illusions. ZEN DOODLE Monday, February 26 • 1:00–4:00 pm Register by: February 19 • $36 Members/$56 Non-Members Learn the meditative approach known as Zen doodle. You will learn several techniques to make your designs pop, including shading to give dimension and color for harmony. All materials provided. PERSPECTIVE DRAWING Saturday, March 3 • 9:30 am–1:30 pm Register by: February 23 • $46 Members/$66 Non-Members Learn to use one, two, and three point perspective to draw objects, buildings, and streets. This workshop will also cover how to use different shading techniques and perspective to make objects look three dimensional. All materials provided. CONTEMPORARY RUG HOOKING: WALL HANGING Saturday, March 10 • 10:00 am–4:00 pm Register by: March 3 • $160 Members / $180 Non-Members Learn the basics of punch needle rug hooking while creating a modern punch needle design suitable for framing. Choose a design, or create your own. Finished image will measure approximately 8 1/2 inch square. No prior experience is necessary.


Plein Air Painting at the Sleeping Bear Dunes with Cedar Kindy

July 11-12:

Plein Air Painting with Adam VanHouten

July 16-18:

Silk Scarf Painting with Jamie Kirkell

July 31–August 3: Plein Air Painting: Bringing it All Together with Suzi Baker August 6-7:

Painting the Evening Light with Adam VanHouten

August 27-30:

Jane Davies Composition and Contrast

Sept. 19-22:

Collect and Connect with Jackie Abrams

Registration for Summer Workshops opens February 15. Registration for Spring classes opens on March 1! 11


a plein air affair Crooked Tree Arts Center is pleased to announce Paint Grand Traverse: A Plein Air Affair. This week-long plein air painting event will take place August 13-18, and feature approximately 30 national-caliber plein air artists and ten regional artists working throughout the Grand Traverse region.

In summer 2018, we have the special opportunity to present a juried art exhibition of work by members of the Oil Painters of America. The OPA represents over 4,000 artists throughout the continent, and promotes excellence in representational art. Its membership includes many of the best oil painters working today —masters of the medium who are influential in their artistic communities.

That is what we want to do for the visual arts.

Our vision is to create a summer of vibrant educational, family, and interactive programming— free and low cost wherever possible—that will engage and inspire artists, future artists, and art patrons, at all stages in life and creative journey.

Just as you can go to the film festival and ask a director about her use of camera angles, we want you to come to a live demo and talk with an artist about shadow and light. And just as you can go to the Traverse Symphony and hear world-class talents interpret powerful music, we want you to come to Paint Grand Traverse and watch world-class talents interpret our landscapes.

Paint Grand Traverse is the keystone event of the summer, which celebrates the artistic interpretation of our region’s beautiful landscapes, architecture, and small-town charm.

Through the Oil Painters of America exhibit and the annual Paint Grand Traverse event, not only will Crooked Tree–Traverse City be transformed, but the Grand Traverse region will be transformed.

The world of plein air painting competitions is flourishing. Major events are held in picturesque locations, including Telluride and Boulder, Colorado; Door County, Wisconsin; Jupiter, Florida; Sedona, Arizona; Laguna Beach, California; Cape Ann, Massachusetts; and many more.

We hope that Paint Grand Traverse will become a major annual event, drawing artists, art collectors, patrons, and spectators. The Grand Traverse region is well-known for a lot of wonderful things...cherries, wine and craft beer, the food scene, the film festival, Interlochen, Sleeping Bear Dunes...and now it’s time for fine art to shine.

When we look at other successful organizations and events—such as the Traverse City Film Festival, the National Writers Series, Interlochen, the Traverse Symphony Orchestra, Parallel 45 Theatre, and TEDx


Traverse City, to name a few—one great thing they have in common is that they present artists, speakers, and experiences usually reserved for bigger cities, right here in Northern Michigan.

We hope you’ll join us in excited anticipation for August 13-18, when easels will dot the landscape, ready to capture the magic.

