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EXHIBITIONS LECTURES HOLIDAY EVENTS CTAC Staff Spotlight: Music Education Director Kevin Richardson

LEARN MORE ABOUT The Easy Picks • CTAC School of Ballet’s The Nutcracker • Members Gail & Hal Willens

Dear CTAC Members and Friends, Our Annual Meeting was held in late August, and we proudly honored Rob Harold as our Volunteer of the Year. For many decades, the Chair of the Board has selected a board member who has served CTAC with dedication and generosity. You may have seen Rob assisting in art

(CTAC) is a community

installations, greeting guests at events, serving on the Visual

arts organization

Arts and Education committees, and actively participating

committed to providing

in the Crooked Tree Photographic Society. We thanked Rob for his service and shared our gratitude for his kindness and

Rob Harold

Crooked Tree Arts Center

quality and unique arts

volunteer spirit.

experiences for Northern

Volunteers are a gift to CTAC. Our major events—Dart for

Michigan residents

Art and Paint Grand Traverse—are fueled by volunteer

and visitors. Through

energy and hours of work. Our board of directors and many

fine art exhibitions,

committees are filled with volunteers who give of their time, talent, and treasure. If you attend one of our culinary classes,

lectures, workshops, art

you should know that an amazing volunteer group leads that

fairs, dance and music

effort by finding chefs to share their kitchen skills. Our Day

programs, concerts and

Away Committee has guided wonderful tours for nearly 20 years to destinations such as Chicago, Boston, Toronto, and

more, CTAC inspires and

Detroit. Our TC Program Committee dedicated themselves

enriches lives through

to a new initiative in the Central Neighborhood: Porch Fest,

the arts.

a progressive music party on dozens of front porches, including CTAC-TC.


In short, we need our volunteers. And we hope they know how much we appreciate their efforts. We know Rob Harold does now that he is our Volunteer of the Year. And if you are one of our many, many volunteers, we thank you and ask you to join us on October 15 for our Annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon. It’s the one day we serve you...instead of you serving us. With gratitude, Liz Ahrens, President/Executive Director


Inspire future generations with a legacy that enriches the arts. The John & Sally Clark Legacy Society offers a way to recognize donors who provide for the future needs of CTAC by including a gift in their estate plan. To learn more, please contact Cindy McSurely, Development Director at 231-347-1197.

Business Hours Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Wednesday: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

ON THE COVER: Vessel No. 6, David Wolske, Original: Juried Exhibition of Contemporary Prints


Saturday: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM (P) Saturday: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM (TC)

Dear friends,

It is more than just a party! On July 18, and then again on August 17, I was surrounded by passionate donors, talented artists, dedicated staff members, and visitors from all over Northern Michigan who gathered for our major annual fundraisers, Dart for Art in July and Paint Grand Traverse in August. These two fun-filled nights surpassed our fundraising goals in every way! Additionally, these events show our year-round community how we can positively affect the lives of area children and adults for years to come. You see, after the summer residents go away, the much smaller population of year-round residents continues to be inspired and enriched through the arts by our Crooked Tree Arts Center.

We do this by offering: •A  dult and youth classes in dance, music, visual arts, and culinary arts •P  erformances by our CTAC School of Music and CTAC School of Ballet and a very popular fall/winter Performing Arts Series •Q  uality and professional exhibitions and gallery experiences, which include Swirls, exhibition openings, adult and school docent tours, films, and lectures •A  rt-focused groups for painters, photographers, and pottery

of skills. They are more likely to achieve higher GPA and test scores, graduate from high school, and attend college. INCREASED CAPACITY TO LEARN: Music and the arts help develop creativity, collaboration, community, and critical thinking. Music and arts education help youth learn more completely and deeply. Neuroscientists have recently demonstrated that children engaged in music are utilizing every region of their brain! Studies also indicate that learning a new skill as an adult can delay the impacts of aging.


CTAC, donating artists, and guests all enjoyed partying for a purpose this summer! The successful, twonight event highlighted featured artist Elizabeth Blair, musical performances by The Charlie Millard Band and CTAC's Jazz Orchestra, and some of the finest libations and epicurean treats Northern Michigan has to offer, making for a memorable experience. Crooked Tree continues to inspire and enrich lives through the arts for another year.

Save the date for next year: July 15 & 16, 2020

COMPETITIVE EDGE IN WORKFORCE: As students develop their own artwork, they develop their capacity to create new ideas. In a recent study by IBM, CEOs ranked creativity as the most important leadership quality they were looking for in workers. So, as the weather turns cooler, we remind ourselves it’s more than just a party—we impact the community year-round! I offer my sincere gratitude to our donors; our over 3,500 members; our artists and area business supporters; and all who have joined us in building a more art inspired and enriched community! Heidi Geiger, Chairman of the Board

And we know there are so many benefits that can change lives: HIGHER SCORES: Students who have regular access to music and the arts have more opportunities to master a range




Unless otherwise noted, all shows take place at CTAC with ticket pricing as follows: $25 Member/ $35 Non-Member/$10 Student.

Performing Arts Series

 Paul Vornhagen Quartet Friday, October 4 • 7:30 PM

Six-time winner of Detroit Music Awards, an accomplished jazz saxophonist, flutist, and vocalist, accompanied by piano, bass, and drums.

 Alan Turner

Friday, November 1 • 7:30 PM

 Jazz in January with Rhythm Society Orchestra Saturday, January 4, 2020 • 7:30 PM

Recreating songs of the ‘30s, ‘40s, and ‘50s, this true, vintage 15-piece big band swing band is headed by crooner Paul King. Additional ticket option: $15 Gallery Standing Room

 Cabin Fever with The Easy Picks and Special guests

Saturday, February 1, 2020 • 7:30 PM Beat the winter blues listening to the hot sounds of Northern Michigan musicians The Easy Picks and special guests.

Rich baritone vocals and mainstream country songs speak of loves gained and lost, with a sly twist of humor mixed in. Accompanied by Turner’s Steel Horse Band.

Make it a Date Night! Kids ages 5-10 can hang out at CTAC while Mom & Dad enjoy free time and the concert — pizza, art, movies & more! $15/kid, $10/each additional sibling. Drop off at 5:30, pick up when the concert's over.

 Limerick

Saturday, March 7, 2020 • 7:30 PM

 The Nutcracker

Saturday, December 14 • 3:00 & 7:00 PM & Sunday, December 15 – 3:00 PM Celebrate the holiday season with the CTAC School of Ballet. A portion of the proceeds benefits the CTAC Dance Program. Event will be held at Great Lakes Center for the Arts. Tickets: $30 Adult/$5 Student Matinee/$10 Student Evening/$50 Reserved. 4

Thanks to our hospitality partner Bay Harbor Village Hotel & Conference Center

A traditional Irish band based in Lansing that incorporates the sounds of bluegrass and Americana music. Vincent Shaw and Steven Glynn sing and play everything from mandolin and tin whistle to guitar and banjo, while Sarah Patterson plays fiddle and Tim Patterson holds down the bass.

