Delbert Michel, Bart and Gail Ingraham exhibit at OAC

FRANKFORT — Oliver Art Center is excited to open the latest exhibit at OAC on Oct. 20. OAC will host an opening reception that is free and open to the public from 5-7 p.m. The exhibit features three Traverse Area artists: Delbert Michel, Bart Ingraham, and Gail Ingraham.

The artists will be hosting an Artist Talk on Oct. 21 at 1 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

Delbert Michel has been a practicing artist for fifty years. Professor Emeritus from Hope College in Holland, Michel developed the Art Department there and twice served as chairman during 39 years on the faculty. Michel has exhibited nationally and internationally, including New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Chicago, San Diego, New Orleans and San Francisco.

Michel has a studio in Traverse City, and is currently exhibiting in Twisted Fish Gallery, Elk Rapids and Armstrong-DeGraaf International Fine Art Gallery, Saugatuck.

Bart Ingraham was born in Kent County. Being raised on a farm, he played high school football and earned an athletic scholarship to Colorado State University.

It was while serving a stint in the Peace Corp in the Philippines with his wife Gail, that he got bit by the art bug. While there, he observed some native tribesmen carving unique pieces with rudimentary tools and he thought if they could do it, so could he. Upon returning to the states and ending in Suttons Bay he started his carving career. Mostly self-taught with some drawing classes and two sculpting workshops Bart has ventured where that little farm boy thought he would never go.

Gail was born in Denver Colorado and has been compelled from childhood to “make things.” She thrived on color and texture, and nature became her muse. She graduated from Colorado State and moved to Suttons Bay with her husband, Bart who grew up on a Michigan farm.

Bellwether Gardens was their business for 29 years, open six days from spring to fall. Their falls and winters gave them time to learn many kinds of art. Thus, Gail’s art has included designing and making gardens. She now focuses on making art quilts and fiber art, in addition to creative writing.

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