The Magic of the Mask

October 16 to November 7


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Featured Exhibit


The Magic of the Mask

October 16 to November 7, 2011

Open 1:00 to 4:00 daily

 “The Magic of the Mask” will open Sunday, October 16  with a reception at the Jordan River Art Center for artists and friends. Most persons when thinking of the mask, Halloween  comes to mind.  However, the mask has been used by man for over 30,000 years in all cultures for many different reasons.  They are the most ancient means of changing identity and assuring a new persona.  Masks are used to entertain, distract, provoke, inspire fear, instruct audiences, transform, project, hide, and sometimes to break rules.

The exhibit will expose this concept.  The ideas of who, when, and why of the mask will be  explored throughout the exhibit.  The exhibit is divided into four different groups.
First,   area schools were invited to participate.  JRAC provided  a DVD  and a a study sheet.  with JRAC personnel going to each school.  Often supplies were  given as needed.   Second, some local artists were invited to participate by making a mask  in their own media. Third, cultural masks of the past were   loaned by persons or businesses.  Fourth,  protective masks  as used today were collected.   

Over 300 masks made by students  are exhibited. Schools participating are Alba10th grade; Antrim Concord Montessori, Bellaire High and Middle school;   Boyne City, 4th and 5th  Grades,  Central Lake, High school;  East Jordan, High school; Ebenezer Christian, K through 8;  Ellsworth school;   Mancelona, High school.  

Artists participating are: Christo Miner, Doug DeLind, Cynthia Tschudy, Julie and Joel  Stoppel, Glen and Cindy McCune, Steve Toornman, Meredith Krell, John Stevens, Jacky Trimble, Sylvia Walworth, Peggy Midener, Millie Janka, Char Smith, Pat and Andy Poineau, Babs Young, and Melissa Zelanek.

Masks on loan are from East Jordan EMS and Fire Department, Raven Hill Discovery Center, East Jordan Iron Works, North West Scuba Dive Shop, Red Messa Grill, Maple Ridge Dentistry, Bonnie Burnett. Carol McCarus, Jane Diller, Peggy Midener, Brian Froud, John Stevens, Jeannie Buick, Nancy Carey, and Sylvia Walworth.

The exhibit runs through Nov. 7, open daily from 1:00 - 4:00 pm at the Jordan River Art Center 301 Main St., East Jordan.  Guided tours with hands on experiences are available to school groups. for more information or to schedule tours  contact  curators, Jane Diller,  231 582 6399;  or Cynthia Tschudy, 231 544 6167.



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