ready for Autumn Comforts show, by Aubrey Alberti
Arts and culture center
offers creative fun in November, Nikke
Award-winner up next at
by James A. Panowski
LCAP continues to provide
art opportunities for local student,
by Claudia Drosen
for Autumn Comforts show
Autumn is a season of colors melding and blending into a brilliant
spectrum of shape and form. Autumn leaves and their fiery hues of
gold, red and orange decorate the landscape boldly and the spacious
blue blanket of the sky, sort of like a patterned quilt that captures
the spirit of such a beautiful season.
Members of the Marquette County Quilters Association (MCQA) are
preparing to display more than 300 quilts at their biannual 2006
Autumn Comforts Quilt Show in the Great Lakes Rooms of the University
Center at Northern Michigan University.
Quilts have warmed, protected and clothed humans for thousands of
years. The crafting of a quilt can be traced back to ancient Egypt.
A carving of an ivory figure of an Egyptian pharaoh wearing a quilted
mantle can be dated from the first Dynasty 3400 B.C.E.
From the ancient banks of the Nile to Medieval Europe, quilting
became important attire for soldiers and knights who sometimes wore
lighter, more pliable, less expensive quilted clothing in place
of heavy and expensive armor. Weaving and quilting became an important
art form that created the medieval tapestries of the time.
Up until the Middle Ages, quilted clothing was a luxury for the
wealthy. But in time it would become a necessity for the common
peasant. Bits of fabric and leftover scraps were used by common
folk to make bedding and other practical commodities. By the American
Colonial period, quilting was an expected skill that all women were
capable of doing, so important a skill that their very lives depended
on it for the survival of their settlements.
There are stories about family treasure maps, diaries, wills and
testaments, currency and family secret recipes being passed down
through the ages by being sewn into the fabric of a quilt. One such
quilt came from an early American colonial woman named Mary Newbury,
who kept a diary by writing on bits of parchment and sewing them
into her patchwork quilt. She wanted her descendants to know her
story and keep her lineage connected to the past through her quilted
Then came the Industrial Age, which changed the face of quilting
forever. With the birth of the sewing machine, mass production of
bolts of cloth from a variety of fabrics like silk or velvet was
born. The beginning of modern quilting as an art form was fabricated.
The modern quilter has many choices and genrefrom traditional
patterns to abstract expression to pictorial style and watercolor
quilts. With todays technology, it is possible to capture
a favorite photograph and have it photocopied to fabric.
The quilting art has come a long way from the ancient temples of
Egypt and the majestic castles of Medieval Europe. It is a beloved
homespun craft that gains loyal followers each year.
The Autumn Comforts Quilt Show will take place from 10:00 a.m. to
5:00 p.m. on November 11 and from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on November
12. There is a $3 admissions fee for adults and children. Silent
auctions, demos and venders will be featured, and a raffle quilt
drawing will take place at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday.
The prize quilt is titled Its All About Color.
The raffle winner will take home this beautiful creation by Kathryn
Norton and Jane Vandenberg and other guild member contributors of
The quilt will be displayed at Alley Kats in the Village Shopping
Center on Third Street in Marquette until the show. Money raised
from the raffle goes to support Bay Cliff, Harbor House, Pregnancy
Services and the neonatal unit at Marquette General Hospital.
A quilting challenge will be held with the theme Winters
Holiday. Twenty quilting participants will be judged by the
public for best of show honors.
For those interested in quilting or joining a quilting circle, the
Marquette County Quilting Association meets at 6:30 p.m. on the
first Wednesday of each month at Peter White Public Library at 6:30
For details on the MCQA, visit www.marquettequilters.com
Saturday, November 11
10:30 a.m.Quick Watercolor Quilts
12:30 p.m.Cut-A-Round Tool
1:30 p.m.Fashion Show
2:30 p.m.No Waste Flying Geese Ruler
3:30 p.m.Martis Log Cabin Ruler
4:30 p.m.Square in a Square Ruler
Sunday, November 12
1:00 p.m.Quilt As You Go
2:00 p.m.Foiling on Fabric
3:00 p.m.Raffle Drawing
3:15 p.m.Scrappy Triangle Blocks
4:00 p.m.Silent Auction final bids
Arts and culture center offers
creative fun in November
For more information or to sign up for any of the following events,
call 228-0472, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.mqtcty.org
Arts calendar deadline upcoming
Marquette arts organizations who want their winter arts events occurring
between January and April 2007 published in the Marquette Winter
Arts Calendar should submit the information by e-mail to email@example.com
or mail it to Arts Calendar, 300 West Baraga Avenue, Marquette,
MI 49855 by December 1.
