Meet the Grantees!
Catherine Tonning-Popowich, an Owosso resident and painter, presented "Creative Creature Encounters," which included a public exhibition of 10 zoo-inspired acrylic paintings, along with public painting demonstrations and interactive opportunities held with the artist at Potter Park Zoo. The public painting demonstrations occured June 1 during Be A Tourist in Your Own Town, and on July 19 and Aug. 17, 2013. The exhibition featuring the zoo-inspired paintings were displayed in the Safari Room at Potter Park Zoo beginning Sept. 15 and featured a free reception for the public, continuing through Potter Park’s Free Day at the Zoo on Saturday, Oct. 5.
Haobing Zhu, an East Lansing resident and pianist, presented "Colorful Cloud Chasing the Moon," which celebrated the dynamic diversity of the Chinese culture through music. The project included the recording and production of a CD featuring Haobing Zhu’s performance of Jianzhong Wang's transcriptions of Chinese folk music. Free live concerts and interactive sessions were held at MSU Community Music School inEast Lansing and at Post Oak Academy in Lansing in fall 2013.
Marta Bagratuni, a Lansing-based cellist, presented "Pieces of the World," which included the recording, production, promotions and public release of a CD by Bagratuni and participating Michigan-based artists. The CD includes classical musical works for cello by composers from different countries written within the last 300 years. The public attended a free June 2013 CD release event at The Avenue in Lansing, which included live performances and a talk-back with the project’s participating artists.
Pamela Timmons, a Bath resident and sculptor, presented "Bronzed Turtle," which included the creation and exhibition of a final work of bronze sculpture along with public demonstrations regarding its creative process. The project allowed Timmons to pursue new work in a new medium and engaged the public to witness the creation of a bronze artwork. The exhibition/demonstration events took place at the Children's Garden at the MSU Horticulture Gardens during "Camp Monet" from August 6-8, 2013 and on August 13 during the garden’s 20th Birthday Celebration.