Swanson Brothers Present Fifth Annual Open House March 8-9


Brothers and fellow artists Walt Swanson and Joel Swanson will host their fifth annual Open House on March 8-9 at 1227 Olivia, Ave., in Ann Arbor. The Friday, March 8 hours are from 6 to 10 p.m. The Saturday, March 9 hours are from 2 to 6 p.m.

The Open House features a number of local artists:

Walt Swanson is a designer and furniture-maker with a background in theatre. “Inspired, I guess, from my experience as a director and set designer, I try to create furniture that adds presence to the room,” he says. “They might suggest movement or imply some physical action, or they may hint at some fictional history.”

To read more about Walt Swanson: https://weloveannarbor.com/2018/03/19/profile-ann-arbor-designer-creates-furniture-that-defines-a-space-right-here-on-earth/

Joel Swanson, a microbiology professor at the University of Michigan for 22 years, is a passionate painter. He recently took a sabbatical to study film making at the New York Film Academy, and is now doing video portraits (having started out doing charcoal portraits on the boardwalk of Wildwood NJ in the 1970s).

Ellen Nelson is a painter living in Kalamazoo. Her work as an artist draws heavily from her experiences getting to know and teach others. “Understanding people of all ages and from all walks of life is a crucial part of my creative, academic, and problem-solving processes,” she says.

Check out her work at http://www.ellennelsonartist.com/

Lyz Luidens, a printmaker from Detroit, is a founder of Prankster Press, a letterpress, fine art printmaking, and paper arts studio. Run by printmaker and teacher Lyz Luidens, the Prankster Press offers custom bookbinding, letterpress printing, and fine art printing services, consultation, and classes.

Joanna McNamara, a dance and choreography professor at Eastern Michigan University specializing in dance on film and curates the annual Screen Dance festival in Detroit, will present a dance film. Her most recent dance film, For Diego, was recorded in the historic Diego Rivera Industry Murals Hall in the Detroit Institute of Arts.  The film, with music composed by EMU professor, Dr. Howard Cass, was presented at Carnegie Hall, New York City, in May 2014, as part of a live performance by the Manhattan Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, of which Dr. Cass is pianist and composer.

MAIN PHOTO: By Marta Xochilt Perez



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