Marshall Area Arts News Stream merges Facebook posts from EastEnd Studio & Gallery, Albion Michigan Arts, Albion College Art Galleries, Schuler’s Art Gallery, Ken Shenstone Ceramic Studio and Anagama Kiln, and Anne Beyer Ceramics.  If you have an arts organization Facebook page with public posts to share, add a post to the Albion Michigan Arts group on Facebook and we will try to get it in here. That is also the best way to contact us is through that forum.

2 days ago

John C. Sherwood

Hauntingly hilarious! Opening Thursday! Join us? ... See MoreSee Less

Hauntingly hilarious! Opening Thursday! Join us?

7 days ago

John C. Sherwood

Did you know that after the run of "Blithe Spirit," we at Great Escape are hosting two great magic shows by four of Marshall's eminent magicians? This is the second annual production at GESC by Neil Foster Ring No. 89 of the International Brotherhood of Magicians, and a portion of the proceeds will support the work of our neighbor across the street, the world-famous American Museum of Magic. Please join us! ... See MoreSee Less

7 days ago

John C. Sherwood

~ Cast of ghostly play “Blithe Spirit” tell personal tales of weird encounters ~

MARSHALL – There's nothing like a good ghost story, and members of the cast of “Blithe Spirit” have a few of their own – above and beyond the spritely one they'll tell onstage beginning Oct. 19.

Noel Coward's comic fiction about a haunted marriage is playful, compared to the weird tales offered during a recent conversation among cast members at the Great Escape Stage Company, 110 E. Michigan Ave.

“We definitely have some creepy personal accounts of our own,” said John C. Sherwood, who is directing the show for production at 7 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, Oct. 19-21 and 26-28, as well as Tuesday, Oct. 31, and at 2 p.m. Sundays, Oct. 22 and 29.

Sherwood and cast members Randy Lake, Kim Forde, Kelly VanRyswyk and Georgia Marsh all have their own odd moments to share.

Lake, who is Great Escape's artistic director, worked years ago at Marshall's National House Inn, long alleged to be haunted by a “Lady in Red.” During a lonely shift at the hostelry, Lake pursued the unexpected apparition into the gift shop but found no one there.

It wasn't Lake's only encounter with a potential spirit. He also may have seen a child ghost while attending Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant in the early 1980s, where he and two roommates rented rooms on the second floor of a Victorian-era house.

“One day, I was in the apartment by myself and happened to look out the window,” Lake said. “I saw a young girl park an old-fashioned bicycle at the bottom of our fire escape and start bounding up, hanging onto the rails. I didn't want to scare her, so I stepped back from the window, but when I looked out again there was no girl and no bike.”

Lake's roommates subsequently said each had seen a little girl in the apartment or on the grounds, and that they had heard footprints approach a bathroom door without anyone actually present.

“All of them were freaked out because there never was anybody there,” Lake said. “It unnerved me that I saw something I could not account for.”

VanRyswyk, a Battle Creek resident, told her own creepy story from her time as an Olivet College student living in campus housing.

“I was one of the only people in the house in the summer of 2011, and I heard a creaky door open and people coming up the stairs,” VanRyswyk said. “I thought, 'Oh, there's friends,' but when I looked there was no one there – just empty stairs. So, I went home for the weekend!

“In 2013, a friend asked me why someone was opening all the drawers in my room, although I wasn't there,” she said. “She could hear someone shuffling around my room.” On another occasion, the women in the house experienced their beds being shaken – all at the same time.

Georgia Marsh of Marshall never saw or felt a ghost, but had an experience in the 1990s that gave her “a realization that there's another presence.” The incident occurred while Marsh and her mother were seeking relatives' graves in the area of Houghton, Hancock and Ishpeming.

“We found the cemetery where her brother was buried after he had died in 1917 at the age of 18 months,” Marsh said. “There also was an aunt and some other family members. The cemetery office was closed so we had no way to get to the records.

“We were just walking around the cemetery and at one point my mother said, 'We'll come back,' but then suddenly I said, 'I know where they are – they're right here where we're standing.' This area was completely unmarked and we were just standing on the ground.

“When we came back, we went back to the office and got the location – and it was that very same spot,” Marsh said.

When Kim Forde of Marshall was growing up in Marcellus, her family often hosted one of her uncles for a pancake dinner on Fridays.

“People would forget things and they'd send me out to the kitchen for butter or whatever,” Forde said. “I'd come back and my pancakes would be gone. It happened every Friday, and they told me it was because a ghost took them – because the ghost liked the way I prepared my pancakes. It went on for months before I figured out that my dad and my uncle were eating my pancakes!”

Forde had a much more inexplicable experience while she and her former husband lived in a farmhouse for five years.

