Crooked Tree Arts Center Fall 2021 Newsletter

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UPCOMING EVENTS eddi Awards Holiday Bazaar Merry Marketplace CTAC Staff Spotlight: Guest Experience Associate Kate Wagner and Program Assistant Elinore Dake

LEARN MORE ABOUT Members Neil & Marsha Bidwell • Instructors Kim Meyer & Sherry McNamara Pre-Professional dancer Nancy Hohlbein • Guest choreographer Peter Sparling Paul Keller AT SUNDOWN Quintet featuring Sarah D'Angelo

I have some wonderful news to share with you… Thanks to you, we spent this summer creating something special with artists, members, our community, and of course—you! You sang and danced with us at more than 20 live music performances. You celebrated our birthday with a bang at CTAC's 50th Anniversary Fireworks Show—did you spot our 10-foot-tall birthday cake coming down Mitchell Street in the parade? It was quite the spectacle, and the float was hand-built by our volunteers and staff. You shopped at the Crooked Tree Art Fair—I hope you found a painting, pottery, jewelry, or other work of art to cherish at the 100 artist booths. You celebrated with us at Dart for Art, CTAC's annual fundraising event, raising vital funds for arts programming. And you purchased a record number of paintings at Paint Grand Traverse! You attended visual arts, music, and dance classes with your neighbors. And you joined us every Saturday at our free Open Studio art program.

On top of it all, you helped the CTAC School of Ballet open a brand new 4,000-square-foot dance studio in downtown Petoskey! If you haven't seen it yet, I'd love to give you a private tour.

CTAC Staff & Board of Directors

It's hard to believe we squeezed this much creativity and communitybuilding into one summer, isn't it? But it was all possible...because of you!

Megan Kelto

Now that fall has arrived, we’re busy planning exciting new programs and many of your old favorites too— including Swirl, eddi Awards, and New Year’s Eve at the Arts Center. As a member of our CTAC family, I invite you to stay connected with us on Facebook and Instagram. Of course, if social media isn't your thing, you can always check the latest updates on our website or visit us at the front desk. In the meantime, I look forward to seeing you in the galleries, at a virtual lecture, in a class, or at a special event. Thanks again for being a friend of the arts. With gratitude, Megan DeWindt CTAC President P.S. I know many worthy charities ask for your help. Please know how honored and grateful we are that you've chosen to join hands with us to build a creative, inspired, and engaged community through the arts!











Alissa Seelmann-Rutkofske PROGRAM ASSISTANT




BOARD: Joe Kimmell, CHAIR Elaine Smiley, VICE CHAIR Ragnar Avery, TREASURER Anne Morningstar, SECRETARY Sue Bingham, Ed Boyer, Michelle Boyer, Carole Carroll, John Elwell, Steven J. Fishman, Rob Harold, Bill Millar, Stephen Palmer, Jim Schroeder, Celia Sinclair, 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

CTAC-Traverse City

NEWSLETTER EDITOR: Alexandra Dailey, Writing Dailey

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

ON THE COVER: Tree of Life, Stella Kay, Kindred: Traditional Arts of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians 2

CTAC Staff Spotlights

Get to know the team behind “The Tree”! Who is your favorite artist? Artemisia Gentileschi! I learned about her in a class about medieval women’s history in school, and I’ve been in love with her work since.

Favorite thing about our Northern Michigan community?

KATE WAGNER Guest Experience Associate

Hometown? I’m originally from Fenton, MI, but moved to Boyne City in November of 2020.

How long have you been working at CTAC? Since May of 2021.

What are your Crooked Tree responsibilities? I work at the front desk and am the first point of contact for CTAC! I have to be a little bit of everything for this job— cashier, historian, greeter, troubleshooter, researcher, and even graphic designer (I designed the flyers for Concerts in the Park this summer!).

Thus far, what has been your favorite CTAC experience? There is a grand piano on our stage that we keep in good condition, but it sits unused most of the time. Two separate individuals have come in and asked to play it; the impromptu concerts were incredibly lovely and a little lonely because of the empty theater. Those two instances have been a reminder that messy, unplanned art with no audience is still worth everything and that unplanned music can make someone’s entire week.

When you’re not working at “The Tree,” what are you up to? Reading, going to the gym, being the taste-tester for my brother’s culinary experiments, or sympathizing with Sisyphus as I unpack a box only to find yet another one to take its place—my family is still getting our new house together!

I love Northern Michigan winters! Maybe not driving through them, but I always find falling or freshly-fallen snow very peaceful. Also, nothing beats drinking a Roast & Toast hot chocolate while holiday shopping in downtown Petoskey or ice skating and sledding at Avalanche Mountain in Boyne City.

Book you recently read? Ink Knows No Borders, a collection of poems by poets from all over the world who share their experiences as first- and second-generation immigrants and refugees. It’s an important and perspective-changing read, and I highly recommend it.

event itself was very successful. The art fair was my first large project at Crooked Tree, and I am proud of how well it came together.

When you’re not working at “The Tree,” what are you up to? I spend time with my one-and-a-half-yearold son Arthur and my husband. We like to get out and about town as much as we can safely.

Who is your favorite artist? I don’t really have a favorite artist. I enjoy a lot of different genres and styles. One of my favorite places to see art was in Cuenca, Spain, at the Museo De Arte Abstracto Espanol.

Favorite thing about our Northern Michigan community?

Personal or professional goal?

I come from the big city, and I love the small-town community feel here. I also love having easy access to amazing beaches, hiking trails, and beautiful scenery. The “traffic” here is also pretty minimal compared to Denver.

This one will take me a while, but I’m going to be able to bench press 250 lbs! I want to get a lot stronger than I am now.

Before joining the team at CTAC, what were you doing?

ELINORE DAKE Program Assistant

Hometown? Denver, Colorado

How long have you been working at CTAC?

I spent the last ten years working at Interlochen Center for the Arts as a scenic designer and scenic artist. I painted every show that went through the scene shop during the academy and designed over 40 productions for theater and dance.

