Alma Art Center presents new exhibitions and fundraising opportunities – The Morning Sun

Over the next few weeks, there are two good reasons to visit the Alma Community Art Center at 213 Superior Street in downtown Alma.

The first is to inspect donations for the online auction for Arts United. And the second is to draw inspiration from the pastel art of an Ovid artist.

Bringing together all facets of the area’s arts community, Arts United is a fundraiser organized by United Way of Gratiot County. The money raised will help many local charities and help improve the lives of many local residents. The gala will take place on March 3 at the Alma College Heritage Center.

Donations for the auction arrived at Centraide over the past few weeks and will now be available for viewing and bidding online. In the past, items were only displayed online, but this year organizers hoped to attract more bidders if they could also inspect donations in person.

Donated items that can be viewed at ACAC will be available until the day before the event. When customers visit the display, instructions for bidding online will be available. It will be necessary to register to bid in order to participate and this can be done by visiting the Pioneer Auction Service website; the Centraide auction is not yet online.

While at ACAC, visitors can also view Ovid’s exhibition of works by Tom Thomasek. His pastel work is so detailed that someone viewing his work might at first confuse it with photography.

Always an artist at heart, he worked in the automotive industry for 32 years before he was able to retire and pursue his passion full time. He was able to maintain his art as a hobby and always dreamed of having more. He said he seemed to find inspiration in the simple things around him…the flat fields of Michigan, a wooded terrain and the sunsets…the things people can pass by every day without really noticing.

“I want them to see the beauty of these common things,” he said. “That’s what is best.”

He likes to take his paints and sandpaper out in the evening to capture the sunsets he loves the most. And yes, he paints on a very fine grit sandpaper.

“It gives texture to the work and I love capturing that last little color of the day,” he said.

His works, sometimes as small as 4 inches square or as large as 30 inches or more, can take as little as a few minutes or as long as several weeks.

“Of course, the bigger the piece, the longer it can take. And I often spend time going back to a piece over and over for several days to add detail,” Thomasek added. winter, I work a lot faster,” he joked.

He has been invited to exhibit his work at several major exhibitions across the state and has also been hired to lead workshops to share his techniques. It was when members of the local ACAC attended his workshop that he heard about the growing center in Alma.

Thomasek also added that the Alma Community Art Center is a wonderful facility for local artists, hobbyists and professional artists who also want to present workshops. He said that not only are Alma’s facilities outstanding, but he also found the people at the art center exceptional.

“This art center is such a welcoming family,” he added. “I talk about your establishment everywhere I go.”

His exhibition will continue for approximately 6-8 weeks with some of the works available for purchase.

The Art Center is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and by appointment by calling 989-463-8366.