CTAC 2024Summer Newsletter


CONNECT, LEARN, AND GROW THROUGH THE ARTS THIS SUMMER Dart for Art Paint Grand Traverse Adult Workshops Kids Camps


LEARN MORE ABOUT Judith Koza | Bill Millar | Laura Adams | The Allerding Family Summer Classes, Events, Performances, and more!



A NEW SEASON Crooked Tree Arts Center is bustling with energy as we head into summer. With the changing season, we welcome new possibilities for growth. The winter months have given us time to plan and prepare for some exciting changes ahead, including a new strategic vision, mission statement, and a change in leadership. In April, we bid farewell to our former president, Megan DeWindt, who has been with CTAC for nearly 13 years, serving the last four as president. Megan has done tremendous work for the organization and the community, so it was bittersweet saying goodbye. She is leaving the organization on a positive trajectory for the future, and I look forward to continuing the amazing work she has done along with our staff and your support. While I have met many of you over my last year with CTAC, I am excited for the opportunity to meet many more of our incredible friends and supporters over the summer! After a surprising start to the new year with a major flood in our Petoskey location, we are happy to report that we are back to fully operational thanks to the dedication of our team, Board of Directors, and the restoration crew. Our gallery floors have been refinished, and the pottery studio is fully restored. The theater also underwent a facelift with fresh paint, and new carpet is on the horizon. Thank you for being patient with us as we navigated construction and rescheduling of events and classes.. This summer, we’re excited to offer new and unique kids camps through several new partnerships with local organizations including Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council, Top of Michigan Trails Council, and the Little Traverse Conservancy. In Traverse City, we doubled the amount of offerings for kids camps, and the demand remains high. The School of Ballet continues to provide exceptional pre-professional ballet opportunities. Join us in congratulating our dancers on their summer intensive placements at some of the



leading national and international dance schools. We’re thrilled to continue to offer this important programming to support youth and parents in our community! Inside our galleries, we are bringing dynamic and multifaceted cultural exhibitions to Petoskey, including Michigan: An American Portrait , which explores the history, identity, and environment of our state, and Horizons: Landscapes and Figures by Robert and Susan Perrish . In Traverse City, our team has been expanding their exhibition calendar to provide even more exhibitions throughout the year. This summer, the location is hosting exciting exhibitions, such as Paint Grand Traverse Extended Exhibition, New Vistas: Emerging Northern Michigan Painters and Printmakers, and Clay in Space . Along with our classes and exhibits, we continue to offer free concerts and events throughout the summer, including Coffee @ 10 lectures, Open Studio, Concerts in the Park, Live on the Bidwell concerts, and more. Two of our favorite events of the year are also coming up soon – Paint Grand Traverse and Dart for Art ! From plein air painting on the beach to darting for your favorite piece of art, these events celebrate the arts with hundreds of people from across the country. I encourage you to attend PGT’s Fresh Paint Party to add a one-of-a-kind masterpiece to your collection, and while the main event for Dart sold out in record time, tickets remain for Preview Night. We hope to see you there!


Ragnar Avery , TREASURER Michelle Boyer , SECRETARY

Susan Beaufait-Bingham, Ed Boyer, Kathleen A. Davis, John Fergus-Jean, Steve Fritz, Rob Harold, DeJuan Jordan, Debbie Lamson, Hal Lawrence, Don Molosky, Anne Montagne, Stephen Palmer, Jim Schroeder, Celia Sinclair, Carrie Titus, Jennifer Tobias

Founded in 1971, Crooked Tree Arts Center has two locations in

Northern Michigan: 461 E. Mitchell Street Petoskey, MI 49770 (231) 347-4337 – AND – 322 Sixth Street Traverse City, MI 49684 (231) 941-9488 www.crookedtree.org

CROOKED TREE ARTS CENTER is a community arts organization committed to providing quality and unique arts experiences for Northern Michigan residents and visitors. Through fine art exhibitions, lectures, workshops, art fairs, dance and music programs, concerts, and more, CTAC creates ways for people to connect, learn, and grow through the arts.





Judith Koza CTAC Founding Member

Dr. Bill Millar Former Chairman of the Board of Directors and Volunteer Extraordinaire April 21, 1936 - March 4, 2024 Dr. Bill Millar, former Chairman of CTAC’s Board of Directors, passed away in March 2024. Bill, along with his wife Jane, were major contributors to the success of Crooked Tree Arts Center. Leading through example, Bill closely engaged with and supported many CTAC programs, including our performing arts series, visual art exhibitions, CTAC School of Ballet, and so much more. We will miss his love for jazz, his visits to the office after clay classes, and his commitment to the arts. Bill was not just a supporter; he was a beloved member of our community and a dear friend to all at CTAC. “I met my good friend Bill Millar on one of my earliest days working at Crooked Tree Arts Center. During our first meeting, Bill proudly informed me that it had been his job to hang the art in the CTAC galleries for many years and that he would show me the best way to measure and install a show. To make it even more memorable, the organization’s president at the time was also named Liz, so Bill quickly adopted a new name for me, to avoid any confusion. I became ‘Little Liz.’ Inviting Bill Millar to help hang an exhibition was just the beginning for the new me – ‘Little Liz’. But it didn’t stop there. For nearly six years, Bill has been my right- hand man in the galleries. He always showed up with his own tools, complete with plumb bob and bluetooth speaker. Bill was our official DJ, and jazz was always his go-to. As we worked, Bill would share his favorite recordings with me while recounting personal stories from his long, full, and rich life. Bill took great pride in his role here, and he personified the most beautiful and important parts of Crooked Tree Arts Center. He lived a long, impactful life, and I’m so grateful he shared some of it with us. He will be greatly missed.” - Liz ‘Little Liz’ Erlewine, CTAC Visual Arts Director BELOW: Bill Millar, Liz Erlewine, and Rob Harold (left to right)

