We really are a support group for area artists, said Angela Saxon, an artist who maintains the groups blog on the Internet. Many of us spend our days in solitude in our studios so we need that human interaction from time to time.
Art Works Alliance will introduce
themselves to the public with a juried
exhibition May 25 31, entitled One Week In May at the Miniverni Group offices located on the first floor of Building 50.
Saxon said the community is blessed to have a wealth of talented artists. She and her fellow artists are particularly grateful for Charly Hansens leadership in getting this group organized.
Charly has been a long time favorite in this community. Despite being diagnosed with terminal cancer he has shown real leadership, said Saxon. He is an inspiration to all who come in contact with him. This was his vision and it is wonderful to see it all coming together.
A common link for all area artists is the desire to find for places to exhibit their works. Especially since the role of the
Traverse Area Arts Council has changed.
For years the Arts Council played a lead role in organizing the visual arts community and they sponsored several exhibitions, said Saxon. But in recent years their role has changed to a broader support of the arts. They now are a resource to the arts community versus an organization that coordinates exhibitions. This isnt a criticism but instead an important improvement for
the council. So as artists we have to take it upon ourselves to create exhibition opportunities.
Saxon said that Debra McKeon the new executive director of the Traverse Area Arts Council has been a tremendous supporter of the Art Works Alliance.
She is a wonderful asset to this community, she has done so much in a short time to bring the arts community together, said Saxon. She is paid two days a week but gives 80 hours it seems.
Saxon and several other artists continue to meet monthly at Charly Hansens, discussing possible future exhibitions and offering support and encouragement to each other. They are continuing with a loose knit approach by not collecting dues and keeping things casual and keeping their focus on their mission.
Our mission is to advance the appreciation of and to increase the participation in the arts by arranging public art initiatives, exhibitions, demonstrations and other events which highlight the diverse talents of the regions artists of all disciplines, said Saxon.
Artists or others interested in helping or joining are encouraged to check
out the Art Works Alliance web-blog at
or contact the group through their Art Goddess (President) Melonie Steffes-Callaghan at firstname.lastname@example.org or (231) 275-1362.
Saxon and other members will also be at the One Week In May opening night reception on May 25 from 6 to 9 pm.