“When I was all alone, I would hear a voice say 'Time to get up' at 6 a.m.,” she said. “Finally, I told the voice, 'I don't get up until 7,' and the voice stopped,” Forde said. “But I heard footsteps on the stair going up to the second floor, always in the winter when we had the top floor closed off. And there were no signs of any animals upstairs at any time.”

Sherwood – a lifelong writer-journalist who returned to his hometown of Marshall in 2011 after 12 years on the U.S. East Coast – has published newspaper and magazine articles related to his own researches in allegedly haunted houses in the United States and England.

“I've tried to arrange for encounters with ghosts, if only to prove to myself that they exist – but I've found no convincing evidence,” said Sherwood, whose background in stage magic may have rendered him more doubtful about alleged spiritual manifestations.

“I've attended and arranged seances, visited – and slept in – haunted houses, prowled in supposedly haunted chapels and corridors, interviewed people about their own encounters and even 'busted' some alleged ghosts – but I've never personally seen anything inexplicable,” Sherwood said. “I'm afraid I'm a diehard skeptic, although I always treat others' experiences with complete respect.”

Sherwood also is giving playwright Noel Coward a great deal of respect for having concocted one of the great ghost stories of the 20th century stage.

The story of “Blithe Spirit” begins when a novelist, Charles Condomine – played by Lake – invites the spirit medium Madame Arcati – played by Jennifer Darling of Marshall – to his house for a séance. The medium accidentally produces the spirit of the writer's temperamental first wife, Elvira, played by VanRyswyk.

The scheming ghost refuses to leave, making life rough for the novelist and his insecure second wife, Ruth, played by Forde. The living wife must battle the spiritual wife for her husband's attention. The cast includes Marsh and Mike Kinter of Marshall as the novelist's friends, Dr. and Mrs. Bradman, and Kasey Worst of Coldwater as a servant, Edith.

Also on Great Escape's schedule this year are:

– A “drama slam” featuring a dramatic reading of a play based on Stephen King's “Misery,” to be presented at the theater at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13. Admission is $10.

– Auditions for “Truman Capote's 'A Christmas Memory',” to be held at 7 p.m. Oct. 23 and 24. The production will be staged Dec. 2 through 17, and admission will be $20.

– A second “drama slam” featuring a dramatic reading of Dylan Thomas' “Under Milk Wood,” at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10. Admission is $10.

– “The Spirits of Magic,” a magic show featuring four members of Neil Foster Ring No. 89 of the International Brotherhood of Magicians, at 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4. Admission is $15.

More information is available at GreatEscapeStageCompany.com or by calling (269) 781-2700. A request to be placed on the company's email list may be sent to GESCmarshall@gmail.com.

IN THE PHOTOS: Some cast members of Great Escape Stage Company's “Blithe Spirit” have their own stories of ghostly encounters. Shown seated are Georgia Marsh (left) and Kim Forde. Standing are Mike Kinter (left) and Randy Lake. Another photo shows Kelly VanRyswyk and Randy Lake in a scene from the play, which will be performed at 7 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, Oct. 19-21 and 26-28, as well as Tuesday, Oct. 31, and at 2 p.m. Sundays, Oct. 22 and 29.
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1 week ago

Warner Ball

Check out our newest exhibit at Eastend Studio & Gallery, titled “Catch Us if You Can". It features artists from Flash! Gallery in Kalamazoo, MI. A very diverse show featuring jewelry, fiber, paintings, etc. All work is for sale, but it’s really just worth viewing as well.

Some of the artists are even featured at the Kalamazoo Institute of Art in their several exhibit rooms, if that vouches for the level of talent in this show.
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Check out our newest exhibit at Eastend Studio & Gallery, titled “Catch Us if You Can. It features artists from Flash! Gallery in Kalamazoo, MI. A very diverse show featuring jewelry, fiber, paintings, etc. All work is for sale, but it’s really just worth viewing as well. 

Some of the artists are even featured at the Kalamazoo Institute of Art in their several exhibit rooms, if that vouches for the level of talent in this show.
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19 hours ago

EastEnd Studio & Gallery

Come see all our fabulous guest artists! Oct 23.Mayor Jack "da Vinci" Reed gives the beautiful #MonaLisa a local Choose Marshall, Michigan touch.

To add to the fun at next Monday's An Eastend "Renovation Celebration" Open House, we have invited 10 daring Marshallites to take to the canvas and recreate famous masterpieces by the likes of #JacksonPollock, #WassilyKandinsky, #JoanMiro, #PaulKlee and more. To ensure they are up for the challenge, we had each over to our new classroom space for a test run. Their brush strokes were fluid, paint splatters rich, and authenticity, well, surprising. Come watch each work of art unfold during the open house, sip some wine, and enjoy the beautiful space and environment of Eastend!
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Come see all our fabulous guest artists!  Oct 23.