June 5, 1938 - October 23, 2023 This past October, Judith (Judie) Koza, the last living founding member of Crooked Tree Arts Center, passed away. In 1971, arts advocates Sally Clark, Edith Gilbert, Grace Jessop, eddi Offield, Jack Perry, Carolyn Rader, and Judie Koza met at the Petoskey Public Library and established a community organization for the arts. Judie, and the rest of the founding members, developed the foundation of CTAC and worked hard to bring their vision to life. Their strategy, dedication, and love for providing arts opportunities for those in Northern Michigan made CTAC what it is today. Judie’s husband, Ed, was a founding member of the Little Traverse Conservancy and passed away in December 2022. Ed and Judie had active lives in their communities of Chicago and Northern Michigan, always looking for ways to further contribute to the growth and strength of our region while connecting people along the way. “One of the gifts of small-town living is seeing people in different ways in the community. I first met Judie in Crooked Tree Arts Center’s early years when I won an award in a photo contest. Her talents were many and she used them well. Her grandchildren and our boys were the same ages and I marveled at the sweaters Judie knitted for the girls. Listening to her play the recorder in Bay View was a moment when I realized that artistic gifts can come to one person in many ways. Her smile

Judith and Ed Koza (image courtesy of Little Traverse Conservancy)

was huge and she knew everyone by name. What a lucky woman to have made such an impact on others — most of us don’t leave this earth having done that.” - Kathryn Breighner BELOW: The CTAC Committee at the organization’s 1972 luau supporting membership registration. Judith Koza is seated on the top row, far right.



Celebrate the arts with Crooked Tree Arts Center's premier summer fundraiser on Wednesday, July 10, and Thursday, July 11, in downtown Bay Harbor. This year's featured artist, Neil W. Ahrens has created a masterpiece to serve as inspiration for the event. His featured artwork, Striation Horizon , will be auctioned off on stage at Dart for Art . Proceeds benefit CTAC's mission... it's a party with a purpose!

WEDNESDAY, JULY 10 | 6:00 - 9:00 PM Join us on Wednesday, July 10, 6:00 - 9:00 pm, for Preview Night and enjoy hors d'oeuvres, wine, craft beer, and specialty cocktails while participating in the silent auction and Little Gems auction. Get an exclusive preview of the Dart for Art artwork! THE MAIN EVENT (SOLD OUT) THURSDAY, JULY 11 | 6:00 - 10:00 PM The Main Event on Thursday, July 11, from 6:00 to 10:00 pm, will wow guests with delectable dining, unique auction items, and astounding artwork in the Dart Gallery. Enjoy cocktail hour with appetizers by featured chefs, top-shelf bar, gourmet seated dinner, silent and live auctions, entertainment, and everyone's favorite part of the evening —"darting" for your choice of artwork to take home from the Dart Gallery. What is "darting? " | The Dart for Art Gallery features more than 200 pieces of original artwork, including paintings, photography, jewelry, ceramics, sculpture, glasswork, and more! Ticket-holders will get to select a work of art when their artist name is called — the order in which art is selected is the luck of the draw! When your name is called, you will run ("dart") and grab your piece of artwork off the wall! PURCHASE TICKETS



Neil W. Ahrens, a dedicated artist with a strong connection to his craft, has been chosen as the featured artist for Dart for Art 2024. His painting, Striation Horizons , will serve as the inspiration for the evening. A graduate of Michigan State University, Ahrens went on to receive his master's degree in fine arts from the prestigious Cranbrook Academy of Art. His journey as an artist is deeply rooted in Northern Michigan, where he has resided for nearly 25 years. Drawing inspiration from the local landscapes, particularly the lakes, Ahrens creates abstract paintings reflecting the peaceful essence of his surroundings. Neil, along with his wife and former CTAC President Liz, have transformed their Harbor Springs home into a vibrant artistic hub, hosting a gallery, studio, and guest home for visiting artists-in-residence called Ahrens Gallery and Studio. Having chosen to make Northern Michigan home, Neil and Liz Ahrens have become foundational figures in the community, playing integral roles in bringing exceptional exhibitions to area galleries, developing a culture that appreciates art, and supporting arts education. Beyond his artistic endeavors, Neil W. Ahrens has had a varied career working in schools as an educator, as an Emmet County Commissioner, and as a U.S. Navy Veteran.

Neil W. Ahrens, Striation Horizon , 2023, oil and mixed media on canvas, 36 x 24 in.

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EXHIBITIONS HIGH SCHOOL PORTFOLIO MAY 18 - JUNE 8 Atrium Gallery, Petoskey CTAC’s High School Portfolio class is designed to mentor young creatives looking to pursue a future in art and design. This annual exhibition recognizes outstanding work created during the program at CTAC-Petoskey. HORIZONS: LANDSCAPES AND FIGURES BY ROBERT AND SUSAN PERRISH MAY 23 - AUGUST 31 Bonfield Gallery, Petoskey Husband and wife artists Robert and Susan Perrish have distinctly different artistic voices, but both painters take a romanticist approach to contemporary subjects. Idyllic rural scenes of Michigan and imaginative and fanciful figurative works intermingle in the gallery, encouraging viewers to see our world in new ways. MICHIGAN: AN AMERICAN PORTRAIT MAY 23 - AUGUST 31 Gilbert Gallery, Petoskey This exhibition re-envisions the PBS documentary film Michigan: An American Portrait as a dynamic interdisciplinary art exhibition. The show looks at the history, people, and natural environment of the state of Michigan as a way to explore relationships between place, identity, and the human experience. Original works of art by Michigan artists will be on display. Exhibition Support: Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation, Charlevoix County Community Foundation, and David and Teresa Crouse and Family.

