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The Real Deal of Beauty
The museum shop has a brand new line of jewelry that's sure to have your spirit flying high. Hand crafted in Southern California by twin sisters Alanna and Gennelle Dedek, this fantastic jewelry collection is made from real butterfly wings encased in resin. Each butterfly is harvested from nature preserves (usually in South America) after they have naturally expired at the end of their short 20 day lifespan. These lightweight, reversible pieces come in a variety of stunning colors and patterns and are sure to garner interest and amazed comments. Made without any machines or mass production, these unique items are a true testament to a spring spirit of renewal and our connection to the beautiful world around us.

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

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.

Denise Willing-Booher
Artist Reception
March 8 • 1p–3p

Flowers in Blue and Orange

Denise Willing-Booher, Canopy of Light, 21 x 35 inches, watercolor

Denise Willing-Booher is the people's choice award winning artist at the Art Sales and Rental Gallery sponsored plein aire paint day at Applewood this summer. She transforms unflattering, inanimate and living subjects into dynamic watercolor paintings, taking our human perception of nature further into simple expressive shapes and lines. Utilizing creative composition, stroke and color she makes the commonplace captivating. Her images challenge societies view of what is considered beautiful.

Denise was born in Flint, Michigan and took her first art class at the Flint Institute of Arts in the 5th grade. The encouragement that she received in that class set her on the path to becoming a noted and experienced watercolor artist. She received her BFA from the University of Michigan with post graduate work at Eastern Michigan University and Wayne State University. Denise resides in Fenton with her husband and two children.

Denise, the current President of the Michigan Watercolor Society, paints, teaches and displays her work in juried, solo and group shows. She has won regional and local juried and people's choice awards. Her work is in numerous corporate and private collections.

Winter White Salad

The Palette Café Special | Croque Madame | 2.23–3.1
A take on a traditional French sandwich – sliced Bavarian ham, Swiss cheese, dijon mustard, and sliced hard-boiled egg, grilled together on sourdough bread. $7.

date nightDate Night

Friday night is Date Night at the FIA! For $20 you will receive two FOMA film tickets and two drinks of your choice paired with a cheese plate. Available Friday evenings from 5:00p–7:30p, enjoy the romance of the perfect museum date with this fantastic deal. Our full menu will also be available offering daily specials and soups, coffee, sandwiches, salad, and pastries. Stop by today and see what we're serving up!

Date Night package available for purchase only at The Palette café.

the palette cafe

The Palette Hours
Mon – Wed
9:00a – 5:00p*
Thurs & Fri
9:00a – 7:30p*
10:00a – 5:00p*
1:00p – 5:00p
*The Palette is open extended hours for
  select special events.

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FIA Members always receive a 10% discount at The Palette.

In a hurry for lunch? Place your order in advance by calling 810.249.0593.


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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Flint Institute of Arts
1120 East Kearsley Street
Flint, Michigan 48503
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Monday–Wednesday & Friday
12:00p – 5:00p
12:00p – 9:00p
10:00a – 5:00p
1:00p – 5:00p
American Alliance of Museums MemberCharles Stewart Mott FoundationMichigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairsnational endowment for the arts