Fun fact about you? I love to read science fiction books when I find the odd hour to myself.

Since June 10th, 2021.

What are your Crooked Tree responsibilities? I find myself working on all sorts of things. For example, I helped organize the art fair and prepped the gallery spaces for PGT. I look forward to updating the gallery shop, installing the next exhibitions, and organizing the Merry Marketplace.

Thus far, what has been your favorite CTAC experience? The summer art fair was a great experience. It was well organized, and the 3

On July 14 & 15, we welcomed nearly 900 guests to Bay Harbor for Dart for Art. Event Chairs, CTAC Board Member Stephanie Jones and Bay Harbor resident Amy Cox—along with featured artist Heidi A. Marshall, committee members, volunteers, and staff— helped create an unforgettable evening in support of arts education in Northern Michigan. With the Bay Harbor Marina providing a stunning backdrop to the evening’s festivities, guests enjoyed a fabulous


dining experience with award-winning chef Daniel Rutkowski, tested their luck with a wine & spirits pull, and bid on exciting silent and live auction items donated by area businesses. More than just a fun party, Dart for Art raised vital funds to support CTAC programs. A special thank you to the more than 150 artists who donated original works of art—everything from paintings, photography, sculpture, pottery, jewelry, and more. We would also like to extend a heartfelt “thank you” for the generous support of our sponsors, donors,

ticket purchasers, and volunteers! YOU helped sustain dance, music, and visual arts education in your community— thank you! Save the date for Dart for Art 2022, tentatively scheduled for July 13 & 14!

Photo Credit: Alex Childress Photo


Photo Credit: Alex Kippe

Scan here to see all of the awardwinning pieces and stay up to date on PGT 2022 news!

This past August, Crooked Tree Arts Center presented the fourth annual Paint Grand Traverse event. Paint Grand Traverse (PGT) is a week-long plein air painting festival and competition featuring artists from across the country and the scenic beauty of the Grand Traverse region. From August 9 – 15, 40 talented artists from near and far created nearly 300 paintings depicting scenes from Traverse City, Leelanau, and Old Mission Peninsula. The week concluded with the sold-out Collectors Gala & Benefit, with ticket holders among the first to enjoy and shop the collection of artwork. Artists took home cash and awards valued at over $15,000, and PGT 2021 had record-breaking art sales.

During PGT week, the featured artists displayed not only their talent and artistry but also their endurance and flexibility. The weather was somewhat challenging, with high temperatures and humidity and the occasional severe thunderstorm and power outage. Fortunately, clearer skies prevailed by week’s end, and we had a pictureperfect sunset paint out at Traverse City’s Open Space (pictured below). The week also included two sold-out plein air painting classes for “fearless firsttimers,” a workshop with awards juror Valerie Craig, free live painting demos, a quick paint competition, and the PintSized Paint Out for Kids. The week of events was followed by a three-week gallery exhibition and online sales. Planning for PGT 2022 is already underway, and we’re looking forward to a great fifth year! Visit to keep up on the latest PGT news.




his fall, CTAC’s exhibits relate to the theme of “Recognize.” Residual impacts of the pandemic and the turmoil of political and social divides have caused many of us to stop and reflect on our lives and the world around us. With that in mind, the current exhibits serve as a reminder to pause, listen, and see the diverse, complicated elements that make us who we are as individuals and as a people. Although art may not solve all of our problems, it can be a way to work through our challenges and questions by encouraging us to see the world from new perspectives. In early 2022, our focus will be on “Community.” We will celebrate CTAC member artists in our Guild Member Salon Show with a complementary exhibit featuring the Traverse Area Camera Club in our Traverse City galleries and host two juried all-media exhibits in Petoskey. Our exhibits will be complemented by guided gallery tours and complimentary lectures, artist demos, and events. With that, CTAC still navigates the pandemic with sensitivity, maintaining reduced class and event sizes to ensure physical distancing and continuing with virtual offerings for all as we move back indoors and spread out across the nation.

Kindred: Traditional Arts of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians

Through November 27 Gilbert & Bonfield Galleries, Petoskey Historical and contemporary examples of Odawa arts and crafts will be on display, including quill boxes, beadwork, regalia, basketry, and ceramics. Through these finely crafted objects, thematic threads are woven together to explore the economic drivers, environmental factors, and challenges inherent in sustaining tradition, creative practice, and identity. This exhibition was curated by Eric Hemenway and Liz Erlewine. This exhibit was made possible thanks to support from Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, Michigan Humanities Council, Odawa Casino, Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, Women Who Care, and Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation.


Guest Artist: Yvonne Walker Keshick

Thursday, November 11, 10 AM – 5 PM Gilbert Gallery, Petoskey Quill artist Yvonne Walker Keshick will be working all day in the CTAC galleries. Learn about the materials and methods used to create traditional Anishinaabe quill boxes.

Through Our Eyes Through November 27 Atrium Gallery, Petoskey

Each year, CTAC hosts an exhibition by the Crooked Tree Painters Studio. This welcoming and creative group of artists meets weekly at the Arts Center to paint and grow together as artists. This year’s exhibition will feature up to three works by each of the participating artists.



