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Art in the Loft’s SummerView 2020 in gallery now

News Photos by Darby Hinkley Above, Art in the Loft Executive Director Justin Christensen-Cooper adjusts the artwork of Katherine Stevens, one of the artists featured in SummerView 2020, open now through Sept. 5.

ALPENA — This year, SummerView opened later than usual at Art in the Loft, because of the required shutdown of businesses due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

As of June 25, SummerView 2020 is up and ready for viewing in the gallery, with all works on display and for sale. Featuring more than 25 artists in a variety of media, the bright and colorful exhibit is a visual smorgasbord.

“We have over 25 local artists — some new, some mainstays that have been here since the beginning,” Christensen-Cooper said, adding that a wide range of media is featured, including woodworking, photography, painting, pottery, weaving, jewelry and more.

He explained that the staff came in and started cleaning and disinfecting the gallery the week of June 15, then started hanging the artwork for SummerView.

He added that it is nice to finally have the show up and running, although it is over a month later than usual.

“Typically we open before Memorial Day,” he said of SummerView. “Unfortunately, in our time of being closed, we did not have our Young Artist exhibit, because that should have been in April, and then we did not open SummerView when it typically opens, which is the second week of May.”

The exhibit will be on display until Sept. 5. Art in the Loft is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and closed Sunday and Monday. The gallery is located on the third floor of the Center Building at 109 2nd Ave. in downtown Alpena.

Featured artists include: Kathy Bower (photography), Steve Jakubcin (photography), Ann Krueger (pottery), Chuck Schroeder (pen & ink), Marilyn Bachelor (painting), Steve Petrides (photography), Beverly Benson Wolf (photography), Sam Machulis (ceramics), Leanna Springer (photography), Christine Brackett (photography), Chuck Bennett (photography), Michael and Mieko Kahn (ceramics), James Okasinski (photography), Cheryl Lemke (jewelry/stained glass/photography), Windy Hill Glass (fused glass), Nancy Capers (jewelry), Phran Ludington (mixed media/collage), Anne Murphy Schaff (painting), Hannah Harte (mixed media), Jacob Kuznicki (painting), Danyeal Dorr (drawing/mixed media), Gail Stelick (photography/mixed media), Jan Herring (jewelry), Beth Cox (blown glass/fused glass), Jeannie Lamb (jewelry/mixed media), Kamara Marsh (painting), Robert Sullivan (photography), Gabrielle Mier (painting/charcoal), Sarah Bedford (painting), Lee Dane (woodworking), Katie Meek (weaving), Grace Marshall (jewelry), Jerry Mills (painting), and Peggy Little (painting/mixed media).

In keeping with social distancing, there will not be an artist reception for SummerView 2020.

“In lieu of having our artist receptions, which we can’t house — we would have over 200 people here on those nights — we are going to be doing some smaller group things, and having artists here doing some live videos and things like that,” Christensen-Cooper said. “But we have opened up a full online gallery open for all of our artists.”

As part of SummerView 2020, here are stairwell photographs by Beverly Benson Wolf.

He added that online sales are available as well.

“We can do online sales,” he said. “People can read bios of all of our artists online. So if people still aren’t comfortable to come out and actually enjoy the gallery, they can do it right from their laptop or phone as well.”

Christensen-Cooper reminds visitors that masks are required in the Center Building for the health and safety of everyone. He added that surfaces are cleaned frequently to offer a safe space for visitors.

For more information, call 989-354-4877 or visit www.artintheloft.org. Artist information is available on the website, and updates to Art in the Loft programming will be posted there as well.

Marilyn Bachelor has many paintings, including the one here, in SummerView 2020.

Featured in SummerView 2020 is this necklace by Jan Herring.

Art in the Loft staff member Kendra McInerney welcomes visitors to the gallery.

This artwork by Peggy Little is on display at Art in the Loft in SummerView 2020.

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