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SummerView to open Thursday at Art in the Loft

News Photo by Darby Hinkley Above, Leanna Springer hangs one of her pieces at Art in the Loft on Thursday.

ALPENA — An eclectic variety of artwork will soon be on display, showcasing the talents of many Northern Michigan artists.

Art in the Loft’s SummerView will open with an artist reception from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday.

The juried exhibit features the work of about 30 artists, each with their own display area. All the work you see is also for sale.

Photographer Leanna Springer was hanging her pieces on Thursday morning. Some of her photography is from her travels around the country, but much of it includes familiar Northeast Michigan scenes.

“I’ve moved around a lot in my life, and took pictures everywhere I went,” said Springer, who lives at Lost Lake Woods in Lincoln. “Now, I’ve lived here since I retired, and I’ve been taking pictures around here.”

News Photo by Darby Hinkley Above is a piece called “Beauty” by Mary Lightner.

She has lived in Arizona, Texas, California, Mexico, and more.

“I worked at resort hotels, so you’d move around a lot,” Springer said. “It was a blast.”

She has been showing at Art in the Loft for seven years, and she has also shown her work at Besser Museum for Northeast Michigan.

She uses a point-and-shoot camera.

“I don’t want it to be about the technology of the camera,” she explained. “It’s about the image.”

News Photo by Darby Hinkley Here is a piece called “Superior Shoreline” by Steve Petrides.

Springer looks forward to the opening reception.

“I’m hoping, you know, now that the plague is over, that we’ll get a lot of people, getting out and about, coming up here,” Springer added. “It’s been terrible the last couple of years, especially for people in arts and entertainment.”

Art in the Loft Executive Director Justin Christensen-Cooper is looking forward to the opening reception as well.

“It’s our first one back in two years,” he said. “It’s open to the public, free to come, artists will be on hand.”

He said there will be specials.

“Some artists are going to be doing one-night special promotions on their artwork to boost some sales,” Christensen-Cooper said.

He added snacks will be offered as well as a cash bar.

There is not a particular theme for the exhibit, but many artists submit what they perceive as summertime pieces, Christensen-Cooper said.

“You’re going to have the range of artists that have been here since the get-go,” to newer artists. “We ask that all of our artists showcase work that is no older than three years.”

For artists trying to get into the juried art show, they have to submit five examples of what they would put in their display, he explained.

Artwork in all mediums is included in the colorful show.

Every artist that is juried in gets to display as much of their work as they can fit on an 8-foot by 16-foot area.

“We try to be equitable with the space that they get,” Christensen-Cooper said. “Now, some artists just have really large format stuff, so maybe they need an exterior wall. But then maybe they’ll only have three or four pieces, as opposed to an artist, say, a photography artist might have 10 or 15 pieces.”

For more information about Art in the Loft and upcoming programs and events, visit artintheloft.org or call 989-356-4877.

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