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.
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.
Robert Koaches: Bob is a graduate of McMaster University in Ontario, Canada with an Honors degree in Chemistry. He worked for The Dow Chemical Company in both the United States and Canada before joining Trinseo, which is a global chemical materials company. Following retirement, Bob has been active as a supply chain consultant. Bob and his wife Mary are now residents of Charlevoix.
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 Boulder Terrace. He has other board memberships and business interests in consulting and investment arenas.
Karlee Philp: Karlee is a realtor with Pat O’Brien & Associates, born and raised in Charlevoix, has helped found local businesses and non-profits such as Landscape Logic and F.A.C.E.S., as well as been a driving force in getting young professional networking opportunities to the Charlevoix region as a Thrive 45 liaison. Karlee sees her work in real estate as an art form and has a drive for community enrichment. She also enjoys skiing, raising her five children, and exploring the gems of northern Michigan’s natural beauty.
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.
The summer months were a whirlwind of excitement at the Charlevoix Circle of Arts that brought our community together to enjoy art, music, culture and fun! We held a Cultural Corridor block party with the Historical Society and Public Library merging the three organizations as one. With the help of the Charlevoix County Community Foundation we have added four brilliant blue picnic tables and a fire engine red bike rack to 109 Clinton Street so that visitors can have a respite while they visit the Circle.
In August, Chas Helge was hired to the Dorothy Gerber Strings Program as the Assistant Music Director under the tutelage of Dr. David Reimer. The DGSP hosted a series of inspirational summer strings camps including Fiddle Camp, Orchestra on Beaver Island and The Cummings Quartet Chamber Music Camp.
On August 4th we kicked-off the first annual Dragon Boat Festival as a new and spectacular fundraising initiative. The day began with a dragon parade followed by Lynne & Mason Rosenthal and Rhea & Mike Dow “Awakening the Dragon” as part of the opening ceremony. This event would not have been possible without the inspiration of Linda Weston and her band of volunteers that brought the Dragon Boat Festival to life!
In September, we will have a collection of Michigan print makers exploring different forms of printmaking in an exhibition titled, Block • Paper • Ink. This exhibition will have educational components including demonstrations, classes and gallery talks. Our annual Circle Market will fill the gallery with work from regional artists for holiday shopping. The opening reception will be on the evening of November 16.
On October 28th The Cummings Quartet will perform in the gallery and on December 1 the students of the Dorothy Gerber Strings Program will perform in the gallery as part of the Downtown Charlevoix Open House celebration.
We are ever thankful for all our supporters, volunteers and sponsors and the tremendous job that they are doing to allow us to share exceptional programming with the community. The Circle of Arts is growing, but we cannot do what we do without your support. We hope you consider helping us on our journey as we engage in new initiatives, new programs and make new friends. Join us if you are able!
Gail DeMeyere / Executive Director / Charlevoix Circle of Arts