Thursday, August 13, 2015

Crooked Tree Art Center Hosts 3rd Annual Summer Super Swirl (Wednesday, August 19)

The season may be winding down, but the fun summer vibes are still going strong at Crooked Tree Arts Center. Wednesday, August 19, marks the 3rd Annual Summer Super Swirl – the big summer send-off put on with the help and generosity of D & W Fresh Market. The event runs from 5:30-8pm. Tickets for this 21+ age event are $25 in advance and $30 the day of the event.

Mingle within the three summer exhibitions, The Hours, Wind & Sail, and The CTAC Kitchen Painters: A Passion for Painting, while enjoying fine wines, craft beers, savory appetizers, and sweet treats. Watch live art demonstrations, take part in art activities, and walk CTAC’s indoor and outdoor spaces. Several artists will be on hand providing demonstrations including members of the CTAC Kitchen Painters, and ceramic artists, Jim Beckering and Stephen Stuchell.

The line-up for musical entertainment is long and provides a variety of genres. Performing artists will include, Alex Vance, Jim Owen Duo, Charlevoix Sax Quartet, Jeff Pagel, the CTAC Jazz Ensemble featuring CTAC’s Music Education Assistant Director, Kevin Richardson, and strolling minstrel, Robert Dudd, CTAC Music Education Director. A new addition to the performance docket will be musician Michelle Chenard and artist Martina Hahn in their new collaborating configuration, Music meets Canvas.

The popular raffle of 6x6 “Little Gems” by CTAC’s Kitchen Painters is back again. It’s a “your choice” raffle – purchase some tickets and drop them in the jar of your choosing in hopes of winning the piece that catches your eye. Whether you’re in the market for new art or not, don’t miss viewing these beautiful works of art created by local artists. Additional “your choice” raffle items include foodie baskets, courtesy of D & W Fresh Market.

The event covers all of the Arts Center’s square footage, encompassing the galleries, theater, lower level studios, Carnegie Building, Bidwell Plaza, and even the grassy space behind the Carnegie Building. Think of New Year’s Eve, but in the summer. The Summer Super Swirl’s capacity maxes out at 700 – CTAC will surely be bursting at the seams. This event is for those of 21 years and up.

For more information and to purchase tickets, contact the Crooked Tree Arts Center at 231-347-4337 or visit The Crooked Tree Arts Center is located at 461 E. Mitchell Street, downtown Petoskey.

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