The Founders Society, formed in 1958, is the longest standing of the FIA's support and fund raising organizations. Governed by a thirty-member Board of Directors, the purpose of the Founders Society is to assist in implementing programs at the FIA, through fund raising and other activities; to promote local interest in works of art; and to acquire, sell, or manage property, which may come by gift, grant, or bequest for the FIA's general benefit. The Society operates a year-round art sales and rental gallery, organizes an annual winter art fair, and coordinates other events and fundraisers throughout the year.
If you would like to become a FIA volunteer, please call 810.234.1695 or fill out the volunteer form.
Up to 45 invited local and statewide plein air artists will paint in the gardens at Applewood: The Charles Stewart Mott Estate. This event is free to the public to view and visit with the artists as they paint. The signed and framed paintings will then be displayed in the Art Sales & Rental Gallery at the Flint Institute of Arts for a public reception and "Wet Paint" sale. During the reception, attendees can meet the artists and purchase their paintings. A $5 entry fee will be charged for the reception.
This will be an exciting day for those interested in watching marvelous scenes being drawn or painted on the spot, meeting the artists, and obtaining a keepsake painting of Applewood Estate.
The Founders Society thanks the Ruth Mott Foundation for making Applewood Estate available to the community and for their generous hospitality.