AURAS OF TRAVEL: PAINTINGS BY DOROTHY MCGRATH GROSSMAN JUNE 15 - JULY 27 Atrium Gallery, Petoskey Auras of Travel celebrates the recent works of Northern Michigan artist Dorothy McGrath Grossman. Inspired by her travels, Dorothy captures the aura of the landscape in stunning detail. Her work immerses the viewer in the tranquility of rolling hills and expansive skies. ANNUAL KITCHEN PAINTERS EXHIBITION

AUGUST 3 - SEPTEMBER 7 Atrium Gallery, Petoskey


Each week, the Kitchen Painters invite artists of all levels to join them for open studio time at CTAC - Petoskey. This annual exhibition showcases recent work by the group.



FACES AND PLACES (Grades K-3) JULY 15 - 19, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM MAKE A SPLASH! (Grades 1-3) JULY 15 - 19, 1:00 - 4:00 PM Offered in partnership with Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council ARTFUL ANIMALS (Grades 4-6) JULY 22 - 26, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM MAKE A SPLASH! (Grades 4-6) JULY 22 - 26, 1:00 - 4:00 PM Offered in partnership with Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council SUMMER BREEZE (Grades K-3) JULY 29 - AUGUST 2, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM NEEDLE FELTING (Grades 5-8) JULY 29 - AUGUST 2, 1:00 - 4:00 PM UNDER THE SEA (Grades K-3) AUGUST 5 - 9, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

SEE IT, DRAW IT (Grades 5-8) AUGUST 5 - 9, 1:00 - 4:00 PM THE ART OF NATURE (Grades 1-3) AUGUST 12 - 16, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Offered in partnership with Little Traverse Conservancy THE ART OF NATURE (Grades 4-6) AUGUST 12 - 16, 1:00 - 4:00 PM AUGUST 19 - 23, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM THE POWER OF PAPER (Grades 4-6) AUGUST 19 - 23, 1:00 - 4:00 PM PAINTING (Grades 4-6) AUGUST 26 - 30, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM CREATING CONNECTIONS (Grades 4-6) AUGUST 26 - 30, 1:00 - 4:00 PM Offered in partnership with Little Traverse Conservancy PRINTMAKING (Grades 4-6) OPEN STUDIO SATURDAYS, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM Free arts and crafts for the whole family! Each Saturday, we open our art studio to visitors for drop-in arts and crafts activities. The sessions are loosely guided, and makers of all ages will find the freedom to create their own unique works of art. This program is made possible thanks to the generous support of the CasaSanta family. Offered in partnership with Top of Michigan Trails Council

FUN IN THE SUN (Grades K-3) JUNE 10 - 14, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM VISTAS AND VIEWS (Grades 4-6) JUNE 10 - 14, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM SPEAKING IN SYMBOLS (Grades 4-6) JUNE 10 - 14, 1:00 - 4:00 PM PIRATE ADVENTURES (Grades K-3) JUNE 17 - 21, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

PICTURE ME (Grades 4-6) JUNE 17 - 21, 1:00 - 4:00 PM

PARTY IN THE USA (Grades K-3) JUNE 24 - 28, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM CREATING CONNECTIONS (Grades 1-3) JUNE 24 - 28, 1:00 - 4:00 PM

Offered in partnership with Top of Michigan Trails Council



FROM PLEIN AIR TO THE STUDIO WITH ROBERT PERRISH JULY 15 - 16, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Create work en plein air and the studio in this two-day workshop.

MINI CANVAS: LANDSCAPE WITH GOLD FOIL WITH JULIE TIBUS AUGUST 12, 1:00 - 5:00 PM Mix acrylic, tinted gesso, and gold foil to create a breathtaking landscape. WILD NEST WATERCOLOR AND MIXED MEDIA WORKSHOP WITH JULIE TIBUS AUGUST 13, 1:00 - 5:00 PM Use playful and experimental watercolor techniques to create paintings of spring nests. BECOMING A BLACKSMITH: LEARN TO FORGE WITH LEON NASH AUGUST 17, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Learn the basics of iron forging in this fun introductory class. AUGUST 19 - 21, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Experiment with painting “alla prima” (all at once) while developing greater skills of observation, simplification, and quickly painting “wet on wet” to create strong “painterly” paintings. FREE PLAY Free Play: Studio Sessions is a new program designed for adults who want to engage in creative activity through playful explorations of artistic media and ideas in a relaxed, supportive, and social environment. See website for dates and times. PAINTING FROM A PHOTO REFERENCE WITH DAN GRAZIANO

DRAWING BOOTCAMP WITH ARMIN MERSMANN JUNE 17 - 19, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Enhance your technical drawing skills and hone your observational abilities in this supportive environment. MAKE A BEZEL-SET RING WITH LEON NASH JUNE 22, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Make your own custom ring in this one-day workshop with metalsmith Leon Nash. PAINTING WITH AN EYE ON DESIGN WITH HEIDI MARSHALL JUNE 24 - 25, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Look to the works of master artists, as well as your own, to grow in your understanding of form, design, and expression. BREAKING BOUNDARIES COLLAGE WITH JULIE TIBUS JUNE 28 - 29, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Explore the fascinating world of layering and collaging abstract landscapes.