For more information about Paint Grand Traverse, including events and tickets, visit

“I love seeing the pride that students develop through the growth of their musical potential.”



cellist and alumnae of the Strings Program at Crooked Tree Arts Center, currently teaches orchestra to 4th–12th grade students at Academia Cotopaxi, an American International School in Quito, Ecuador. A strings student from 4th–12th grade, Aimon credits the instruction and encouragement from her first orchestra teacher, Mrs. Karey Sitzler, for music remaining a central part of her life: “I owe my interest in becoming a music teacher to Mrs. Karey Sitzler. She not only taught me to play the cello, but she showed me the power that music has to bring people together and create tight-knit communities.” Mrs. Sitzler was the first strings instructor for CTAC when the program was launched in Fall of 2000. After graduating high school, Aimon attended the College of Wooster and majored in Music Education. From there she taught for two years in Worthington, Minnesota before pursuing a teaching position abroad. Aimon learned about Academia Cotopaxi, and was subsequently hired as the school’s orchestra teacher, while attending the University of Northern Iowa Overseas Recruitment Fair. Academia Cotopaxi students come from all over the world, representing 32 nationalities and families of diplomats, NGO employees, and corporate and business owners. When asked what she finds the greatest joy to be about teaching strings, Aimon had this to say: “I love seeing the pride that students develop through the growth of their musical potential. It is wonderful to see students feel a sense of accomplishment upon performing to the best of their ability or upon learning a difficult piece of music. I also love seeing the way in which students bond through music.” Aimon is in her third and final year at Academia Cotopaxi, and is also currently working on her Masters of Music Education with Strings Specialization through VanderCook College of Music. A strings student turned teacher, Aimon Dwan is now able to instruct, encourage, and positively influence her students just as Mrs. Karey Sitzler did for Aimon during her time with the CTAC Strings Program. CTAC is so proud of the enduring impact of music education on our students. Photo courtesy of Gabriel Cadenas


A Long History of Supporting the Arts PAUL AND CAROL LAPORTE, self-proclaimed “makers and doers,” have been involved in the arts for years. From personal

artistic endeavors and building home additions to starting an interior design business and filling their home with original works of art, they have enjoyed being both creators and patrons. With a passion for the arts and community involvement instilled during their respective upbringings, the LaPortes have spent recent years supporting numerous arts-related organizations in the Traverse City area.

It started out with Paul taking summer workshops at ACTC, which led to him becoming a member, and then being asked to join the Board by fellow member Bob Streit. Paul eventually became president of ACTC, and it was at this time that he first came into contact with Crooked Tree Arts Center (CTAC).

Photo courtesy of John Robert Williams

Paul’s interest in the visual arts began during his childhood thanks to his artistic mother’s influence. Since his early introduction to the arts, Paul has explored oil painting, stained glass, and watercolor painting, a medium that he still works in today. Carol, on the other hand, focused on the practical hobbies of knitting, sewing, and craft-making in her youth. She always had an interest in design and color, but it wasn’t until Carol met Paul that she really became aware of the world of fine visual arts. Once married, the LaPortes built a life together, a life that greatly valued the arts. After moving north to Traverse City in 1990, Paul and Carol became involved with several community arts organizations. During their involvement, Paul was able to implement his experience as a business consultant to assist in the growth of each organization. First, Paul served on the board of The Music House Museum as president. Next, at the request of the Michigan State University Extension in Traverse City, and due to Carol’s skills as a master gardener, the LaPortes helped establish the Botanical Gardens to preserve and protect nature for the community as a lasting legacy. And then Paul and Carol got involved with Artcenter Traverse City (ACTC).

During a summit at Crystal Mountain in 2012, representatives from 22 arts organizations in the region gathered to coordinate, network, and collaborate; two organizations in attendance were Artcenter Traverse City and Crooked Tree. Paul had a hope that the two arts centers would join together in the name of collaboration: “Anybody paying attention to the arts in Northwest Michigan knew about Crooked Tree, and that was our gold standard,” he recalls. What he hadn’t expected was that the initial discussion of collaboration would quickly turn to talks of merging the two organizations. Fast-forwarding a little over two years to November 2014, after much work and defending the prospective merger, Paul signed the merger document at the City Office, accompanied by Carol, CTAC Executive Director Liz Ahrens, CTAC Board Member Jim Shrier, and CTAC Chairman Tony Ryner. Paul and Carol both hold this moment as their favorite ACTC/CTAC memory. Thrilled by the growth and outreach CTAC-TC has experienced since the merger, Paul and Carol both have high hopes for the organization’s future. Carol looks forward to more young families and artists getting involved with Crooked Tree. Paul in turn hopes to fulfill three specific goals: “continue the growth of Crooked Tree’s endowment and financial stability; further expand associations with other organizations in the region; and find a permanent home for CTAC-TC.” The LaPortes have given so much of their time, energy, and knowledge to the Traverse City area in the name of the arts and community. The arts center merger was truly a group effort, however, it wouldn’t have come to fruition without the unyielding tenacity and dedication of Paul and Carol LaPorte.

