April 3 - 24


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Featured Exhibit




April 3 is the opening of an exhibit that the art work when  purchased can be taken at the same time.  The exhibit entitled Collections features three collections;  two by well respected artists, all for sale and the third  consisting of a variety of related artifacts,  most all for sale. 
The proceeds will enhance the programing of the Jordan River Arts Council.

Two of the collections are art works from two Michigan artists of renown.
D. James (Jim) Galbraith, 1930-2002,  was a Michigan photographer who spent his career of more than 50 years as a Photojournalist. Galbraith began with the Ann Arbor News and later became Director of Photography with Suburban Communications in Livingston County. Galbraith concentrated upon capturing everyday life  and had a passion for “street shooting” capturing the human condition.  He even hand colored many of his photos.  After his passing, his wife Susan, gave a collection of his photos to Pat Tinney, EJHS art teacher, which she used in teaching.  Pat in turn,  gave the remainder of the collection to Jordan River Arts Council.

John Davies was born in Kilbirnie, Scotland.  He came to the United States in 1923 and married Bessie (also Scottish).  His early art training took place in schools in Scotland. Coming to the U.S. he settled  in Flint, Michigan, where he participated in the organization of the Flint Institute of Arts,  attended school and taught classes for many years.  He worked in all painting and graphic printing media. This collection has been preserved by his grandson, John Hubbard of Boyne City, passed onto him from his mother Betty, the daughter of John Davies.  The collection is available to JRAC for sale.

The third collection of Japanese artifacts comes to JRAC from Peter and Elizabeth Balestrieri. All original works but  two will be for sale.  Most noteworthy is the Wedding komono. One of their favorite sources to buy art was the Buddhist temple flea markets. They also frequented Japan’s famous ”pottery town” to purchase ‘Yakimono.”  they lived in Toyama City, Japan where Elizabeth  became Professor of English Language and Literature at Toyama University.  Peter taught English as a second language and gave private lessons in painting. They lived in Japan for almost twenty years before retiring to Bellaire, Michigan.

  All interested patrons wish to have their own original art collection will not want to miss this event. Over 300 original works have been priced to sell and taken at time of sale. The exhibit opens April 3  with refreshments being served in the lower gallery.  The exhibit runs through April 24, open daily from 1-4pm.  Other times and for more information contact curator Jane Diller, 231 582 6399 or or Cynthia Tschudy,  231 544 6167,

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