JULY 22 - 23, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Learn to paint waves and water views while capturing the atmosphere and daylight. CREATING MANDALAS AS MEDITATION JULY 26, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM Delve into the transformative potential of creativity by experiencing the act of making as a meditative practice. EMOTION, FREEDOM, AND FORM WITH RUTH GILMORE LANGS JULY 29 - 31, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Learn to tap into your feelings and intuition as you enter the world of form.



THURSDAYS 10:00 - 11:00 AM

Coffee @ 10 lectures are free events and all are welcome to join us for a complimentary cup of coffee, pastry, and inspiring conversation. JIIMAAN JOURNEY WITH LTBB JUNE 6 Each summer, Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians (LTBB) offers a youth summer camp focused on the traditional birch bark canoe, or jiimaan. Learn more in this presentation coordinated by LTBB’s Amanda Weinert. GOOD HART ARTIST IN RESIDENCE: GENEVIEVE RAMOS JUNE 13 Artist and disability activist Genevieve Ramos’ creative practice wields art as a tool for activism and resistance, challenging audiences to explore their preconceived notions about what and who women with disabilities should be. ARTIST TALK WITH AUTOMOBILE DESIGNER JOHN PERKINS JUNE 20

CREATIVITY AS MEDITATION WITH ELIZABETH FERGUS-JEAN JULY 18 Elizabeth Fergus-Jean, Ph.D., is a nationally recognized and award-winning transdisciplinary artist, educator, and occasional writer whose focus is on the transformative and healing power of the creative spirit. Robert Perrish is an award-winning designer, sculptor, and painter whose love of nature is evident in everything he creates. Robert’s work will be on display May 23 through August 31 in the Bonfield Gallery. A WEAVER'S JOURNAL OF ENDANGERED WILDFLOWERS WITH CAROL IRVING AUGUST 1 Michigan has many unique habitats and is ARTIST TALK WITH ROBERT PERRISH JULY 25 home to many endangered and special species of plants. Upper Peninsula artist Carol Irving’s woven series of Michigan’s endangered wildflowers will bring attention to their threatened and sometimes endangered status.

CREATIVE CONNECTIONS: TIP OF THE MITT WATERSHED COUNCIL AUGUST 8 This summer, CTAC-Petoskey has partnered with Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council on interdisciplinary programs for kids. Learn more about the important work the Watershed is doing, and how art can be an important way to learn about the world around us. INDIGENOUS BITES: MANOOMIN, MICHIGAN’S STATE GRAIN AUGUST 15 As of December 2023, Manoomin is now officially the state grain of Michigan. This presentation by Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians curriculum specialist, Amanda Weinert, shares the history of the grain and why it is important. MICHIGAN: AN AMERICAN PORTRAIT AUGUST 22 Learn more about the CTAC-Petoskey exhibition and the PBS film documentary that inspired it. GOOD HART ARTIST IN RESIDENCE: BAKPAK DURDEN AUGUST 29 Bakpak Durden is a self-taught artist from Detroit. Through extensive research, introspective examination, and an anti-disciplinary approach, Durden creates work exploring human consciousness and spiritual existence, fusing narrative and visual elements of the baroque and afro-surrealist movements.

Automobile designer John Perkins will share information about his career designing cars in Detroit. ARTIST TALK WITH BILL SCHWAB JUNE 27

Detroit-born photographer Bill Schwab shares his photographs of the iconic city of Detroit.



CONCERTS IN THE PARK Pennsylvania Park Gazebo 12:00 - 1:00 PM Head to Pennsylvania Park in Downtown Petoskey for CTAC's annual Charlotte Ross Lee Concerts in the Park series! Held from 12:00 - 1:00 pm each Wednesday and Friday, June 19 through August 16, the concert series brings a lineup of local musicians to the Gazebo stage. Bring a lunch, lawn chair, or picnic blanket, and enjoy live music in the park! These performances are free and open to the public.










LIVE ON THE BIDWELL PLAZA Relax with CTAC outside on the Bidwell Plaza! Bring a lawn chair or grab a picnic table and enjoy family-friendly tunes on select summer evenings at 5:30 pm! Cash bar available. Special thanks to Marsha and Neil Bidwell for supporting this series! CHARLIE MILLARD BAND TUESDAY, JUNE 25 HATCHWING RIDER TUESDAY, JULY 30 JELLY ROLL BLUES BAND THURSDAY, AUGUST 29* *In conjunction with Art Walk

ART WALK THURSDAY, AUGUST 29 6:00 - 9:00 PM Stroll through Downtown Petoskey’s galleries, design studios, and creative spaces for an exciting evening of art and celebration! Enjoy refreshments and live music and be entered to win great prizes at CTAC’s “After Party!” All activities are free and open to the public. Want to kick off the party early? Join us for the Pre-Party from 5:00 - 6:00 pm! Tickets are $20 for Members and $25 for Not-Yet- Members and include appetizers and one drink ticket! Visit crookedtree.org for more information and to purchase “Pre-Party” tickets! Art Walk is generously sponsored by Downtown Petoskey and the Petoskey Area Visitors Bureau. For lodging information while attending Art Walk, visit www.PetoskeyArea.com.

