The mission of the Charlevoix Circle of Arts is to cultivate a more inspired and educated community through the arts.
Board President: 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.
Board Vice President: 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.
Board Treasurer: 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.
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.
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.
Jamie McLane, CPA - Jamie graduated from Lake Superior State University. She is a licensed CPA and partner at Hoffman CPA Firm in Charlevoix. As a transplant to Charlevoix, Jamie states. "I absolutely love it here, especially in the summer, of course. The winter? Well, let’s just say that it develops my character. I love spending all the time I can with my friends and family – my husband, Nik (an extremely talented alternative education principal), and our two unruly poodles, Finn and Foo".
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.
Doug Peters: Doug and his wife Karen are residents of Charlevoix. Doug received a BS from Ohio State and an MBA from Michigan. He has had extensive experience in the highest levels of management of numerous major health care organizations including Jefferson Health, Main Line Health, Henry Ford Hospital, BCBS, U of M, and U of Nebraska. He currently serves on the Board of the Munson Charlevoix Hospital, Boulder Terrace, and is the chair of the Munson Charlevoix Foundation. He also has other business (consulting and investment) interests.
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.
Linda Weston: Linda and her husband Paul are long-term residents of Charlevoix. Paul grew up in Charlevoix. Linda has a BS from Case Western Reserve and a Master’s degree from the University of Cincinnati. She has worked as a nurse and has taught nursing. She and Paul are quite active in the local philanthropic community. Linda was involved with fundraising for the American Red Cross. She has lots of ideas and suggested the Dragon Boat Race as a CCA fund raising activity. She is very well known throughout the community. *photograph to be added soon
Spring is finally here! While you may think winter up north is quiet, I think about precious months filled with an intense array of scheduling, planning and preparing for summer programming. Life is a balance of inspiration and execution in the arts and rest assured, we have been working diligently to offer an amazing summer line-up.
Our kids camp series structured by our education committee offers classes in puppetry, portraiture, building, dragon boats and more. Under David Reimer's tutelage, the Dorothy Gerber Summer School of Music camps range from a Fiddle Camp, Orchestra on Beaver Island, The Cummings Quartet Camp and an extension of the year-round programming. Adult classes in portraiture and journaling, summer yoga and gallery talks are scheduled.
We have reached out to artists across the state of Michigan to bring Portraits in Michigan to the gallery. Bunny Homan, Portrait Society of America State Ambassador and Signature Member Sam Knecht - Professor Emeritus from Hillsdale College worked with us to curate the show. During its run there will be demonstrations, lectures and classes to support the theme of portraiture.
In late March we welcomed a Steinway Grand Piano (in which the craftsmanship was completed on October 21, 1881) to the gallery. This purchase was made possible through The Cummings Foundation in support of the Dorothy Gerber Strings Program. The first concert was held on April 7th and featured Dorothy Vogel, pianist for the Traverse Symphony Orchestra.
Another extension of our programming was fulfilled through a grant from the Charles M. & Joan R. Taylor Foundation, Inc. for the purchase of a technology system for the gallery that allows us to present a professional lecture and movie series. Heartfelt thanks also go to Nancy and Jeff Porter for funding the laptop that is needed to integrate this system.
And if that is not enough… we were just awarded a grant from the Charlevoix County Community Foundation to purchase outdoor seating and a bicycle rack for all to enjoy.
What started as a whisper, will soon become the talk of the town! On August 4 our inaugural Dragon Boat Festival will come to the Charlevoix! This is a great way for us to build community, involve people on all levels, learn about different cultures, support the work that we are doing, all while having a great deal of fun! We hope you will get on board!
With all these incentives we encourage you to stop by 109 Clinton Street and say hello. It is humbling how much we can accomplish as we work together as a community to enhance our lives in Charlevoix. If you are new to the Circle, please come in and introduce yourselves. If you are already a member, stop by and let us know what is new. We love showing off all that we have accomplished!
Gail DeMeyere / Executive Director / Charlevoix Circle of Arts