“Today, as we see families, students, artists, and visitors streaming through the doors at Crooked Tree Traverse City, we cannot help but think a dream has come true for us.” 14

– Paul and Carol LaPorte

All lists, gifts & memberships reflect activity August 1– November 30, 2017

Rococo Society Members Richard and Susan Bingham Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Bonfield Mr. and Mrs. Bill Crawford Mrs. Adele Dilschneider Julie Fasone Holder and John Holder Darrell Jacob Mr. and Mrs. William Janis Wally and Bob Klein Mrs. Joell and Mr. Francis Newton Dr. and Mrs. Kenneth Robinson Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Ryner Robin and David Small Mr. and Mrs. Tom Stallkamp Robert and Charlotte Streit and Twisted Fish Gallery

Baroque Society Members Ross and Brenda Biederman Mr. and Mrs. David Crouse Mr. Bill Daniels Mr. and Mrs. James C. Fabiano, Sr. Jane D. Ferger and Jasam Foundation Mrs. William A. Fisher, II Carolyn Gabriel Louis Goldring Bill and Juliane Greenwalt Mr. and Mrs. William Hodges Ann and Joseph Hollis Mr. and Mrs. Dave Irish Edie and Fred Kaufmann Mr. and Mrs. Paul Keiswetter and Petoskey Plastics Joseph and Karen Kimmell Dr. Deanna Klosinski and Mr. William Collins Mr. and Mrs. Paul Knapp Nancy Kohler Mr. Don Kopka Dr. and Mrs. Russell LaBeau Paul and Carol LaPorte George and Susan Loesel Mr. and Mrs. Fred Malpass Mr. and Mrs. Webb Martin Mr. and Mrs. William T. McCormick, Jr. Jim and Trish Murray Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Nachtrab Dr. Naomi Overton Mr. and Mrs. Jim Shrier Jim and Kathy Schroeder Dr. and Mrs. Robert Sheperd Mr. and Mrs. Howard Ternes Maureen and Byron Trerice Mr. and Mrs. Phil Trotter Mr. and Mrs. Michael Van Lokeren Bob and Michele Walker Kurt and Phoebe Wietzke Mr. and Mrs. David Wood


Renaissance Society Members Neil and Liz Ahrens Lynne Aspnes Tracy, Gabriella and Sofia Bacigalupi Mike and Chris Bartlett Kevin Barton Mrs. Elizabeth Benson Mr. and Mrs. Tom Bickersteth Mr. and Mrs. Neil Bidwell John D. Borseth and Patricia A. Lay Mr. and Mrs. David T. Buzzelli Debra and Michael Calabrese Carole and Jim Carroll Mr. and Mrs. Charles Clark Nancy Colbert Mary Driggs Mike and Cheryl Eberhart Marie and Mark Eckstein Chris Etienne and Dennis Lindeman Patrick Faylor and Cindy McSurely Elizabeth and John Fergus-Jean Steven J. Fishman and Bonnie Josephson Mr. and Mrs. Mike Geiger Mr. and Mrs. Rodney C. Gibeau Balky and Patricia Grannis Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Harrington Tucker and Jack Harris Mr. and Mrs. Phillip T. Harrison Nancy Hedges Don and Kay Heise William L. and Elisabeth Hicklen Nancy A. Hodgkiss Barbara and John Hoffman Tom and Pat Jeffs Mr. and Mrs. David C. Johnson Cathy Kalahar and David Evrard Betsy and Geoff Keenan James and Marilyn Keller Mrs. Barbara Kirsch Helga and Peter Kleinschmidt Chuck and Christine Kneese Mr. and Mrs. Jim Kochensparger Mr. and Mrs. David Kring Mr. and Mrs. Roger E. Kromm

