Michigan artists http://michiganradio.org en Artist Lounge creator wants to use art to improve Pontiac community http://michiganradio.org/post/artist-lounge-creator-wants-use-art-improve-pontiac-community <p>Bringing new life back into downtown Pontiac one brushstroke at a time.</p><p>That’s the mission of a new business called “The Artist Lounge,” which strives to use the power of art to touch lives and boost an Oakland County city that has had its share of struggles.</p><p>Wendy Fournier is the co-founder of The Artist Lounge on Saginaw Street in downtown Pontiac. She joined us today to talk about what The Artist Lounge offers to people in the Pontiac area.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Thu, 01 Aug 2013 21:36:49 +0000 Stateside Staff 13792 at http://michiganradio.org Artist Lounge creator wants to use art to improve Pontiac community Stateside: Michigan's shores documented in the Fresh Coast Project http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-michigans-shores-documented-fresh-coast-project <p>Photographer Ed Wargin is enchanted by the Great Lakes; he endeavors to document all 10,000 miles of their shores with his <a href="http://www.thefreshcoastproject.com/">Fresh Coast Project</a>.</p><p>The project's aim is to celebrate the beauty of the Great Lakes through the <a href="http://www.thefreshcoastproject.com/videos/">ephemeral medium of film </a>photography.</p><p>"I've realized we often look at the Great Lakes in parts and pieces. The goal of the project is to try to look at the Great Lakes as one story," said Wargin.</p><p>Wargin hopes his shots of gleaming sunsets will&nbsp; inform people of the state's abundant resources and thereby promote their preservation.</p><p>Hear Wargin further discuss his <a href="http://www.thefreshcoastproject.com/blog/">Fresh Coast Project </a>on today's podcast.</p><p></p><p><em>There are two ways you can podcast "Stateside with Cynthia Canty</em>"</p><ul><li><a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/podcasts/8746/rss.xml" target="_blank"><em>Podcast of the entire show</em></a></li><li><a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/podcasts/8935/rss.xml" target="_blank"><em>Podcast of each segment</em></a> Tue, 27 Nov 2012 21:29:58 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 10087 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside: Michigan's shores documented in the Fresh Coast Project Michigan medical illustrator 'deceived eyes’ in free time http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-medical-illustrator-deceived-eyes-free-time <p>Gerald P. Hodge, a well-known medical and biological illustrator, died in his Ann Arbor home on Thursday at the age of 91. In addition to drawing for medical journals and founding the Master of Fine Arts program in medical and biological illustration at the University of Michigan, Hodge was one of the seven members of the Trompe l&#39;Oeil Society of Artists.</p><p>Hodge drew and painted intricate still life images, often depicting nostalgic mementos like ticket stubs and seashells. To see more examples of Hodge&#39;s artwork, visit the <a href="http://www.trompeartists.com/GHodge.html">Trompe l&#39;Oeil Society of Artists website</a>.</p><p>The art style trompe l&#39;oeil , French for &ldquo;deceive the eye,&rdquo; is known for images and sculptures that appear to exhibit greater dimensions or photo-realism. Hodge taught workshops on mastering this art of optical illusion at the Scottsdale Artists&#39; School in Scottsdale, Ariz.</p><p>In an artist&rsquo;s statement on the society&rsquo;s website, Gerard wrote that his experience teaching at the University of Michigan prepared him for producing trompe l&#39;oeil artwork.</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;My paintings are carefully designed,&quot; Hodge wrote, &quot;and I try and go beyond photographic appearances by adding contrast, adding to or eliminating details, making shadows more important, and by slightly changing the shapes and colors of my subject matter in order to enhance the design and quality of my paintings.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>Follow the links for more <a href="http://weburbanist.com/2008/06/29/top-10-3d-graffiti-artists-in-the-world/">modern examples of trompe l&#39;oeil artwork</a> and <a href="http://obits.mlive.com/obituaries/annarbor/obituary.aspx?n=gerald-parker-hodge-jerry&amp;pid=157974942&amp;fhid=12794">Hodge&rsquo;s full obituary</a>.</p><p><em>-Elaine Ezekiel, Michigan Radio Newsroom</em></p><p> Mon, 11 Jun 2012 20:59:00 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 7838 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan medical illustrator 'deceived eyes’ in free time Countdown to third annual ArtPrize begins http://michiganradio.org/post/countdown-third-annual-artprize-begins <p>Organizers and artists are working hard to get everything done in time for opening day later this month.</p><p>The winner of the art competition gets $250,000 in prize money. Organizers claim it&rsquo;s the world&rsquo;s largest art prize.</p><p>People who visit Grand Rapids during the event determine the winner through online voting.</p> Fri, 02 Sep 2011 20:55:30 +0000 Lindsey Smith 4020 at http://michiganradio.org Countdown to third annual ArtPrize begins Small art raises big bucks http://michiganradio.org/post/small-art-raises-big-bucks <p>Vibrant paintings by children will hang next to artwork from professional artists at the <a href="http://www.salinepictureframe.com/circle-of-art.php">Circle of Art silent auction</a> on Sunday, May 15<sup>th</sup>.</p><p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/michigan/local-michigan-968554.mp3</p><p>Sculptor and painter Valerie Mann came up with the idea for the art show seven years ago when she was wondering how she could help people in the&nbsp;area who were struggling economically.</p><p>She bounced the idea off her friend Peter Bowe.</p><p>Bowe is co-owner of Saline Picture&nbsp;Frame Company. He says, &ldquo;When you have a business in a small town there&rsquo;s a lot of need people are always asking for money to sponsor an event or that sort of stuff.&rdquo;</p><p>The two friends figured they knew a lot of people who made art, had a cool space (the frame store) and had the tools and materials to mat and hang works of art.</p><p>So they asked folks to donate small pieces of artwork like a sketch they&rsquo;d already done, or something that wouldn&rsquo;t take too much effort to produce.</p><p>In seven years, they&rsquo;ve made $100,000 and all the cash has gone to <a href="http://www.foodgatherers.org/">Food Gatherers,</a> a non-profit that feeds people-in-need in Washtenaw County. Fri, 13 May 2011 14:13:02 +0000 Kyle Norris 2482 at http://michiganradio.org Small art raises big bucks