PETOSKEY Picking the brain behind



t’s been three years since some of our favorite Northern Michigan musicians got together to form The Easy Picks, a quintet set on adding unique tunes to the already musically diverse atmosphere above the 45th - a challenge the equally varied group readily met. The brainchild of local boulangerie proprietor Greg Carpenter, The Easy Picks has been performing since 2017 and is made up of bandmates with distinct day jobs. Greg Carpenter owns Crooked Tree Breadworks; Jen Schaap holds the position of local food policy specialist at Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities; Jamie Platte owns A.R. Pontius Flower Shop; Chris Koury teaches music theory and private music lessons; and Mark Blaauw-Hara is a full-time English Department faculty member at North Central Michigan College. A love of music and creative collaboration are the common ties between these five performers, as well as history. Carpenter had connections to each band member, which made pulling the group together a no-brainer. He and Koury have played together

since middle school band class; he and Platte played in a band together; and through small town channels, he’s known Jen and Mark for years. “It occurred to me that getting these fine folks together could produce some great music and great fun. So we did, and the fun hasn’t stopped,” said Carpenter. The Easy Picks happily boasts a group of multi-instrumentalists and vocalists: “We can all carry a tune,” said Carpenter, “so we take turns at lead vocals and support each other with harmonies.” The group arrangement has Schaap on bass, Platte on keyboards or guitar, Koury on guitar, and Blaauw-Hara and Carpenter switching between guitar and drums, allowing for the band to change up their formation when it suits them. In their early days, the band primarily played classic honky-tonk country tunes from the 60s, 70s, and 80s, but quickly evolved, responding to influences ranging from classical choral music and sixties psychedelia to hardcore eighties punk and grunge.

Being lifelong, passionate musicians, The Easy Picks claim synergy to be one of their favorite things about performing. “Singing a phrase and feeling the energy and support as the backing vocals come in behind you; feeling the spontaneous moments when the rhythm section finds the perfect groove behind soloing guitar. The group experience is addictive,” said Carpenter, speaking for the band. On Saturday, February 1, 2020, The Easy Picks take the stage at CTAC for the "Cabin Fever" concert, which is quite fitting for the group. “[Our band] is the product of cabin fever,” admitted Carpenter. Just like football and hockey, The Easy Picks have their own season, which happens to be November through April. During their “season,” they meet, rehearse, learn new material, and gig a couple times each month. A February gig hits at peak cabin fever season, and The Easy Picks are looking forward to the performance in CTAC’s intimate theater: “We love where we live and CTAC is one of the things that make this place great.”

Tickets for CTAC’s Performing Arts Series are on sale now: (231) 347-4337



PRINT//POP: Pop-Up Show of Contemporary Prints November 25 - December 20 CTAC Galleries

This pop-up show features selected works from artists included in CTACTraverse City’s juried print exhibition, Original. Hands-on opportunities to learn basic printmaking techniques will be included.


February 8 - March 28, 2020 CTAC Galleries The first annual exhibit of CTAC Artist Guild Members will be featured in both the Bonfield and Gilbert galleries. Each member of CTAC’s Artist Guild is invited to share their work in this salonstyle exhibit.

Michigan Now: Annual Juried Fine Arts Exhibition Through November 9 • CTAC Galleries

58 Michigan artists are featured in this diverse juried exhibit recognizing the range of work created by artists from across the state. Juana Williams, Exhibitions Curator at the UICA in Grand Rapids, served as juror. Exhibition sponsors: • Decka Digital, First Place Award • Korthase Flinn Insurance and Financial Services, Second Place Award • Personal Graphics, Inc., Third Place Award • Beveled Edges Custom Framing & Printing 6


Instructors Show Through October 26 Atrium Gallery

Annual showcase recognizing the creative work of CTAC workshop and class instructors. Work by Petoskey and Traverse City instructors will be included.

READY-SET-GO: Young Artists Spotlight November 9 - December 20 Atrium Gallery

Juried exhibition recognizing exceptional work by area 9th - 12th grade student artists.


Student Show March 7 - April 14, 2020 Atrium Gallery

Annual exhibit featuring student work from North Central Michigan College (NCMC) art students. Organized by NCMC faculty.



Save the date! April 11 - May 16, 2020 Youth Arts Awards: Wednesday, April 24 Young Writers Juried Exposition & Culinary Arts Showcase: Saturday, May 9.

What is a

Purchase Award? A purchase award is a pledge from a patron or business to purchase art. Participating patrons have the first right to view the exhibition and make their selection before the exhibition opens to the public. By acquiring a purchase award, patrons are demonstrating commitment to supporting the arts in Northern Michigan. CTAC offers Purchase Award opportunities year-round for various exhibitions. Please contact Development Director Cindy McSurely at (231) 347-1197 for more information.



 Save the date for Swirl! Join us for an artsy cocktail hour and enjoy wine, beer, appetizers, and live music – a delicious blend of art, libations, and fun! Tickets include appetizers and one drink ticket, cash bar to follow.

Save the dates

Thursday, October 24 Fall Swirl featuring Petoskey Cheese! Tickets $15 in advance/$20 day of

Thursday, November 21 Holiday Swirl featuring festive fare and holiday cheer! Tickets $20 in advance/$25 day of

 Sugar Plum Fairy Tea

Sunday, December 1 • 1:00 - 3:00 PM Stafford’s Perry Hotel $75 for Tea for Two Celebrate the magic of the holiday season at Stafford’s Perry Hotel with the annual Sugar Plum Fairy Tea. Children of all ages will enjoy an afternoon of festive activities with principal performers of the School of Ballet’s The Nutcracker, including Clara, Nutcracker, Snow Queen, Dew Drop Fairy, Mirliton, Mouse Queen, Arabian, and of course, the Sugar Plum Fairy. Each reservation includes tea and lemonade, sweet and savory treats, tea sandwiches, a reading of “The Nutcracker” story, and two tickets to a performance of The Nutcracker. (Note: Nutcracker tickets are available on a first-come-first-served basis. Many performances do sell out. Please reserve your tickets early to ensure your choice of performance.) 8

 New Year's Eve at the Arts Center Tuesday, December 31 5:00 - 9:00 PM

$10 Adult/$5 Student (Under 2 free) Join us for the fun-for-all-ages New Year’s Eve at the Arts Center! Ring in 2020 with a festive lineup of entertainment, refreshments, and creative activities! Musical performances, arts and crafts, pottery, balloon tying, face painting, magic shows, and a pizza buffet are just some of the highlights on the schedule. Special activities are scheduled across the street at the Petoskey District Library, too!

The evening’s festivities conclude with the “Midnight at 9,” Times Square-style ball drop on East Mitchell Street. The outdoor festivities begin at 8:30 p.m. and are free and open to the public. Admission buttons are on sale at CTAC, the Library, and online at This event is sponsored in part by the Kroeger-Mainland Family Fund at PHSACF and in partnership with the Petoskey District Library and Blissfest Music Organization.



Lectures • Workshops • Classes First Fridays for Foodies

October 4, November 1 & December 6 11:00 AM


Join us in the CTAC Kitchen on the first Friday of the month for a one-hour informal class/demonstration by one of our Artisans & Farmers Market vendors!

