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Gerry Hath, 2017 Art Sweetheart

Gerry Hath, 2017 Art SweetheartThe fourth annual Yes We Can! Series continues at Creative 360 on February 14, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. with the annual Art Sweetheart luncheon. This year, Gerry Hath is the honoree. Reservations are required by February 7.

Each year, Creative 360’s Art Sweetheart event honors a Great Lakes Bay Region arts advocate who has made significant contributions through exceptional vision, leadership and commitment to the arts. Gerry Hath (95), joins a prestigious list of Art Sweethearts including: Dorothy Yates, Virginia (Ginny) Morrison, Barbara Prince-Sovereen, Sally Moss, Judy Rapanos, Nancy Barker, Janet I. Martineau, Ruby Iwamasa, Patty Shaheen, Dick and Donna Dolinski, Ruth and Etcyl Blair, Eugene Yehle and Alice Ralston.

“We are delighted to add Gerry Hath, educator, musician, and the founder of Teenage Musicals, Inc. (TMI), to this honor roll,” said Carol Rumba, executive director.

Hath was a teacher in the Midland Public Schools for 31 years. He and his wife Betty founded the summer musical program, TMI in 1962. From its beginning, TMI has presented an annual summer production of young adults. Without Betty’s vision and Gerry’s stewardship, TMI would not exist today.

The luncheon, catered by NADA, includes antipasto salad, chicken marsala, basil parmesan orzo, green beans almandine, and red velvet cake. The vegetarian option is vegetable parmesan cous cous.

Yes We Can! is a program designed to honor and celebrate artists, scholars, scientists and community leaders who are 80 and above from across the Great Lakes Bay Region in a way that respects their knowledge and taps into their legacy of creativity. People of all ages enjoy the opportunity to engage with this dynamic group through their art, artist talks, luncheon soirees and more.

Thanks to the generous sponsorship of The Barstow Foundation, Gavin & Associates, NADA Northwood University, Space Studios and Balanced Living Chiropractic, the 2017 program is just as dynamic and diverse as the previous three seasons. This year’s Yes We Can! schedule runs January through May and includes an art exhibition (through February 17), eight luncheon soirees, six Tuesday Tributes and a tea to honor mothers.

Tuesday Tributes offer an opportunity to hear from a wide array of fascinating octogenarians about their lives, creative process, and their adventures. Enjoy lively conversation, tea, treats and time for Q&A. Each tribute begins at 2:00 p.m. and costs $5. This year’s honorees include:

February 21:   Barbara Zimmerman (85) – exhibition artist
March 14:    Robert Iwamasa (80), exhibition artist
March 28:    Gail Leduc (80), exhibition artist
April 11:    Annabelle Seymore (92), exhibition artist
April 18:    Marge Darger (82), Peace Activist, Lay Minister
April 25:    Barbara Meyer (81), exhibition artist

There are seven luncheon soirees following the Art Sweetheart luncheon. Each is scheduled for 11:30-1:00 p.m., costs $30, and is catered by NADA. Reservations are required, normally by the Monday prior to the event, and are important to ensure adequate seating and lunches. The menus for each are on the website, and always include a vegetarian option. Luncheon soirees will honor the following people this year:

February 17:    Jim (84) and Alice (84), educators, community leaders and volunteers
February 24:   William Barnett (86), freedom rider, educator, administrator, volunteer
March 3:    Sarah Dergazarian (84), educator, musician, community leader, volunteer
March 17:    Kay Collison Driver (80), community leader, educator, director, volunteer
March 24:   Ronnie McQuaid (87), commissioner, community leader, advocate, volunteer
April 28:   Ced Currin (86), scientist, visionary, community leader, volunteer
May 5:   Edward & Elyse Rogers, community & business leaders, philanthropists, volunteers

The Remembering Mother Tea is planned for April 30 at 2-3:30 p.m. Special teas celebrating women authors will be served from Karen Gruber’s fantastic collection of teapots.

For more information about each event, go to Creative 360’s website at or call 989-837-1885 to request a print brochure.

If you know of someone who is at least 80 who should be considered as part of future Yes We Can! programs, please contact Creative 360 at 989-837-1885 or by email at

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