Jos and Deborah Kurd Mr. and Mrs. Dan Ledingham Tim and Debbie McAndrew Kathryn McConnell and Tom Biziorek Genie and Jeff McEvoy Mr. and Mrs. George Melzow Drs. Bill and Jane Millar Karen Miller Chris and Liisa Morley Ms. Jennifer Olsen Brian Murphy and Ida Vander Poorte Anna P. Nichols Ruth Petzold Mr. and Mrs. William Petzold Mr. and Mrs. Charles Randolph Mr. and Mrs. John Rexford Laura Rose and William Hall Nancy Salden Mr. and Mrs. John Sapiente Sharon Schappacher and Dan Anderson Ham and Barb Schirmer Karen and Bill Schuiling Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Selden Peter and Margaret Shields Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Sinclair Elaine Smiley Scott and Dibby Smith Judy and W. Sidney Smith Mr. and Mrs. Stafford Smith Mr. and Mrs. Michael Snyder Mr. and Mrs. William Soter Virginia Speed Jan Stewart Sandra and Dennis Stockemer Dr. and Mrs. Edward Stokel and family Laurie-Jo and Steve Straty Mr. and Mrs. Robert Swanson Thomas and Carol Titcomb and St. Doris Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Kent Walton Jill Whelan Dr. and Mrs. Hal Willens Ken Winter



CTAC-PETOSKEY SUMMER EXHIBITS MAY 26–AUGUST 20 The CTAC–Petoskey 2018 Summer Exhibitions include works by two accomplished, local artists:



Welcome to And, Thank You to Our New Members— Mary Elizabeth Arnhart Koalani Baker Haley Baldus Juanita Baldwin Emmaly Bearss Vinicius Beeerra Janet Bell Sally Bell Susan and Doug Bierer Rhyan Boeve Michelle and Ed Boyer Pamela and Charley Brickey Carole Brumm Brittney Bunker Karen Burgess Derek Burnett Dylan Burow Georgina Carley Haley Caudle Heather Chadwick-Johne Charley Chamberlain Peyton Chamberlain Marcy and Brian Chermside Jeanne and Larry Chute Deborah Crandell Mr. Bertram Culver Linda Dahl and Robert Taske Giselle Dawson Nick Easton Gretchen Eichberger Martha Evoy Chris and Ali Ford Patti and Tim Fore Jonathan and Lynn Friendly Colleen Froats Jan Goike Joyce and Rick Golding Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Griffin Verle Hansen Tom Harder Sierra Hardy Deborah Harmon Alyce Hein Mark Heydlauff Kristin and Aaron Hoeh Carol and David Hopcraft Linda Hume Tom and Miriam Jacobson Christine Jacoby Lynn Jancek and Robert Newberry Carol Johnson Mary and Thomas Johnson Tony Johnson David Koss Sarah and Mark LaBlance Mr. and Mrs. Scott Langton Marty and Dave Leavenworth


Ginny LeGore Briana Leis Jean and Robert Long Diane Manzin Kathy and Daniel Marks Barbara Marshall Jim and Lynne Mathews Arthur E. McViccar Elizabeth and Dale Meyer Robert Michelsen Tevin Miles Michael and Toni Miller Kathy and Andy Mitchell Mr. and Mrs. David Moody Jan Morrison Helen Morse Mark and Helen Neithercut Ingeborg Nyquist Nancy and David Odett Lesley O’Dwyer Lorraine and John Peak Jo Princinsky Brooke Redes Nicholas Rhudy David Rife Casey Riker Rita Robbins Virginia Rucks Seth Satchwell Shae Skop Breah Slaggert Bill and Kathy Small Danielle Smith Lawrence and Diane Kowalski Smith John S. Snyder Whitney Sober Lori Sorenson Pam and Steve Spicer Tristan Stackus Jane Stieber Janet Stuart Cynthia Tonkavich Frank and Dolores Villiard Ava Walker Jan Warren Margaret Weeks Julie and Jeff Wellman Janis Wesley Christine Williams Joanne Willis Kay Winter Nicole Wise Mr. Patrick Wise Isaac Wittenberg Eathan Woodin Susan and John Yun Jerry and Liz Zezulka