LIVE On the Bidwell Plaza


ELLA GALLE Attending: Carolina Ballet

Additional Acceptances: Ballet West, Ballet Austin, Cincinnati Ballet, BalletMet, Texas Ballet Theater, Louisville Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, Oklahoma City Ballet, and Sacramento Ballet. ARYA GRACE Attending: Cincinnati Ballet 2023 Jane & Bill Millar Outstanding Progress Scholarship AMELIE HANSON Attending: Independent Study in Choreography with Robin Pettersen Acceptances: BalletMet, Texas Ballet Theater, Atlanta Ballet, Sacramento Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, and Carolina Ballet. 2023 Midwest RAD Fest choreographic selection ZOE KAUFMAN Attending: Chautauqua Institution Additional Acceptances: Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp (on scholarship). COLETTE MCLEOD Attending: Ballet West Additional Acceptances: BalletMet, Louisville Ballet, Texas Ballet Theater, Oklahoma City Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, Nashville Ballet, and Kansas City Ballet (year-round). 2024 Harriett Lee Hicklen Memorial Scholarship for Dance recipient LOUIS MILLARD Attending: School of American Ballet (full scholarship) Additional Acceptances: Boston Ballet (full scholarship), Miami City Ballet (full scholarship), Pacific Northwest Ballet (full scholarship), and San Francisco Ballet. 2022, 2023, 2024 Harriett Lee Hicklen Memorial Scholarship for Dance recipient CLAIRE MILLER Attending: Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre Additional Acceptances: Boston Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, Louisville Ballet, Texas Ballet Theater, Sarasota Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, and Charlotte Ballet. SCARLETT MILLER Attending: Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp (on scholarship) AILINN MULLANEY Attending: Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre Additional Acceptances: Kansas City Ballet, Tulsa Ballet, Charlotte Ballet, Kaatsbaan, Texas Ballet Theater, Milwaukee Ballet, BalletMet, Philadelphia Ballet, Ballet Austin, Nashville Ballet, Sarasota Ballet, Colorado Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, Oklahoma City Ballet, Miami City Ballet, and Chautauqua Institution. 2024 Harriett Lee Hicklen Memorial Scholarship for Dance recipient SIERRA SCHLEHUBER Attending: Miami City Ballet and Chautauqua Institution Additional Acceptances: Ballet West, LINES Ballet, and Ballet Austin. 2024 Midwest RAD Fest choreographic selection


Founded 21 years ago by Artistic Director Heather Raue, the CTAC School of Ballet has been training young people in Northern Michigan for careers as professional dancers and artists. Each year our students receive acceptances, upon audition, to attend summer intensive programs at most of the leading national and international dance schools. Additionally, our program has landed talented students professional contracts, launched students into BFA and MFA programs and dance-related careers. This year has been exceptionally phenomenal for our students and alums with record-breaking acceptances and promotions at these leading dance programs and companies.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS PAYTON BECKERING Attending: Sacramento Ballet (on scholarship) Additional Acceptances: Miami City Ballet, Ballet West, artEmotion, LINES Ballet, Nashville Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, Tulsa Ballet, Oklahoma City Ballet, BalletMet, Louisville Ballet (on scholarship), Tulsa Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, Sarasota Ballet, Colorado Ballet, Texas Ballet Theatre summer and professional training division, University of Hartford (on scholarship), Marymount University (on scholarship), Central Michigan University, and Western Michigan University. 2022, 2023 Harriett Lee Hicklen Memorial Scholarship for Dance recipient 2024 Midwest RAD Fest choreographic selection CHLOE BOS Attending: Oklahoma City Ballet Additional Acceptances: Louisville Ballet, BalletMet, School of Philadelphia Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, Sarasota Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, Texas Ballet Theater, Ballet Austin, Colorado Ballet, Sacramento Ballet and Nashville Ballet.

CALLIE CARLSON Attending: Ballet Chicago

Additional Acceptances: Boston Ballet, Princeton Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, Oklahoma City Ballet, Philadelphia Ballet, Louisville Ballet, Texas Ballet Theater, Tulsa Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, Sarasota Ballet, Sacramento Ballet, BalletMet, and Nashville Ballet. 2022, 2023 Harriett Lee Hicklen Memorial Scholarship for Dance recipient ELSIE DAWSON Attending: Pacific Northwest Ballet Additional Acceptances: School of American Ballet, Miami City Ballet, Kaatsbaan, BalletMet, Cincinnati Ballet, Philadelphia Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, Texas Ballet Theater, Colorado Ballet (summer and year- round), Milwaukee Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, Sarasota Ballet, Oklahoma City Ballet, Nashville Ballet, Tulsa Ballet, and Chautauqua Institution. 2022 Jane & Bill Millar Outstanding Progress Scholarship 2023, 2024 Harriett Lee Hicklen Memorial Scholarship for Dance recipient


EVA SHARAPOVA Attending: Sacramento Ballet (on scholarship) Additional Acceptances: Cincinnati Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, Louisville Ballet, Texas Ballet Theater, and Oklahoma City Ballet. SAKURA SPRINGBORN Attending: Carolina Ballet and Kanopy Dance Company Additional Acceptances: Philadelphia Ballet, Colorado Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, Louisville Ballet, Texas Ballet Theater, Atlanta Ballet, Oklahoma City Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, Nashville Ballet, BalletMet, Sacramento Ballet, and Sarasota Ballet. THALIA SPRINGBORN Attending: Carolina Ballet and Kanopy Dance Company Additional Acceptances: Philadelphia Ballet, Colorado Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, Louisville Ballet, Texas Ballet Theater, Oklahoma Ballet, Nashville Ballet, and Sacramento Ballet. SCHOOL OF BALLET ALUMNA TAYLOR NATURKAS RECEIVES PROMOTION TO PRINCIPAL SOLOIST WITH MIAMI CITY BALLET! Taylor Naturkas grew up dancing with the Crooked Tree Arts Center School of Ballet starting at the age of four, under the direction of Heather Raue. In the fall of 2018, she began studying at Miami City Ballet School year-round at the age of 15. Taylor has quickly moved up the ranks of the company, receiving her Corps De Ballet contract in 2020, and was promoted to Soloist two years later in 2022. Taylor received her promotion to Principal Soloist following her debut performance as Firebird with the company on February 10, 2024. Taylor is the youngest Principal Soloist with the company, and also one of Miami City Ballet’s youngest company dancers. CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY FRIDAY, JUNE 7, 7:00 PM SATURDAY, JUNE 8, 1:00 & 7:00 PM Harbor Springs Performing Arts Center Tickets: $5 Students // $25 Adults // $50 Reserved Synopsis: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is the story of a young boy named Charlie Bucket. Charlie is one of five international winners in a contest created by the great chocolate maker, Willy Wonka. With the promise of a lifetime supply of chocolate, each contestant is put to the test by Wonka himself. As the story unfolds, we see how the five winners navigate the challenges before them and suffer the dire consequences of not respecting Wonka’s

