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lots of books

The hustle and bustle of the holiday season is over and winter is fiercely upon us. What better way to spend a cold, dreary day than curled up with a good book? Whether your passion for books involves reading them, writing them, doodling in them, or just being inspired by looking at the pictures, the Museum Shop has a large selection of titles that are sure to be the perfect winter companion.

Museum Shop Hours
Mon – Wed & Fri – Sat
10:00a – 5:00p*
10:00a – 9:00p*
1:00p – 5:00p
*The Museum Shop is open for extended hours for select special events.

FIA Members receive a 10% discount on Museum Shop purchases.

Valorie J. Horton

Artist Reception
January 4 • 1:00p–4:00p

Flowers in Blue and Orange

Valorie J. Horton, Incredibly Blue, 11/4 x 14 x 16 inches, white stoneware

Flint artist, Valorie J. Horton began working in ceramics in the fall of 1995 at the FIA Art School. She states "clay has now become a part of who I am. The one-on-one involvement with clay gives me endless challenges. Throughout my many years of creating art, I have tried to define my potter's voice, my integrity, my honor, and my life's passion."

Horton is a graduate of Central Michigan University with a MA in Management of Human Resources. She worked for General Motors for 30 years where she spent most of her career as a manager of Skilled Trades and Quality.

"That path between the technical reality and the imagination of my spiritual self is the language that I choose to express in clay. In my work I am driven to embellish, incise, and manipulate the forms. I enjoy manipulating the viewer's eye to explore subtle changes and repetitive patterns within my work. You will see technical aspects included in function and utility in my work. I believe to be successful, my work must awaken the viewer's response to look beyond the surface of the object. Through clay I search for a direct link to the soul."

Horton served two six-year terms on the Flint Institute of Arts Board of Trustees, she now works as the Coordinator for the Visitor Services Department at the FIA. Horton is very active in the Flint community serving on numerous boards, The Chosen Few Arts Council, and the Friends of Berston Field House. She is also a past board member of The New McCree Theater and The Pierians Inc.

Horton has exhibited before in the Art Sales and Rental Gallery at the FIA, and the Greater Flint Arts Council.

Thomas Myers

Flowers in Blue and Orange

Thomas Myers, Harvest of Pumpkins, 24 x 36 inches, oil on canvas
Thomas L. Myers is a Michigan native, who after serving in the Vietnam War, attended Mott Community College and Central Michigan University achieving his BS in education. He then worked for General Motors for over 30 years. Tom realized an interest in and developed a talent for art later in life and after joining a local painting group became interested in oil painting in particular. Tom finds that the versatility of oil offers him a wide range of painting techniques, from impressionism to realism. Tom's art evokes images of homes, farms and people, influenced by his love for family, home and fond memories. None of his paintings are an exact representation of what he sees. For that, he could take a photograph. His artwork is more about mood and a certain warm feeling done with creativity. Tom has had paintings exhibited at the Art Sales and Rental Gallery at the Flint Institute of Arts and the A & J Gallery in Bay City. He is a member of the Greater Flint Arts Council, Grand Blanc Arts Council, Shiawassee Art Center and the Fenton Art Guild.
Turkey Trot

This Little Piggy in a Wrap
December 15 – 21
Thick cut Bavarian ham, garlic mashed potatoes, sweet corn spoon bread, spinach, and Swiss cheese, grilled. $7
the palette cafe Happy Hour

The Palette Hours
Mon – Wed
9:00a – 5:00p*
Thurs & Fri
9:00a – 9:00p*
10:00a – 5:00p*
1:00p – 5:00p
*The Palette is open extended hours for
  select special events.

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WiFi Service Expanded

Visitors may now access WiFi throughout the FIA, making Internet content available at any time to anyone with an Internet enabled device. Visit collections for audio and text information on the FIA's permanent collection.

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