Mr. and Mrs. Joe Abdella Bob and Annie Adams Bernadette and Peter Albers Ms. Raechel Alberts Gaye Alexander Jackie and Jeff Anderson Diane and Michael Arnold Randall and JoAnn Astolfi Dr. and Mrs. Michael Bacon Dr. Edward R. Bahr Sarah Rose Baldwin Mr. and Mrs. James Barber Nancy and Paul Barker Michaeline Barnhart Becki Barnwell Beverly A. Bartlett Mr. and Mrs. Jim Bartlett Mr. and Mrs. Tom Bass Jan Bell Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Beltry J. Bruce Bentgen The Berakovich Family Mr. and Mrs. Neil Bidwell Gabrielle and Luis Billion Jan and Kevin Bishop Elizabeth Blair Lisa and Paul Blanchard Darlene and Herm Boatin Ms. Kathy Bodzick Maddison Bott Sue and Gary Bowerman Jean Bowers Joanne and Dave Bowman Martha and Andrew Bowman Mr. and Mrs. Andy Bowman Stephanie and Robert Bowman Kathy and Doug Boyer Ellie Smith and Charles Brackett Joyce Eaton Brady Kathy Brady Bill and Bonnie Braun Martin and Kathryn Breighner Mr. and Mrs. John Breitbarth Jim and Kathy Bricker Marial Brooks Robert and Pamela Brooks Dr. and Mrs. Ronald Broquet James and Christine M. Brown Richard and Barbara Browne Cameron Brunet-Koch and Bruce Koch Judith Bryan Lisa and Kevin Burris Debra and Michael Calabrese Russell and Christine Carpenter Jan Carter Mrs. Jim Casper Susan and Scott Cavell Anne and David Chaffee Eleanor Chaney Ms. Marty Cheney Karen A. Ciske Mary Jo Clark Richard and Diane Clark Mary and Fred Clinton Mr. and Mrs. James Cloutier Mr. and Mrs. Rob Cohen Mr. and Mrs. Donald Cohen Ward Collins

Howard and Pat Colthurst Paula and William Cordes Cherie Correll Angelia Cranney Mr. and Mrs. Bill Crawford Paige Crim Audrey Criner Mrs. Sandra Bell Croll William and Cynthia Curtindale Ginger Curtis Rodka and Dennis Dammeyer William Daniels Dan and Beverly Darnell Mr. Jim and Dr. Teri Daunter Mrs. Betty Davis Bob and Sue Davis Mr. and Mrs. David Deal Elaine and Arch Dettman Terry L. Dickinson Janis and Bill Dietrich Mrs. Adele Dilschneider Patricia Dixon Jean Z. Donaldson Sid and Penny Drury Barbara Ducastel Susan and Richard Dudzik Mr. and Mrs. Frank Duiven Nancy and Bruce Dunn Ida Dwan Mike and Cheryl Eberhart Marge Edwards Linda Egan Kathleen and Treavor Eimers Mr. Joe Wildburg and Dr. Carol Ellstein George and Barbara Ellwanger Sally and Clark Elwood Margaret and John Emley Suzanne Engle Mr. and Mrs. James Erhart Chris Etienne and Dennis Lindeman Mr. and Mrs. Lynn R. Evans Mr. and Mrs. Robert Fall Madison Famada Julie Fasone Holder and John Holder Dan Feldhauser and Pauline Hatfield Lori Feldpausch Cheryl Fleury Christine and Richard Floraday Mrs. Barbara Fournier Mr. David Fox Catherine Francis Kathryn Frech Chip and Jean Frentz Steve Fritz Becky Fuhrman and Don Leary Dr. and Mrs. Mark Gaylord Christine Gebhard and Tom Renkes Rich and Holly Gedert Gary Gee Carol Geiger Rosemary Geist Lou and Rosita Gendernalik Marion Gibson Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Gietzen Jennifer Glance Chuck and Susan Glass Mr. and Mrs. Victor Goldschmidt Linda R. Goodpaster