SIENNA STUCHELL Attending: Louisville Ballet Additional Acceptances: Texas Ballet Theater, Milwaukee Ballet, and Sacramento Ballet. ROMI TITUS Attending: Orlando Ballet Additional Acceptances: BalletMet, Ballet Austin, Louisville Ballet, Texas Ballet Theater, UNCSA, Tulsa Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, Kaatsbaan, Atlanta Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, Sarasota Ballet, Nashville Ballet, Colorado Ballet, and Kansas City Ballet. LEIF VANHORN Attending: Chautauqua Institution (full scholarship) Additional Acceptances: Tulsa Ballet (full scholarship), Sarasota Ballet (full scholarship), Sacramento Ballet (full scholarship), Milwaukee Ballet (full scholarship), Louisville Ballet (full scholarship), BalletMet (on scholarship), Oklahoma City Ballet (on scholarship), School of Philadelphia

Ballet (on scholarship), School of American Ballet, Miami City Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, Ballet Austin, Ballet Chicago, Ballet West, Kansas City Ballet, LINES Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, Texas Ballet Theater, and Cincinnati Ballet. 2022, 2023, 2024 Midwest RAD Fest choreographic selection CLAIRE WINNELL Attending: Grand Rapids Ballet Additional Acceptance: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR INTERMEDIATE LEVEL DANCERS ON THEIR SUMMER ACCEPTANCES! IRELYNN ELLSWORTH – Ballet Chicago CATHERINE FERNANDEZ – Interlochen Arts Academy NORA HORNIBROOK – Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp (on scholarship) ALANA SPRINGBORN – Carolina Ballet SCHOOL OF BALLET SUMMER WORKSHOPS THREE 3-WEEK WORKSHOPS SESSION I: JUNE 17 – JULY 6 Pre-professional Ballet, Intermediate Ballet, and Dance Fusion SESSION II: JULY 8 – JULY 27 Pre-professional Ballet, Intermediate Ballet, Beginning Intermediate Ballet, and Beginning Ballet SESSION III: JULY 29 – AUGUST 17 Pre-professional Ballet, Intermediate Ballet SUMMER ADULT BALLET JUNE 18 – AUGUST 13 (9 WEEKS) Crooked Tree Arts Center Intermediate Adult Ballet is offered this summer through Bay View!


“Taylor has always been a truly gifted dancer and her unflagging, passionate devotion to her craft has gotten her to where she is today. We couldn’t be more proud of and excited for Taylor!” - Artistic Director and Founder of CTAC School of Ballet, Heather Raue.


instructions. Since Charlie demonstrates the honesty, humility, and kindness that aligns with Willy Wonka’s values, he inherits much, much more than a lifetime supply of chocolate! “The secret is, it’s not the chocolate that matters. It’s the people you share it with.”




beautiful white tutus as the music crescendos and the curtain falls. I mean, come on! How beautiful! It makes me feel like a little kid every time. I have goosebumps just thinking about it. Then, seeing our kids up on that stage getting better and better every year; it's an exciting and unforgettable experience!

Why are the arts important to your family?

Tell us your CTAC “origin story.” When and how did you get involved with Crooked Tree Arts Center? Growing up in Petoskey, Crooked Tree Arts Center has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. My parents, Alan and Audrey Secrest, always prioritized the arts for my homeschooling, a tradition we carry on in homeschooling our children. I remember seeing shows at the CTAC, taking drawing classes, and playing violin in what became the Dorothy Gerber Strings Program. How does your family engage with CTAC? What classes do you take? After seeing a performance of The Nutcracker by CTAC School of Ballet at the Great Lakes Center for the Arts, I wanted our kids to be able to experience that firsthand, even though we now live an hour away. Soon enough, one ballet class a week for our first little aspiring ballerina has evolved into four days a week of multiple levels of ballet for four dancers, various art and clay classes, and Rock Jam with Big Water Creative Arts. With that, our family is moving closer to Petoskey this spring! What is your family’s favorite part of being members of CTAC? It feels wonderful to be part of such a vibrant and supportive community of artistic individuals. We are immensely grateful to all the passionate teachers at CTAC for investing their time and talents into our children. Witnessing the results of the children's ambition, combined with the care of their instructors,

has been a truly rewarding experience! We all enjoy visiting the gallery to see the ever-changing, beautiful displays of artwork, and it's always a pleasure to run into Jason who is always so friendly and does a great job keeping the place running! Over the years, what has been your family’s favorite CTAC memory? Personally, one of my favorite moments every year is the Waltz of the Snowflakes. The ballerinas dancing in the sparkling, falling snow in their

Where to start? We love the brain and motor skills development for our kids, the self-confidence that performance brings, the problem-solving, discipline, and concentration. All great stuff! But what pulls me in the most is the joy of it. It feels great when I can make something beautiful, and when I can use my talents to contribute something. I want that for my kids, too. Whether dancing, painting, playing music, or getting covered in clay, it's just plain fun. When you give art shape, the art shapes you, too.



