7/3/2013 8:38:00 AM D'Art for Art July 11; Featured artist announced
Since its founding in 1971, Crooked Tree Arts Center's mission has been to create, stimulate and perpetuate the arts in northern Michigan. One of the many ways the arts center fulfills that mission is through its premier fundraising event D'Art for Art. What makes D'Art for Art unique is that guests select a beautiful piece of art to add to their own collection the night of the event. All the artwork is created by artists of local, regional and national acclaim.
Each year Crooked Tree Arts Center (CTAC) chooses an artist to feature, whose work inspires the theme for D'Art for Art. This year's D'Art featured artist is owner of Otis Pottery, June Otis. Her stoneware, "noshi" is the highlighted artwork.
June and David Otis moved to the United States from Germany 25 years ago after receiving a notice of a pottery studio for sale in northern Michigan. Making the decision move themselves and their three kids back to the United States, they quickly became involved with Crooked Tree Arts Center. June, a painter, and David, a self taught ceramics, exhibited their work at CTAC and David began teaching pottery classes there. "It is so important, as a local artist, to become involved with the community," June said. "You really need to have a good support system." In continuing their involvement with CTAC, June and David were the recipients of the eddi award in 2007; an award which honors local individuals and organizations who work to keep the arts alive in northern Michigan.
June's inspiration for "noshi" came from growing up around Kimono fabric; both of her parents came from Japan. Traditionally, Kimonos are displayed from the back so that the majority of the clothing can be shown. "Kimonos are very free and have lots of diversity," explained June. "They are amazingly beautiful and unique in how they can juxtapose different patterns and colors. Being asked to do this piece inspired me and challenged me to do some thinking."
This year's event will be held on Wednesday, July 10 for the Preview Wine Tasting and on Thursday, July 11 for D'Art for Art at Walstrom Marine - Building 6 on Hoyt Road in Harbor Springs. Proceeds from D'Art for Art benefit the arts center's year round programs including exhibitions, concerts, classes, school tours, dance, scholarships and so much more. If you would like to learn more about this distinctive event, make reservations, or view the D'Art Artists Catalog, please contact the arts center at 231-347-4337 or firstname.lastname@example.org.