Wheatland Township Library features eight local artists


REMUS – Eight artists are currently featured at the Wheatland Township Library in Remus.

Over the next month, patrons of the Wheatland Township Library will be able to view the art of eight local artists from the area. This art ranges from drawing to painting, including cabinetmaking and sculpture.

Emmy Kurtz was one of the youngest people whose works were on display at the library. At age 12, she described how she became interested in creating works of art.

“When I touched the paper, I felt like I was in a different world. As if I was myself and I was drawing. I have a beautiful cloud and then a sun then a flower with weed on it. It made me feel like I was home and I was myself,” she said.

LJ Jordan had a slew of paintings on display for customers to purchase. Ranging from painting on paper to paintings on canvas, his art has featured a multitude of colorful and varied artworks.

“I found out how I wanted to draw or how I wanted to paint and different art styles and stuff, and then I kind of threw myself into it,” Jordan said. “I didn’t really have a reason to do it, I just found it really fascinating how people did it.”

Terry Leiter displayed his woodwork pieces, which prominently displayed the American flag next to a table he built himself. Needing something to do after retirement and an extra source of income after a cancer diagnosis, Leiter turned to Pinterest and Facebook to help find inspiration for his pieces.

“You find anything on Facebook, and you just see a design that strikes you when you recreate it,” Leiter said. “You do your own thing with that kind of life through you and the different things, patriotism seems to be lacking these days, so that was a good topic for me.

Leiter went on to describe what art meant to him and how art helped him.

“It’s one of those things that keeps you centered. You know, it’s just like, you know, everybody gets into it and it’s a place to go out in the garage and get lost sort of and try not to think about anything but your artwork,” he said.

Emmy Kurtz also opened up about what her art means to her and why she loves to draw.

“When I make mistakes, I make them again. As if I transformed them into different things. They could be a heart, a flower, an animal or maybe just a random thing. Your art can be a different place, if you imagine. A line can be a tree, a butterfly, a person, or maybe even your anxiety or an emotion you’re feeling,” Kurtz explained.

Other artworks featured include drawings by Dan Lee, a pottery statue by Karen Coville, a triptych educating readers about Michigan geology by Betsy Moskowitz, photographs by Keghan Jensen, and statues and drawings by Julie Mayer.

For more coin information and sales inquiries, visit the Wheatland Township Library Facebook page or call (989) 967-8271. To view these pieces in person, library hours are Tuesday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.


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