There is no charge for arts organizations, businesses or individual
artists. This service is sponsored by the City of Marquette Arts
and Culture Committee and the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural
Affairs with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Youth holiday choir starts rehearsals
The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center (MACC) will begin
rehearsals for a holiday youth choir and play in November to perform
several times in December.
Youth do not have to perform at all the events. The main play and
choral performance will take place at 7:00 p.m. on December 7 in
the Community Room located in the lower level of Peter White Public
Rehearsal begins at 5:00 p.m. on November 1 at the Marquette Arts
and Culture Center. A schedule for future rehearsals will be handed
out at this time. There is no registration fee, and the event is
open to ages preschool through Grade 12. Preregistration is required.
MACC features work of Joellyn Loehr
Oregon painter Joellyn Loehr recently spent several weeks in a cabin
in the U.P. where she produced eighteen twenty-four-inch square
oil-on-panel paintings. These paintings will be shown during the
month of November at the City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center
Lower Level Gallery located in the lower level of Peter White Public
Loehr received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Pacific Northwest
College of Art, Portland (Oregon) and a Master of Arts from Michigan
State University, as well as a Bachelor of Science from MSU.
Her award-winning works have been included in juried exhibits throughout
the Northwest and are included in private collections in the Western
United States and Europe and on permanent collection at the Coos
Art Museum in Coos Bay (Oregon). A public reception will be held
from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on November 2.
SKI performs in First Thursday series
Ski is a new name for a group thats been around in one
form or another for years. The group consists of Kathryn Morski
(lead writer, singer and fingerstyle guitarist), Kathryns
daughter Caitlin (writer, lead singer and flautist), and her son,
Brian (drummer and singer).
Ski will perform at 7:00 p.m. on November 2 in the Community
Room in the lower level of Peter White Public Library. Admission
is $2 per person, with proceeds going directly to the artists.Ski
features distinctive finger-style guitar, expressive conga and warm
vocal harmony for all ages.
Fall workshops available at MACC
Registration deadlines for the following workshops are approaching.
To register with a credit card, call 228-0472 or stop in the MACC
Gallery & Gifts Shop.
Watercolor Batik with Bobbe AlmerAt 5:00 p.m.
on November 8, ages ten to adult can enjoy creating beautiful watercolor
batik paintings with a holiday theme. They can be used as greeting
cards or framed as gifts. Parents can take this class with their
children. Registration is $10 for City residents and $15 for nonresidents.
A $10 lab fee applies. Supplies will be provided by the instructor
to create two watercolor batik paintings mounted to cards and envelopes.
Painted Picture Maps with Bobbe AlmerAt 4:00 p.m.
on December 16, ages eight to adult can make a special gift for
the holidays. With an off-the-shelf frame or a hand-painted mat
board, choose from a number of design ideas to suit your photograph.
It turns a great photograph into a memorable gift. This is a fun
class for parents to take with their children to make special gifts
for aunts or grandparents. The class is $5 for City residents or
$10 for nonresidents. A $10 lab fee applies. All supplies will be
provided by the instructor to create a painted mat to frame a four-by-six-inch
picture. Students should bring the picture to class.
Gingerbread House Workshop with Carol PhillipsAt
1:00 p.m. on December 2, ages six and older can learn to make gingerbread
houses. No experience necessary. The class is $15 for City residents
or $25 for nonresidents.
Annual Holiday Art Sale date set
Work by more than twenty-four local artists will be on sale from
10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. on November 18 in the MACC. Works include
ceramics, fibers, wearable art, glass, painting, jewelry, wood,
mixed media and more.
A youth craft table will be available free of charge for all ages.
MACC seeks workshop instructors
The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center is seeking instructors
for their Winter 2007 session of Arts and Cultural workshops.