C h r i s t i e ’ s I n t e r n at i o n a l R e a l E s tat e

CTAC Visual Arts Presenting Sponsor CTAC loves collaborating with local businesses, groups, and organizations to promote the arts in our Northern Michigan community! One of the many ways of collaborating is through the Visual Arts Presenter sponsorship, which supports visual arts exhibitions and associated programming. CTAC's current Visual Arts Presenting Sponsor in Petoskey is North Harbor Christie's International Real Estate. Their welcoming and professional staff share similar passions—loving the community they live in and supporting the arts! "The arts are important to us because of the wonderful collaboration of Christie's International Real Estate and Christie's Auction House," said Claire Hoaglund, Office Manager. "Christie's International Real Estate is the only real estate company to be wholly owned by a fine art auction house." As the world's leading art auction house, Christie's has conducted the greatest and most celebrated auctions throughout the centuries. Along with their affiliate network, North Harbor Christie's

International Real Estate's mission is to blend the worlds of art and real estate, hence their generous sponsorship with CTAC. "Our goal is to bring the connection of art and real estate to a local level," said Claire. "We want to celebrate and support our fine local artists and cherish the place we live!" When you visit their Petoskey office, you'll find a rotating exhibit of local and regional artists' work on display, facilitated by CTAC. Recently featured artists have included Traverse City painter Justin Shull and Harbor Springs photographer Raymond Gaynor. "We love being a part of the art scene in Northern Michigan," commented Hoaglund. Visual Arts Presenting Sponsor through June 2022, North Harbor Christie's International Real Estate is currently enjoying Kindred: Traditional Arts of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians and is looking forward to the upcoming winter exhibits and hosting their own event at CTAC in accordance with their sponsorship. "Here at North Harbor Christie's International Real Estate, we understand how important it is to be involved in the community you reside in," added Hoaglund. "We are excited

to share such a wonderful partnership with CTAC and can't wait to see where the future takes us." For more information about CTAC sponsorships, please visit And to learn more about North Harbor Christie's International Real Estate, check out


January 15 – March 3, 2022 Bonfield Gallery, Petoskey This is Home is a juried exhibition featuring original works of art that explore the concept of home. This exhibition opportunity is open to U.S. artists working in all media.

Open Doors

January 15 – March 3, 2022 Gilbert Gallery, Petoskey Curated from an open call to artists working across the U.S., this exhibition reflects on the concept of “Open Doors.” Open doors can be seen as opportunities, new beginnings, but they also suggest a degree of vulnerability.






If you’re up-to-date on the local pottery scene, then you’ve probably heard the name Kim Meyer of Kimberly Meyer Pottery, a thriving online pottery business with a healthy following. A Northern Michigan enthusiast, donating Dart for Art artist, and creator of the custom mugs for Beards Brewery’s Mug Club, Kim is a potter who keeps her sculpting hands busy day in and day out.

Originally from Rochester, Michigan, Kim first fell in love with pottery as a high school student, spending every available class period in the ceramics room under expert guidance. Since then, the roles have reversed: Kim, ever the student learning and perfecting her techniques, is now offering instruction in the CTAC Pottery Studio. For more than 20 years, Kim has enjoyed the offerings of CTAC and has been a Northern Michigan Clay Club member since 2016. And this spring, she took the reins from long-time pottery instructor Jim Beckering and began overseeing the adult pottery program. “I have so much respect for Jim and all he has done for the Northern Michigan Clay Club and the pottery program at CTAC,” said Meyer. “He has been key in the success of both—I have stepped into some pretty big shoes!” This season, Kim is teaching a handful of pottery offerings, including Adult Pottery for beginner and intermediate students, workshops on sgraffito techniques and bubble glazing for all skill levels, and she’ll facilitate the Clay Club, too, for advanced potters.


As an instructor, Kim enjoys helping people and encouraging them to keep improving, and she also loves celebrating their success. “Teaching pottery is a very rewarding experience,” she said. “I love how each student has their own style that becomes apparent as they progress.” But, what Kim loves most, is watching the artistic growth of her community. “I love my community—the overwhelming support and patronage I have received have really encouraged me in my artistic endeavors! And now, as a teacher, I have an even deeper appreciation for this town, as I am getting to help my community foster their inner artists!” As a CTAC pottery instructor, Kim has the pleasure of working with potters of all skill levels and creative styles, and she’ll be able to share her knowledge and experience. “I look forward to every class and am excited to see what the future has in store at CTAC!” Meyer added. To learn more about CTAC’s pottery offerings, visit And for more information about Kim and her work, check out


Get ready—CTAC is rolling out a new program to better serve Northern Michigan’s aspiring young creatives! CTAC’s new School of Art for teens will focus on establishing a core understanding of art and design foundations, experimenting with a variety of art media and processes, and developing a strong portfolio of work. In addition, through studio coursework featuring guest critiques, lectures, and virtual college tours, students will learn more about the wide range of studies and professional opportunities that are possible in art and design.

Visual Arts Director. “The hope is that this program can fill gaps as needed.” Young artists searching for initial guidance and those looking to develop existing portfolios alike will benefit from participating in CTAC’s School of Art. An academic-year program, running fall through spring, School of Art classes are scheduled to begin with in-person and virtual components this school year. With

a new lead instructor and supplemental guest instructors from all over joining the program, students can expect various styles, perspectives, and valuable critiques during their experience. “We’re excited to start CTAC’s School of Art,” added Erlewine. “This program will reach a new audience and will inspire and support Northern Michigan’s young artists.”

“Petoskey and other towns are fortunate to have outstanding art teachers and art programs, and yet some schools in our region do not have any art education programs at all,” said Liz Erlewine, CTAC

CTAC Culinary Classes We’re working on a lineup of fabulous area chefs to teach you how to create mouth-watering, gourmet meals in the CTAC catering kitchen! Limited to eight guests per class, these culinary demos include wine, a familystyle meal, and recipes to try at home. All your favorite chefs will be returning, with a few new ones, too! Registration is $55 for CTAC members, $65 for non-members. Classes fill quickly; check for the class schedule.



and Rebecca Fitton to discuss her progress prior to the dancers collaborating in person. “Nancy is a curious, thoughtful young human, eager to engage in conversations about her technical ballet-based skills and her compositional and improvisational interest,” said Donegan. “It is quite rare to find a young person studying this way at a studio. CTAC School of Ballet is setting up their dancers to be curious and rigorous movement investigators.” With guidance from all three creative minds, Nancy spent the entire summer creating one dance. “This experience opened my eyes to a new world of taking time to develop movement and develop a thought process to use while moving and creating my screendance,” said Hohlbein. “I’m excited to try more exploration within my choreographic process in the future,” she added.