Tell us your CTAC “origin story.” When and how did you get involved with Crooked Tree Arts Center? After relocating to Traverse City from the Detroit area, where I had previously taught elementary art in the Grosse Pointe school district, I actively pursued teaching opportunities. However, I knew I didn't want to commit to a full-time teaching position. My initial encounter with Kristi was during the Community Printmaking Day featuring a steam roller. This event sparked our collaboration and ignited a series of brainstorming sessions. Together, we explored ideas to strike a balance between family life with a young family and my unwavering passion for teaching. How do you engage with CTAC? What classes do you teach? For the past couple of years, I've been deeply engaged with Crooked Tree Arts Center - Traverse City’s preschool art programming. Beginning this fall, I renamed the preschool class to Preschool Process Art. This class focuses on the process itself, prioritizing play and sensory learning experiences. Since implementing this change, the program's engagement has more than doubled, leading us to add a second class each week to accommodate the increased interest. Additionally, my children have actively participated in Crooked Tree Arts Center’s Summer Art Camps, Afterschool Art sessions, and Saturday drawing workshops led by Richie Gunn. What is your favorite part of being a member of CTAC? I enjoy the diverse array of opportunities available at CTAC, all of which foster engagement for individuals of all ages. From the vibrant Drop-In Art sessions held every Saturday to the plein-air Paint Grand Traverse events, and the captivating openings of our exhibitions, there's truly something for everyone to enjoy and participate in.

Over the years, what has been your favorite CTAC memory? One of my favorite memories is witnessing my children participate in the Paint Grand Traverse Pint-Size Paintout. The event was beautifully orchestrated, allowing my kids to feel like genuine artists as they worked with the watercolor sets they received, which they used throughout the summer. Another standout experience was attending the Birds of Prey summer art camp in 2023. The highlight was when North Sky Raptor visited our classroom for an engaging presentation. Witnessing my children's enthusiasm during the presentation, and then seeing them channel that firsthand experience into their artwork, was truly special. It was inspiring to watch them express themselves creatively, drawing from their newfound knowledge and passion for the birds.

my upbringing. This foundation stayed with me as I pursued my studies at Wayne State University, where I earned my master's degree in Art Therapy. Art provides the power to tap into the soul. It is a powerful tool for processing emotions and experiences unlike anything else. Today’s world is very technical and there is incredible value in expressing yourself with your hands in a way that the digital world cannot replicate. Art allows us to slow down, to pause amidst the hustle and bustle of modern life. It provides a space for reflection and contemplation, allowing us to digest the complexities of the world around us. It plays a vital role in the lives of children, especially for those who may not gravitate towards sports. Every community needs spaces where children can explore their creativity and be celebrated for their unique talents and perspectives. Art offers a nurturing environment where children can discover their strengths, express themselves authentically, and develop a sense of belonging and accomplishment.

Why are the arts important to you (and your family)?

Where do I start? From a young age, creativity and self-expression were a fundamental part of


CLAY IN SPACE JULY 12 - AUGUST 23 Cornwell Gallery, Traverse City CTAC - Traverse City is partnering with Traverse City’s Clay Space to present this juried exhibition of contemporary clay and ceramic artwork. TIMES TWO SEPTEMBER 10 - OCTOBER 26 Carnegie East, Carnegie West, and Oliver Art Center in Frankfort, MI A shared open call exhibit between Oliver Art Center and Crooked Tree Arts Center - Traverse City featuring artwork made only with recycled or upcycled materials. MICHIGAN: AN AMERICAN PORTRAIT SEPTEMBER 10 - OCTOBER 26 Cornwell Gallery, Traverse City This exhibition re-envisions the PBS documentary


TRAVERSE AREA CAMERA CLUB 2023: AWARD WINNERS APRIL 26 - MAY 25 Carnegie Rotunda, Traverse City The 2023 TACC award-winning photographs will be on display. FOUR THE LOVE OF ART: HIGH SCHOOL PORTFOLIO 2024 APRIL 26 - MAY 25 Carnegie East Gallery, Traverse City This year’s exhibit of art from students in Royce Deans’ intensive multi-week study group. PAINT GRAND TRAVERSE 2024 JUNE 15 - JUNE 22 All Traverse City Galleries The biggest and boldest yearly plein air event in the region. PAINT GRAND TRAVERSE EXTENDED EXHIBITION JUNE 26 - AUGUST 23 Carnegie Rotunda, Traverse City Paintings from the event on display and for sale. NEW VISTAS: EMERGING NORTHERN MICHIGAN PAINTERS AND PRINTMAKERS JULY 12 - AUGUST 23 Carnegie East and Carnegie West, Traverse City

film Michigan: An American Portrait as a dynamic interdisciplinary art exhibition.


FRIDAY, APRIL 26, 5:00 - 7:00 PM PGT FRESH PAINT PARTY FRIDAY, JUNE 21, 4:00 - 9:00 PM


EXHIBITIONS TRADING PLACES: ACA AT CTAC-TC APRIL 19 - MAY 25 Cornwell Gallery, Traverse City An exchange of artwork between Adrian Center for the Arts and Crooked Tree Arts Center - Traverse City. AGRICULTURA APRIL 26 - MAY 25 Carnegie West, Traverse City An open call juried exhibition with agriculture-inspired artwork.



Local well-known artists and Northwestern Michigan College instructors Rufus Snoddy and Glenn Wolff each curate an exhibit in the East and West Carnegie Galleries.



Taught by Debra Howard JUNE 6, 5:00 - 8:00 PM All materials included!

