Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center announces 2013 Winners of 31st Annual Michigan Fine Arts Competition
Category: Community Written by Patrick Keating, Chronicle Staff Writer
Rashaun Rucker's winning photo
"This year's exhibit is a true example of the diverse talent of Midwest artists today," said Annie VanGelderen, President & CEO of the BBAC. "The Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center is honored to showcase these recently created works of art. We look forward to exhibiting this show and creating a popular summer destination for travelers near and far who enjoy contemporary art."
The exhibit was juried by Brad Durham, a nationally-known painter from Minneapolis. Durham is represented locally by the David Klein Gallery in Birmingham.
Rashaun Rucker of Grosse Pointe Park received the $5,000 award for his 36" x 36" work, "Human", photography on metal.
In a statement, Rucker said, "My artwork takes a crucial view of social and cultural issues in America. In my work, I like to address the questions of equality and how it plays out in society. In particular my pieces tend to focus on human rights issues, mental illness, and the black experience in a post slavery America. To me, art should always ask questions and generate vigorous conversations about the world we live in."
Lary Zdeb of Troy won $2,000 for his work, 11" x 10" mixed media work, "Potpourri."
"Solving the mystery and unpredictability of the work is my motivation!" Zdeb said. "Evoking a reaction by the frequently uses found objects and recycled paint destined for a landfill. Many constructions are developed by the kind of detritus discovered."
For his 48" x 66"work in acrylic, "New Construction Descending on the Housing Market", Keith Downie of Muskegon was awarded $1,000.
"For the past several years I have made the local landscape the focus of my painting," Downie said. "However, these paintings American life I call them real estate paintings. I am intrigued by the ambiguous messages that houses emit when they are observed in the way we view most houses, most of the time- face on, from a moderate distance, no inhabitants (visibly) present. I am not looking for the extraordinary. In fact, I am pleased when In a way they do, because the house I am painting is ubiquitous in Michigan- everywhere, but not really examined. I am painting these ordinary house and offering them to the viewer for closer examination."
Karen Gubitz of Oak Park also received $1,000 for her 72" x 24" x 24" fiber sculpture, "Pods."
"I am inspired by nature- by the pure, simple and beautiful forms and textures that nature presents," Gubitz said. "My work explores the expressive possibilities of combining natural and non-traditional materials with methods that have a deep and rich history in working with fiber loom and hand weaving, twining, plaiting, coiling, netting, crochet and knitting. The techniques I use are grounded in craft, yet my work evokes an emotional response in the viewer that is more likely associated with fine art. The evidence of my hands in my work communicates a sense of peace and happiness to the viewer, and the most common response is delight and joy followed by a desire to reach out and touch."
Jan Bell of Bowling Green received $500 for the 22" x 22" photograph, "Rocks Extending Seaward."
"My work reveals an intimate view of the natural world, often shot in remote areas, as well as crowded urban centers," Bell said. "I focus on the only elements of a shape, a pattern, or a texture. Whether it's a plant, a landscape, or a manmade structure, each of my photos represents an opportunity to consider the subject, almost apart from the meaning or function of that subject, in terms of the beauty of its form. I attribute my clean sense of design to a 30-year career as a graphic designer. Seeing the world through the eyes of a designer influences one's aesthetic, particularly one's compositions. I present my images as organized, designed space. What I reveal in my work is the world that surrounds us, but is often overlooked. My photographic process draws upon traditional photography training, and is blended with current digital standards. Images are printed with archival ink jet technology on museum grade fine art papers."
Steven Hughes of Marquette also received $500 for his 25" x 19" charcoal, "Her Name is Alice."
Hughes did not make an artists' statement.
The exhibit of 105 works of art by 83 artists will run through Aug. 23 and is free and open to the public.
The nonprofit Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center is located at 1516 S. Cranbrook Rd. in Birmingham and has been providing "art for all" since 1957. It is committed to promoting the visual arts with classes for all skill levels.
For more information, call (248) 644-0866 or visit www.BBArtCenter.org. Or visit https://www.facebook.com/pages/Birmingham-Bloomfield-Art-Center/121504299200
Last Updated on Friday, 28 June 2013 23:54
Northwestern Mutual and Cheeriodicals Use Team Building Activity to Spread Cheer to Children’s Hospital of Michigan
Category: Community - Original Written by Amber Bogins
Northwestern Mutual (Troy, Ann Arbor, Grand Blanc, Mt. Pleasant, Saginaw) and Cheeriodicals brought cheer in the form of 240 big green boxes to children fighting childhood cancer and other diseases at Children's Hospital of Michigan during its "Cheeriodicals Day" event held on June 28, 2013. Cheeriodicals are "big green boxes of cheer" made up, in this case, of age-appropriate magazines, toys, puzzles, crafts and more goodies for the children to enjoy.