Student Artwork Now through Monday, November 11

Entry is open to students 18 and under, in Charlevoix and Emmet counties, to submit their artwork for the New Year’s Eve at the Arts Center logo. The artwork will be used for promotional materials, t-shirts, and admission buttons, and the selected artist will receive a family pass to the event and a gift certificate for art supplies. View past winners and download an entry form at

Holiday Shop & Drop Coffee @ Ten

Tuesdays at 10:00 AM October 8: Juana Williams, UICA Exhibitions Curator & Michigan Now Juror November 5: Julio Suarez, Michigan Now Artist & Assistant Professor of Art, Hillsdale College 2020 lecture dates: January 21, February 18, March 27, April 21 & May 12 Coffee and baked goods generously sponsored by Roast & Toast Coffee and Cafe.

CTAC Artisans & Farmers Market October 4 - December 20* 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Enjoy a wide variety of locally grown and handmade goods on Fridays in the Carnegie Building. *No market Friday, November 29.

Saturday, November 30 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

$5 CTAC Member/$10 Non-Member* Drop the kids (ages 4-11) at CTAC for organized art projects and activities while you shop our galleries and the great Downtown Petoskey Gaslight District on Small Business Saturday! Kids will make two special holidaythemed projects and enjoy ageappropriate games. *Pre-registration guarantees your child a space; drop-ins are also welcome.

Holiday Workshops December 2-21

Gift-making, holiday décor, and more! Save the date for special holidaythemed workshops and classes for all ages!

SAVE THE DATE! CTAC is hosting a holiday member party this December - more information to follow!



School of

Ballet The CTAC School of Ballet offers award-winning instruction in dance with emphasis on solid and clear technical placement and artistry. All levels of dancers are encouraged to enroll. Our nationally known Pre-Professional Program, by audition only, requires a dedication to ballet and offers a challenging curriculum.

New! We've updated our fall and winter/ spring sessions! Fall Session (12 Weeks): September 16 - December 13 Winter/Spring Session (20 Weeks): January 13 - June 6, 2020. Registration opens on December 2. Spring Ballet Performance: June 6 & 7, 2020

 Fall for Dance

Sunday, October 20 • 5:00 PM Harbor Springs Performing Arts Center Tickets: $15 Adult/$5 Student The thirteenth annual student-orchestrated performance put on by the CTAC School of Ballet Pre-Professional dancers. Each fall, the Pre-Professional dancers assemble a one-night production showcasing their abilities in not only dance and performance, but also set and costume design, choreography, lighting, musical selection, and directing. All proceeds directly support the Harbor Springs Performing Arts Center.

Angels and Demons

Sunday, October 27 • 7:00 PM Great Lakes Center for the Arts Tickets: $25/$35/$50 Innovative and progressive, the CTAC School of Ballet’s Pre-Professional dancers take the orchestra stage in this collaboration with the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra, featuring an intriguing musical vignette based on Edgar Allan Poe’s book, Mask of the Red Death. Directed by Libor Odras and choreographed by Heather Raue. Tickets are on sale now: // 231-487-0010

New Journeys Two of our Pre-Professional dancers have accepted offers to train year-round this fall:

 Olivia Pearsall, 16

(Charlevoix) joined Miami City Ballet’s Pre-professional Division.


 Abigail Walz, 18

(Petoskey) joined Ballet Chicago’s Studio Company on scholarship.



THE NUTCRACKER A holiday favorite for many and a seasonal must for others, Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker is a Crooked Tree tradition, with the School of Ballet having performed various renditions of the beloved tale since 2009, beginning with the first interpretation, Dance the Halls. An abridged version of Tchaikovsky’s magical story, Dance the Halls took place in CTAC’s theater and included a short masquerade ballet choreographed by instructor Karrie Benedict, a comedic modern dance piece by former instructor Stephanie Cope, and excerpts from Act II of The Nutcracker, choreographed by Artistic Director Heather Raue. As the years progressed and the School of Ballet grew, more choreography, music, costumes, and excerpts were added, creating a production that threatened to outgrow the current performance space. Together, Raue and Benedict decided it was time to expand. In 2013, the School of Ballet presented the

full-length version of The Nutcracker for the first time at the Harbor Springs Performing Arts Center. When presenting any production Christmastime favorite or otherwise - challenges arise, and for the School of Ballet, battling time is their largest obstacle. From August through midOctober, the Pre-Professional dancers work on their student choreographed and directed show, Fall for Dance, as well as audition and begin rehearsals for The Nutcracker. Raue, Benedict, and the dancers effectively work on two shows at the same time, with rehearsals occurring at three different locations in downtown Petoskey. Most dance companies begin their Nutcracker rehearsals at the end of August, but the School of Ballet doesn’t start theirs until October, leaving less time for students and choreographers to prepare a full-length ballet. Time isn’t the only challenge facing Raue and Benedict though. Each fall, they rechoreograph the ballet, offering dancers new challenges and audiences a revamped performance. “I enjoy revisiting the Waltz of the Flowers each year, and although challenging, I also love rechoreographing Arabian,” said Raue. “And every year, Karrie [Benedict] sets a stunning Waltz of the Snow. It’s always breathtaking.” Affectionately called “Nutty” by dancers and choreographers alike due to the hectic schedule and numerous moving parts, The Nutcracker requires many hands and volunteers to be stage ready. The production changes from year to year, necessitating adjustments to stage design, props, lighting, and costumes, especially costumes. “There are over 130 costumes, most of which

PHOTO CREDIT: Henry Joy & Jenny Pearsall

require alterations every year to fit different bodies,” said Raue. “We have, over time, designed an efficient system for fitting and altering, and we have an incredible team of behind-the-scenes people!” School of Ballet graduates, dance parents and siblings, and friends of CTAC all help bring The Nutcracker to life. The School of Ballet is now preparing for this year’s production of The Nutcracker, the second of which to take place at the Great Lakes Center for the Arts (GLCFA). “GLCFA is a lovely venue,” said Raue. “The backstage area is fantastic for us, plenty of dressing rooms and space. The dancers love having monitors in all the backstage rooms and hallways so they can stay connected to their fellow dancers onstage.” With this December marking the eleventh year of presenting the classic holiday ballet, it’s fun to reflect on where it all began. From changing locations and taking on a full-length production during the busiest time of year, to keeping the ballet fresh while still maintaining the original story’s integrity, the School of Ballet works diligently and passionately to continue presenting a quality production, complete with falling snow! We hope you join CTAC’s School of Ballet in celebrating the holiday season at Great Lakes Center for the Arts! Tickets for The Nutcracker are on sale now: // (231) 439-2610

Supported in part by Charlevoix County Community Foundation



Music School of

The CTAC School of Music offers a variety of music classes for kids and adults. School of Music offerings include beginning and intermediate strings and ukulele classes, two string orchestras, two jazz bands, a ukulele orchestra, and a rock band. 2019 Fall Session (12 Weeks): September 16 - December 13 2020 Winter/Spring Session (17 Weeks): January 13 - May 16, 2020

CTAC Garage Band ROCKtober Costume Bash Wednesday, October 30 • 6:00 PM Lower Carnegie Building

The CTAC Garage Band presents an early Halloween concert of classic and modern rock hits. The concert is free and open to the public. Costumes are encouraged, but not required.

