2017 Special Exhibits
Historic Downtown Building Tour
Join in the walking tour on Saturday visiting historic downtown buildings and sites. The tour will take viewers to the natural spring at the banks of the River Raisen in Comstock Park discovered in 1825 by Addison Comstock and his father Darius. The tour will also view the Adrian Armory, previously called the Adrian National Guard Armory, whose funds were raised in 1925, as well as stop at a nearby hotel built on the River Raisen near Comstock Park. Tourists will learn that in the 1850’s, Southern Michigan Railroad’s challenge to bring the railroad to Adrian allowed brick to be transported in, therefore ushering in a new era of brick buildings. The former public library, now Lenawee County Historical Museum, built in the Romanesque architectural style, is also a highlight. Another historical building on the excursion is a beautifully restored Queen Anne’s facade, originally built by Dr. Reynolds in 1898. Tour begins at the 4 corners info booth. View this video for a preview of the tour.
Tour the sculpture trail in downtown Adrian on Saturday. Tour begins at the 4 corners info booth.
A display of colorful, hand-crafted quilts will be hanging in the Adrian Public Library.
2016 Special Exhibits
150 Years at the Croswell
From 1866 to the present day, this show will present a musical journey through 150 years of theater. Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime production full of fantastic music and treasured memories! Visit the Croswell Opera House website for more information.
Germans and Latinos of Lenawee
This project will focus on how German and Latino immigrants have impacted the county through creation of enclaves in the larger community and creation of ethnic based organizations. Visit the Lenawee County Historical Museum website for more information.
2015 Special Exhibits
2015 brought us some fantastic special exhibits!
Sponsored by Sherwin Williams, Art Over Maumee featured over 400 rainbows painted by young artists from Britton, Adrian, Blissfield, Madison, and Tecumseh.
Tim Briody Exhibit
Artalicious guest artist Tim Briody created the 2015 T Shirt design featuring The Governor Croswell Tea Room. He had a display of works at Breakin’ Away Café in the Adrian District Library and also designed a special work of the Croswell Opera House in commemoration of their 150th anniversary.
Tour the sculpture trail in downtown Adrian with the Midwest Sculpture Initiative met on Saturday in 2015.
Emerging Artists displayed their best work in a wide range of media in the big tent on West Maumee. Students were nominated for this honor and a prize for the outstanding high school and college portfolios were awarded by a professional judge. High School Emerging Artists for 2015 were: KijRa Akoma, Adrian, James Corwin, Tecumseh, Bailey Jeffers, Madison, Avery Kasch, Adrian, Ellora McCorkle, Sand Creek, Grace Skinner, Britton, Alannah Woodring, Blissfield, and Natalie Zysk, Addison, Matilda Wrangdahl, Adrian. College Emerging Artists are: Ginette Balbin Cuesta, Marygrove College, Corissa Detwiler, Albion College, Christian Helser, Kendall College, Leo Kopeck, Marygrove College, Vanessa Smith, Adrian College, Hannah Warner, Adrian College. Thanks to Lowe’s for their support.
Hidden Beauty Adrian was displayed on buildings in downtown that were recently rehabbed or are about to undergo conversion to living spaces above street level businesses. Photographers and Artalicious artists Vicki Schmucker and Lad Strayer photographed the artifacts and former uses of these upper stories in downtown Adrian to preserve their past history and to show what is possible. Photographers Bob Gordon and Ray Lennard imaged what stories the upper floors in buildings being rehabbed in Hudson have to tell. Both collections from all four photographers of Adrian and Hudson were in a larger exhibit at the Lenawee Historical Museum during the fair and traveled to the Thompson House Museum.
The LCVA at the Croswell hosted Art-A-Blooming, featuring artworks inspired by flowers with inspiration provided by August and Company, Barretts, Flowers as Such, Grey Fox Floral, Maple City Floral, and Ousterhout’s. The LCVA also sponsored works by the Resident Potters at it’s new Adrian Center for the Arts (CAC) and a retrospective of first LCVA President Charles Jameson’s paintings and drawings.
Tim Pewe Exhibit
On South Main sculptor Tim Pewe had his fanciful folk inspired mixed media from found objects sculptures both in Hammermans windows and a large scale work outside, Painter Carlos Tobar exhibited at Willets Gym, life-size illuminated figures by Annie Howard’s classes at Adrian High School that floated above you, and Gwen Fedor exhibited contemporary extreme beading inspired by Native American tradition.
Award winning traveling photography exhibit, “Global Warming,” was featured on West Maumee this last year thanks to sponsors Adrian Public Schools and Kris and Emery Schmidt.
Barbara Cervenka, O.P. Exhibit
Barbara sold works from the project “1000 Cranes for Iraq.” This project benefited the Iraqi people who were displaced and exiled by ISIS, and all proceeds went to them. She also sold cuadros, hand sewn cloth pictures made by poor Peruvian women, and all of the proceeds wet back to the same women who made them.
On South Main sculptor Tim Pewe had his fanciful folk inspired mixed media from found objects sculptures both in Hammermans windows and a large scale work outside, Painter Carlos Tobar exhibited at Willets Gym, Not Even Quilters, a group of artists in a variety of media exhibited at the Day Building on East Maumee, and Gwen Fedor exhibited contemporary extreme beading inspired by Native American tradition and Chelsea Younkman’s dramatic large scale drawings were seen at the corner of East Maumee and Main.