Creative 360 launches their first exhibition of the new year on January 10, 7-8:30 p.m. The exhibit features the works of three of the best artists in the Great Lakes Bay Region: Julie Close, Armin Mersmann and Steve Parkhurst, who have advanced the world of smart phone photography to create fine art. Enjoy traditional photo work that rivals a good DSLR (digital single lens reflex camera), to total abstraction and everything in between. On exhibit through February 16. Like all Creative 360 exhibits, it is free and open to the public.
Close, Mersmann and Parkhurst have independently explored this emerging art form by concentrating on just a few good apps and then applying them sparingly. The results are photos that range from heavily “app’d” to merely adjusted to conform to each artist’s personal artistic sensibility.
“Having a camera with you at all times, transforms the way you see, and changes your awareness. The quality of any photo depends on the photographer’s intent and creative vision,” they explained.
The public will have more opportunities to learn from these artists in January. The first is an Artists’ Panel scheduled for Monday, January 13 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Moderator Rusty Moe will interview the artists as part of his “Conversations that Matter” program. Admission is $8. Pre-register for this event at 989-837-1885 or at becreative360.org.
There is also an opportunity to tap into your own abilities with artist Armin Mersmann. He will share his tips, tricks and techniques in an iPhoneography class from 9:30 am – 12:30 pm on three Saturdays, January 18, 25 and February 1. Cost is $200. Find more information on the Creative 360 website at becreative360.org or call 989-837-1885 to register.
About Creative 360
Creative 360 is celebrating 25 years as a not-for-profit community arts and wellness organization. 25 years ago, Cynthia Keefe and Linda Z. Smith founded “The Creative Spirit Center” with a vision to make creativity accessible to all. Since then, the nonprofit has become Creative 360 and welcomed countless people through its doors to express, expand and experience the creative process in all its forms. Creative 360’s mission is to create environments that allow people of all ages and abilities to experience the creative process, and to enhance physical, mental and spiritual wellness through the arts and humanities. The organization’s core values of inclusiveness, creativity, respect and community drive the culture at Creative 360. Activities at Creative 360 are supported in part by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, Midland Area Community Foundation and the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation.