Sunday, July 12, 2009

Carl Mayer's Watercolor Landscapes on exhibit in Kerredge Gallery

HANCOCK -- The Community Arts Center presents Watercolor Landscapes by Carl Mayer in the Kerredge Gallery through July 31. The public is invited to an opening reception and demonstration from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, July 17.

Carl Mayer, a Lake Linden native living in Marquette, has studied with professional watercolorists such as Nita Engle, Zoltan Szabo and Robert Wood. He earned his Masters Degree in Art Education from Northern Michigan University in 1962. He taught Art at Marquette Senior High School for 25 years and has conducted watercolor painting workshops since 1970. In 1999 Mayer was recognized with the Outstanding Art Educator of the Year Award in the Marquette area. He is a signature member of the Transparent Watercolor Society of America and was chosen to be an Artist in Residence at Porcupine Mountains State Park in 2008.

A Watercolor Workshop on "Interpreting Trees in the Landscape" with Carl Mayer will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 18. The workshop is for all skill levels. The fee is $75 with all materials included. Space is limited, so register in advance by calling the Community Arts Center at 482-2333. The exhibit is supported by a grant from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs. The Community Arts Center is located at 126 Quincy Street in Hancock.

River of Words exhibit extended

The River of Words exhibit -- environmental and nature art by K-12 students from around Michigan -- is still on display in the Youth Art Gallery at the Community Arts Center. Each year, in affiliation with The Library of Congress Center for the Book, River of Words conducts an international poetry and art contest for youth on the theme of watersheds. This exhibit has been extended through the month of July.

See our slide show with some examples of this youth art.

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