Crooked Tree Community Orchestras Winter Concert Sunday, January 26, 2020 • 2:30 PM CTAC Theater

The Crooked Tree Community Orchestras present their annual Winter Concert, featuring the adult and children’s Intermediate Strings classes, the Crooked Tree Concert Orchestra, and the Crooked Tree Chamber Orchestra. The concert is free and open to the public.


 Crooked Tree Community Orchestras Spring Concert Sunday, May 17, 2020 • 2:30 PM CTAC Theater

The Crooked Tree Community Orchestras present their annual Spring Concert, featuring the Little Stars beginning strings class, adult and children’s Intermediate Strings classes, the Crooked Tree Concert Orchestra, and the Crooked Tree Chamber Orchestra. The concert is free and open to the public.

CTAC School of Music Collage Concert

Tuesday, May 19, 2020 • 6:00 PM CTAC Theater Students from CTAC’s School of Music perform in a year-end concert. The concert includes students from CTAC’s strings, ukulele, jazz, and rock classes. The concert will feature the School of Music students performing Pink Floyd’s iconic album The Dark Side of the Moon in full.

Saturdays are for creativity at CTAC! We worked with local artists to curate oneday workshops in a variety of media that will ignite and inspire creativity. No experience necessary, and all supplies are included. Please check the website for age requirements, times, and fees. •O  ctober 5: Vision Board Workshop with Christy Burich • October 19: Fall Printmaking Workshop with Amber Coulter • October 26: Watercolor Workshop with Sarah May • November 2: Journal Pages: Expand Your Writing with Art with Leslie Hamp • November 9: Botanical-Inspired Needle Punch with Gwen Perenchino • November 16: Holiday-Inspired Gelli Plate Printing

 Culinary Arts Series


Saturday Workshops Series

Tuesdays or Thursdays 6:00 - 8:00 PM

$50 CTAC Member/$65 Non-Member Our culinary arts series features local chefs and culinary luminaries. Participants will learn tips and techniques to recreate dishes at home. Be ready to eat, as classes culminate with a communal meal prepared during class and shared by all. Tuition includes a glass of wine!

Fall Series •O  ctober 8: The New York • October 10: Chef David Ogren • October 14: Charcuterie Boards with Kathy Drenth • October 17: Chandler’s - A Restaurant • October 22: Stafford’s Pier • October 29: Petoskey Cheese • November 5: Walloon Lake Inn

Winter Series

January 14 - March 5, 2020

 Open Studio

First Saturday of each month through June 2020 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM $5 suggested donation per person Artists of all ages can work in a fun studio atmosphere with abundant materials for exploration. Each visit is unique, as the studio will be set up with different projects and activities each week. Open Studio art projects are best suited for children ages 6 and older, teens, and adults. We’ll have a teaching artist on staff to help guide you through projects, but families are encouraged to work together. No reservation or sign up necessary! Drop-in anytime and stay as long as you like.

 Figure Drawing Open Studio

2nd & 4th Monday of every month 5:30 - 8:30 PM $15 per session (must pre-register) Artists of all skill levels are welcome to join our non-instructed, live model, open studio figure drawing sessions. CTAC will provide an unclothed model and a monitor/ timekeeper for each session. Easels, drawing boards, tables, and drawing horses will be made available for artist use. Artists must bring their own art materials, and be 18 years or older to register.


Barrel Back, Mim’s Mediterranean Grill, Up In Smoke, Paper Station Bistro, Crow’s Nest, and more! Winter class registration opens on December 2!



In the Galleries

 Original: Juried Exhibition of Contemporary Prints  The Floating World: Traditional Japanese Prints Through November 14 • Cornwell Gallery

The Floating World showcases traditional Japanese woodblock prints on loan from Purdue University's permanent collection. A select assortment of prints by significant Japanese artists of the Edo and Meiji periods, including Utagawa Hiroshige (1797–1858) and Katsushika Hokusai (1760–1849), will be on display. Through these historic works, the exhibit provides an introduction to printmaking and modern art.


CTAC inspires and enriches the communities we serve by providing access to quality art experiences and investing in artists. In addition to our educational programs, CTAC invests in artists by offering exhibit and professional development opportunities.

CALLS FOR ENTRY: Artists are invited to submit work for our open calls for entry. We are currently accepting entries for the Juried Photography Exhibition, our annual exhibit of photographic art, which takes place in Traverse City from April 4 - May 16, 2020. CTAC members are eligible for discounted entry fees. CTAC Artist Guild Members can enter all juried opportunities free of charge and may also submit to the Guild Member Salon Exhibition, which takes place in Petoskey from February 8 - March 28, 2020. PROPOSALS: Artists and curators are welcome to submit exhibition proposals to CTAC on an ongoing basis. Proposals are reviewed semiannually by a team of arts professionals. For more information, please visit us our CTAC Exhibition Proposals page online.


Through November 14 Carnegie Galleries

The origins of printmaking can be traced back several thousand years to early clay tablet transfers and rubbings. Over the centuries, printmaking processes have evolved. Today, printmakers use traditional and innovative printmaking processes. This juried exhibition opportunity features contemporary prints created by artists working across the U.S.

Nadia Daniels Moehle: Pop-Up in The Rotunda October 19-26 Carnegie Rotunda Gallery

Local artist and CTAC-TC instructor Nadia Daniels Moehle will have work from her year-long CognEYEzant project on display in the Rotunda.

YOUTH ART EXHIBITION February 1 - March 14, 2020 CTAC Galleries

Creative work by area youth will fill the walls of CTAC-TC for this annual exhibition. Paintings, drawings, sculptures, and more by K-12 students in the Grand Traverse region will be on display.

TR AVERSE CITY The second annual Paint Grand Traverse Plein Air Festival was once again a fun and successful weeklong event in Traverse City! 44 artists from across the country participated, creating 500 new works of art in the Grand Traverse Bay Area. Save the date for next year’s festival August 10-16, 2020!




Lectures • Workshops • Classes  Crooked Tree Art Fair Call opens: Monday, January 20, 2020

Applications for the 60th Annual Crooked Tree Art Fair are available through ZAPP (

Coffee @ Ten Lectures Tuesdays at 10:00 AM

 TC Area Camera Club Gallery Shop Takeover October 12 - November 16

 Merry Makers Marketplace

Friday, November 22 • 2:00 - 5:00 PM Saturday, November 23 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM The Merry Makers Marketplace is an annual exhibition of juried fine art and fine craft during the holiday season. CTAC will be transformed into a holiday shopping market with artists' booths, a festive spread of cookies, cocoa, and holiday cheer. 16

The work of Traverse City Area Camera Club members will be featured in The Shop.

Art & Craft Trails November 18, 2019 February 15, 2020

Sign up to be included in the 2020 Art & Craft Trails brochure and mobile app, Northern Michigan’s guild to art galleries, studios, and events!

October 22: Nadia Daniels Moehle, CognEYEzant Pop-Up Artist November 19: Merry Makers Marketplace Artisans Coffee generously sponsored by Higher Grounds Co.



Community Printmaking Day Saturday, October 12 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

A celebration of interactive printmaking with activities for the entire family. Experience our current printmaking exhibitions and join local artists for printmaking demos and activities. See website for more information.

