The mission of the Charlevoix Circle of Arts is
to cultivate a more inspired and educated community through the arts.
The Charlevoix Circle of Arts (The Circle) is a nonprofit arts organization serving the greater Charlevoix area. Open year round, The Circle presents a wide variety of art and cultural events including visual arts exhibits, lectures, theatrical & musical performances, as well as classes for children and adults. Thousands of visitors have enjoyed the Circle's activities and look forward to a bright future as we continue to grow.
Michael Coltman – Mike has been an enthusiastic member of the Circle for more than six years and has owned a summer home in Charlevoix since 1999. He worked in the automotive industry as an account manager for a major tier-one supplier before retiring in 2001. Currently Mike works with several plein air painting groups in the region, sharing his talents and inspiring others with his pastel works. Mike has created "Art in the Afternoon" a group of local artists that gather to paint at the Circle on Thursday from 12 - 3 pm.
Ed Engstrom - Ed grew up in Charlevoix, graduated from Michigan State University (MSU) and obtained his Juris Doctorate through Detroit College of Law, which is now at MSU. After working in the Detroit area for 12 years, he realized that it would be best for his two children to grow up in the Charlevoix, so he moved back in 2002. Ed still practices law and volunteers at Northern Community Mediation. Ed enjoys attending the numerous festivals and events that the community has to offer. He enjoys cooking, woodworking, craft making, as well as fixing things and assisting individuals in resolving their issues.
Bob Grove – Bob is a graduate of Michigan Technological University and has been a resident of Boyne City since 1998. Bob operates Nu-Core Inc., a manufacturing industry on the north side of Charlevoix. He is also associated with Tall Pines Investment, which is currently renovating the Dilworth Hotel in Boyne City.
Bruce Herbert - Bruce graduated from Cornell University with a degree in Chemical Engineering. He worked for Merrill Lynch and E.I. DuPont. Following an early retirement, he operated his own plastics brokerage business, BH Polymers, Inc. Bruce and his wife Joyce, are full-time residents of Charlevoix. Both are involved with local non-profit organizations.
Laura Kelly - Laura received her Art Education degree from Appalachian State University and is certified K-12. She also has a Masters degree in Educational Technology from Michigan State University. Laura grew up in Charlevoix and returned with her husband in 2005 to raise their 4 children. She currently teaches computers at St. Mary School, and helps with their fundraising and marketing.
Bob Klein – Bob is a lifelong seasonal resident of Charlevoix. He retired from being a partner in the Detroit Law Firm of Butzel and Long (anti-trust and labor law). He is a past trustee for W. Beaumont Hospital, Cranbrook, and the Evans Scholars Foundation. In the past few years he has been a fundraiser for Charlevoix Public Schools, Good Samaritan and the Charlevoix Circle of Arts.
Charie Metevia - Charie Metevia has lived in Charlevoix for 21 years and worked as a Vice President at Charlevoix State Bank for 19 of those years. Charie enjoys her yellow Labrador Finn, music, art, community involvement, skiing and water activities. She has served as Secretary to the Charlevoix Yacht Club Board (non-profit), runs an Adult Sailing Lessons program in Charlevoix and sits on the Char-Em United Way Board (non-profit). Charie served as a Charlevoix Chamber Ambassador for three years.
Chris Morley - Chris is a Trustee for the Morley Foundation, and a Trustee and President of the Schroeder Foundation. He works for American Home Technology as a buyer and salesman. He is inspired in the arts by his wife Liisa who is a commercial artist and a fine art oil painter. Out of the office Chris has multiple interests in skiing, boating, golfing, motorcycling, music and classic wooden boats.
Debbie Sears - Debbie hails from the midwest and holds undergraduate & graduate degrees from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. She retired to northern Michigan in 2003. She brings a great deal of fundraising experience to CCA. In 2008, Debbie was named National Volunteer of the year for March of Dimes. She spent years traveling across the US training staff & volunteers in Best Practices for Auctions & has extended her experience to many organizations in northern Michigan.
Scott Usitalo was appointed Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) at Kimberly-Clark in 2016 and prior to that was president of North American Family Care. He joined Kimberly-Clark as senior director on the global Kleenex® brand in 2008 and was a key leader in establishing the global sector leadership structure while serving as the first global sector leader for family care. Scott’s CPG experience also includes working for Procter & Gamble for nearly 25 years. His scope of responsibilities consistently grew behind continued business growth and strong leadership. Scott has two grown daughters, Julia and Olivia.
Brice Voran – Brice retired in 2006 after thirty-five years of practicing corporate law at Shearman Sterling, a major international law firm in New York City. He is a graduate of Duke and Yale Law Schools. He lives in Walloon Lake, where he is a trustee and past president of the Walloon Lake Land Trust and Conservancy. Brice is a charter member of the Charlevoix Photography Club, which is sponsored by the Charlevoix Circle of Arts.
We as a team, that includes our board of directors, staff and volunteers are in a great place right now to truly make a difference for the people of the Charlevoix region and add to the cultural opportunities in northern Michigan.
We have a beautiful new dance floor that was made possible by a grant from the Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs and private donors. In the spring, working with the Kendall College of Art and Design, we were able to facilitate $54,000 in scholarships to area students to study fine art after high school. In 2017 we will present nine unique exhibitions with opportunities for many different types of expression. The Performing Arts and the Education committees have a host of wonderful upcoming performances and classes that I am certain will enlighten, educate and entertain.
Most recently, we are proud to announce the addition of the Dorothy Gerber Strings Program to the educational experiences offered at the Circle. Through the generosity of The Cummings Fund, we will be able to provide orchestral education to several school districts in northern Michigan.
A life dedicated to the arts is certainly a rewarding one, just as being a patron of the arts. We invite you to join us on our journey.
Gail DeMeyere / Executive Director / Charlevoix Circle of Arts