Display of stone sculpture by Alan Tollakson at the Copper Country Community Arts Center (CCCAC). Tollakson will give a slide presentation of his work and talk about his artist residency on Isle Royale at the CCCAC at 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 17.
HANCOCK -- Alan Tollakson, a stone sculptor from Emporia, Kansas, is the current Artist in Residence on Isle Royale. Community members will have a chance to meet him and see his art in a slide presentation at the Copper Country Community Arts Center from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 17.
A display of Tollakson's work is currently on view and for sale at the Copper Country Community Arts Center. It includes slate mirrors, a stone birdbath and garden sculpture.
The audience will also have the opportunity to learn about his impressions of Isle Royale and how it will inform his future work.
The artist says, "I have always sought inspiration from the natural world, even the abstract qualities that lie hidden within the plant and mineral kingdoms. This residency is the perfect opportunity to replenish my reservoir of impressions -- and then share this elemental beauty with the world-at-large."
Tollakson earned his Master of Fine Arts in Sculpture from the University of Kansas and has created numerous public art projects throughout the U.S. as well as China, Czech Republic and Italy.
The Isle Royale Artist in Residence program was established in 1991. Artists are selected by a panel of jurors in an application process.
Greg Blust, supervisory park ranger and coordinator of the Isle Royale Artist in Residence Program, explains, "The program not only benefits artists, it enables Isle Royale visitors to see through the eyes of an artist. It opens another door with which to see our wilderness environment."
The CCCAC is located at 126 Quincy Street in Hancock. This program is supported by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Saturday 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. For more information call 482-2333 or visit the website: coppercountryarts.com.