School of


A SUMMER OF COLLABORATION AT THE CROFT Summer intensive programs and residencies are a vastly important aspect of a dancer’s education. Each winter, CTAC School of Ballet students audition for such opportunities, and this summer, 16-year-old Nancy Hohlbein was selected to spend time at The Croft as the non-profit’s 2021 Scion Resident. Founded in 2018 by former CTAC School of Ballet participant Benjamin Cheney, The Croft is a nature-based residency for movement-based artists to develop new work, hone and rework developing projects, and draw inspiration from the surrounding nature. For her residency, Nancy chose to


analyze a special theme with guidance from several mentors and performers. “Over the summer, I explored dreams through dance,” said Hohlbein. “Almost every week, I went to The Croft for a few hours to explore in the open air on the dance deck.” As dancers, Nancy and Benjamin exchanged scores—sets of directions explaining how to explore something—about a variety of topics: the dream-like state, movement, composition, consciousness, joints, ligaments, etc. By collaborating and exchanging these scores, Nancy was able to choreograph her end project—a screendance. Throughout the summer, and leading up to the filming of her screendance, Nancy also had weekly Zoom meetings with her mentors Mauriah Donegan

During her residency experience, Nancy learned from and collaborated with other artists to assist her growth as an individual and a dancer, further proving the great importance of collaboration within the artistic and local communities. “I believe that collaboration is where magic happens. It is one of the main reasons I love dance and run a residency to cultivate creations in the art form,” said Cheney. “Collaborations between local organizations are so important, as they can breed trust and allow us to dream bigger. I hope to continue finding ways to collaborate and connect with CTAC and the School of Ballet.” To keep up with Nancy and the rest of the School of Ballet dancers, check out the Crooked Tree Arts Center School of Ballet Facebook page, and to learn more about The Croft, visit


 Fall for Bach

Fall for Bach

Earlier this summer, CTAC School of Ballet students had the unique opportunity to work with Peter Sparling, Professor Emeritus of Dance at University of Michigan, renowned dancer/choreographer, and video artist, during a weeklong residency leading up to their November 14 production, Fall for Bach. Peter is well-acquainted with the Little Traverse Bay Area, as he spent his childhood summers at Bay View, where he took his first dance and music lessons. Peter continues to come north for off-season retreats and family reunions, and it was years ago, during one of his visits, that he first discovered the CTAC School of Ballet.

“When I learned of the dance school, I wandered in out of curiosity and introduced myself,” recalled Sparling. “It was then that I met Heather Raue, the school’s founder and artistic director, and we’ve kept in contact ever since. I quickly became very impressed with her vision, determination, and the quality of her students.” Throughout their friendship, Peter would send Heather screendances—videos of dance filmed and edited especially for the screen. A rapidly developing hybrid form of dance, Peter has been teaching the art of screendance at University of Michigan for 20 years. A leading expert in the field, as well as a former member

Sunday, November 14 – 6 PM Tickets: $30 Adult / $10 Student Harbor Springs Performing Arts Center Peter Sparling is Rudolf Arnheim Distinguished University Professor Emeritus of Dance at University of Michigan. A graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy and The Juilliard School, Sparling danced with the companies of José Limón and Martha Graham and directed Peter Sparling Dance Company. His videos have been screened globally, including festivals in New York City, Lisbon, and Paris. He is a published poet/essayist and has shown his paintings in three solo exhibits.

of the José Limón Dance Company and the Martha Graham Dance Company, Peter was brought in by Heather as a guide to help create the successful screendance production of The Nutcracker during the 2020 pandemic, and now, he’s returned for further collaboration. “This past July, I shared with Heather my idea to transpose onto her dancers a set of dances I’d improvised and filmed myself to J.S. Bach’s extraordinary solo piano work, the Goldberg Variations,” said Sparling. “We chose seven of the variations that 14 young dancers could learn via video and the in-person residency to create the Goldberg Suite.” During their week together, Peter, Heather, and the students defined and refined each part of the variations and assembled them into quartets, duets, solos, and large ensembles. The world premiere of Goldberg Suite will take place at the Harbor Springs Performing Arts Center next month during Fall for Bach. In addition, live and screened original works by School of Ballet dancers will be showcased to continue the new tradition of screendance at CTAC.

Photo Credit: Jenny Pearsall

 Sugar Plum Fairy Tea Sunday, November 21 – 1 PM Stafford’s Perry Hotel

Enjoy traditional tea service with the principal dancers of CTAC School of Ballet’s The Nutcracker. Your reservation also includes tickets to The Nutcracker performance of your choice. Tickets start at $75 for a “Tea for Two” reservation.

 The Nutcracker

Saturday, December 11 – 3 & 7 PM Sunday, December 12 – 3 PM Great Lakes Center for the Arts

“I am excited to be working with Peter, and I know our students are enthusiastic about this opportunity to work with a genuine legend of the dance world,” said Heather Raue. “Peter and I have already begun planning for our next collaboration, so stay tuned!”

Photo Credit: Dave Harrell





Join us in celebration at the eddi Awards on Tuesday, November 16, from 7 – 9 PM! Named for the late eddi Offield—CTAC founding member, accomplished artist, and generous benefactor and advocate for the arts in Northern Michigan—the eddi Awards honor local individuals and organizations that work to keep the arts thriving in Northern Michigan. The evening event includes a cocktail reception and an awards ceremony in the theater, followed by desserts and coffee. Tickets are $25, and all past winners are invited to attend the eddi Awards as complimentary guests of CTAC. Know someone who fits the bill? Nominations can be submitted online on CTAC’s website. Deadline for nominations is October 31. A complete list of past winners is available online. Categories include Visual Artist, Performing Artist, Arts and Cultural Organization, Arts in Education, Arts and Cultural Leadership, Individual Patron, Benefactor, Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Young Artist Award.


Dec 9 – 23, 10 AM – 5 PM

VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION PARTY Wednesday, November 17, 11 AM Save the date! CTAC relies on the generous support of volunteers to make it all happen. Our volunteers lead docent tours, assist with art classes, serve as greeters, hang exhibitions, help at our front desk, and more. We truly couldn’t do it without you. That’s why, every year, we invite our volunteers for a luncheon at CTAC, where we celebrate YOU! Invitations will be sent out soon. See you there!

