WinterView goes up at Art in the Loft

Fresh off the success of the annual Glamour and Gourmet, Art in the Loft currently is undergoing its seasonal transformation with installation of the WinterView 2013 exhibit this week.

The expansive gallery space atop the Center Building in downtown Alpena will be filled once again with the creative handiwork of many artists from throughout Northeast Michigan and the state. The new exhibit opens Saturday and will remain on display through March, 8, 2014.

“We have a great diverse group of artists with 31 total,” said Gallery Coordinator Justin Christensen-Cooper. “Some of the artists are new to the gallery and new to Alpena, which is nice.”

Hundreds of pieces of artwork, all available for sale, are featured in WinterView 2013.

“There’s a good mixture of photography, paintings, three-dimensional works and jewelry,” Christensen-Cooper said. “We do have a lot of returning artists a lot of favorites at Art in the Loft. They are always changing up their inventory for each season.”

A public reception to celebrate the artists and the season is set for Dec. 5 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Attendees will be surrounded by beautiful art and will get to enjoy demonstrations by various artists, live music and light hor d’oeuvres.

“This event helps people put a face to the artists,” Christensen-Cooper said. “It’s also a great way to kick off the holiday season and think about gifts for others because we have a wide range of things and in all price ranges.”

Among the new artists this season are husband-wife team Karen and Ken Milito of Lapeer. Both are large-scale painters with very different styles.

Heidi Cheng of Alpena is a new jewelry artist now participating at Art in the Loft. She does traditional Chinese jewelry. Also new is Diana Bush of Presque Isle, a photographer who specializes in shots of nature as well as people.

Saidee Jacobs, a 19-year-old student at Alpena Community College, is the youngest artist exhibiting this season. She creates mixed media recycled art.

Along with the new artists, are returning artists such as Mike McConnell and Peggy Matuzak. A founding Art in the Loft member, McConnell has participated in every exhibit since the gallery opened in 2001. He’s back this season with hand-turned and hand-carved ornaments. Matuzak, a fused glass and stained glass artist, also is offering ornaments and other items for the holidays.

“If someone was here last season or last year, they will definitely need to come back and see all of the different things here,” Christensen-Cooper said. “It is always changing.”

This year’s WinterView has been underwritten by Alpena Regional Medical Center.

Art in the Loft hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays. The gallery is closed on Mondays.