Cheryl Alt received her bachelor’s degree in education from Wayne State University in 1976. She has worked as a teacher, a tour guide and a gallery assistant. She taught several summer camp programs at the DCA this summer and currently teaches after school art classes through Project Achieve and the College for Creative Studies’ Community Art Program.
Primarily a self-taught artist, Cheryl likes to explore many mediums and techniques – most of them non-traditional. Since she tends to “think outside the box”, she prefers such art forms as mixed media painting, collage and assemblage. She also makes jewelry, journals and mosaics. As an incurable “pack-rat”, she tends to incorporate all types of found objects into her artwork. As a ‘friend of the Earth’, she loves to find ways to reuse items that would ordinarily find their way into the waste stream and transform them into useful and/or beautiful things.
She has exhibited her work at several local galleries and has an Etsy shop “Alternative Art” which can be found at here.
My name is Kenneth Barbb and I would like to tell you a few things about myself. I have done some form of artwork most of my life and over the years I have developed my own style, as do most artists, which makes my work very recognizable. I’ve tried several forms of art but mostly enjoy painting. During the 70’s and 80’s I did watercolor (8 years) and dabbled in pastels and a little sculpture. In 1989 I discovered acrylic, my preferred medium. I prefer working on a 30 x 40 inch canvas but have done larger pieces, the largest being 4 x 10 feet. I have done many shows in the past and am in the process of setting up a web site where I can showcase my paintings and offer prints as well.
Painting is my passion. I paint to please myself, with this thought rolling around somewhere in my head: It is my intent to evoke pleasure, to send you on a journey of the mind, beyond space and void of recognizable time. Each creation is unique, a one-of-a-kind experience for me and hopefully for the viewer. So relax and enjoy the trip as we explore the caverns of our minds.
Teaching for 12 years, Betty is currently an art teacher at Baptist Park and Monart for K-12. She is trained and certified in the Monart method. This uniquely designed methodology teaches visual perception and realistic drawing skills on a level never before seen with young children and adults. Betty is also part owner of Art & About, which holds painting classes for small group get-togethers.
Shirley was a cherished friend and artist of the Downriver communtiy. She was not only an active member and volunteer at the DCA, but she also taught watercolor classes each Tuesday and Wednesday. As an award winning artist, her legacy lives on in her beautiful artwork displayed in several businesses and private collections. She enjoyed sharing her knowledge with fellow artists and instructed classes in Downriver communities for more than 15 years. Shirley was a member of the DCA, a charter member of Art Ambience, a member of the Downriver Arts & Crafts Guild, Acanthus and National Women of the Arts. Her formal art training was at the Memphis Academy of Art in Tennessee. Shirley had been a Michigan resident since 1947 and resided in Grosse Ile. Her talent, warm smile and witty manner will surely be missed.
Darryl Froehlich is primarily a self-taught artist whose work has been influenced by workshops with such mentors as artist/sculptor Heiner Hertling and the late Harrison Collier. Froehlich has also studied the palette of the late American Impressionist painter Frank Vincent DuMond, under the direction of noted Indianapolis fine artist Douglas David.
Froehlich’s artistic philosophy is to concentrate on overall design, thus leaving something to the imagination and forcing viewers to interpret details, making them participants in the painting and enhancing their enjoyment of the finished work. His primary medium is oil and he enjoys both plein air and studio painting.
Froehlich, a Grosse Ile resident for more than 27 years, is a member of the Downriver Council for the Arts, Art Ambiance, Michigan Plein Air Painters, the Glen Arbor (Michigan) Art Association and the Elizabeth Lane Oliver Center for the Arts in Frankfort, Michigan.
Lauren had always had been inclined to the creative, but found her true passion for art in college. She was involved in many community engagement opportunities through her degree program at the Residential College in Arts and Humanities at Michigan State University. It was here that she found art is a powerful tool in connecting people. She pursued a second degree in Studio Art with a concentration in photography and graduated in 2015. After graduation, she spent a year serving the youth of New Orleans through the City Year program.
