Monday, October 5, 2015

Little Free Libraries Coming to Saline!

A fun and exciting new project is making its way into Saline parks...

The City of Saline and Saline Parks and Recreation Department approved five Little Free Libraries in Saline parks. Funding for Saline's Little Free Libraries came from the Saline Arts & Culture Committee, who thought that this would be the perfect art addition to the parks and city of Saline. 

For those who are unfamiliar with Little Free Libraries, their purpose is to promote literacy and community. They function on a "Take One, Leave One" basis, in that adults and children can take a book from the Little Library, and leave a different book in its place. For more information about Little Free Libraries, visit

Over a dozen artists from Two Twelve Arts Center volunteered their time, paints, and talents to design and create the art on the five Saline Little Libraries. In addition, ACE Hardware of Saline donated primer paint for the libraries, and the Saline UPS Store is creating plaques for each Little Library. 

The libraries are near completion, and should be installed in about a month in four city parks --Brecon Park, Mill Pond Park, Risdon Park, and at the Rec Center--as well as at Saline City Hall. Saline Schools Alternative Education Program students will be helping with the installation through their community service, rounding out the community involvement for this project from start to finish. 

Book donations--both children and adult--are welcomed for initial start-up. To donate, please contact Marci Cameron at: . 

Thank you to all of the Saline organizations, businesses, and artists who contributed to the creation of the Little Free Libraries, and thanks especially to Marci Cameron who brought this project to Saline.

Free Little Library Artists
Marci Cameron
Cindy Baxter
Kristine Shoopmann
Kat Daugaard
Holly Kreag
Stacey Harper
Lisa Belanger
Kathy Earle
Val Mann
Gay Halseth
Eileen Shivak
Sandy Webster
Kathy Rich

 Enjoy these photos of the artists at work! The artists had the use of Kristine Shoopmann's art studio to conduct their work, through her generous hospitality. Can't wait to see these Little Free Libraries around Saline! (Photos courtesy of Cindy Baxter and Marci Cameron.)

Thursday, October 1, 2015

October Updates

October is here, and our classes are in full swing. We have so many fun and unique classes this fall and there is still space left in many of them. Check out our classes at for detailed descriptions, photos, and registration. Classes are available for all skill levels and in a variety of mediums, times, and prices. You're sure to find a class to meet your creative needs!

Here are a few photos to spark some inspiration from Valerie Mann's latest class, Watercolor for All Levels

October is a big month for us here at Two Twelve Arts Center because of two events we are hosting that are just around the corner....

Meet the Author will take place on Friday, October 9, from 7-9pm. Join us to hear Lawrence Earle Johnson read from his latest thriller novel.

Also, Art on the Runway will take place on Friday, October 23, from 7-9:30pm. Purchase your tickets now at
Stay tuned for Art on the Runway teasers and sneak peeks on our Instagram and Facebook. It's going to be a fun event! (Look for #sneakpeek #teaser and #AOTR)

Stay connected with our Facebook to see more about upcoming classes, events, and other Two Twelve news. 

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Nostalgia, Photography by Heidi McClelland

Stop by Two Twelve Arts Center to see our September & October Artist of the Month exhibit: Heidi McClelland Photography, "Nostalgia." An Artist's Reception will be held at Two Twelve on Friday, September 18, from 7-9pm

In her photographs, Heidi strives to capture a moment in time and evoke emotions that will stand from one generation to the next. Through her lens, Heidi defines nostalgia. Many of her photographs take you on a visual journey to quieter, more gentle times.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Art Around Saline

During the months of July and August, Two Twelve's featured Artists of the Month are our very own students! Stop by to see work from the 2014-2015 school year. A variety of mediums and subjects are included. Join us for the Artists' Reception on Friday, July 24, from 7-9pm. 

 Stop by Carrigan Café in Saline to see the Children's Show during July and August. Two Twelve Arts Center and Saline's Summerfest celebrate young, emerging, talented artists by featuring their work and spotlighting the artists during a presentation at Summerfest on August 8, at 2pm. Stop by the café to enjoy a cold drink and celebrate young artists. 

Also featured at a local café in Saline, Brewed Awakenings, is Thomas Rosenbaum. This work represents an exploration into abstract designs using various collage materials.  In the spirit of the coffee shop, as a place to gather and enjoy a good brew, Tom has incorporated burlap coffee bean bag material into the design.  
The Traffic Paintings are part of a series done as an entry to the Café Community Art Project sponsored by the Arts Alliance and Ann Arbor Art Center. They were selected for display on a switchbox at Main St. and Liberty in Downtown Ann Arbor.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Landscape Series

In the past few weeks, students have enjoyed a variety of Landscape Series Classes. Our Landscape Series features one class each week that focuses on a different style of landscape. Check out the great work created in Pastel Waterscape in the Style of Monet, Pastel Painting in the Style of Van Gogh, and Landscape Painting in the Style of Vitaly Mikarov.

Pastel Waterscape in the Style of Monet: 

Pastel Painting in the Style of Van Gogh:

Pastel Painting in the Style of Vitaly Mikarov: