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Lofty plans

February 7, 2008 - Diane Speer
Seven years into it, and Alpena's Art in the Loft still remains a vibrant and valued entity within the community. Sure, there’s always a need for additional funding, for people to support member artists through the purchase their works and for volunteers. The Loft took a step toward increasing its volunteer base this week by hosting a volunteer recruitment event that gave attendees a chance to see what’s in store for the year ahead and to think about volunteering for the cause.

Among the “lofty” plans unveiled for the near future are a series of spring workshops with national caliber artists. Scheduled to present workshops are Jacqueline Sullivan of Clarkston, who will provide instruction April 25-27 on metallic media; Claudine Hellmuth of Orlando, Fla., who will give a three-day workshop May 23-25 on collage techniques; and Mary Ann Beckwith, a professor of art at Michigan Technological University, who will teach creative watercolor methods in a three-day workshop, May 5-7. More information and registration for these workshops can be obtained at or by calling 989-356-4877.

It just takes few people with a dream to make something as worthwhile as Art in the Loft happen. Sustaining it for seven years is a whole other story. Thanks to many, many volunteers, artists now have an outstanding venue in which to exhibit and sell their artworks, and the community has a place where creativity thrives through numerous special events. To repeat, more help is always needed though. Anyone who possesses any of the five C's - is creative, connected, community-minded, collaborate or clearly willing to say "yes," is encouraged to become a volunteer. A phone call or visit to the Loft will do the trick.


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