 Drawing Workshop with Nadia Daniels Moehle Friday, October 18 • 6:00 - 8:30 PM $25 Member/$35 Non-Member With paper, pencil, and your own mind learn to capture the world around you. Through practice and observation, you’ll learn essential drawing skills like shading, drawing 3-D shapes, exploring values, and some helpful tips and tricks. This beginner's workshop will give you tools and confidence to begin, or refresh, your artistic journey. (No prior drawing experience necessary.)

 Botanical Watercolor Illustration - Evergreen Boughs November 12 & 13 • 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM $75 Member/$95 Non-Member Botanical artist Maia Hausler will teach students the basics of painting evergreens using watercolor. This class will cover everything from observational study to the art of adding (or leaving out) details, such as textures and needles. The goal is to have a finished work that is easily identifiable as the specific species participants are illustrating, while still retaining one’s individual artistic style.

 Introduction to Encaustic Monotype Printing November 2 & 3 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM

$160 Member/$180 Non-Member This workshop introduces students to the fundamentals of encaustic monotype: a printing process that uses a heated plate and pigmented wax to create one-of-a-kind prints on paper. Participants will learn everything they need to know to continue the exploration of this exciting process, including materials, resources, presentation of finished work, and safety and best practices.


Long History of Supporting the Arts

Gail & Hal

Hal and Gail Willens, retired cardiologist and nurse, supporters of the arts, and Crooked Tree Arts Center members, live on the sunset side of Pickerel Lake in Alanson, a quick hop away from Petoskey and the Arts Center. Back in 1986, they traded in the Metroplex lifestyle for small-town living, and the Willens have found that rural Northern Michigan easily meets their cultural and community needs. Hal was exposed to the arts at a young age. His mother took him to art galleries and symphony concerts while growing up, and he developed a strong interest in the performing arts. Gail’s interest came about as a young adult while she was attending nursing school in Manhattan. The nursing school received discounted tickets to concerts and performances in the city, which enabled the students to experience the thriving art scene - it was because of this opportunity that Gail fell in love



with music and dance. The Willens’ mutual love for the performing arts was a huge factor in their getting involved with CTAC.

When they first moved to Petoskey, Hal and Gail lived on East Mitchell Street, not far from the Arts Center. They also happened to find themselves living across the street from CTAC’s executive director at the time - Sean Ley - who encouraged them to both get involved with the arts organization. Hal served on the board of directors and the Performing Arts Committee, where he helped establish “Jazz in January.” Initially, the Performing Arts Series, which was then known as the Community Concerts Program, had a classically focused lineup. Noticing the small audiences, Hal realized that the community wanted more variety, thus “Jazz in January” was started and still occurs annually on the first weekend after New Year’s Eve. Hal was also instrumental in starting the Crooked Tree Photographic Society. The group, which counts amateur and

"CTAC was one of the first places that I saw great music and great musicians. I think back on it quite often; the outstanding concerts I attended there as a young musician and the Center's generosity to me over the years were key to establishing the ideals I chase today as a working musician: intimacy and excellence in performance, as well as kindness and generosity within the community. I'm quite lucky, I think, to know Crooked Tree."

- Andy Willens professional photographers among its members, continues to grow, offering creative camaraderie and continuing

education opportunities. Hal, a photographer, has also participated in many juried photography exhibitions, receiving honorable mentions, and third place in a CTAC Juried Photography Exhibition. “It was the first time I had ever submitted my creative work to a show, and that experience is what spurred me to continue pursuing fine art photography,” said Hal. Gail also volunteered her time to help with the Community Concerts Program, and since then she’s been on the board of directors, Culinary Arts and Education committees, and served as a docent for exhibition tours. Gail always enjoys participating in the school tours and projects, but her favorite tour ever was with a group from Independence Village. “It was a delightful experience with older patrons who are full of life experiences and don’t always get to stay in touch with the arts as they age,” said Gail. “They see things with a different perspective than the schoolage students. CTAC provides these kinds of opportunities for people to delve into creativity, regardless of skill level, ability, or age.” However, Gail’s first connection to CTAC was taking her children to classes at the Arts Center - it wasn’t just Hal and Gail who were involved with Crooked Tree. All four of their children have experienced and appreciate the arts. David, a doctor, attended concerts at CTAC and helped organize an art show for medical students while in medical school; Katy, a social worker, took pottery with David Otis and fell in love with the flute; Rickie, an elementary art teacher, took drawing with Neil Ahrens and has work in Michigan Now: Annual Juried Fine Arts Exhibition; and Andy, a full-time musician, helped organize a concert to raise money for CTAC music scholarships. The Arts Center has served the Willens and their family well, enabling them to build friendships, exercise their creativity, and give back to their community. “Crooked Tree is a gem for Petoskey,” said Hal. “This is a small town, and here, one person can make a difference and impact others.” Echoing Hal’s sentiment, Gail added, “Crooked Tree is all about community involvement and collaboration. It’s a great place for people who want to be involved with their community and give back. You can really be a part of the Arts Center - it’s a wonderful resource.”

“My parents' involvement in the arts has always been an inspiration to me. I'm now the Division Head of General Internal Medicine at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, MI. But as a medical student almost 15 years ago at Wayne State University, I realized how it was just as important to address both patient and clinician strengths and struggles as it was to apply science and technology. The arts and humanities were an outlet for this. During medical school I helped found a humanitiesin-medicine student group that still exists today. We wanted medical students to have an outlet for creativity, a crucial attribute for clinicians who need to solve complex medical puzzles. We held student art shows at local and national conferences. Students showed their art in a variety of mediums that demonstrated incredible talent and sensitivity to the human condition. Being exposed to the arts via my parents, who also worked as clinicians, was a major influence of my pursuit of creativity in medicine.”

- David Willens Looking ahead to the future of this resource and what it can do in the community, the Willens shared four hopes for the organization: continue reaching out to children and retired individuals who can benefit from the Arts Center; continue keeping the arts affordable and available; continue providing scholarships; and continue working with artists in the community. “CTAC is a welcoming, positive place that encourages people to raise the bar, grow, and take on things they wouldn’t have otherwise,” said Gail. With the continued efforts of the

“I have such fond memories of walking into the basement of the Arts Center for my pottery classes with Mr. Otis! I would arrive early just to listen to him practice playing his flute. I asked to meet his instructor, and ended up taking lessons with her for years. It was thanks to Mr. Otis that I started playing the flute! Last summer, I stopped by his studio and had the chance to introduce him to my daughter, who is an artist in her own right.”

- Katy Levinson

“There are so many memories attached to CTAC that helped shape me as an artist. I took glockenspiel lessons, painting and ceramics classes, and voice lessons in opera and jazz with Owen James. Today, when I walk those halls, I hear the jazz, opera, rock and roll, and classical sounds of artists practicing their craft. Crooked Tree Arts Center is, and has always been, a hub for creativity and a staple in many Petoskey families’ lives. Crooked Tree gave me the resources to explore all of the arts from a very young age and learn skills that I now teach students in my art classroom. Many roots have grown and strengthened at CTAC, which has supported its reputation as a home for creativity, expression, family, and the arts.”