Our Renewing Members—

John and Susan Graff Balky and Patricia Grannis Karen and Robert Grisnak Martha Grose Renee and Adam Guerriero Jan Gwinnell Marcia Haddox and Ken Buckwalter Carole and A. Chandler Hadley Ms. Mary Andrea Hagadone Randy and Kathy Hagerman Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Hall Mark and Sally Hall Jill Hanna Mr. and Mrs. Hord Hardin Julie Harrington Maris Harrington John and Sarah Hastings James Hatch Keira Hausler Shannon Hausler Dr. and Mrs. Carl Hawkins Dr. and Mrs. Kent Hay Nancy Hedges Shirley Helber Mrs. Fred Henthorne Mr. and Mrs. David Hill Mr. and Mrs. Sam Himmelrich Peter and Sandra Hinz Mr. and Mrs. Larry Hipschen Beth A. Holland Brenda Hough Susan and Edgar Howbert Mr. and Mrs. Robert Howse Don Howson Brian J. Hughes Anne and Jonathan Hummel Elisabeth and Bob Humphrey David and Patricia Hutchins Joyce Hutto-Nolan Kaitlyn J. Ide Sophia Ide Mr. and Mrs. Dave Irish Susan and Hugh Jacob Paige Jakeway Taryn Jakeway Mr. Jeff V. James Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Janka Lynne and Broc Johnson Mr. and Mrs. Richard Johnson Brynn Jonker Jacqueline and Henry Joy Gloria and Louis Katz Edie and Fred Kaufmann James and Marilyn Keller Kate Kelly and John Hurd Jane and Ray Kendra Gale Kepford Bill and Becky Kibbey Dyan and John Kimball Ruth and Howard Kitchen Wally and Bob Klein Dr. and Mrs. Ben Kleinstiver Linda Kortesoja Klenczar Dani Knoph Mr. and Mrs. David Knowles Judy Knowles Ann Knutsen Mr. and Mrs. Fred Koehler

Nancy Kohler Jo-Anna Kolodziej Mr. and Mrs. Vern Kors Mr. and Mrs. Brad Kranig Karen Kubovchick Gwendolyn Kuehn Dr. and Mrs. Russell LaBeau Mr. and Mrs. John Lake Lillian Lamarche Connie Landis Robert LaPorte and Harriette Lemke Mr. and Mrs. Bryan G. Lauer David and Jane Lawrence Martin and Susan Letts Anne and Edward Leverich Phyllis Linck Barbara and Charles Lindsey Roy and Linda Longworth Doris and Gunnar Lundteigen Alan and Carol Maciag Raquel Macias and Richard Wiertalla Dr. and Mrs. John MacKenzie Mr. and Mrs. Ernie Mainland Arianna Maldonado Riley Maldonado Dr. and Mrs. Patrick Maloney Sophia Mapes Laurie and Terry Marrs Jamie and Mary Kay Martin Judy Martinez John and Jennifer Mastenbrook Mr. and Mrs. Robert Matzka Susan McClanahan and William Zimmerman IV Mr. and Mrs. Donald McCormack Mary Ann McCullough Donna McDermott Melissa and Michael McGeehan Carol and Michael McNally Sherry and Ed McNamara Carole McSherry Connie Mendyk Mr. and Mrs. David Meyer Kim and Sean Meyer Drs. Bill and Jane Millar Rita and Bill Miller Scarlett Miller Wilhelmine and Victor Miller Mr. and Mrs. Jim Monton Ms. Audrey Mooradian Anne Morningstar and Brian Bates Talitha Morse Chuck Mueller Brian Murphy and Ida Vander Poorte Mr. Charles Murphy Dr. and Mrs. Phil Nelson Franz and Joan Neubrecht Mary Anne and Bill Newman Jessica Nolff Christopher D. and Lesli Nyland Lucia Oelz Charlene Oestman Mr. and Mrs. G. A. Olofsson Linda Oostmeyer Linda Orlow Ms. Judy T. Osborne Mr. Gary F. Osterbeck Dr. Naomi Overton

Maureen B. Owens Dr. and Mrs. Stephen Palmer Dr. and Mrs. Robert Pattengale Patty Pelizzari Kathy and Todd Petersen Rosemary Peterson Mr. Henry Pfeifle Mrs. Kathleen Phelps-Rusche Mr. and Mrs. Russ Pichlik Mr. David Pickett Wendy Pierce Sarah Pletcher Fred Geisler and Lois Polatnick Pattie Powers Lauren Walsh and Steve Radecki Joanna and Joseph Rautio Kali Raycraft Mary Fisher Ready Marilyn Rebant Mr. and Mrs. Borge Reimer Howard Richards Jennifer Riegling Elaine and Larry Rochon Diane Roketenetz Dr. and Mrs. Franklin Ronan Dr. and Mrs. Ronald Ronquist Paul Rose Sarane H. Ross Sheila Ruen Sandy Ruggles Dawn C. Russell Mary Beth Salowich Fran Santoro and Paul Revard Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Sarosi Holly and Tony Sasso Veronica Schaden Sharon Schappacher and Dan Anderson Mrs. Yvonne Schmidt George and Carra Schoene Tom and Pam Schraw Jill Schultz H. Joyce Schulz Mr. and Mrs. Bill Scott Robert and Erin Scudder Anne Marie Sears Patricia Sehr Jan and Bob Serra Rand Shackleton and Laura Chaney Susan Sheets Judith Shapelak, CPSA Sunny Sherk Carolyn Shoemaker Wendy Shoults Mr. and Mrs. Jim Shrier Marsey and Steve Shuman Mary and Dean Sims Elaine Smiley Deborah and Solomon Smith John and Jan Smith Michele Smith and Dennis Sheridan Randall J. Smith Clark and Sally Smith Sara E. Smith Scott and Dibby Smith Mr. and Mrs. W. Richard Smith Mr. and Mrs. Mark Smolinski Kirby Snively Margaret Snowday

