2001 - 2004
Artists Under Sail
I was a participating
artist and exhibit coordinator for a traveling exhibition based upon
a 2001 sailing circumnavigation
of Lake Superior. My accomplishments include: developing the
brochure and publicity material, writing all contracts, and securing
all exhibition locations.
Exhibition sites included:
Bay Art Gallery, Thunder Bay Ontario (May - Sept. 2004)
Bonifas Fine Arts Center, Escanaba, MI (Jan. - Feb. 2004)
Institute of Art, Manistee, MI (Dec. 2003)
State University, Big Rapids, MI (Oct. - Nov. 2003)
Art Museum, Saginaw, MI (July - Aug. 2003)
Area Arts Council, Holland, MI (May - June 2003)
of Marquette Art and Culture Center, Marquette, MI (Mar.
- April 2003)
University, Hancock, MI (Jan. - Feb. 2003)
Haven Center for the Arts, South Haven, MI (Sept. - Oct.
Cities Gallery, Kalamazoo, MI (June - July 2002)
2002 Press Release
Reflections of Superior — Artists under Sail
Reflections of Superior — Artists under Sail exhibition
contains of 40 artworks including
oil paintings, etchings, photography,
book art, digital illustrations, video, and woodblock
prints — all resulting from a sailing circumnavigation of Lake
Superior during the summer of 2001.
artists circumnavigated Lake Superior in the traditional wooden
sailboat, Alwihta, built and captained by Fritz Seegers,
of Kalamazoo, Michigan. The artists' voyage required several years
of preparation, and was a longtime dream of the captain. Seegers
had 25 years of experience sailing and exploring in the Great Lakes
region, as well as in the Caribbean and Alaska, before launching
the Alwihta onto the largest and most challenging of the five Great
Lakes. Seegers invited fellow artists to join him as crewmembers,
providing the impetus for the Reflections of Superior — Artists
under Sail exhibition.
The crew of artists traveled in week- to month- long stages
from June 1 through September 30. Each crewmember had the opportunity
to study nature at a non-rushed pace. They all observed, recorded,
and responded to Lake Superior's rich mosaic of geographic, historic,
and mythic features. While each artist specialized in different
mediums, the exhibition was a cohesive array of personal interpretations
based on a common subject and voyage experience.
Participants are all mid-career artists with regional reputations.
Pictured at the first exhibition site from left to right are: photographer
Scott Spink, glass artist Jamie Rife, painter Brent Spink, printmaker
Ladislav Hanka, printmaker Mary Brodbeck, illustrator and captain
Fritz Seegers, model maker and photographer Fritz Hartly, and paper
collage artist Cynthia Cote´. Not pictured is videographer
The Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo granted support for the
development and promotion of the Artists under Sail traveling exhibit.