This holiday shopping season, CTACPetoskey will host the 2021 Holiday Bazaar, a two-week event showcasing an exhibition of original art available for purchase. After a juried call, the CTAC Visual Arts department curated a wide array of artwork that will be on display in the galleries and viewable on CTAC’s website. Alissa Seelmann-Rutkofske, CTAC Program Assistant, is spearheading the return of the revamped holiday event: “My goal with this event is to give artists an opportunity to connect with a larger audience and provide our community with a one-of-a-kind shopping experience.” The Holiday Bazaar will include as many regional artists and makers as possible, with CTAC handling all artwork and transactions—in-person and online. “All different types of art will be represented,” said SeelmannRutkofske. “We want to ensure that there is a great variety of works and prices, so all our patrons have the opportunity to support regional artists.” Accepted artists’ work will be dropped off the week after Thanksgiving, with the Holiday Bazaar running from December 9 – 23 during regular business hours. “I am excited to broaden CTAC’s artist networks and to give our constituents a unique holiday shopping experience,” noted Seelmann-Rutkofske. “I hope the Holiday Bazaar will bring special, handcrafted pieces to many homes and give regional artists a platform to showcase their work.”


For more information about the 2021 Holiday Bazaar, visit

NEW YEAR'S EVE AT THE ARTS CENTER Friday, December 31 – 5 PM • $10 Adults / $5 Students • (Under 2 free) Join us for the fun-for-all-ages New Year’s Eve at the Arts Center! Ring in 2022 with a festive lineup of entertainment, refreshments, and creative activities! Musical performances, arts and crafts, pottery, balloon tying, magic shows, and a pizza buffet are just some of the highlights on the schedule. Special activities and opportunities are scheduled across the street at the Petoskey District Library, too! The evening’s festivities conclude with the “Midnight at 9,” Times Squarestyle 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 on sale starting December 1 at CTAC, the library, and online at This event is in partnership with the Petoskey District Library.




This fall, Paul Keller is returning to CTAC as part of the 2021–22 Performing Arts Series to present a spirited and entertaining evening of music with the Paul Keller AT SUNDOWN Quintet, featuring Sarah D'Angelo on Friday, November 5. Paul Keller, the "House Bassist for the State of Michigan," has participated in at least a dozen jazz events at CTAC over the years, with various artists including Ray Kamalay, Dave Bennett, and Mr. B. He even brought his 15-piece Paul Keller Orchestra to CTAC's stage one year! "It's been quite some time, maybe six years, since my last performance at Crooked Tree," said Keller. "I am delighted to return to one of my favorite venues in Michigan and to show off my Paul Keller AT SUNDOWN Quintet, of which I'm very proud."


The Paul Keller AT SUNDOWN Quintet is comprised of bassist, bandleader, composer, arranger, and educator, Paul Keller himself; one of Michigan's most skilled and adored jazz singers, vocalist and clarinetist, Sarah D'Angelo; vibraphonist and retired music educator of the Ann Arbor area, Cary Kocher; one of Michigan's most accomplished and thoughtful jazz guitarists, Ralph Tope; and the keeneared and musically witty pianist, Adam Mosley. Cary Kocher and Paul Keller have been performing together since their high school days, 40 years ago. Sarah D'Angelo joined the group about nine years ago, and they've played on and off with Ralph for over a decade. And their newest member, Adam Mosley, rounded out the quintet two years ago. "The group you will hear at Crooked Tree has only been an official group for about one year, even though there are over 60 years of musical collaboration

between all of us," said Keller. With great excitement, the five musicians look forward to performing at Crooked Tree Arts Center in just a few weeks. "CTAC is a rare Michigan treasure that values good music and supports Michigan performing artists like ourselves," added Keller. "We are grateful to CTAC for inviting us back to perform in one of Michigan's most beautiful towns for a music-loving community!" The Paul Keller AT SUNDOWN Quintet will showcase songs from the Great American Songbook along with works by George Shearing, Nat King Cole, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, and Frank Sinatra, providing you with their happy brand of singing and swinging during next month's Performing Arts Series event! For more information and to purchase tickets to the 2021–22 Performing Arts Series events, visit



ARTS SERIES Unless otherwise noted, all shows take place at CTAC with ticket pricing as follows:

$25 Members / $35 Non-Members / $10 Students

 Paul Keller AT SUNDOWN Quintet featuring Sarah D’Angelo Friday, November 5 – 7:30 PM

 The Nutcracker

Saturday, December 11 – 3 & 7 PM & Sunday, December 12 – 3 PM Great Lakes Center for the Arts Enchant your holiday season with CTAC School of Ballet’s presentation of Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker. With all original choreography, this beautifully dynamic show has become a Northern Michigan tradition. A portion of the proceeds benefits the CTAC Dance Scholarship Fund.

Tickets: Matinee: $30 Adults / $5 Students Evening: $35 Adults / $10 Student $50 Box Seating as available Photo Credit: Dave Harrell

 Third Coast Swing

Saturday, January 8, 2022 – 7:30 PM Third Coast Swing is heavily influenced by the music of the late Belgium born Romani Gypsy, Django Reinhardt, and his band, The Hot Club of Paris 1930s–1940s. Django’s music is steeped in the tradition of a rich culture from Europe and blended with Swing era jazz. Third Coast Swing specializes in Gypsy Swing, Gypsy Bossa, Bolero, French Musette & more. Think Louis Armstrong with a French accent.

 Western Brass Quintet

Saturday, February 12, 2022 – 7:30 PM Founded in 1966, the Western Brass Quintet is one of the oldest and most distinguished brass chamber music ensembles still active in the United States today. The Quintet is a resident faculty ensemble in the School of Music at Western Michigan University and has entertained national and international audiences with cutting-edge, virtuosic repertoire for over four decades.

