October 12: Andrea Gerring

Charles Culver Family Collection Curator 

Andrea Gerring, adjunct Art History instructor at North Central Michigan College in Petoskey, Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City, and Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids. Master of Art History with a focus on the art of India, China and Japan from Wayne State University. As the curator for the Charles Culver Family Collection, I have had the very special opportunity to learn about Culver's work; his special watercolor technique, his philosophy on art and teaching and his incredible wit and writing ability. Though he died much too young in 1967, his work has lived on to tell a story; a very interesting story, which I will be sharing with you on Oct. 12 at the Charlevoix Circle of the Arts. Join me for an examination of this work and a discussion on his very opinionated points of view on art. Let's see if we agree or disagree with his ideas from fifty years ago.

January 23:

Bonnie Staffel: A Potter’s Life 

Having just recently celebrated her 95th birthday, Bonnie’s legacy in the arts was established at an early age. After high school, Bonnie studied commercial and fine art in Houston, Texas and at the American Academy of Art in Chicago. Throughout her career Bonnie has explored and excelled in various forms of ceramics, from commercial ware to fine art vessels, birds and various sculptural forms.

November 2: Mary Stewart Adams 

Headlands International Dark Sky Park

Lions and Dragons and Bears, oh my!

Meeting the creatures in the cross quarter sky. Early November marks the cross quarter time, which is halfway point in the season. At Equinox we entered the time of shorter days and longer nights, when the world of story takes on an enhanced urgency, and even the stars are leaning in to hear! Welcome to a program of “social astronomy” with Mary Stewart Adams, Star Lore Historian and Program Director for the Headlands International Dark Sky Park in Emmet County, MI. Social astronomy is the art of building narrative out of the known celestial elements, and using it as creative initiative for social activity: storytelling with children and families; teaching in classrooms; even developing artificial light at night action plans in communities and neighborhoods.

March 20th: Jennifer Earls

How to Sell Your Artwork & Crafts Online

In this discussion, Jenn teaches you to take the artwork in your studio, the phone in your hand, and a few minutes online per day to make a larger profit. Using social media, website templates, sales platforms, and editing apps, you can run a very profitable artist's business from your phone, laptop or tablet.

Please join us for an Inner Circle Gallery Talk. The Charlevoix Circle of Arts has invited people with interesting perspectives or knowledge on a particular subject to share information about their work. The talks are free and open to the public.

​June 21: Kim Diment

Society of Animal Artists

Kim will be talking about "Creating on the Wild-Side" and her inspirational talk will stay with you forever.  "Animals have always had a story to tell.  One must know and understand them to comprehend these stories.   Ancient man did and produced beautiful works of art on the cave walls of Lascaux millions of years ago.   I choose to portray animals because I find them more beautiful, more fascinating and more symbolic than any other subject matter.  I cannot comprehend a world without animals." Kim Diment

Past Inner Circle Talks

February 27: Mary Brodbeck

Mokuhanga (Japanese woodblock printmaking) 

Mary Brodbeck studied Mokuhanga with Yoshisuke Funasaka in Tokyo under the auspices of the prestigious Bunka-Cho Fellowhip in 1998. Through the aesthetic lens of her studies in Japan, Brodbeck’s woodblock prints are inspired by the Great Lakes landscape she still calls home. Her 2014 award winning documentary film, Becoming Made, (about the Mokuhanga process) may be purchased at the Charlevoix Circle of Arts.

August 30: Susan Bolt

The Seasons of Sue Bolt

The Seasons of Sue Bolt exhibition celebrates the life's work of Charlevoix artist Susan Bolt from her early years working in Detroit until today.  Susan’s painting subject matter consists of angels, seasonal scenes of families and children and night skies inspired by the natural beauty that surrounds her. 

​Susan Bolt is a 1955 graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Art with a double Major in painting and sculpture. She has been creating her signature style of art for over 50 years. Early in her career, she also studied at the Center for Creative Studies and Pewabic Pottery in Detroit, Michigan. After graduating from art school, she moved to Detroit with her husband Russell where she worked freelance for Hallmark cards, J.L. Hudson?s display department. She also illustrated for the Detroit Free Press Sunday Magazine where she received many awards. For over 21 years Sue was active in the Detroit art scene teaching at Wayne State University and Oak Park High School. She has conducted many workshops in ceramics and paintings for the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Association, the Flint Institute of Art Museum, Michigan State University, Grand Rapids Public Schools, and the Detroit Institute of Arts to name a few. Her ceramics, paintings and prints are exhibited in many galleries, and museums and are in many public and private collections.

Inner Circle Gallery Talks

10 am