- Rickie Willens Willens, Crooked Tree Arts Center will carry on as it has for almost fifty years - inspiring and enriching more lives through the arts.


Membership All lists, gifts & memberships reflect activity April 1, 2019 – July 31, 2019 Impressionism Society Members Richard and Susan Bingham Mrs. Adele Dilschneider Wally and Bob Klein Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Ryner

Rococo Society Members

Mrs. Gordon Bonfield Mr. and Mrs. Bill Crawford Julie Fasone Holder and John Holder Ann and Joseph Hollis Joseph and Karen Kimmell George and Susan Loesel Karen Miller Mrs. Joell and Mr. Francis Newton Robin and David Small Mr. and Mrs. Tom Stallkamp

Baroque Society Members

Ross and Brenda Biederman Ron and Jackie Cocquyt Mr. and Mrs. David Crouse William Daniels Mike and Cheryl Eberhart Mr. and Mrs. James C. Fabiano, Sr. Mrs. William A. Fisher, II Steven J. Fishman and Bonnie Josephson Mr. and Mrs. Mike Geiger Bill and Juliane Greenwalt Robert Harold and Nannie R. Turrell Mr. and Mrs. William Hodges Mr. and Mrs. Dave Irish Tom and Pat Jeffs Mr. and Mrs. Dan Johnkhoff Tim Kepford Mr. and Mrs. Paul Knapp Nancy C. Kohler Mr. and Mrs. David Kring Dr. and Mrs. Russell LaBeau Paul and Carol LaPorte Mr. and Mrs. Dan Ledingham Mr. and Mrs. Fred Malpass Mr. and Mrs. Webb Martin Mr. and Mrs. William T. McCormick, Jr. Karen Miller Chris and Liisa Morley Jim and Trish Murray Anna P. Nichols Dr. Naomi Overton Jim and Kathy Schroeder Dr. and Mrs. Robert Sheperd, Great Lakes Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, P.C. Mr. and Mrs. Jim Shrier Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Sinclair Virginia Speed Maureen and Byron Trerice Mr. and Mrs. Phil Trotter Mr. and Mrs. Michael Van Lokeren Robert and Michele Walker Kurt and Phoebe Wietzke Mr. and Mrs. David Wood Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Wright


Renaissance Society Members

Neil and Liz Ahrens Kristy and Ragnar Avery Jack and Susie Baker Mike and Chris Bartlett Mr. and Mrs. Tom Bickersteth Mr. and Mrs. Neil Bidwell Robert and Pamela Brooks Mr. and Mrs. David T. Buzzelli Patty and Joe Cappy Carole and Jim Carroll Mr. and Mrs. Charles Clark Mrs. Betty Davis Connie and David Donovan Mary Driggs Anna and Jason Dunn Marie and Mark Eckstein Chris Etienne and Dennis Lindeman Patrick Faylor and Cindy McSurely Jane D. Ferger, Jasam Foundation Elizabeth and John Fergus-Jean Mrs. Walter W. Fisher Joyce and Patrick Garrett Mr. and Mrs. Rodney C. Gibeau Louis Goldring Balky and Patricia Grannis Mr. and Mrs. Phillip T. Harrison Don and Kay Heise William L. and Elisabeth Hicklen Barbara and John Hoffman Thomas Horner Mr. and Mrs. Mike Isermann Joan and T. Michael Jackson Edie and Fred Kaufmann Mary and Bob Keedy Betsy and Geoff Keenan James and Marilyn Keller Kate Kelly and John Hurd Helga and Peter Kleinschmidt Dr. Deanna Klosinski and Mr. William Collins Mr. and Mrs. Russ Knopp Mr. and Mrs. Jim Kochensparger Mr. and Mrs. Roger E. Kromm Jos and Deborah Kurd Robert and Catherine Looby The Mainland Family Barbara Marshall Tim and Debbie McAndrew Jennifer and James Mesterharm Drs. Bill and Jane Millar Brian Murphy and Ida Vander Poorte Jay and Shawn Neff Sarah and Dan Opperman Ruth Petzold Mr. and Mrs. William Petzold Mr. and Mrs. Charles Randolph Nancy Salden Mr. and Mrs. John Sapiente Sharon Schappacher and Dan Anderson Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Selden Elaine Smiley Mr. and Mrs. Stafford Smith Mr. and Mrs. Michael Snyder Mr. and Mrs. William Soter Sally and Gilbert Stump Mr. Robert Swanson

Thomas and Carol Titcomb, St. Doris Foundation Jennifer Tobias and Tom McCracken Mr. and Mrs. Kent Walton Dr. and Mrs. Hal Willens

Artist Guild Members

Kristy Avery Ragnar Avery Kevin Barton Susan Bingham Sue Bowerman John R. Bradbury Kathryn Alford Brady Jo Carol Burgard Peter Byron Mrs. Peggy Clary Dr. Richard H. Clary Sarah Cohen Diane Curtis Lori Feldpausch Thomas E. Fisher Nan Frankland Steve Fritz Jeffrey Gaydos Raymond Gaynor Joan Gerigk Linda R. Goodpaster Diane Grand Ed Gray Mary Grosvenor Rita Harrington Pamela Hart Maia Hausler Connie Jason Jill Justin Judith Kalter Ruth Kitchen Gretchen Knoblock Rick Koehler Connie Landis Martha Landis Sheryl Langdon Daniel Lisuk Jeri Love Katie Lowran Michael Lyons Mary MacLellan-Koaches Tami Maisel Heidi Amenda Marshall Roger Matson Julia McGrath Sherry McNamara Nancy McRay Wendy McWhorter Mark Mehaffey Delbert Michel Loretta Miles Claud Mills Dorothy Mudget Joan Nelson Janet Oliver Raenette Palmer Stephen Palmer Ulrike Pirrung Barbara Reich Ann Robinson Janet Ryan Fran Santoro Karen Schaffenberger

Carolyn Schrock Robert Scudder Donna Silverman Michele Smith Pam Spicer Sheila Stafford Jan Stewart Julie Stoppel Ron Theisen Karen Baker Thumm Jennifer Tobias Kristy Tompkins Debra Van Leen Christine Williams Dr. Ian Wilson Onalee Wilson Natalia Wohletz Amanda Yin Michelle Tock York Theresa Youngman Mike Zureich

Memorials In Memory of: Evie Bakken From: Carol Vial

Gordon B. Bonfield, Jr. From: Linda Anderson, Kelli Cohen Fein and Martin Fein, Mr. and Mrs. David Crouse, Mrs. Field Emerson, William McMaster, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Nachtrab, Arlene and Marvin Nathan, Dr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Porter, Regina Rogers, Rita Simon, and Mr. and Mrs. Martin Sutter

Joseph L. Hickey, Jr. From: Nancy Beneicke, Clare and Matthew Colnon, Gregory and Diane English, Laura Host, George Hubbard and Bess Hickey, John L. King and family, Timothy Mayer, Mary Kay Mock, Nancy J. Sabatka, and Jayne and Frederick Smith, Jr.