Elroy is a multimedia artist whose extreme passion is sculpting in clay. In 1974 he discovered working with clay to be very fulfilling and peaceful, almost a place of rest for him. He enjoys sharing the fun experience with interested students. Children learn to make decorative tiles, trivets, animals, spoon rests, clock faces, and other creations in his class. He and his wife Kathy have raised six children in Wyandotte and now are enjoying retirement and their eight grandchildren. Born in Dearborn, his education came locally from Dearborn High School art classes and Detroit’s College for Creative Studies. He is the owner of Grandy Graphics and currently operates his ceramics manufacturing facility in Wyandotte, where he has resided for the past 32 years. Elroy has been teaching Children’s Drop-In Clay classes the first two Saturdays of the month during fall and winter here at the DCA.
Donna teaches classes through the DCA for children and adults, including the DCA’s Youth Art classes and the DCA’s Youth Summer Art Camps. Previously Donna was the owner/operator of a gallery and studio on Grosse Ile, and now focuses her paintings on relationships between people, self and the larger society. She is interested in what makes us who we are and how we interact with one another, how the larger world influences us and how we influence the world. Many of her pieces rely on nuanced balance and simplicity, and can be described best as intimate looks at ideas and feelings.
Maureen Cassidy Keast
Maureen has been fortunate to have had teachers who have encouraged her to expand her knowledge and skills in painting. Exploring classes have been a strong influence in her art and former teachers were instrumental in persuing art as a second career. Her painting is evolving into stopping a moment in time. To depict what is happening in our fast paced world – to record an event or feeling. Exploring visual effects through acrylics has led to mixed media paintings – using mediums (such as molding paste or gels) with collage to tell a story.
One of her first workshops was extremely important for her personal growth – not a new technique or painting style – but an order to “Go home, visit your local art groups and find one that fits you.” Well, that worked for her! She is now a part of numerous groups: Downriver Council for the Arts, Acanthus Art Society, Detroit Society of Women Painters and Sculptors and currently serving as President of Downriver Arts & Crafts Guild, and is Public Relations Chairperson for two major art shows; Art Ambience and Fall Festival of the Arts. She believes in the value of encouraging people to follow their love of art. She enjoys promoting the educational Scholarship Fund that Downriver Arts & Crafts Guild offers to graduating seniors pursuing a degree in visual art. She has found that these groups offer not only information of upcoming events and classes, but also offer friends who understand the place that art has in her life.
Maureen is a working member of a Ferndale Gallery and each month her work is on display at the Lawrence Street Gallery in Ferndale. Her work can be seen at lawrencestreetgallery.com and her facebook page.
Browsing through the books at Dalton Books years ago I saw a book on pastels. The cover showed pastel sticks in a rainbow of gorgeous colors and immediately I wanted to learn how to use them. I signed up for a class at a local art supply store and haven’t stopped working in this medium since. That was over twenty years ago! Today I paint landscapes, especially scenes of Northern Michigan, an area that I find very inspiring. I love the way pastels can be either a drawing or painting medium, and the colors are addicting. It is easy to correct mistakes in pastel and there is no cleanup of brushes or drying of wet canvases, and no solvents. My goal is to capture the light and shadow of a scene, using vibrant color. I want the viewer to experience a little of the wonder of nature. And I still have that first book from Dalton’s!
I have taken fine art classes at Henry Ford Community College, Wayne County Community College, Wayne State University and Eastern Michigan University. I enjoy painting workshops and have studied with the late Jerry Powers, Edee Jopich, Mary Fuscaldo, Jim Markle and Marla Baggetta. I am very involved in the Downriver art community and am honored to be the Vice-President of the Downriver Arts and Crafts Guild. My work is shown at the Lawrence Street Gallery in Ferndale and Abundant Living Gallery in Wyandotte. My website is NancyKnapp.weebly.com.
My background in art began at age 13 when I attended the Society of Arts and Crafts (now known as CCS) children’s classes on a working scholarship. From there I attended Wayne State and earned a BFA and MA in fine arts.
While working at Greenfield Village as a craft demonstrator I worked mainly as a silversmith. That was the start of my interest in jewelry making.
I am a member of the DCA Gallery Committee and also teach classes there. Some places that I have exhibited include Wyandotte, Dearborn, Detroit, Midland and many others. I have received several awards for art work and jewelry.
Recently I retired from my job as a goldsmith and jewelry designer at Showroom of Elegance in Canton, MI. Jared Galleria, Facets of Todd Michael and Lawrence Jewelers are a few other places I have worked as a goldsmith.