 Song of the Lakes

Saturday, March 5, 2022 – 7:30 PM For three generations, Song of the Lakes has traveled to every corner of Michigan as musical ambassadors of the Great Lakes. Their range has widened enormously in the 30+-year span the band has been together. They’ve delved into acoustic rock, Latin, jazz, and what they call Great Lakes World Music. Their high-energy shows blend hilarious audience participation with heart-warming ballads for an evening of foot-stomping fun, a proven favorite for audiences of all ages. 15



 Foreword

 Lustron Stories

Illinois-based artist Patrick Earl Hammie uses figuration across traditional media to examine past and present black diasporic experiences and think-through themes related to cultural identity, social equity, narrative, and the body in visual culture. Through portraits and allegories, Hammie explores the complexities of identity, emotion, and family by layering existing histories with new narratives and navigating the tensions between feeling and knowledge, power and violence, and vulnerability and tenderness.

The subject of the “Great American Dream” is explored through photographer Charles Mintz’s series, Lustron Stories. Lustron Corporation manufactured porcelain-baked, enamelcoated, all-steel houses between 1948 and 1950 in Columbus, Ohio. The kit homes were shipped to site and assembled by local contractors. Many of the homes are still in use today. This project set out to discover who lives in these homes now.

Through November 13 Carnegie Galleries, TC

Through November 13 Cornwell Gallery, TC

COMING THIS WINTER Guild Member Salon Show

January 8 – February 26, 2022 CTAC-TC Galleries CTAC Guild Member artists are invited to display work of their choosing for this eclectic annual exhibit. Artwork in a variety of media will be on display, highlighting the diverse talents of our regional artists.

Traverse Area Camera Club

January 8 – February 26, 2022 West Carnegie Gallery, TC The Traverse Area Camera Club consists of beginner to professional level photographers who all have the same love of cameras and photography. This exhibit highlights the top winners from the club’s annual competition.


This December, CTAC-TC is pleased to present the annual Merry Marketplace in the form of several pop-up events. For three weekends, CTAC-TC will transform into a holiday shopping market with rotating artist-operated booths, fresh artwork, various artist demos, and holiday-themed workshops for people of all ages. “Hands down, artists are the best people to sell their art, so we’re thrilled to have artists onsite talking about their work and creative process,” said Kristi Wodek, CTAC Education and Outreach Director. Shoppers will find gifts for all budgets each weekend, including paintings, pottery, jewelry, fiber art, photography, wood, and more! “Some artists will participate all three weekends, and there will be new faces each time as well, giving people a reason to come back and visit more

than once. We plan to have roughly 20 artists participate each weekend,” Wodek added. This year marks the first time that CTAC-TC will be able to utilize their building during the weeks leading up to the holiday. In the past, the Festival of Trains would move in for December, but the festival has found a new location, leaving CTAC-TC to delve deeper into celebrating the season and promoting sales for artists, both local and beyond. “We’re looking forward to making the space fun and family-friendly,” said Wodek. “Think Mid-Century Modern gingerbread houses, handmade ornament workshops, wreath-making, holiday floral arrangements, and more!” CTAC-TC also plans to align seasonal programming with downtown Traverse City holiday events to create magical experiences for community members to enjoy.

Shopping hours for Merry Marketplace are structured to meet the needs of the Traverse City community, offering a reception and refreshments each Thursday evening and daytime hours Fridays and Saturdays. “I am most excited about offering programming that supports our local artists and gives the people in our community an opportunity to be creative themselves,” said Wodek. “To me, that’s what the holidays are all about.” To learn more about Merry Marketplace and find out which artists are participating, check out in midNovember. A list of workshops and demos will be posted as well.




MCNAMARA TRAVERSE CITY INSTRUCTOR Sherry McNamara, Michigan native, oil painter, and CTAC-TC instructor, has been enamored by art and the world's natural beauty her entire life. Born and raised in the suburbs of Detroit, Sherry began oil painting at a young age in a private studio setting where her passion for the medium was ignited and has continued to burn over the decades. In the early '80s, after years of visiting and vacationing in Traverse City, Sherry and her young family relocated north permanently to enjoy the area's peace and natural beauty and find artistic inspiration. "My heart has been here since I was a kid," said McNamara. "I think it is just the abundance of being outdoors and in nature that has been the draw for me. I do a lot of plein air painting, so trees, birds, rolling hills, water views, and old barns are themes that delight me, and I try to capture their quiet reverence in my work." Over the years, Sherry's oil paintings have received honorable mentions and placed in juried exhibitions, and her work was selected for two juried shows at the Dennos Museum Center. Sherry is also a member of Oil Painters of America, American Women Artists, Plein Air Painters of Northwest Michigan, Magic Thursday Artists, Studio One 6, and is an Artist Guild member at CTAC. First a member of Artcenter Traverse City, Sherry generously continued her membership and support after the 2015 merger with CTAC. And now, she teaches classes and workshops at the Sixth Street location.


"I have taught several sessions of Paint Grand Traverse Fearless First-Timers, and that is always fun. The students are so excited, and they don't usually have any preconceived ideas about what they should or shouldn't do, so they can just be free to create, and that is really the best!" Sherry has also taught a Kids Art Camp on painting, which she found to be a great experience: "We did a lot of laughing, and I had a great time watching how the kids interpreted their subjects." This season, Sherry will teach Intro to Acrylics, which covers composition, values, and color harmony and includes discussion and critiques of work created. "I stress that there will be no

negative comments," said McNamara. "We are there to share and learn and enjoy the differences in everyone's approach to painting." She'll also teach two sessions of Adventures in Art with Amber Coulter—one for children and one for adults! A compassionate instructor and talented artist, Sherry believes there is no room for ego when it comes to teaching. So, whether you're a fearless first-timer or someone with years of experience, a young artist, or a seasoned one, Sherry McNamara is the instructor for you! To view Sherry's work, stop by Bella Galleria in Traverse City or visit


Throughout the fall of 2021, CTAC’s Coffee @ Ten series will continue to be offered regularly at both the Petoskey and Traverse City locations. Unless otherwise noted, all Coffee @ Ten events are hosted in-person and available online via Zoom. Visit to learn more.