B.J. Shawn From: Larry and Maureen Grady, Meagan Krzywosinski, and Micah and Martha Shawn


In Honor of: CTAC’s School of Ballet From: Mr. and Mrs. Larry Hipschen

Paul and Carol LaPorte From: Mr. and Mrs. Dan Jonkhoff

Kurt and Phoebe Wietzke From: Mary Whitlock

Welcome to Our New Members

Laura Adams Minnesota Ammerman Dan and Mary Pat Armistead John Baylor and Pama Heikes Mary and Larry Brade Kathy Branch Rachel Brege Ellie Brubaker Betty Cash and Peter Byron Michael Clasman Marjory Clay Daniel and Linda Cline Nancy Curran Sandy Daniel Karen Downing Catherine Ehrenberger Rachel and Matt Esckelson Erika Faust and Scott Smith Carol Fink Bethany and Raymond Fisher Thomas E. Fisher Marla Flynn Isla Gerard Ed Gray Debra Groesser Kloee Hacker Lexi Hacker Rita Harrington Mary Ann and William Harris Pamela and Robert Hart Maia Hausler Chloe and Lance Howe Finley Ingalls Harper Ingalls Beth and Frank Jamerson Connie Jason Jill Justin Katharine and Pete Kaynor Amy and Michael Kelbel Jean Kirchner Margaret Kirkby James Klein Sally LePla Becky Lester Kathy Letarte Jack Levy John D. Lien Susan Lio Daniel Lisuk Jeri Love Katie Lowran Robert and Norma Lyon Michael Lyons Heidi Marshall and Tom Bailey David Matrone and Coleen Durbin-Matrone Roger Matson Sheila and Dennis McAllister Rebecca and Jack McNaughton Mark Mehaffey Erin Metz Erica Miller Evelyn Miller Jasmine Miller Betsy and Stockton Miller-Jones Donna Nelson Alyssa Para Melissa Paterson Jennifer and Mark Patterson Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Pirrung Roberta Plant Patricia Power Christine Reese-Day and Robert Day Michael Rosteck Linda Roznoski John Scarbrough Kathleen Schacht Karen and Paul Schaffenberger Jill and Joseph Schodde Randy Searles

Lesa and John Seefeld Amber Seeley Robert Slotterback Brooke Snacker Carol Stringwell Kristy Tompkins Kathy Villalobos Barbara Wagner Linda Wallace Kristy Watson Kasey Weaver Charles Wilson Margaret Wilson Mr. and Mrs. Richard Wilson Natalia Wohletz Becki Woltman Michelle Tock York Kurt J. Zimmerle

And, Thank You to Our Renewing Members

Karen and Jerry Adams Mr. and Mrs. Bob Ainsworth Laurie Apling Mary Ann Archer Elizabeth Armbruster and William Killoran Kathy and Dan Babcock Sharon Bacon Randy Baidas and Will Reeves Kim Baker Roger and Peggy Baldwin Nancy and John Banks Christine Bart Mike and Chris Bartlett Kevin Barton Jennifer and Roger Bates Richard and Susan Bingham Jim and Kristan Beckering Hannah Begos Andrea Belisle Jan Bell Virginia Berberian Gordon and Lauren Berg Bob and Liz Bitterman Janifer Blanchard Robin and Jed Bloch Lori Bolt and Frank Hasseld Sue and Gary Bowerman John R. Bradbury Joyce Eaton Brady Kathryn Alford Brady Tara Brantly Polly and Tom Bredt Brenda and Allan Brouillet Mr. and Mrs. Steve Brown Grace Broz Rebecca Bulmann Jo Carol and William Burgard Debra and Michael Calabrese Ahlea Campbell Mr. and Mrs. Howard Canada Patty and Joe Cappy Mrs. Lena T. Carlile Roy Carlson Carole and Jim Carroll Bob and Linda Carter Linda and Dan CasaSanta Shannon F. Celarek Jennifer S. Chope Eileen and Michael Chrzanowksi Dr. and Mrs. Richard H. Clary Jennifer Cleary Robert Cleveland Mr. and Mrs. James Cloutier Ron and Jackie Cocquyt Howard and Pat Colthurst Christine and Richard Cook Charlotte W. Corbett Andrea Coronado Erin Cowan

Mrs. Sandra Bell Croll Mrs. Eliza M. Crowder Diane Curtis Greg Czarnecki and Sue Dempsey Mr. and Mrs. Charles Dakin Kay Daly Barbara Danly John and Judith Dawson Ms. Marydell S. Dilworth Lynn Dinning Charles Donaldson Kelly and Gary Dumas Linda Dunigan Joanne Durham Charles Edwards and Priscilla Meads Kathleen and Treavor Eimers Jennifer Eis Lillian Ellsworth Sally and Clark Elwood Phyllis and Jim Epps Mr. and Mrs. Steve Erber Mr. and Mrs. Lou Fantini Carrie and David Farley Patrick Faylor and Cindy McSurely Gary Fedus Jane D. Ferger Elizabeth and John Fergus-Jean Wendy Fershee Allison Fettig Rachel Fettig Heidi and David Finley Ira Fisher Linda Frank and Klaus Lehrer Nan Frankland Mary Grace Friesen Steve Fritz Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Froede Joan Funk Julie and Jerome Galante Linda Gardiner Joyce and Patrick Garrett Rita and Raymond Gaynor Rosemary Geist Ann George and Gary Marek Jack and Mary Gergel Joan and Lou Gerigk Dave and Ann Germond Sylvia Ghainer Dr. James and Christel Gibbons Louis Goldring Linda R. Goodpaster Caroline Gray Laura Gray Steve and Gayle Grice Constance and Charles Grzanka Renee and Adam Guerriero Marcia Haddox and Ken Buckwalter Amy and Matthias Hagen Carol and Steve Hapanowicz Mr. and Mrs. Hord Hardin Robert Harold and Nannie R. Turrell Dottie and Frank Hawthorne Bruce and Joyce Herbert William L. and Elisabeth Hicklen Caroline Hirth Thomas Horner Jennifer and Rusty Hughes Megan and Justin Hughes Mr. and Mrs. Mike Isermann Adrienne Osborne Ives T J and Erich Jackson Tom and Pat Jeffs Bridget Johnson Mr. and Mrs. Dan Jonkhoff Judith Kalter Robert Kammeraad Calvin Kemppainen and Patti Dimond Mr. and Mrs. Robert Kendrick Tresa Keys