"As a father of two, I can't imagine the heartache of seeing your child in pain as they battle childhood cancer and other diseases. Our hope is that by bringing a smile to the child, we can bring a smile to the entire family."
"We are so excited to have Northwestern Mutual and Cheeriodicals visit Children's Hospital of Michigan today," said Tony Werner, President & CEO of Children's Hospital of Michigan Foundation. "We sincerely appreciate Northwestern Mutual Managing Partner, Brad Seitzinger and his team for sponsoring this day of smiles. All of our patients were thrilled to receive such special and fun gifts."
"We're excited to work with Northwestern Mutual to bring smiles to every child at Children's Hospital of Michigan," said Gary Parisher, President of Cheeriodicals. "Nothing we do matters more than our efforts in children's hospitals."
The boxes were tailored to boys or girls and specific age groups and are sure to bring joy to the children and even included a few surprises for the parents.
"We're thrilled to partner with Cheeriodicals to bring joy to Michigan families battling cancer and other diseases," said Brad Seitzinger, Managing Partner, Northwestern Mutual-Troy. "As a father of two, I can't imagine the heartache of seeing your child in pain as they battle childhood cancer and other diseases. Our hope is that by bringing a smile to the child, we can bring a smile to the entire family."
Contributing to this day of smiles, the Detroit Marriott Troy donated meeting space for the Northwestern Mutual Team to build the Cheeriodicals during a 2 hour team building activity. Detroit-based Morse Moving and Storage, specializing in residential and commercial moves, donated their time and services to transport the 240 Cheeriodicals to Children's.
Last Updated on Friday, 28 June 2013 16:36
Category: Community - Original Written by Amber Bogins
The Change Agent Consortium (CAC) will kick off it's Advance Detroit Summit tomorrow at 9 a.m. at Bethany Baptist Church located at 15122 W. Chicago Blvd., Detroit, MI 48228. The symposium will feature several workshops designed around the concept of community wealth building and is free and open to the public. Members of the press should arrive at Bethany Baptist Church between 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
The Change Agent Consortium was founded in 2012 by David Alexander Bullock. Bullock, who most recently served as the state coordinator of the Michigan affiliate of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, started CAC to effect real change and real solutions by using economic empowerment, community organizing, and community development. CAC works to influence public policy and create local projects that empower communities. Currently, the Change Agent Consortium has two major long term campaigns that its members are working on: Healthy Food Financing Initiative and Crusade for America.
"The Advance Summit will introduce CAC to Southeastern Michigan, but will focus on Detroit as ground zero for dealing with emergency management and the structural problems in America's economy. Detroit, Mich., is ground zero for the fight to revive populist political engagement and broaden the pathway to economic opportunity in America. CAC provides a comprehensive approach to urban economic redevelopment. Our approach puts wealth in the hands of locally anchored forms of business, which in turn reinvests in their local neighborhoods and builds wealth in poor communities. This summit is the beginning of our mission to educate the community on our initiatives and get them engaged in efforts to regain lasting control of their communities," said David Alexander Bullock, Change Agent Consortium national spokesperson.
Last Updated on Friday, 28 June 2013 14:44
Category: Community - Original Written by Amber Bogins
With the advent of integrated health care, Detroit Central City Community Mental Health, Inc. (DCC) has been evolving into an agency that promotes healing the whole body. Starting with Run for Literacy 2012, DCC has messaged the public not only about the stigma of mental health, but also the importance of physical health...speaking about wellness and healthy choices.
This year Cruise for a Cause: Healthy Choices will reinforce this message as funds raised will go towards programs that foster these values. On the Ovation Yacht, DCC guests will cruise Lake St. Claire and the Detroit River to the music of Persuasion, enjoy a strolling dinner, complimentary beverages and new acquaintances.
In concert with this message, DCC will soon be opening its first truly integrated health center, offering "one stop shopping" to consumers, individuals whose income is less than 200% of the Federal Poverty Level, the un/underinsured, Medicaid, Medicare, men, women, children, domestic violence victims, veterans, the homeless, individuals living in public housing and other at-risk populations.
Cruise for a Cause 2013 sails from Jefferson Beach Marina, 24400 Jefferson Ave, St Clair Shores, MI 48080 on Thursday, August 22nd from 6-10 pm. Tickets ($150.00) are limited to 300, and are available at www.dcccmh.org. Sponsors presently include Gateway Community Health, Silverman Companies, Comerica Bank, BHPi, PCE Systems, LarC Properties, Inc., AT&T Pioneers, Hamilton Adult Foster Care Homes, LLC and Michigan State University-College of Osteopathic Medicine. Sponsorships are still available.
