by Melissa Shepard, associate editor
The Shiawassee Arts Council (SAC) and the Owosso Historical Commission (OHC) have teamed up to present a 12-week historic free exhibition called, “Made in Owosso.” This exhibition will showcase many of the manufacturing and retail companies, including products that have made the city of Owosso unique over the past 150 years.
Four venues will display exhibits during the 12 weeks: The Shiawassee Arts Center, Curwood Castle Writing and Conservation Studio Museum, the 1836 Comstock Pioneer Cabin and the Woodard Paymaster Building. The exhibition opens Friday, June 24 and runs through Sunday, Sept. 18. For the first time ever, all four venues will offer free admission, although donations are appreciated. Volunteers are also needed as docents.
The Shiawassee Arts Center and Owosso Historical Society have reached out to 10 organizations and nonprofits in Owosso, the first time in recent history that this number have partnered to share concepts, ideas, and resources. These organizations are: Devries Nature Conservancy, Downtown Owosso Farmers Market, Friends of the Shiawassee River, Owosso Community Players, Owosso Main Street, Shiawassee County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Shiawassee District Library – Owosso, Shiawassee Historical Society, Steam Railroading Institute, and the Shiawassee Regional Chamber of Commerce.’
The Shiawassee Arts Council has never had a show run for 12 weeks. Nothing is for sale during the exhibition. Every weekend will be a different exhibit at SAC plus different businesses will have exhibits too. SAC Executive Director Piper Brewer said, “We want to tell a story. We want to make the exhibits interesting, educational, and fun.”
To end the exhibition, a Harvest Festival is planned, (weather permitting), to be held outside between SAC and Curwood Castle. It will feature foods grown and prepared in Owosso, along with flowers arranged and grown in Owosso.