Crooked Tree Arts Center, with support from Harbor Light Newspaper, will present the Harbor Springs Summer Friends Lecture Series, July 9th - August 13th, 2013. Each Tuesday at 4:00pm, light bites and signature drinks will be provided with the lecture starting at 4:30pm. The lecture series will be held in the charming and historic Harbor Springs Library. Having been beautifully renovated in the spring of 2011, the library is both a historic gem as well as an evolving community resource.
"I absolutely love that different organizations can intersect to help each other and become stronger." says Laura Kors, Vice President of the Harbor Springs Library. "One of our missions this year is to draw the community into the library. Allowing Crooked Tree to host their lecture series here is matching our mission."
The schedule of speakers is a veritable who's who of different artistic avenues.
"We are thrilled and honored that each of these speakers, all distinguished in their passions and fields, are with us for the inaugural Summer Friends Lecture Series," said CTAC program director, Valerie St. Pierre Smith. "It is really an amazing lineup- and for six Tuesdays, will be a summer event not to be missed!" Seats are extremely limited, so advance registration is strongly encouraged.
Schedule of Speakers
Tuesday, July 9th, 2013:
"Collecting Art in Today's
Kelsey Lee Offield,
GUSFORD | los angeles; Los Angeles, CA
Granddaughter of Crooked Tree Arts Center founder eddi Offield, Kelsey Lee Offield is the owner of GUSFORD | los angeles, a Hollywood-based contemporary art gallery that represents emerging and mid-career international artists. Kelsey completed her MA in Contemporary Art from the Sotheby's Institute of Art, London, and moved to California in 2012 to open her own gallery. A collector from a young age, Kelsey has amassed an impressive collection of work from local and international artists, and she will share her insights on collecting art in today's international market.
Tuesday, July 16th, 2013:
"Art Collecting 101:
A Personal Perspective"
Rev. Al Shands,
Contemporary Art Collector;
Louisville, KY/Harbor Springs
The Rev. Al Shands, formerly vicar of St. John's Church in Harbor Springs and a summer resident for the past 40 years, is an active collector of contemporary art and lives in Louisville, Kentucky. He was a board member of the Museum of Art and Design in New York for 15 years and currently is a board member of the J.B. Speed Art Museum in Louisville, as well as the Peggy Guggenheim Museum in Venice. He is on the International Council of the Museum of Modern Art in New York and a member emeritus of the Whitney National Committee. More about Rev. Shands and his collection can be found online at YouTube.com.
Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013:
"How on Earth Did This Happen?!"
Director of Education,
Fitz Dixon Education Center
Society of the Four Arts; Palm Beach, FL
Molly shares her experiences, and humorous anecdotes, of working as the Director of Education at the Society of Four Arts in Palm Beach, Florida. The Society of the Four Arts is considered Palm Beach's best-loved destination for art exhibitions, concerts, films, lectures, workshops, and more. It is home to the King Library, the Four Arts Children's Library, and the magnificent Philip Hulitar Sculpture Gardens alongside a broad array of programming for all ages.
Tuesday, July 30th, 2013:
"Yachting and Fashion"
Susan E. Riley,
Fashion Designer; Palm Beach/Harbor Springs
Yacht lovers ~ Ahoy! Suzy Riley will trace the evolution of Yachting and Fashion through slides and with many interesting tidbits, for example: Did you know that Yachting was considered a rich man's sport until the advent of fiberglass? What was proper Yachting attire, and how did it evolve? For Yacht lovers of both sexes ~ a lecture both men and women will enjoy!
Tuesday, August 6th, 2013:
"The Wisdom of Literature:
Insights and Ideas from Modern Stories"
Roemer McPhee, Author, The Boomer's Guide to Story; New York City, NY
Drawing from his book containing 500 short essays on nearly 300 contemporary stories, Roemer McPhee will be sharing his insights on what our modern stories say and why they are so culturally relevant. Roemer will specifically discuss the films and novels Deliverance, Magnum Force, The Hustler and Affliction. Sure to be a fascinating insight into who we are today.
Tuesday, August 13th, 2013:
"Putting on a Show: Infinite Jest at the Metropolitan Museum of Art"
Metropolitan Museum of Art, Curator,
Department of Drawings and Prints;
New York City, NY
Connie McPhee will discuss her exhibition, "Infinite Jest: Caricature and Satire from Leonardo to Levine," shown at the Metropolitan Museum, New York, in 2011-12. Connie, a curator in the Department of Drawings and Prints will reveal how the show was conceived, planned and mounted, and how its focus on humor as a means of artistic expression was unusual for the institution. If time permits, she will conclude with a foretaste of upcoming projects.
Seats are $15 per lecture and extremely limited. For more information, and to reserve a seat, please visit www.crookedtree.org or call Crooked Tree Arts Center at 231-347-4337.