2010-07-01 / Living

Art and the Garden

Gallery 194 garden tour set for July 10

One of the featured gardens on the tour. Photos by Mitchell Photography One of the featured gardens on the tour. Photos by Mitchell Photography LAPEER COUNTY — Take a tour through six of the county’s most exclusive and beautiful gardens during this year’s Art and the Garden event Saturday, July 10.

This is the second year for the fund raising-tour presented by the Lapeer Center for the Arts Council.

“It is a thrill to work with the Lapeer Center for the Arts Council on fundraising because they are a bunch of hardworking, creative individuals,” said Carolyn McCarter, executive director of Gallery 194.

The tour runs 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. Those participating will begin at the White Horse Inn in downtown Metamora, where they will be given a map to the rest of the gardens.

“We have six brand new, beautiful venues,” said McCarter. “Another feature that patrons seem to enjoy is that we have not only the homeowners on hand, but garden consultants who can walk about and chat about the plant life with patrons.”

Mike Monville working at last year’s event. Mike Monville working at last year’s event. Along with the art provided by mother nature, again this year, featured artists will be part of the event. Some will be doing on-site demonstrations.

“We are expanding our featured artists to include visual artists, musical and culinary artists in the gardens,” said McCarter.

Those artists include: Carolyn Dulin, who has contributed her artwork to exhibitions, galleries and fairs for more than 36 years, winning prizes and recognition from Michigan Ceramics, Pewabic Pottery and the Ann Arbor Street Fair among others; Mike Monville, a selftaught artist living in Lapeer, works in several media including pencil, ink, watercolor, pastel and acrylic paint as well as clay and metal sculpture; acrylic and water media artist Jacquie Piechowski, who lives and maintains a studio in North Branch; and Jenny Salsini, a self-taught acrylic and oil folk artist living in Metamora.

Music artists include retired Lapeer Community Schools teacher and Native American flute player Steve Prince and Bossa Nova guitar player Michael Boyd.

Culinary artist Karen Le Mieux will also be part of the tour. She creates edible works of art using a sweet combination of meringue, chocolate and flavoring. She can create and package meringue to suit any occasion.

“Sometimes we don’t appreciate the beauty and value of what’s in our own back yard ... beautiful countryside and incredibly creative artists all here in Lapeer County,” said McCarter. “It’s exciting to be able to showcase those things, celebrate art with our Lapeer County culture as a backdrop and raise money to continue our mission at Gallery 194 to make art accessible and affordable to the community.”

Last year the tour was able to raise $3,500.

“(We) hope to do it again … or better,” said McCarter. “Proceeds last year went toward the elevator. This year we will continue with capital improvements to the gallery to benefit everyone who uses the facility.”

Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 the day of the event. Tickets are available for sale at Gallery 194 in downtown Lapeer, Randy and Teresa’s, The White Horse Inn and Metamora Foodland.

“The Garden Tour is for everyone,” said McCarter. “Those who want to discover the beauty of Lapeer County as a destination, those who want to support the gallery, those who want to enjoy a lazy afternoon bobbing around the countryside with access to beautiful private properties that will inspire their creative spirit.”

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