During the past six years, the MACC has offered several workshops,
such as painting, hand-coloring photography, fused glass, acting,
table-top fountain making, floral arrangement, tie-dye, mosaics,
drawing, writing, Spanish, Tai Chi, dancing and more.
Winter Session 2007 workshops begin the week of January 22. We pay
our instructors $15 an hour. You can supply any materials needed
for your class through lab fees, or have a list for students to
purchase the supplies themselves.
There are two rooms for art, one carpeted quiet room and a large
community room with a stage. There is storage available if supplies
need to be left over the course of your class. The application deadline
is November 22.
Disney musical auditions planned
The MACC will be holding auditions for their winter production of
Disneys High School Musical from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. on December
1 and from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on December 2.
Callbacks are at 1:00 p.m. on December 3. Auditions will take place
in the Community Room and Marquette Arts and Culture Center.
The musical is based on a Disney Channel Original Movie written
by Peter Barsocchini. Performances will take place from March 16
through 18 at Kaufman Auditorium. Youth singers, dancers, actors,
cheerleaders, basketball players and gymnasts are needed for a variety
of parts. Rehearsals begin in mid-January. Tickets go on sale January
Youth in Grades 6 through 12 are eligible to audition. There also
are parts for one male adult basketball coach/father and one female
adult drama teacher. Those auditioning will be asked to read from
scenes, dance and sing a song or Happy Birthday. A pianist
will be provided. Those who do not wish to sing a song at auditions
may choose not to do so. If you are unable to make audition dates,
you must call before auditions to set up a separate time.
There is no cost to audition, but there is a registration fee to
participate in the production. There are special family rates and
scholarships are available thanks to the Max and Phyllis Reynolds
Award-winner up next at FRT
Tickets are on sale for Tell-Tale, the 2006 playwriting award winner
at Northern Michigan University. Playwright Rebecca Gormans
script brilliantly captures the passion, madness and genius of Edgar
Tell-Tale runs at 7:30 p.m. from November 15 through 18, with a
special matinee at 1:00 p.m. on November 18 on the Forest Roberts
According to Gorman, Tell-Tale is an original play based on the
life and death of Poe. He was troubled, intelligent, paranoid and
manipulative, and suffered from illnesses which were undiagnosable
in his time.
Tell-Tale is, in essence, Poes last confession,
she said. It takes place in the Baltimore hospital where he
lay in delirium for four days before his death. Poe is forced to
look at his life, his mistakes, his outrageous behaviors, and in
the end, he must try to find peace.
Heading the thirteen-member ensemble as Poe is Adam Maslak, a senior
from Detroit. Gwinn sophomore Emily Strazzinski is Poes child
bride, Virginia. Elizabeth Bartlett, a sophomore from Kalkaska,
plays the ghost of Poes mother, Eliza.
Supporting players are Green Bay senior Brian Elliott as Robert
Merril, Poes partner and magazine publisher; Grand Rapids
senior Jessica Luiz as the sympathetic nurse; Fond du Lac (Wisconsin)
senior Beth Nintzel as society matron Fanny Osgoode; and Michigamme
junior Kelley Ross as Maria Clemm.
Tell-Tale is directed by Paul Truckey, with scenic design by Victor
G. Holliday. Lighting design is by Kim Hegmegee and costume design
by Sarah Long, graduate assistant from Bonham (Texas).
Tickets can be purchased at the FRT box office weekdays between
noon and 5:00 p.m. Credit card reservations can be made by calling
For online reservations, visit www.nmu.edu/tickets
Beginning November 13, telephone reservations can be made by calling
227-2082 or 227-2083. Ticket prices are $10 for the general public
and $7 for NMU students.
The First Nighters Club will hold its first Sneak Preview Luncheon
of the 2006-07 Blockbuster season at noon on November 11 in the
Charcoal Room of the Don H. Bottum University Center. This gala
event is open to FNC members, guests and others who are interested
in the theatre program.
The luncheon will highlight Tell-Tale. Special guests include Truckey
and Gorman. A question-and-answer session will follow.
First Nighters and guests need to RSVP for the event by calling
the Forest Roberts Theatre at 227-2082, weekdays between noon and
5:00 p.m., on or before November 9. The cost is $9 for First Nighters
members and $10 for the general public. A vegetarian menu is available
Gormans play was selected from more than 300 entries from
the United States and abroad.
