Last night was the reception for the artists chosen to have their work in the Governor's Residence. The residence is nothing I expected. It is a sprawling contemporary home decorated with Michigan wood, textiles, books, and now, art.
Gov. Granholm greeted each one of us, spoke about the house, the art and took pictures with each of us with our art.
I was thrilled to find my three pieces together in the Living Room.
My friend and fellow Ovid artist Tom Tomasek shown with the Governor and his pastel titled, "Fayette". It is the limestone cliffs at Fayette Historical State Park in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. His three pieces are also in the Living Room.
All the artists gathered with the Governor.
The range of art - paintings, sculptures, installations, photographs and prints - was so impressive! I met so many artists whose work I have admired and am rather stunned to find mine in the same company.
The Governor's Residence Artists Program is designed to showcase the depth and breadth of Michigan's talented artists in an annual exhibit.
Lansing Art Gallery executive Director, Catherine Allswede Babcock, provided Governor Jennifer M. Granholm with 145 selections. Thirty-six Michigan Artists have generously donated sixty-two total pieces to this years program. The art will be enjoyed by the First Family of Michigan and the many visitors who come to the home each year.