by Karen Mead-Elford, staff writer

BRUCE WINSLOW sits before his painting titled “For the Love of God” on display at the Shiawassee Arts Center through March 12. Winslow’s large-scale abstract work offsets soft, uplifting organic elements with alternating, linear elements. (Independent Photo/Karen Mead-Elford)

The first exhibit of 2017 at the Shiawassee Arts Center features the work of three stylistically distinct artists: Bruce Winslow, Alan Friend, and Angela Hamilton. This new exhibit, sponsored by Michael Flores who owns the Independent Newsgroup and i60 Media, will run through March 12. The public is welcome to attend the opening reception today, Feb. 12 from 2 to 4 p.m. Food and beverages will be available.

Bruce Winslow is the Director of the Alden B. Dow Museum of Science and Art of the Midland Center for the Arts, and has spent 28 years at the center. His diverse background includes teaching art history, art, and design and jurying numerous exhibitions throughout Michigan. Bruce is shown above with his painting titled “For the Love of God” which is part of a series of colorful, multimedia abstract pieces inspired in part by the Italian painter Tiepolo. Winslow shared that as a boy, he was fascinated with the concept of infinity, and in particular, “infinite, atmospheric space,” like that often incorporated in Tiepolo’s paintings. Later, he felt challenged by a mentor when he was working on his masters to “integrate whatever was the opposite of atmospheres, and started structuring using geometry.” The rhythmical interplay of space and geometry are evident in his current work on display at SAC. “It’s a battle between geometry and the organic,” Winslow stated.

Alan Friend is an artist from East Lansing who has had a lifelong passion for photography. He has sat on the executive board of the St. Johns Camera Club for several years and has received both acceptance and honors from the Southwest Michigan Council of Camera Clubs competitions. Friend’s photographs use line, light, and color to “produce a pleasing effect…it’s all about the moment.” Photography is often the study of a particular moment, never to be replicated, and Friend’s work demonstrates that quality in his sensitive reflections of nature.

Angela Hamilton is the third artist to have her work on display. Hamilton, from Grand Blanc, is currently pursuing her lifelong love of art by continuing her work as a painter. She left a career in business and advertising to work as a freelance graphic artist. She has now moved strictly into the fine-art field where she most often utilizes acrylics. “Acrylics are the friendliest,” Hamilton said, “and I like being able to put layers on.” She received a Professional Development Mini-Grant for courses at the Flint Institute of Art in 2013, which has inspired her to display her love and passion for Michigan in her paintings. “I love the outdoors. I take a lot of pictures on vacation.” She uses her own photographs for reference in her ongoing work. “It’s all Michigan. Very Michigan inspired.”

The Shiawassee Arts Center is located at 206 Curwood Castle Dr. in Owosso, and is open Monday through Friday from noon to 5 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. The Arts Center features the artwork of local and statewide artists in eight galleries including the Frieseke Gallery and a specialty gift shop. The public is welcome and there is no admission charge.

SAC is celebrating its 45th anniversary this year. For more information, interested individuals may call (989) 723-8354 or visit

Fresh Colors & Techniques Highlight New SAC Exhibit was last modified: February 15th, 2017 by Karen Elford