1 day ago

EastEnd Studio & Gallery

Mayor Jack "da Vinci" Reed gives the beautiful #MonaLisa a local Choose Marshall, Michigan touch.

To add to the fun at next Monday's An Eastend "Renovation Celebration" Open House, we have invited 10 daring Marshallites to take to the canvas and recreate famous masterpieces by the likes of #JacksonPollock, #WassilyKandinsky, #JoanMiro, #PaulKlee and more. To ensure they are up for the challenge, we had each over to our new classroom space for a test run. Their brush strokes were fluid, paint splatters rich, and authenticity, well, surprising. Come watch each work of art unfold during the open house, sip some wine, and enjoy the beautiful space and environment of Eastend!
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Mayor Jack da Vinci Reed gives the beautiful #MonaLisa a local Choose Marshall, Michigan touch.

To add to the fun at next Mondays An Eastend Renovation Celebration Open House, we have invited 10 daring Marshallites to take to the canvas and recreate famous masterpieces by the likes of #JacksonPollock, #WassilyKandinsky, #JoanMiro, #PaulKlee and more. To ensure they are up for the challenge, we had each over to our new classroom space for a test run. Their brush strokes were fluid, paint splatters rich, and authenticity, well, surprising. Come watch each work of art unfold during the open house, sip some wine, and enjoy the beautiful space and environment of Eastend!

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What a fun idea!

4 months ago

Ken Shenstone Ceramic Studio & Albion Anagama

So... I haven't posted in forever because a lot has been going on. I've been to two weddings (thank you Shawn, Bradley, Henry, and Virginia) and two firings. So, a story. Sometime in May I fired my catenary. The firing kind of bothered me because we burned 8 face cords of wood and i couldn't get the kiln past cone 8. Very shortly thereafter I went north to fire Jeff Cline's kiln which was a rather magical experience. An awesome crew and as far as I could tell a very well executed firing, food included. ( Let's disregard for a moment Jeff's report that he was not that happy with the results. "sucks" for him means something shy of perfect.)
So during the course of that whole bit I realized that we had burned something like 12 face cords of wood to fire Jeff's , what?, 250 cubic foot kiln? So I drove back south and promptly destroyed my nobo. And now I'm building a new kiln. I have spent much of the last week pouring foundations for it and tonight I began laying brick. Quite a joy to be doing this again after a decade. This new kiln will be a little thumper of an anagama, 11 feet long but 9 feet wide. Shaped like a turnip or the legendary Manglewurzle. I will post pictures as construction gets going. Anyone who wants to come play should do so soon. It has begun...
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So... I havent posted in forever because a lot has been going on. Ive been to two weddings (thank you Shawn, Bradley, Henry, and Virginia) and two firings. So, a story. Sometime in May I fired my catenary. The firing kind of  bothered me because we burned 8 face cords of wood and i couldnt get the kiln past cone 8. Very shortly thereafter I went north to fire Jeff Clines kiln which was a rather magical experience. An awesome crew and as far as I could tell a very well executed firing, food included. ( Lets disregard for a moment Jeffs report that he was not that happy with the results. sucks for him means something shy of perfect.) 
So during the course of that whole bit I realized that we had burned something like 12 face cords of wood to fire Jeffs , what?, 250 cubic foot kiln?    So I drove back south and promptly destroyed my nobo. And now Im building a new kiln. I have spent much of the last week pouring foundations for it and tonight I began laying brick. Quite a joy to be doing this again after a decade. This new kiln will be a little thumper of an anagama, 11 feet long but 9 feet wide. Shaped like a turnip or the legendary Manglewurzle. I will post pictures as construction gets going. Anyone who wants to come play should do so soon. It has begun...

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Not the Manglewurzle !

Sidney Patton Paradine...... let's go!

Yay Ken!

Can't wait to see it!

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9 months ago

Schuler Arts

Hope to see you the Art Connect Finale Exhibition at the Art Center of Battle Creek.

Opening Reception: Thursday, January 5th—5:00-7:00 PM.
Where: Art Center of Battle Creek—265 E Emmitt St. Battle Creek
Viewing Hours: Tuesday through Friday, 10 PM to 5 PM and Saturday, 11 AM to 3 PM. Exhibit Closes: Saturday, January 28th

Details:
The Art Center of Battle Creek will host the culminating event of the recent Art Connect Project. Seven participating artists represent a wide spectrum of art-making practices and mediums and include the work of Craig Bishop, Sabine LeDieu, Maureen Reed, Nobel Schuler, Bobbie Van Eck, Jerome Washington, Pete Williams. Art Center Executive Director, Linda Holderbau, hails the display as “a powerfully expressive presentation and a sensational launch of the 2017 exhibition schedule”.