Anita M. Snyder Dr. and Mrs. Ronald Snyder Janice Soblesky Dave and Chris Southwell Carol and Joe Spaulding Emily Stabile Sofia Stabile Mr. and Mrs. Tom Stallkamp Kenyon Stebbins and Susan Lyman William L. and Karen Steffen Mr. and Mrs. Joel Stoppel Dr. and Mrs. John O. Stover, Jr. Veroneze and Dick Strader Dr. and Mrs. James E. Straley James and Elise Straus Mr. and Mrs. Joe E. Strawn Jr. Robert and Charlotte Streit Roberta Svatora Mr. and Mrs. Robert Swanson Jill Swartout Peggy Swenor Laura Swire Carolyn J. Switzer Cheryl and Roger Tallman Donna and Brian Taylor Mr. and Mrs. David Taylor Mr. and Mrs. Steele A. Taylor Elizabeth Terry Kristen and Jonathan Terry Mrs. Margo Todd Steve Toornman and Meredith Krell Mr. and Mrs. George Torreano Cheryl and Terry True Dr. and Mrs. Donald Turner Linda Tyson Nancy and Joe Van Antwerp Paul and Maryagnes Van Klaveren Haley Van Patten Roberta Vander Breggen Patti and Willem Vanderhave Kaleb Vandcock Mr. and Mrs. Paul Varga Mr. and Mrs. G. Sheldon Veil Carole Vial Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Max vomSteeg Susan and Frank Wagner Josh Walz Bella Waterman James and Donna Waterston Sandra Watkins Robert and Camile Weimer Mrs. Bonnie Weitzel Carol Ann Weston Catherine and David White Mr. and Mrs. William White Karen and Keith Williams Anne Williamson Roger and Katherine Winslow Colleen and Michael Wolfe Helen Wolfgang Lois Wood Kim and Fred Wroblewski Mr. and Mrs. David Young Ms. Christine Zimmer Virginia Zimmerman

Thank you for your membership and for supporting the many programs of Crooked Tree Arts Center. Your membership helps bring fantastic art exhibitions, engaging children’s programs, interesting Coffee @ Ten lectures, entertaining performing arts events, and interactive classes to the Arts Center.

All lists, gifts & memberships reflect activity August 1– November 30, 2017

If you are not sure if you are still a member, now is a great time to renew. You can do so online at, or give us a call at 231-347-4337 (Petoskey) or 231-941-9488 (Traverse City). We are grateful for your support. We do our best to keep an accurate record and apologize for any errors or omissions. Please contact us with any corrections.


Memorials & Tributes Memorials in



Bob Adams From: Annie Adams

Ray Becker From: Marge Edwards


Louis Colasacco From: Mr. and Mrs. Robert Fall

Edith Gilbert From: Pat Begrow Fox, Don and Kay Heise, Margie and Brad Kessler, Martha Landis, Doris and Gunnar Lundteigen, and Ima Williams Bonnie J. Gowans From: Donald and Grace Guthrie Anne Hansen From: Dr. Steve Hansen Tim Kuebler and Brian Kuebler From: Mr. and Mrs. Quinton Kuebler Ronald R. Miller From: Karen Miller


Ermy and Gordon Bonfield From: Dr. John Stroehlein and Ms. Miwa Sakashita Robert Elliott From: Elizabeth Morgan Rick Ford, for kids summer art camp From: Kathryn and Ross Barrett Mr. and Mrs. Edward J. Frey, Jr. From: Mr. and Mrs. David M. Culver Douglas E. Galante From: Julie and Jerome Galante Pokey Huffman From: Michael and Marianne Raab Martha Landis From: Margaret A. Woodhouse