She will receive a $2,000 stipend and see her play presented as
the second production of the Blockbuster season. Last summer, Gorman
participated in a week-long workshop in Marquette with Truckey,
Spencer (New York) dramaturge George Sapio and a town n
Gorman will be flown into Marquette the week prior to production
to serve as artist-in-residence. She will work with the director
and cast, and meet with various theatre, English and communications
Gorman is an assistant professor in the English department at Metropolitan
State College of Denver, where she teaches playwriting, screenwriting
and dramatic history. She graduated cum laude with a B.A. in drama
from Dartmouth College, and went on to receive her M.F.A. in dramatic
writing from Carnegie Mellon University.
She has worked at the Seattle Repertory Theatre, the Colorado Shakespeare
Festival, the Denver Center Theatre Company and the Glimmerglass
Opera Company. Gorman worked closely with Milan Stitt (The Runner
Stumbles) on her masters thesis, a full-length play entitled
A Dagger Before Me.
Gorman has won several playwriting competitions including the Sunset
Center Award, Carmel (California) for Feet of Clay. She won the
Eleanor Frost One-Act Play Festival two years running with Well
(1995) and The Magicians Girl (1996).
Other dramatic works produced include two scenes of an opera libretto
(Tell-Tale), a television short (Timmy), and the one-act play The
Magic Sand at Pittsburghs New Works Festival.
Gorman is a member of the Playwrights Unit, Denver Center
Theatre Company and, in addition to several dramatic scripts, is
working on a book about superheroes in various countries as cultural
This upcoming academic year marks the thirtieth annual competition
for the Mildred and Albert Panowski Playwriting Award. Beginning
with the fourteenth annual competition, Dr. James A.
Panowski, director of the Forest Roberts Theatre, has provided financial
assistance in memory of his parents.
James A. Panowski
LCAP continues to provide art
opportunities for local students
When children create art, they are engaging in both work and play.
They work at an activity, focus on it and put effort into it. But
they also play at it, not in the sense that is the opposite of work,
but in the sense that play is their work.
Play allows children the chance to explore their environment, to
learn how it works and how they relate to it. Children can express
feelings and emotions through art, and usually are able to achieve
this much earlier than they can with words. As they get older, the
play involved in their art experiences may help them convey feelings
that they otherwise would be unwilling to share with words.
So art is work, play and ultimately a path to discovery. Through
play, children can be anyone, anywhere, at anytime. And it is not
the finished piece of art, but this process of exploring and creating,
that has the greatest impact on the young artist.
Fortunately, there are individuals in the U.P. who feel it is essential
to provide these experiences for children. Marilyn Mutch is one
of those people. Mutch has been a professional potter for more than
thirty years, and her creativity has been matched only by her ability
to dream. For many years, she wished for a place in the community
where young people could observe professional artists at work.
All children benefit from participating in the arts during
their formative years, she said.
So in 1995, Mutch started Liberty Childrens Art Project (LCAP,
pronounced EL-Cap), and turned her vision into a reality. The idea
was to reach young artists and dreamers right here in the U.P.,
and offer them a safe place to express themselves. In this apprenticeship-oriented
setting, children feel free to have their questions answered while
engaging in many different kinds of creative art. Ultimately, Mutch
felt this was a great way for students to gain theoretical knowledge
as well as hands-on experience in the fine arts.
Of course, it took more than dreams to make the project happen.
It was Mutchs devotion to the cause and willingness to work
tirelessly that opened LCAPs doors in the icy Negaunee winter
of 1995. It was her beliefs that kept her striving to make it work.
Team sports are wonderful and rewarding, but you dont
need the team to do art, Mutch said. You only need yourself.
Kids find a peace within themselves when they engage in art. My
goal is to have every child have an art experience if he or she
More than a decade has passed, and Mutch is proud to report that
although situations, personnel and venues have changed, LCAP still
plays an integral part in maintaining her original dream. Things
have not always been perfect for this nonprofit organizationalong
the way, LCAP has had successes, but their efforts have been also
been fraught with setbacks at times.