The Art Connect Project’s aim has been to embrace and enhance the relationship between art and recreation, engage and connect Calhoun County residents and artists and promote the arts to children, teens, adults and families. In addition to free classes and displays the Art Connect Project provided studio work space at Schuler Arts for several Albion visual artists for professional and creative development. The project was funded through the Battle Creek Community Foundation and was a collaboration of the City of Albion Recreation Department, Schuler Arts Creativity Retreat Center and the Art Center of Battle Creek.

Picture Caption: Art Center Executive Director, Linda Holderbau and Art Connect Coordinator, Nobel Schuler put some of the finishing touches on the displays.
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Hope to see you the Art Connect Finale Exhibition at the Art Center of Battle Creek.  

Opening Reception: Thursday, January 5th—5:00-7:00 PM.
Where: Art Center of Battle Creek—265 E Emmitt St. Battle Creek
Viewing Hours: Tuesday through Friday, 10 PM to 5 PM and Saturday, 11 AM to 3 PM. Exhibit Closes: Saturday, January 28th

Details:
The Art Center of Battle Creek will host the culminating event of the recent Art Connect Project. Seven participating artists represent a wide spectrum of art-making practices and mediums and include the work of Craig Bishop, Sabine LeDieu, Maureen Reed, Nobel Schuler, Bobbie Van Eck, Jerome Washington, Pete Williams.  Art Center Executive Director, Linda Holderbau, hails the display as “a powerfully expressive presentation and a sensational launch of the 2017 exhibition schedule”.

The Art Connect Project’s aim has been to embrace and enhance the relationship between art and recreation, engage and connect Calhoun County residents and artists and promote the arts to children, teens, adults and families. In addition to free classes and displays the Art Connect Project provided studio work space at Schuler Arts for several Albion visual artists for professional and creative development. The project was funded through the Battle Creek Community Foundation and was a collaboration of the City of Albion Recreation Department, Schuler Arts Creativity Retreat Center and the Art Center of Battle Creek.

Picture Caption: Art Center Executive Director, Linda Holderbau and Art Connect Coordinator, Nobel Schuler put some of the finishing touches on the displays.

Albion anagama crew coming to eastern market area in Detroit this weekend to share and sell wares from the previous firing. There will also be pots out of previous firings of the noborogama and the anagama. Come say hi! Grab some coffee. Check out the record store next store. Support local artisans. Happy holidays! ... See MoreSee Less

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Anyone who shops at Eastern Market, make sure you stop by and see the amazing this they have to offer! He's an amazing artist!!

Where will you be and when?!

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Lynne Howes, Mary H Shuler

Alex Paige I want to do this. I could make some cool stuff.... not at first I'd be like a toddler with play dough but once I got the hang of it I could make masterpieces

Bonnie Berndt Moakley

We have tours of the studio and of the kilns area. Good people amazing pots and a beautiful space

Jake & Monika

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1 years ago

Schuler Arts

A big thank you to the teaching staff of the Calhoun Community High School for coming out this week! Creative workshops preparing for the start of the school year at Schuler Arts have become an annual event for the CCHS education team. (Contact Nobel Schuler at (517) 629-8293 to learn more about creating your own art retreat and team-building day!) ... See MoreSee Less

A big thank you to the teaching staff of the Calhoun Community High School for coming out this week! Creative workshops preparing for the start of the school year at Schuler Arts have become an annual event for the CCHS education team. (Contact Nobel Schuler at (517) 629-8293 to learn more about creating your own art retreat and team-building day!)

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What a great place!

Schuler Arts is always THE place to be!

1 years ago

Anne K. Beyer Ceramics

ANNE'S LAST POTTERY SALE:

Saturday, August 6th: 9:00am - 6:00pm
Sunday, August 7th: 9:00am - 6:00pm

Hi Everyone,

I am in the process of moving to Bloomington because I am starting my MFA program in the Fall at Indiana University. This weekend will be my final sale at Albion Anagama. I am hoping to sell as much as I can to cut down on how much inventory I have to move and to make a little cash to help with the moving costs.

Hope to see you at the shop,
Anne
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1 years ago

Anne K. Beyer Ceramics

I am moving to Bloomington to get my MFA at IU in the Fall. Pass this along to anyone who is looking for more wood fire experience and the opportunity to work with Ken Shenstone.Hello All. Anne Beyer is going to Indiana University to get her MFA in the fall and so we are looking for a new Resident Artist to take her place. Please pass this along to anyone who would be qualified to apply! ... See MoreSee Less

I am moving to Bloomington to get my MFA at IU in the Fall. Pass this along to anyone who is looking for more wood fire experience and the opportunity to work with Ken Shenstone.

1 years ago

Anne K. Beyer Ceramics

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