My mission in life now is to be creative and make art and music. Mandolin is my instrument of choice for making music. Drawing, Painting and Hand Engraving are the visual arts that I concentrate on. I have often been asked which piece that I have done do I like best, my answer is “The one I’m going to make next!”
Kyle Sharkey’s heavily texture figures reference colors, texture, and forms found inside and outside of the body to represent the symbiotic relationship between pain and pleasure. He seeks to intermingle base and traditional mediums to represent experiences of trauma, deformation, and aging to illuminate how the notion of pain and pleasure are formed and, at times, be synonymous. He graduated in 2014 with his BFA from Kendall College of Art & Design and currently is a second-year MFA student at Wayne State University.
Adrianna Stepiano is a fine and performing artist, living and working in the Detroit, Michigan area. Adrianna's knowledge of the arts is extensive, having attended the Savannah College of Art and Design where she studied the arts and design of animation. During her twelve years of teaching and public speaking in the design and animation departments of the College for Creative Studies and Henry Ford College, Adrianna refined her art form and branched her interests into literature and poetry. After working in the broadcast arts at WDIV-tv in Detroit and WTVG-tv in Toledo, Adrianna stepped into advertising and production work, maintaining a steady career in art direction and motion graphics.
She has been teaching the Downriver Council for the Arts' children since 2012 having run classes for toddlers to teenagers, as well as workshops and summer art camps. Adrianna is also a private painting teacher for adults. You can read more about her and see her work at www.abookmaker.weebly.com.
B. Elton (Bruce) Tims
Bruce was born and raised in Michigan. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Graphic Design from Western Michigan University. He continued his education at the renowned Center for Creative Studies, College of Arts and Design in Detroit. Bruce has exhibited in numerous juried art shows since 1975. Included in these are exhibits in Chicago, Birmingham, England and throughout Michigan, including the Wyandotte Art Fair. He has contributed to the Henry Ford Art for the Heart fundraiser for the past several years as well as donating to the Treasure Chest of Art fundraiser for AIDS awareness. Bruce’s soft touch and blending, as well as his impeccable use of color, results in the creation of outstanding watercolors filled with a passion that art collectors can relate to. In contrast, his acrylics lend to the abstract showing a deeper use of color and harder brush stroke, that allows for inspiration unique to each viewer. Bruce continues to work and reside in Michigan and is looking forward to teaching at the DCA.
Sara is self taught artist & hobbyist. Her interests include macrame, mixed media arts, sewing, zentangle, scrapbooking & jewelry making. She loves animals, music, cooking & creating! She has a colorful imagination & is an avid DIYer. She loves upcycling, repurposing & finding new ways to reduce, reuse & recycle!
Cheryl Zemke is a Multi Award winning established fashion designer and owner of C. Creations Custom Sewing & Design since 2002. For the past five years Zemke has been organizing her own successful fashion runway shows, as well as, participating in various runway shows throughout Michigan. She has a B.S.B.A. from Lawrence Technological University, an Associate in Fashion Merchandising, and has taken select courses in other areas as well. Being artistic as a child, she is well versed and educated in different art mediums. Her main focus is fashion and design, and is a well known sewer/seamstress/fashion designer. This is her second year teaching here at the DCA.
Ms. Zemke was one of ten finalists for the Detroit Institute of Arts/Detroit Garment Guild Group Samurai: “Beyond the Armor” Design Challenge. After the contest she was featured the August issue of Styleline as one of ten “Designers to Watch” in the tri-county area.
Cheryl has won 5 awards from the American Sewing Expo (2009-2012). This expo is the largest independent sewing expo in the United States. Passion for Fashion (similar to Project Runway), is an 18 hour challenge consisting of 12 designers from around the nation, chosen to compete by the ASE jury.
Through her company she has taught both private sewing lessons and lectures/seminars for private groups. More information can be found atwww.cherylzemke.webs.com.
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The Downriver Council for the Arts is a non-profit, 501(c)3 regional arts organization that represents, promotes and serves 21 Downriver communities in Southeast Michigan. Our mission is to enrich the quality of life in the Downriver communities by advocating and promoting the arts and providing opportunities for involvement and participation in arts and cultural activities. The Downriver Council for the Arts (DCA) is an Equal Opportunity Employer and provides services without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex or handicap. Funding for the DCA comes from grants, donations, membership, fundraising events, and gallery sales.