CTAC PETOSKEY Thursdays @ 10 AM

October 7 – Stella Kay, Anishinaabe beadwork artist October 14 – Renee Wasson Dillard, Anishinaabe fiber artist

October 21 – Becca Lynn, LGBTQ beadwork artist of Queerkwe Design October 28 – Marsha MacDowell & panel guests discuss MSU’s Anishinaabe collections (ONLINE ONLY) November 4 – Vicki Lynn, Anishinaabe artist using local native plants

November 11 – Peter Sparling, dancer, educator & artist, discusses his interdisciplinary practice and recent work with CTAC’s School of Ballet


October 22 – Charles Mintz, exhibiting artist November 12 – Merry Marketplace, featured artists More dates will be announced for January 2022 and beyond. 19

Long History of Supporting the Arts

Neil & Marsha BIDWELL

For Neil and Marsha Bidwell, their connection to Crooked Tree Arts Center began years ago with Dart for Art. After retiring in 1997, the Bidwells started spending the summers at their Bay View cottage, enjoying all that Northern Michigan had to offer. It wasn’t long after that their good friends Tom and Mary Lou Smith asked Neil and Marsha to join them at Dart for Art. “It was a wonderful event, and it opened our eyes to Crooked Tree Arts

Center’s existence and all their programming,” said Marsha. “It was the evening that started our involvement with CTAC.”

Both Neil and Marsha have always loved the arts, particularly the visual and musical arts. Aside from the Bidwells regularly attending exhibition openings and supporting local artists, Neil has taken watercolor classes and workshops at CTAC with a variety of instructors and continues to study the medium at CTAC. He has even participated in the annual Guild Member Salon Show!

With their connection to Bay View, music and the performing arts are quite special to the Bidwells. “Years ago, Neil actually appeared in a couple of Bay View musicals, The Music Man and South Pacific,” added Marsha. This love of music and performances led to the CTAC project that Neil and Marsha are most proud of—The Bidwell Plaza. Thanks to the generosity of the Bidwells, the outdoor space facing East Mitchell Street has hosted numerous concerts, gatherings, and events in its near-decade of existence. “It was CTAC’s vision, and we are grateful we could be part of it coming to fruition,” said Neil. “We are so pleased the plaza is used and enjoyed by passersby as well as for scheduled events.” The Bidwells also generously support the “Live on the Bidwell Plaza” summer concert series each year, welcoming all ages to the outdoor space for live music, activities, food, and drink. The site of artistic experiences, enrichment, and celebrations with friends, CTAC holds many wonderful memories for the Bidwells. “One year, we were both a part of a flash mob arranged by CTAC as part of the New Year’s celebration,” recalled Marsha. With each passing season and year, the Bidwells continue to come out and support the local arts center and community. They attend Coffee @ Ten lectures, Performing Arts Series shows, and theatrical productions hosted in the CTAC Theater. “The collaborative effort between CTAC and other area organizations, such as the Little Traverse Civic Theatre, is fantastic,” said Neil. CTAC not only holds a special place in the Bidwells’ hearts but also within the community as an arts and culture anchor. “CTAC is doing a terrific job bringing the arts to Northern Michigan and providing a creative environment for artists of all forms,” said Marsha. “CTAC is truly a jewel—we are so fortunate to have it and to be able to support its mission.”


Membership All lists, gifts & memberships reflect activity March 1 – August 31, 2021, for Giving Circles & the Artist Guild Impressionism Circle Susan Beaufait-Bingham and Richard Bingham Joseph and Karen Kimmell Wally and Bob Klein Mr. and Mrs. Fred Malpass Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Ryner

Rococo Circle Mr. and Mrs. Tom Bickersteth Steven J. Fishman and Bonnie Josephson Julie Fasone Holder and John Holder Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Sinclair Mr. and Mrs. Tom Stallkamp

Baroque Circle Ron and Jackie Cocquyt Paula and William Cordes Mr. and Mrs. David Crouse Mr. and Mrs. James C. Fabiano, Sr. Andrea B. Fisher Robert Harold and Nannie R. Turrell William L. and Elisabeth Hicklen Mrs. Dave Irish Tom and Pat Jeffs Nancy and Paul Knapp Nancy Kohler Dr. and Mrs. Russell LaBeau Paul and Carol LaPorte Barbara A. Marshall Mr. and Mrs. Webb Martin Mr. and Mrs. William T. McCormick, Jr. Karen Miller Jim and Trish Murray Mrs. Joell and Mr. Francis Newton Dr. Naomi Overton Ham and Barb Schirmer Jim and Kathy Schroeder Mr. and Mrs. Jim Shrier Robin and David Small Mr. and Mrs. William Soter Virginia Speed Robert Streit Cheryl and Roger Tallman Jennifer Tobias and Tom McCracken Mr. and Mrs. Phil Trotter Mr. and Mrs. Michael Van Lokeren Kurt and Phoebe Wietzke Dr. and Mrs. Hal Willens Mr. and Mrs. David Wood