FIBER SCARVES TWO WAYS: SHIBORI AND SALT DYEING Taught by Terry Tarnow JUNE 8, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM All materials included! LUMINOUS SKIES: PLEIN AIR PAINTING Taught by Paint Grand Traverse Awards Juror, Kathleen Hudson JUNE 22 & 23, TIME FRAME TBD WATERCOLOR LANDSCAPES, TEXTURES, AND SURFACES Taught by Adam VanHouten JULY 22 & 23, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

OUTDOOR ART FAIR SATURDAY, JULY 27, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Grand Traverse County Civic Center Featuring over 100 artists, kids’ art tent, food trucks, and artist demos!


EVENTS FOR ALL AGES FREE FAMILY DROP-IN ART SATURDAY, JUNE 8, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM PINT-SIZED PAINT OUT (PGT) SATURDAY, JUNE 22, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Pre-registration is encouraged to save a spot! KIDS SUMMER ART CAMPS JUNE 26 - 28, JULY 11 - 15, JULY 18 - 22, AND AUGUST 8 - 12 CHERRY FESTIVAL MAGNET AND PENDANT FRIDAY, JULY 5, 10:00 AM & 11:00 AM Make your own Cherry Festival keepsake. CHERRY THEME FUSED GLASS FRAME FRIDAY, JULY 5, 1:00 - 4:00 PM Make your own Cherry Festival keepsake. COFFEE @ 10 10:00 - 11:00 AM Coffee @ 10 lectures are free events and all are welcome to join us for a complimentary cup of coffee, pastry, and inspiring conversation.

As we prepare to kick off Paint Grand Traverse, come and learn preventative tips for fitness, balance, and maintenance for plein air painters. ARTISTS FROM SUMMER EXHIBITS JULY 19 Select artists from our summer exhibitions will be discussing the work in the show, the exhibitions on display, and their bodies of work.

TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS: TRAVERSE CITY FALL INTERNATIONAL SEPTEMBER 14 & 15 Traverse City Horse Shows at Flintfields Horse Park Your admission ticket to the event will directly support CTAC - Traverse City.


FRESH PAINT PARTY FRIDAY, JUNE 21, 6:00 - 8:00 PM CTAC-Traverse City This soiree is the marquee event of Paint Grand Traverse as we unveil the juried collection of paintings created during the week and present artist awards. The evening also includes wine tasting, appetizers, and live music! Tickets are on sale now! PINT-SIZED PAINT OUT FOR KIDS SATURDAY, JUNE 22, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM CTAC-Traverse City, Free A fun outdoor painting experience for the next generation of plein air artists! All ages are welcome and prizes will be awarded! PUBLIC SALE AND OPENING SATURDAY, JUNE 22, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM CTAC-Traverse City, Free It’s the public unveiling of the Paint Grand Traverse collection. See all the wonderful ways our featured artists have interpreted your favorite places. Hundreds of paintings to enjoy and choose from.

T his June, CTAC’s plein air painting festival will be back and better than ever, with a full week of landscape painting, live demonstrations, activities for kids, art sales, classes, parties, and community events! Now in its seventh year, Paint Grand Traverse will kick off Summer 2024 with 32 featured artists from across the country. They’ll spend the week being inspired by the summer magic of Traverse City, Old Mission Peninsula, Leelanau County, and the Lake Michigan coastline. More than 200 paintings will be created, each one capturing a special place and moment in Northern Michigan. Whether you are a novice, a professional, or a wanna-be, this week is jam-packed with opportunities to engage and get a behind-the- scenes view of the life of a plein air artist. We will have artist demos Monday through Thursday, where you can learn more about their equipment, approach, and style. Pop in the galleries to cool off and get a sneak peek at each artist’s display to see some of the artwork that they brought from home. The week winds down with the newly named Fresh Paint Party, where you can join the celebration as we reveal the entire collection. Our awards juror will announce awards at 5:30 pm, so you will want to get a purchase award to have the first opportunity to get your hands on an award- winning painting. Once a painting is purchased, you are welcome to take the painting home with you. No waiting until the end of the exhibit. Something to brag about all summer!

FEATURED EVENTS PLEIN AIR PAINTING FOR FEARLESS FIRST-TIMERS MONDAY, JUNE 17, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM Hannah Park An introductory workshop to plein air painting. “SMALL WONDERS” GIVING SOCIETY EVENT TUESDAY, JUNE 18 Location TBD. By invitation. CTAC society members are invited for a fun evening mixing and mingling with our featured artists and will have the exclusive opportunity to shop a delightful collection of “small wonder” paintings. SUNSET PAINT OUT WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19, 8:00 - 9:30 PM Leelanau Peninsula, Lake Michigan, Free Artists will capture the sunset along the shores of Lake Michigan from Glen Haven to Empire. PGT AWARDS JUROR DEMO, KATHLEEN HUDSON THURSDAY, JUNE 20, 5:30 - 7:30 PM CTAC-Traverse City, Free Learn tips and tricks from Kathleen Hudson, our 2024 Paint Grand Traverse Awards Juror.


Schedule of Events

for a complete list of events

Saturday, June 15 Sunset Painting: Traverse City Downtown & West Bay Beach

Sunday, June 16 Leelanau Peninsula Fish Town

Monday, June 17 Old Mission Peninsula 10:00 am Artist Demo at CTAC Tuesday, June 18 Downtown TC/Botanical Gardens 10:00 am Artist Demo at CTAC “Small Wonders” Society Event

Wednesday, June 19 Leelanau Peninsula/Sunset Paintout 10:00 am Artist Demo at CTAC Thursday, June 20 Elk Rapids 10:00 am & 5:30 pm Artist Demos at CTAC

Fresh Paint Party Friday, June 21

First opportunity to see and buy art!

Saturday, June 22 Pint-Size Paint Out Day After Sale Open to the Public


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