Gerald Moore is a long time Michigan artist whose paintings are all about surface texture caused by light. He considers himself an expressive realist and says his work also involves intellect to get at feelings. He works opposite of the Oriental philosophy that "less is more." "More" is the engine of his work. He paints detailed landscapes because the major characteristics of landscapes are in their intricacy, abundance and chaos, which are often overlooked in the name of simplicity. He often paints just a fragment of the landscape, finding his subjects anywhere from an expressway median or a ditch bed to a vast canyon.
Gerald Moore headed the Saginaw High School Art Department from September 1962 through June 1985. His works are in many corporate and private collections including Dow-Corning Company, Dow Chemical Company, actor Tim Allen, the Navy Department and Michigan National Banks to name just a few. He has had numerous one man shows over the years and has earned many awards at notable juried shows that he has participated in.
Tom Michael is a glass blowing artist of Odyssey Art Glass located in Washington, Michigan. Tom describes his techniques and designs as influenced by the Art Nouveau era of decorated, iridescent art glass. His one-of-a-kind hand-blown and crafted works use only the finest and most expensive clear and colored glass available. Each piece is signed, numbered, and catalogued. A great gift for any occasion.
James Douglas Draper
January 5 • 1:00p–3:00p
Burton artist James Douglas Draper started doing charcoal portraits of his schoolmates in seventh grade. After receiving his BIE from GMI in Flint, he continued his engineering career with General Motors. After retiring, he found that he missed the engineering design creativity.
With renewed interest in art, Draper started attending workshops hosted by Grand Blanc artist Beverly Danks. Her specialty was an abstract painting technique using watercolor. Paints are placed onto a wetted substrate and found objects are used to leave a monoprint. Pigments mix as gravity and an occasional nudge dictate.
In 2009, he started solo exhibiting at art venues around Michigan winning several awards. He now works with various water based pigments primarily on Yupo paper, and most recently, glass.
Draper stated, "The difference between what I did as an engineer and what I do now, is I don't need straight lines or right angles, plus I get to add color. Results are always a surprise. A piece may require very little to complete it, or I may use templates, and other processes to let something as large as a universe or as small as a quark, always in a state of transition, peek through."