Statistics show that students of the arts are more likely to have
better communication skills and achieve higher test scores than
their nonparticipating peers, and more importantly, kids who do
artistic activities develop creative problem-solving abilities and
These things are like money in the bank for young people growing
up in a complex world. However, the money in LCAPs bank was
decreasing as funding began to diminish in 2005.
LCAPs mission was to provide the opportunity for art
enrichment through various programs benefiting children in the isolated
areas of the Upper Peninsula. In 2005, grants for organizations
with such missions were getting harder to come by.
It seems people love to give to world projects, but not local
kids, Mutch said.
However, as you might have guessed, she kept trying to preserve
what she knew was a valuable asset to the area.
In the summer of 2005, Mutch enlisted the help of another dedicated
individual who believes in the importance of providing art experiences
to children. Carol Phillips, a painter for the last twenty years,
with a BFA in art, was asked to join the LCAP family and teach a
series of classes at the Negaunee location.
She and her husband, an English professor at NMU and a multimedia
artist as well, had moved to Marquette from Seattle in 2002. In
Seattle, Phillips had quite an interesting life. In addition to
painting, she was a chef and a food stylist. As a food stylist,
she used worked alongside commercial photographers.
Once in Marquette, Phillips decided to further her studies at Northern,
completing the art education program there and becoming a certified
art teacher at the K-12 level. She now teaches art at Powell Township
School in Big Bay.
In the summer of 05, Phillips taught a series of summer classes
at LCAP, still in Negaunee. Then in October of that year, Mutch
asked Phillips to become the acting director of the organization.
It became important to lower overhead costs and so LCAP moved most
of its supplies from the Negaunee location to its new home at the
Powell Township School in Big Bay. In 2006, the Negaunee board of
directors was dismantled and a newly elected board, with president
Kay Harrington at its helm, was formed.
LCAP was in need of a pick-me-up, and Phillips proved to be just
the panacea. Her enthusiasm was infectious. She was ready to work
not only to maintain the mission of the project, but also to increase
the amount of learning opportunities in the future. She continued
to write grant requests and was able to obtain CUPPAD grants for
a program at Gwinn, K.I. Sawyer and Big Bay. Mutch is proud of the
way Phillips has been running things.
She has really jumped in with both feet, understands the program,
is an excellent teacher, and is hoping to expand the program,
Phillips wants the community to know that since the move, LCAP has
remained active. Currently, the programs offered are through schools
of the area. Phillips said last spring they ran a program called
All Day Art Days at Powell Township School, which consisted
of artists teaching three sessions in various techniques for three
days throughout the semester.
Thanks to a CUPPAD grant through the Michigan Council for Arts and
Cultural Affairs, LCAP also was involved in an after-school art
enrichment program at both Gilbert and K.I. Sawyer elementary schools
in the Gwinn area.
In addition, LCAP was involved in the annual Girl Scout March
Madness event, where classes in watercolor painting techniques
Currently, Phillips said LCAP is offering a photography class made
possible by a grant from the Target Corporation called Creating
Community: A Portrait of the U.P. This is presented as an
after-school program at Powell Township School.
Kids in Grades 6 through 9 from all around the area can take part
in this program, which meets Thursday afternoons from 3:15 to 4:15
p.m. until mid-December at Powell Township School. Call (906)345-9355
for details or to register.
The art enrichment classes at Gilbert and K.I. Sawyer schools are
in place for this fall and winter, thanks to another CUPPAD grant.
In addition, Phillips is excited about what the future holds for
LCAP. Funding is being sought to teach Native American art methods
with Native artists, and more after-school art enrichment programs
are anticipated in the greater Marquette area.
Mutch will remain involved with LCAP; however, her role will be
changing. Since Phillips is running the Project, Mutch will become
a board member and serve as a valuable consultant who will offer
creative ideas and lend her support to see LCAP through this time
In addition to working at LCAP and teaching at Powell Township,
Phillips has been the curator for the Oasis Gallery in Marquette
for the last four years. In January of 2007, she will show some
of her paintings in the Curator Show at Oasis. Also, next spring,
Phillips and her husband will do a joint art show in Calumet.
There are new and exciting things ahead for the community and its
childrennot just school children, but home-schooled children
as well. It is Phillips vision to perpetuate Mutchs
All children should have the privilege of art enrichment in
their lives, Phillips said.