Alpena Wildlife Sanctuary artist in residence talk announced

Debbie Kupinsky and Craig Clifford, Alpena Wildlife Sanctuary’s 2013 artists in residence, will speak July 10 at 7 p.m. at the Alpena County Library. The event is free and open to the public.

Kupinsky and Clifford, both ceramicists, are currently in Alpena drawing, photographing and taking clay impressions in the Wildlife Sanctuary. These studies will become the basis for a series of work exploring the interactions between the natural and cultural elements of the area.

One of these works will then be given to the Alpena Wildlife Sanctuary in return for the residency.

A husband and wife team, Clifford and Kupinsky work individually and in collaboration, and have shown extensively in the United States and in Asia. Both teach art at the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, where Clifford is a professor and Kupinsky is an adjunct lecturer.

This is the third year of the residency program which began in 2011 with landscape painter Catherine Jennings and continued in 2012 with sculptor Mollie Oblinger. Since that time, works inspired by and created in Alpena have become a part of their exhibitions in the U.S.

The goal of the residency is to develop a museum-quality collection of freshwater-themed art that will be held by the Alpena Wildlife Sanctuary. The works by Jennings and Oblinger currently may be seen at the library, 211 N. First, where they are on temporary display.