TBAC Artists of Month announced

Water media painter and printer Judy St. John is the Thunder Bay Art Council’s featured artist for the month of June.

The display of her are will include watercolor paintings, collages, etchings, monotypes and mixed-media works. An opening reception for the show is set for Friday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the TBAC Gallery, 129 W. Chisholm.

St. John has painted for more than 18 years, since she retired early from a career in banking in Oakland County. She has taken lessons at Oakland Community College and the Bloomfield-Birmingham Art Center. She also has participated in many workshops given by such painters as Joe Fettingis, Bridget Austin, Helga Flower, Jean Dobie, Cheng-Khee Chee and Janet Rogers.

St. John and her husband live at Lost Lake Woods Club. She shows her work locally at the TBAC Gallery and the Dragonfly Gallery in Harrisville. She is a frequent award winner in juried shows, including the Besser Museum’s annual competition.

In addition to her work in the studio, St. John is an active member of both the Northeast Michigan Artists Guild, based in Alpena, and the East Shore Art Guild, based in Harrisville. She has served as an officer in both groups.

She was instrumental in setting up the TBAC Gallery, where she has also been an officer. She has also taught and organized painting workshops locally.

Her most recent venture in promoting the arts in Northeast Michigan is her role with the Alcona Arts Retreat. This year’s retreat will be held Sept. 5-8 and centered primarily at Lost Lake Woods, but also highlighting many scenic locations in Alcona County.

As a board member and chairwoman of the art selection committee, she has been vital in finding outstanding instructors for the retreat in oil, watercolor and pastel painting, photography, quilting and poetry. The retreat also offers workshops in songwriting, hammered dulcimer, American folk dancing, flute and stringed instruments.

During Friday’s opening reception for St. John, arts retreat volunteers will be on hand to give out brochures and answer questions about this year’s event. For more about the retreat, see the website www.InspirationAlcona.org.

For more information about the TBAC Gallery or programs of the Thunder Bay Arts Council, call 356-6678.