2012-07-07 / News

Arts Council Will Invite Participation

By Matt Mikus


This design may be featured on shirts for volunteers at Mackinac Arts Council. It features a rendition of Arch Rock, and arts council director Andrejka Hirschegger said the design has been very popular. This design may be featured on shirts for volunteers at Mackinac Arts Council. It features a rendition of Arch Rock, and arts council director Andrejka Hirschegger said the design has been very popular. A movie in Marquette Park, community painting reproduction, and incentives to volunteer with the Mackinac Island Arts Council are on the calendar for this summer, under the Arts Council’s program to get the community engaged.

“This year is a get-it-out-there year,” said Andrejka Hirschegger, the new director of the group. “We want to let people know they can get involved. You don’t have to be an amazing artist to be involved in our arts council. You just have to like art.”

The Arts Council will test new events, including Movies in the Park, a one-time film showing scheduled for August 2 after the Concert in the Park. The film, yet to be selected, will have a familyfriendly theme and will be shown free to the public from 9:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.

“It’s kind of a test to see what the feedback is, and see if it’s something that we want to do more of next year,” she said.

On Monday, July 23, from noon to 4 p.m., in conjunction with the Chicago Race to Mackinac, the Arts Council will offer a new event called Paint the Finish. A reproduction of an original painting, on a 24 inch by 36 inch canvas, will be created by dividing an outline into three inch squares. Each square will be for sale for $20 and people can paint the piece of canvas, recreating the original work with a new approach.

“It really opens up art and takes away from the intimidation,” Ms. Hirschegger said. “Imagine a huge painting canvas that has separate squares you can paint.”

Mary Bea McWatters is painting the original.

Once the squares are complete, they will be assembled into a large reproduction of the original and raffled at Jammin’ For the Arts Thursday, August 9. The money raised will support art and music education at Mackinac Island Public School.

The annual fundraiser, which includes silent and live auctions, will also have live music and children’s activities.

A new T-shirt featuring will be given to volunteers when they participate in an Arts Council event.

“We came up with these really great T-shirts for volunteers,” Ms. Hirschegger said. “It’s says ‘Art Rocks,’ and features an image of Arch Rock. The arch kind of takes the shape of an ‘O’ in the word Rocks. That’s the theme, because of Arch Rock, we’re on a rock, and art does rock.”

The organization also wants more feedback from the community and will provide comment cards at all of its events this summer.

“We can take in comments on what we do now, and what you want to see us do,” she said. “We’re really hoping to get the community involved, and they can give us their opinions on what they want to see, and we can see if we can make that happen.”

A new membership drives is also underway this summer, with particulars available at tables set up at each of the events. Membership starts at $25.

A fundraising cruise aboard the Ugly Anne is also in the works for Sunday, August 19.

Popular returning programs this summer include the Music in the Park series and the art workshops at the Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Island Art Museum. For July, the Arts Council will offer workshops every Tuesday and Wednesday, starting with a drawing workshop with Bill Murcko Tuesday, July 10, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., and a watercolors workshop with Mary Lou Peters on Wednesday, July 11. Workshops range in cost from $10 to $20.

“I think we’ve developed a really strong foundation,” Ms. Hirschegger said, “and now we’re just ready to grow.”

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