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Artist of the Month Reception: Margaret Weeks & Ann George
Fri, May 12, 2017, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM EDT
Join us at The Botanic Garden for an Open House Reception to meet and celebrate our May Artists of the Month, Margaret Weeks & Ann George. Enjoy the art on display, beverages, hors d'oeuvres and wonderful company! An RSVP ticket is not required to attend this event.
Margaret Weeks is a teaching artist living in Leelanau County. Since the early 80’s, Margaret has shared her passion for the arts with students of all ages in a wide variety of venues. Most recently she teaches children’s art classes for the Glen Arbor Art Association and will join the Interlochen Summer Arts Camp faculty for her eighth season this June.
Margaret studied art education at Northern Illinois University and obtained her master’s degree in art education at Winthrop University in South Carolina. A graduate school painting trip to France inspired her to pursue watercolor painting. Margaret’s art portrays the natural world, painting landscapes with color, texture, and light. The reflective quality of watercolors, along with Margaret’s spontaneous approach, capture her visions of nature.
Family, food, and nature are integral parts of Margaret’s life on her family farm, La Casa Verde in Cedar, Michigan. She has three grown children, a supportive husband, two German shepherds, and two cats. During the growing season, flowers become Margaret’s artistry, and she arranges bouquets to sell at the local farmers’ markets.
Ann George’s love of art has blossomed into practice since her retirement from teaching in the Communications Department at Northwestern Michigan College. A childhood on the shores of Lake Ontario and in the Adirondack woods imprinted a love of water and natural surroundings that is expressed in her images. Work as a systems analyst and her graduate degree in adult language skills and learning strategies encouraged her to explore art’s way of explaining the world. Watercolor seemed like the obvious medium to begin with, although she has recently ventured into pastel and acrylic.
Ann comes from a long line of gardeners and keeps that tradition alive growing old roses, native plants and fresh vegetables – which also become subjects for painting. She and her wonderfully supportive writer husband live outside Lake Ann with their cat, but spend much of their time in or near rivers, fishing, listening to singing birds and waters, and trying to capture those sensations in their chosen mediums.
The work of the Artist of the Month is on display in the upper level of the Visitor Center at the Botanic Garden. Please check in with the Gift Shop on the lower level. Visitor Center hours are Monday - Saturday from 9 AM to 5 PM and Sunday from noon to 5 PM.