Renaissance Circle Lois A. Aroian Kristy and Ragnar Avery Jack and Susie Baker Mike and Chris Bartlett Kevin Barton John Baylor and Pama Heikes Mr. and Mrs. Neil Bidwell Michelle and Ed Boyer Mr. and Mrs. David T. Buzzelli Nancy and Walt Byers Debra and Michael Calabrese Carole and Jim Carroll Mr. and Mrs. Charles Clark Betty Davis Marie and Mark Eckstein Elizabeth and John Fergus-Jean Mr. and Mrs. Mike Geiger Dr. and Mrs. Ward Gillett Balky and Patricia Grannis Richard and Donna Gross Mark Haddox Mr. and Mrs. Phillip T. Harrison Nancy Mechem Hedges Don and Kay Heise Barbara and John Hoffman Mr. and Mrs. Mike Isermann Joan and T. Michael Jackson Darrell Jacob Mr. and Mrs. John Joslin Mr. and Mrs. Jim Kochensparger George and Susan Loesel Tim and Debbie McAndrew Drs. Bill and Jane Millar Gary J. Myles Charles & Margaret Ondrick Mr. and Mrs. William Petzold Linda Rakolta Mr. and Mrs. John Rexford Mr. and Mrs. John Sapiente Sharon Schappacher and Dan Anderson Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Selden Dr. and Mrs. James Shirilla Elaine Smiley Mr. and Mrs. Michael Snyder Mr. Robert Swanson Thomas and Carol Titcomb Brian Murphy and Ida Vander Poorte Lauren Walsh and Steve Radecki Mr. and Mrs. Kent Walton Jill Whelan Ken Winter


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All lists, gifts & memberships reflect activity March 1 – August 31, 2021, for Giving Circles & the Artist Guild

Artist Guild Members Joe Abdella Neil Ahrens Kurt Anderson Elizabeth Armbruster Meredith Assande Kristy Anne Avery Ragnar Avery Indy Bacon Juanita N. Baldwin Prudence Barber Douglas Barron Kevin Barton Jane Batteiger Marty Bellis Neil Bidwell Michelle Elizabeth Bien Lindy S. Bishop Sue Bowerman Kathryn Alford Brady Diane Brandt Jo Carol Burgard Beth Bynum Dawn Caine Ann Carolan Kathe and Jim Carter Robert Carter Nan Frankland Coffman Marcia Conlon Barbara Cooper Paula Cordes Cheryl Correll Deborah Kaskinen Crandell Amie Crawford Dick Davis Marti Davis Robert deJonge Rebecca Deneau Jane W. Ditri Gretchen Dorian Gail Drake Pamela Dueweke Margaret Emley Liz Erlewine Kristin Fehrman Judith Feldkamp Lori Feldpausch Elizabeth Fergus-Jean Lisa Flahive Richard Foa Steve Fritz Linda Gardiner Jeffrey Gaydos Raymond Gaynor Rita Gaynor Ellen Heidi Geiger Rosita Gendernalik Joan Gerigk


Kendre Girard Susan Glass Brian Goff Kay Goff Denice Goldschmidt Victor Goldschmidt Linda R. Goodpaster Diane E. Grand Tina Greco Dorothy McGrath Grossman Dorothy Anderson Grow Margie Guyot Michael Hackett Carole Hadley Sigrid Hansen Robert James Harold Rita Harrington Pamela Carol Hart Maia Hausler Roger Hersberger Debra Howard Don J. Howson Sharon Hubbard Heidi Huck Bridget Johnson Veronique Jonas H. Eleanor Jones Robbie Jean Kafcas Patricia M. Kaine Kathleen M. Kalinowski

Laurie Cornelius Kavanagh Kathleen Keller Sharon Kelley Judy Kelly William Killoran Karen Kimmell Ruth A. Kitchen Joan Kleinstiver Linda Kortesoja Klenczar Gretchen Knoblock Rick Koehler Meredith Krell Kristy Kurjan Suzanne LaBeau Debbie Lamson Connie Landis Martha Landis Carol LaPorte Paul LaPorte Mary Jill Lemieur Robert Lesser Daniel Lisuk Donna Loveday Katie Lowran Clay Maas Julia MacLachlan Tami Z. Maisel Heidi Amenda Marshall Anne H. Matzka Glen McCune

Donna McDermott Julia Dufault McGrath Sherry M. McNamara Wendy McWhorter Mark Mehaffey Susan Crompton Metzger Loretta Miles Bill Millar Betsy Miller-Jones Claud Mills Trish Morgan Liisa Morley Anne Morningstar Elizabeth Mostrom Dorothy A. Mudget Teann Nash Joan Nelson Keith M. Nielson Janet W. Oliver Elizabeth Olson John O'Neill Jay Petersen Steve Petrides Ulrike Pirrung Elizabeth Pollie Louise Pollie Louise Pond Elle Pritchard Barbara Reich Ann Robinson

Kelsey Ronk Mason Rosenthal Carol A. Ross Severa Ruiz Cynthia Rutherford Janet Ryan Jennifer Rynbrandt Fran Santoro Peg Schiller Yvonne Schmidt Robert D. Schrock Ann Scott Robert Scudder Anne Marie Sears Alissa Seelmann-Rutkofske Stephen B. Selden Jan Serra Daryl Shewman Wendy Shoults Jim Shrier Colleen Shull Justin Shull Lori Sikkema Donna Silverman Deborah Simms Elaine Smiley Melissa Anne Smith Michele Anne Smith R.B. Smith Kirby Snively Pam Spicer Sheila Stafford Cydney J. Steeb Julie Stoppel June Storm Marilyn Stover Robert Swanson Laura Swire

Agnes Szeloczey Cheryl Tallman Joan Tebo Ron Theisen Karen Baker Thumm Jennifer Tobias Steven Toornman Cheryl True Candice L. Tucker Linda Tyson Debra Van Leen Maggie Van Wagoner Daniel VerBurg Mark Videan Dorothea Sandra Vrouhas Sharon Elaine Wade David Westerfield Pamela Wilburn Harold Willens Trisha Witty Kristi Wodek Michelle Tock York Theresa Youngman

Memorials In Memory of: Betsy Harrison From: Curtis Harrison

Uncle Bud Rock From: Ron and Jackie Cocquyt


In Honor of: Ermy Bonfield From: Dr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Porter, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Thomas

Joan MacGillivray From: Wally Klein

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 Megan DeWindt: // 231.347.4337

To renew your membership or join: // 231.347.4337 // 231.941.9488 23

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Celebrate the magic of the holiday season with the CTAC School of Ballet and The Nutcracker!

December 11 & 12 Great Lakes Center for the Arts Tickets: A portion of the proceeds benefits the CTAC Dance Scholarship Fund.