Kimberly Kihnke and Daniel Laninga Susan and William F. Klco Helga and Peter Kleinschmidt Loretta G. Knight Mr. Bob Koaches and Mrs. Mary MacLellan-Koaches Kim Kolb and Tom Jaenicke Mr. and Mrs. Charles M. Konieczny Barbara Kopitz Paul Krecke Nicole and Scott LaDeur Amelia Lalewicz Suzanne and Steve Lamb Carol and John Land Connie Landis Martha Landis Sheryl Langdon Paul and Carol LaPorte Susan LaRose Cheri Leach Charles Leahy and Carolyn Candler John Lehman and Maureen Delaney-Lehman Betty Line Maria and Konstantin Livanos George and Susan Loesel Jennifer and Philip Loud Judy Loyd Sara and David Loyet Carl and Lori Luepnitz Lorraine Lund Judy, Lloyd and Kelly Lutz Tami Maisel Arianna Maldonado Mr. and Mrs. Fred Malpass James F. Malpass Marianna Manion Laurie and Terry Marrs Rose Martin Judy Martinez and Jim McHugh Karen and Dale Mazzoline Tim and Debbie McAndrew Julia McGrath and Delbert Mecum Rosemary and William McKennie Mr. Douglas McKenzie Carol and Michael McNally Sherry and Ed McNamara Nancy and Gary McRay Wendy and Thomas McWhorter Janet Merchant Carolyn Mergel Mary and John Merrill Rosemary A. Mertens Addie Meyer Isaac Meyer Kim and Sean Meyer Marcia and Kevin Meyer Delbert and Sally Michel Katherine Middleton Loretta Miles Faith G. Miller Wilhelmine and Victor Miller Claud Mills Jan Morrison Mary and Mike Mosey Dorothy and Bill Mudget Dr. and Mrs. Donald Muenk Ailinn Leigh Mullaney Jim and Trish Murray Fred Nelson Mrs. Harold Nelson Nikki and Scott Nemec Pamela and Edward Newcomb Anna P. Nichols Martha and Jim Nield Michael and Barbara Nigro Julia and Bill Norcross Therese and David Oeming Karin Offield


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Renewing Members Continued from previous page


All lists, gifts & memberships reflect activity April 1, 2019 – July 31, 2019

Janet and Kurt Oliver Dr. and Mrs. Stephen Palmer Marnie and Larry Parrott Alison Paton Joyce and David Petrakovitz Lee Phillips Dr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Porter Patricia and Mark Prendeville Nick Preneta Howard Proctor Mr. and Mrs. Max Putters Patricia Raven Christine Redman Barbara Reich Carrie and Jason Ricci Ken and Joan Richmond Mr. and Mrs. Dave Robinson Fred P. Rohe and Laura L. Sabat Hank and Carol Ross Pam and Dennis Roudi Kenneth Rudman Janet Ryan Mr. and Mrs. Philip Ryan Elizabeth Saal Carissa and Matt Schafer

Dr. and Mrs. Robert Schrock, Jr. Joanie Schumann Roberta Seeburger Donna Silverman Jay and Carol Slavsky Bruce and Donna Smith Carlin and Karen Smith Deborah and Solomon Smith Jay and Peggy Smith Judah Smith Michele Smith and Dennis Sheridan Randall J. Smith Mr. and Mrs. Scott Smith Mr. and Mrs. Stan L. Smith John S. Snyder Carol and Joe Spaulding Steven and Julie Spencer Pam and Steve Spicer Sheila Stafford Linda and Leo Stallman Mr. and Mrs. Kendall Stanley Mary and Charles Step Jan Stewart Karen Stewart Mr. Scott Stillings

Joel and Julie Stoppel Julie Stratton Mr. Thomas Streasick Sally and Gilbert Stump Jayden Tang Patty and David Tank Louise Taylor Mr. and Mrs. Thomas A. Teel Place Tegland Kristen and Jonathan Terry Becky Thatcher Ron and Velma Theisen Bill and Carol Thomas Susan Thomas Karen Baker Thumm Jennifer and Timothy Toohey Maureen and Byron Trerice Robert S. Troth Mr. and Mrs. Phil Trotter Laura J. Trudeau Paula W. Tuschman Penny Tyler Nancy and Joe Van Antwerp Debra Van Leen and Thrasos Eftaxiadis

Mr. and Mrs. Michael Van Lokeren Maggie and Paul Van Wagoner Laurin Varga Drs. Brad and Sherri Vazales Dr. and Mrs. Thomas J. Veryser Eva Walker Mr. and Mrs. Kent Walton Abigail Walz Sandra Watkins Kolleen Weinrich Lisa and Scott White Christine Williams Larry Willis and Robyn Ellis Donald and Catherine Wing Mr. and Mrs. CJ Winnell Glenn Wolff Chris Wrenn Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Wright Alexander Yoo Barbara Young Mr. and Mrs. David Young Theresa Youngman Lee Zajac

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. If you are not sure of your member standing, 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. A list of members and donors can always be found in our Annual Report online.


CTAC is pleased to offer this new membership level, designed for visual artists working in all media. The Artist Guild membership is $100 and may be paid in quarterly installments. Over $300 in services and membership perks are included!

Your Artist Guild Membership entitles you to:


• F  ree entry for all Crooked Tree Arts Center exhibition open calls

• M  ember rates on classes and workshops, tickets, and trips

• Y  our own page in our website’s artist directory

• G  ift shop discount during holiday season

• L  isting in the Art & Craft Trails mobile app

• Invitation to member-only openings and events

• D  iscounts on professional development events

• E  arly bird registration for classes and workshops

• E  ligibility to participate in the annual CTAC Artist Guild Member salon exhibition

• Annual listing in our newsletter

CTAC Staff Spotlight

Get to know the team behind “The Tree”!

CTAC Staff & Board of Directors STAFF: Elizabeth Ahrens PRESIDENT/EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR








CTAC Music Education Director



Madison Pionk FRONT DESK






BOARD: Heidi Geiger, CHAIRMAN Joe Kimmell, VICE CHAIRMAN Tony Ryner, TREASURER Elaine Smiley, SECRETARY

Hometown? Okemos, MI

Alma mater? Western Michigan University (Go Broncos!)

How long have you been working at CTAC? In the words of David Bowie, "Five years!"

What are your Crooked Tree responsibilities? I direct the CTAC School of Music and teach all music classes, covering strings, ukulele, jazz, and rock. I organize and direct 3-4 School of Music concerts a year at CTAC.

Thus far, what has been your favorite CTAC experience? The first CTAC School of Music Collage Concert was a big moment for me. We were able to put on a great concert featuring 120 musicians whose ages

ranged from 5 to 85, only three months into our new School of Music program. I knew then that CTAC had created something really special for the Northern Michigan community.

When you’re not working at “The Tree,” what are you up to? Spending quality family time with my wife Rebecca, my daughter Tabby, and my son Roger. Lately, I've been teaching my children how to bake.

One food you couldn’t live without? Cheeseburgers. I usually make my own.

And a personal or professional goal to share?

Ragnar Avery, Tom Bickersteth, Sue Bingham, Walt Byers, Carole Carroll, Marilyn Crawford, John Elwell, Steven J. Fishman, Rob Harold, Stephanie Jones, Bill Millar, Anne Morningstar, Jay Neff, Stephen Palmer, Jim Schroeder, Celia Sinclair, Robin Small, Virginia Speed, Tim Timmer, Jennifer Tobias, Nick Viox, 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


To continue to grow the CTAC School of Music and provide the community with as many musical learning opportunities as possible. I would also love to see one of our School of Music YouTube videos go viral.


Non-Profit Org. U.S. Postage PAID Permit No. 161 Petoskey, MI 49770

461 East Mitchell Street Petoskey, MI 49770

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January 20 February 17 March 16 CTAC Theater 4:30 PM Venture out on select wintry afternoons for screenings of

ART & DESIGN FILMS! Free & open to the public! Complimentary popcorn & refreshments!

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Crooked Tree Arts Center Fall 2019 Newsletter  

Crooked Tree Arts Center Fall 2019 Newsletter