Dr. Harold E. Nelson From: Mrs. Harold Nelson VaLaura Nibbelink From: Constance and Christopher Chappell, Mr. and Mrs. Bob Forman, Mr. and Mrs. Wesley Hovey, Mr. and Mrs. Jim Kochensparger, Colleen and Robert Marceau, Joan Mattice Pennell, Jan Smart, and Ima Williams Patricia Postle From: Dr. and Mrs. Allen Damschroeder

Jan Swanson From: Beth and Joe Moran


Betty Adgate From: Marjory J. Keeler

Mr. and Mrs. Stewart M. Cram From: Tory and John Willoughby

Fritz Salden From: Nancy Salden


Miss Heather Raue From: Mr. and Mrs. Tom Stallkamp Bob Streit From: Joseph V. DeLuca

Thank you to the families and friends listed above for choosing CTAC as a recipient of memorial and honorary gifts.

All lists, gifts & memberships reflect activity August 1– November 30, 2017

PLANNED GIVING The John and Sally Clark Legacy Society recognizes donors who provide for the future needs of the Crooked Tree Arts Center by including a gift in their estate plans. The society was named to honor the Clarks’ contributions to CTAC in our early days. Sally was one of our original founding members and was an accomplished artist. She was one of our first Kitchen Painters. Jack was key in our financial well-being. He assisted in facilitating the purchase of our facility in 1980, and he held the position of Chairman in our endowment fund drives during the 1980s and 90s. In their estate they bequeathed a gift of over $2,400,000 to CTAC’s endowment fund. The term “planned giving” refers to any major gift that involves financial or estate planning. Such gifts can provide important benefits both to you and to Crooked Tree Arts Center. The different types of planned gifts include: · Bequests · Gifts of life insurance policies · Gifts of retirement plan assets Before making a gift to Crooked Tree Arts Center, you should consult with your financial, tax, and legal advisors for a thorough analysis of your individual situation and the tax consequences to decide which of these ways of giving might work best for you.

John and Sally Clark Legacy Society Thank you to the family of VaLaura Nibbelink for requesting donations in her memory to be directed to Crooked Tree Arts Center.

Crooked Tree Arts Center recently received a gift from the estate of Connie Tanner. Connie received the Arts in Education eddi Award in 2004.


Crooked Tree Arts Center Membership Application

CTAC Staff & Board of Directors staff


Elizabeth Ahrens president/executive director


Lucy Blythe development associate


Andrea Coronado events coordinator


Alexandra Dailey

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Megan DeWindt program director

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Carina Hume

business manager/performing arts

(If different than above)

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associate director

As a member of Crooked Tree Arts Center, your gift helps support our year-round programs including exhibitions, docent tours, scholarships and so much more! Your membership benefits include invitations to special openings and events, membership pricing on classes, workshops and performances.

Consider joining the Renaissance Society for $500… You receive all of the above membership benefits, plus invitations to private events for the Renaissance Society. Your name is listed in the newsletter, unless you wish to remain anonymous. Which gives you all the benefits of the Renaissance Society, plus additional special events.

Or Join the Rococo Society for $2,500…

As a Rococo Society Member you will receive all the benefits of the Baroque Society, invitations to private events each year and a small piece of original art created by Larissa Flynn.

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Kevin Richardson Jason Scheper facilities manager

Kristi Wodek

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❒ $20 Student ❒ $50 Individual ❒ $75 Family ❒ $125 Supporting

Madison Pionk

music education director

The Baroque Society for $1,000…


Cindy McSurely

development director/membership

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❒ Please contact me regarding volunteer opportunities Complete and mail with check, money order or credit card information to: Crooked Tree Arts Center, 461 E. Mitchell St., Petoskey, MI 49770


Dan Ledingham, chairman Heidi Geiger, vice chairman Kurt Wietzke, treasurer Gail Willens, secretary Ragnar Avery, Tom Bickersteth, Carole Carroll, Marilyn Crawford, Steven J. Fishman, Elizabeth Fergus-Jean, Rob Harold, Joe Kimmell, Tim McAndrew, Bill Millar, Anne Morningstar, Jay Neff, Stephen Palmer, Lori Piggott, Tony Ryner, Jim Schroeder, Jim Shrier, Celia Sinclair, Robin Small, Elaine Smiley, Bob Streit, Ben Whiting

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



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