ADRIAN — Three member artists and instructors at the Adrian Center for the Arts (ACA) recently had their works of art chosen for display at separate art exhibits around the state of Michigan, according to a news release from the center.
Watercolorist Jeanne O’Leary, metal sculptor Jim Bundshuh and watermedia artist Thomas Thiery were the three ACA representatives to have their works chosen for exhibition. O’Leary’s piece, titled “Dress Up,” was selected to be shown at the Michigan Watercolor Society’s 73rd annual competition for 2020. Bundshuh’s piece, titled “Fallen Brothers,” has been accepted for exhibition at the Sculpture Walk Chelsea 2020-2021. Thiery’s piece, named “Bovine Beach, Santa Monica,” was chosen as “Best of Show” at the Michigan Education Association’s 2020 show. Thiery’s piece is currently installed at the organization’s headquarters in East Lansing.
A description of each artists’ work is listed below:
O’Leary’s entry of “Dress Up” was chosen for display in the Michigan Watercolor Society’s 73rd annual competition. The entry was selected from 172 submitted works of art by 98 total artists. “Dress Up” was one of 70 paintings accepted in the traveling show competition.
The Watercolor Society was founded in 1946 and currently has 170 active members. The mission of the society is to promote a stronger awareness and interest in watercolor as an art form, through presentation, workshops, jury shows and artist networking.
O’Leary’s forte is to paint portraits capturing the unique beauty of people and places around her, as noted in the news release. An occasional instructor at the ACA, O’Leary has taught watercolor for more than 20 years and has won several awards for her paintings through the years. She has won awards from the Michigan Watercolor Society, the Livingston Fine Arts Association and she has even had her works displayed on the front cover of Art Supply Warehouse. She formally trained at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit (CCS) and has attended several workshops with well-known artists such as Zolta Szabo, Jacob Fettingis and Mary Whyte.
Her work has been displayed at the Howell Chamber of Commerce, the Adrian Starbucks, the Stamelos Gallery at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, the Flint Council of Arts and Studio 1219 Port Huron.
Bundshuh’s work of art, “Fallen Brothers,” is a memorial to fallen law enforcement members and is seven feet in height. The sculpture was made from welded steel and will be installed on the Sculpture Walk Chelsea 2020-2021 for one year, starting this summer. Bundshuh is a retired Michigan State Police detective, which is the inspiration for his piece.
The Chelsea Sculpture Walk is a juried show with 12 sculptures of varying materials chosen to be placed throughout the city of Chelsea.
Bundshuh studied sculpture at CCS where he earned his Bachelor's of Fine Arts in 1991. He currently works in steel, wood, concrete, ceramics and found materials. His work has been exhibited at several Detroit-area galleries and at Adrian’s Artalicious.
He is a mentor artist in the ACA’s “Side-by-Side” program, which pairs high school and aspiring young artists with resident artists at the ACA to perfect their work and hone their skills. His workspace at the ACA allows him to offer classes to student sculptors. He offers month-long classes throughout the year.
• Thiery’s piece, “Bovine Beach, Santa Monica,” is a watercolor on yupo. As described in the news release, his work is somewhat of a spoof, depicting Holstein cows basking on a beach in Santa Monica, California. Thiery said that he is fascinated with animals, which many times are subjects in his paintings. He has a Master's of Arts from Eastern Michigan University.
Thiery is a bi-annual teacher at the ACA. He spent his years of art instruction teaching at Onsted High School, Adrian High School and Lenawee Christian Schools. He has also taught art courses at Siena Heights University and Spring Arbor College.
As described in the release, Thiery had three paintings he was interested in entering at the MEA’s 2020 show. One of them was “Bovine Beach, Santa Monica,” the other two were not. He decided not to submit the other two paintings.
“He had second thoughts and turned back to the car to retrieve the cow painting to enter instead,” the release stated.
Not only did the painting get selected for the show, it won top prize.
“As fate would have it, the exhibit was closed two days after it started when the [Michigan] shelter-in-place orders were given,” adds the news release.
The ACA provides art education and resources to help facilitate creative endeavors for people of all ages. The ACA provides a large fellowship of passionate artists and volunteers who enrich and cultivate and environment that has become a catalyst of creativity.
While the center for the arts is currently closed to the public, is not offering any classes at this time or accepting student learners. Additional information about the arts center can be found at the website www.adriancenterforthearts.org. Once the coronavirus situation eases up and restrictions are lifted, the ACA will open its doors once again.
“We can’t wait to be open for classes again,” commented ACA executive director Lisa Neuman. “Watch the web for announcements.”