Last Updated on Friday, 28 June 2013 15:31
Category: Community Written by Amber Bogins
Treat Your Organization's Most Valuable Resource
with Care, Says Former Businessman of the Year
When a successful formula is discovered in the business world, it's copied and becomes part of standard operating procedure throughout entire industries.
The newest SOP trend among leading businesses? – Focusing on employee and family well-being, says Gary Kunath, who was honored nationally as Businessman of the Year and recognized with a dinner hosted by the President of the United States.
"Many think that professional well-being drives personal well-being, but it's the exact opposite," says Kunath, a speaker at top business schools and businesses including Lockheed and Marriott, and author of "Life...Don't Miss It. I Almost Did: How I Learned To Live Life to Its Fullest," (www.lifedontmissitbook.com).
"The top companies know focusing on employee well-being is critical and serves as the conduit to increasing innovation, emotional loyalty, natural productivity and overall profitability, but they have exhausted the traditional vehicles inside their companies to do this, so they are focusing on impacting their employees lives 'outside' of the company."
Employee well-being is very smart business and everyone wins, he says; it's the key to elevating associate engagement. According to the Aspen Institute, more than 70 percent of employees today would sacrifice promotions and pay increases for family well-being. Yet only 40 percent of employees feel their employers demonstrate that they care about them, says the American Psychology Association.
Several major corporations have approached Kunath and asked him to build a program that shows their people how to master life balance and maximize the joy and contentment in their lives, he says.
"The results have been tremendous," he says. "People love that they are cared for just as much when leaving the building as they are when arriving."
Kunath's newest three hour seminar for businesses centers on employee life balance and well-being; here he offers five things business owners and employees should consider in achieving life balance:
• Bring humanity back to the workplace: There are simple truths about what motivates employees today and what they want and need from their employers. Employee well-being drives profits and is good for business, he points out. Employers need to allow employees to completely disconnect from work in their off hours – for instance, not expecting them to respond to emails or conference calls after hours. He also points out the "Life Balance Dilemmas" people face, including his own; a former workaholic lifestyle nearly ruined his family relationships before he learned how to develop balance.
• The "Life ... Don't Miss It" approach: According to a Harvard study, we all have the capability to maximize our happiness regardless of the situation we find ourselves in. A large part of how happy you are is determined through intentional activity. There are things you can do to maximize happiness in your life even in the worst of adversities. Giving people a way to elevate their family well-being is critical to top performance on the job.
• Applying Life-Balance secrets: Kunath targets 10 points for Mastering Life Balance. Some of those points are: Money doesn't make you rich; Express gratitude to others; the power of perspective; relationship refinement (thinning the herd); and Good goes around. "All of these points go to the overall perspective of total life balance and focusing on the areas, and the people, that really matter," he says.
• Power of Perspective: Why is it that people who have faced death often live the most? Why must we wait for adversity to teach us to get the most out of life? The answer is that you don't. Kunath emphasizes various perspectives on how you can live life to the fullest every day and what the keys are to maximizing employee and family well-being.
• The three greatest gifts you can give your family: For all the importance and effort involved in mastering a worklife to fund a family's well-being, the three greatest gifts you have to offer are actually free! They are time, memories and traditions. Time is our greatest resource, and it's also our most scarce, which makes memories all the more important. They give you a place to go for all of your life. Traditions live on after you're gone; they're a legacy you leave for your loved ones.
About Gary Kunath
Gary Kunath is the founder of The Summit Group, whichis ranked among the top sales-training companies in the world by Selling Power magazine. His value-creation approach received the "Innovative Practice of the Year Award" by 3M worldwide. He was named Businessman of the Year and was recognized at a dinner hosted by the president of the United States. He has lectured extensively at prominent business schools, and is currently an adjunct professor at The Citadel's Sports Marketing graduate program. Kunath is an owner of several professional minor league baseball teams along with his partners, Bill Murray, Jimmy Buffet and Mike Veeck. The group is famous for managing its teams around the "Fun is Good" approach.
Last Updated on Friday, 28 June 2013 14:45
Digital Daily Signup
Sign up now for the Michigan Chronicle Digital Daily newsletter!
- Detroit is eligible for bankruptcy, pension cuts (2)
- Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Care Network among lowest priced health plans on Michigan’s ACA health insurance marketplace (1)
- WIGS 4 KIDS HOSTS TENTH ANNIVERSARY FUNDRAISING GALA (6)
- Charles Barkley ‘Agrees’ With GZ Verdict, Says ‘Black People Are Racist Too’ (2)
- Why France’s lens is focused on Detroit (1)