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.

3 days ago

Warner Ball

Starts tomorrow at 11am until 4pm. Many downtown marshall retailers will feature artist demonstrations.We’ll see you tomorrow during Art on the Avenue!

Swing by Michigan Ave near Brooks Fountain to see artist demonstrations in several retailers, as well as the chance to participate in your own project.

Festivities start at 11am and end at 4pm.
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Starts tomorrow at 11am until 4pm. Many downtown marshall retailers will feature artist demonstrations.

2 weeks ago

Nisha Farooq

Hello! Just wanted to share a different kind of art.. Food! My first pop up restaurant is opening in Albion August 17-20th, please check it out!

Cooper's Dish 4-Day Opening

Cooper's Dish 4-Day OpeningAug 17, 8:00am112 E Erie St. Albion, Mi, 49224Cooper's Dish Breakfast and Brunch is coming to the Albion Food Hub!
This is a 4-day pop-up restaurant featuring classic and creative breakfast and brunch meals.

Hours
Thursday August 17th- Sunday August 20th
8:00am- 2:30pm
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2 weeks ago

John C. Sherwood

~ Great Escape's first production in new space breaks audience record ~

MARSHALL – Great Escape Stage Company's staff said they're astounded and grateful after local audiences repeatedly outdid the theater company's past production attendance during eight performances of “The Miracle Worker.”

“We didn't know what to expect, actually,” said the theater company's artistic director, Randy Lake. “We know many, many people may just have wanted to see how the old building had been changed into our new theater space, but apparently they discovered that we also had a wonderful show to offer.”

Nearly 600 people turned out to see William Gibson's classic American drama about Helen Keller, filling the theater at 110 E. Michigan Ave. each night during its second week of production, Lake said.

Lake credited the cast of “The Miracle Worker” and its director, Kim Forde, for their efforts to make the show an artistic as well as a commercial success.

“At times during our second week, we almost had to turn away people who didn't make reservations, but for the most part we scrambled to squeeze in some extra chairs here and there,” Lake said. “That might be difficult if this turns into a trend – but that will be a lovely problem to have. We'll do whatever we can to seat everyone who comes.”

“We've had sold-out shows before, but our old home down the street had a capacity of only about 45 seats, although we sometimes could stretch that to 55 or so,” he said. “Over the course of 50 shows and five years there, sometimes we were fortunate to sell 350 tickets.”

Lake said he hopes that situation is changing, without sacrificing Great Escape's reputation for offering professional productions of challenging shows in an intimate and often surprising setting.

“Our goal in the new space began with the idea of seating 70 to 80 people with each show – but we really didn't imagine that we'd do it with our very first production,” Lake said.

The theater company has experienced three of its six most profitable shows within the past year – “Next Fall,” “Laughter on the 23rd Floor” and “Arsenic and Old Lace,” Lake said. Other highly attended plays also were recent musicals – “A Christmas Memory,” “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” and “Into the Woods.”

Each of those six productions brought in 330 audience members on average, according to figures compiled by Great Escape's staff. "The Miracle Worker" brought in almost twice that.

The community's response to “The Miracle Worker” justifies the faith Great Escape's board of directors demonstrated when it purchased the historic downtown building in 2016, Lake said.

“That launched the biggest project we've ever undertaken as an organization – restoring an historic building and converting it into a theater, all while producing a new play,” Lake said.

“We're immensely grateful to everyone in Marshall for this level of support, and for proving that the arts have a strong future here,” he said. “Now it's up to us to keep up this momentum, and keep providing the kind of theater options that this community has shown that it wants.”

On the schedule at Great Escape during the 2017 calendar year are:

– A readers-theater “drama slam” of “The Cider House Rules, Part I,” at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 11.

– A donor-appreciation event in early September, as initial work on the building nears completion. Those who've made donations to Great Escape prior to Aug. 31 will be invited. Donations are being accepted by mail to Great Escape, P.O. Box 621, Marshall, MI 49068.

– A public viewing of the theater during Marshall's 54th annual Historic Home Tour, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 9 and 10.

– Neil Simon's “The Sunshine Boys” and the original “A Tickle of Burlesque,” Sept. 14-17 and 21-24, corresponding with the completed theater space's grand opening.

– Additional “drama slams,” Friday, Sept. 8 (“Auntie Mame”); Friday, Oct. 13 (“Misery”); and Friday, Nov. 10 (“Under Milkwood”). All productions will begin at 7 p.m.

– Noel Coward's comedy “Blithe Spirit,” Oct. 19 through 31.

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

– A magic show by Neil Foster Ring No. 89 of the International Brotherhood of Magicians, at 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4.

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 PHOTO: Great Escape Stage Company Artistic Director Randy Lake addresses an audience at the start of one of the recent performances of “The Miracle Worker,” the first show produced in the theater company's new black-box theater at 110 E. Michigan Ave. in downtown Marshall.
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2 weeks ago

Maggie LaNoue

Murals with the city name are a great way to get others to promote your city - as they will take photos of the mural, or of themselves in front of the mural, and spread the word. Kimber Thompson just finished the Grand Street Park mural in Marshall and tripled the word of mouth effect by including architecture and local landmarks. Bravo! I see EastEndStudioandGallery there in the middle top also. ... See MoreSee Less

Murals with the city name are a great way to get others to promote your city - as they will take photos of the mural, or of themselves in front of the mural, and spread the word.  Kimber Thompson just finished the Grand Street Park mural in Marshall and tripled the word of mouth effect by including architecture and local landmarks.  Bravo!  I see EastEndStudioandGallery there in the middle top also.

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Great idea for Albion too!!

I did a concept of the Albion version back in 2005 that also had a road side attraction world largest black squirrel statue. The location would have to change if it did happen. LOL albionmich.com/sparky/

Let's explore the possibility of making something happen...mural or statue would be a nice addition to Albion!

I like these city feature murals. We should have one in Albion, such as on the side of the building on the SE corner of Superior/Cass (formerly had the Albion honest slice of life sign on it), or the Peabody Block, or other prominent building locations.

Agreed!!

Maggie (loved your concept) & Frank let's make it happen for Albion!

Sounds great!

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2 days ago

EastEnd Studio & Gallery

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Some kids having fun at the fountain during Art on the Avenue

2 days ago

EastEnd Studio & Gallery

Check out our sidewalk art by Terralynn Lake before the rain washes it away. ... See MoreSee Less

Check out our sidewalk art by Terralynn Lake before the rain washes it away.

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Need to coat it and make it permanent Kat Gray Whaley! It's too beautiful to be ephemeral.

Nah, it's cool that is is ephemeral. I hope we can do anther one next year!

Potter, Romelle Frey, is demonstrating in our front window today. Stop by to watch her work. Throwing on the wheel is downright mesmerizing. #artontheavenue ... See MoreSee Less

Potter, Romelle Frey, is demonstrating in our front window today. Stop by to watch her work. Throwing on the wheel is downright mesmerizing. #artontheavenue

2 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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7 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

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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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11 months 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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