Salon des Refus’es Redux

Armed Forces Day Fundraiser Featuring Knee Deep

May 18, 2019 7 – 10 pm

Knee Deep and the Veterans Housing USA (local non-profit) salute Armed Forces Day with a special community charity event to raise funding and awareness for local veterans and their housing needs.

Located at the Old Art Building in beautiful Leland, MI this special event features the local classic rock band Knee Deep. As seen at Rock the Shop at the Workshop Brewery, Mount Holiday Slush Cup and the Mid-Michigan Veterans Honors Flight in Lake Ann, among other local favorites, Knee Deep brings a fun filled, energetic evening of entertainment to the Old Art Building stage. Break out your dance shoes and lift your lighters as Knee Deep salutes our local veterans.

Veterans Housing USA proudly supports its veterans throughout the local community. With it’s roots in Traverse City, this non-profit helps to provide a stable, affordable housing option for veterans throughout Northern Michigan. Their goal is to provide affordable housing, veterans resources, and the feeling of camaraderie and support wherever needed. The goal of this evening is to help raise additional funding for this local organization to help further their cause of helping our local veterans and their housing struggles.

Come celebrate Armed Forces Day with an evening of entertainment and fundraising for our local veterans!

Knee Deep !
Veterans Housing USA !
The Old Art Building !

Leelanau at its finest!

Rivers And Tides Andy Goldsworthy Working With Time ~ April 18

The Leelanau Community Cultural Center is hosting the screening of a documentary film about Andy Goldsworthy a British artist known for his site-specific installations involving natural materials and the passage of time.  The film Rivers & Tides will be shown on April 18 at 7 pm at the Old Art Building in Leland. Doors will open at 6:30 for refreshments. Admission is Free, Donations Appreciated.

Andy Goldsworthy is a British artist known for his site-specific installations involving natural materials and the passage of time. Working as both sculptor and photographer, Goldsworthy crafts his installations out of rocks, ice, leaves, or branches, cognizant that the landscape will change, then carefully documents the ephemeral collaborations with nature through photography.

“It’s not about art,” he has explained. “It’s just about life and the need to understand that a lot of things in life do not last.” Born on July 29, 1956 in Cheshire, United Kingdom, the artist spent his teenage years working as a farm laborer in rural England before going on to study art at Bradford College of Art and later Preston Polytechnic. In 1985, the artist moved to Scotland where he began producing work inspired by Robert Smithson and other Land Art practitioners from the 1960s and 1970s. Over the following decades, he became associated with the Environmental Art movement alongside Richard Long and Chris Drury. In 2001, Thomas Riedelsheimer’s documentary film Rivers and Tides: Andy Goldsworthy Working with Time was released, showing the artist at work in nature and his process beforehand.

Old Art Building Captures the Sun:

All Points North Foundation Awards Solar Grant to LCCC

Leland, MI- The Leelanau Community Cultural Center (LCCC) has been awarded a $60,000 grant to install a 20 kW rooftop solar system on the Old Art Building. The solar panels will produce electricity equal to, or above, the building’s current annual usage.  Funding for the project is from All Points North Foundation, a private family foundation dedicated to supporting programs that promote solar energy awareness, education, training and hands-on application of solar as a practical and cost-efficient energy source. Peninsula Solar, LLC, of Leelanau County and Marquette, will do the installation in the spring.

“The Leland community cares about the quality of the environment,” said Dan Lisuk, Board President of the Leelanau Community Cultural Center, in explaining the reason they sought a solar power at the Old Art Building.  “As an organization, we continually try to reflect community standards, and this region places a high premium on the quality of life, including a vibrant cultural scene and clean, beautiful and natural surroundings.” 

Students in the science classes at Leland Public School will incorporate the solar project into their learning.  Jenifer Zywicki, 8th grade science teacher says, “I am continuously looking for connections between my classroom and the ‘real world’.  It is exciting to be able to partner with a local organization. This collaboration will allow our students to interact with the process to see the benefits and challenges of solar energy along the way.”

“We have a dual mission, promoting projects that increase solar energy awareness, and also improving public middle school education,” said Laura Staich, Executive Director, All Points North Foundation. “This project combines both, and reflects our vision of striving toward a better future for our planet and our children.”

Becky Ross, LCCC Executive Director asks everyone “to mark your calendars for our Solar Celebration on June 22nd! We’ll have an energetic concert featuring singer songwriter Seth Bernard, science projects created by the students, solar art and more…”

For over 96 years the Old Art Building has been both a touchstone and a welcome home sign for the residents and visitors of Leland, Michigan to enjoy a variety of over 600 programs focused on education, arts and culture. Today, the building is known as one of the oldest, continuous art centers in the state, where young and old can come together and learn how to dance, paint or see a world class concert.

Since becoming a nonprofit in 1992, the LCCC has been administering these cultural programs and working to maintain the Old Art Building. In addition to providing a clean energy source, the new power system will help mitigate the rising cost of energy. A monitoring display unit on the outside of the building will provide the public with real time information on energy consumption and savings. The LCCC will coordinate on-site visits for both private and public area schools. In addition, LCCC will highlight the benefits of solar energy through lectures and tours of the building and will produce a flyer for the 16,000 visitors who come through the doors every year.

While the primary mission of the LCCC is to promote cultural enrichment programs and events, and provide a gathering place for the community, the new PV solar system helps to ensure that the building will continue to be a significant part of Leelanau history for years to come.

Harry Potter Movie Marathon ~ March 2 & 3 ~ 8 am – 7 pm ~ FREE

May Erlewine and the Motivations “LET’S DANCE” December 14 @ 8 pm

The Infinite Disc is Dedicated at the Old Art Building

On September 19 the Cultural Center dedicated the sculpture Infinite
 Disc by Charles Hall.  The sculpture created by Charles Hall and donated to the LCCC and the Old Art Building, was erected on the property in the fall of 2017.  Dan Lisuk, LCCC Board President hopes that with the Infinite Disc, as well as several other sculptures on the grounds, that people will come to Leland to admire and appreciate the sculptures all year round. Charles Hall was honored and proud to have the sculpture placed here in Leland where it could become part of the art community.

The Infinite Disc, according to Mr Hall, represents the infinity in the universe.  The gate in the shape of Pi (π) for the concept of infinity, the disc itself represents the Universe, the Hole in the Universe is a reference to the infinite void and the cracks represent all the mysteries in the Universe.

The “Disc” was designed and executed in the mid 80’s. The glass is a billet of glass from Schott Optical Glass that was discarded as unusable for the rose-colored lenses that would have been make from it.  Since the glass had not been annealed the cracks were inevitable and the form had to be reassembled.  Mr. Hall had the hole drilled in the middle and then polished it to optical standards.  The stainless-steel perforated band was placed around it and used high-strength steel fittings that allow it to move on its vertical axis. Before making the trip to Leland, it was assembled out of doors at Mr. Halls residence in Rochester for about 15 years.