Each month we were pleased to feature a different area
artist in previous office.
Art Works from Gary Westhoven Were Featured
Art Shumaker Featured February-March 2012
A creative mind constantly spinning out new ideas and paintings can sum up Art
Shumaker, the first place winner of Henry County Arts Council's Adult Juried Art Show in April 2005.
Art first started doing art at a very young age drawing cartoon characters. After awhile, he started drawing
about anything. He was offered an art scholarship in high school, but he turned it down because he wanted to do art
for pleasure-not as a job. After graduating from Napoleon High School, he worked for cable TV in Napoleon for thirty-five
years before retiring.
He used to draw designs on demolition cars for the derby, with all
kinds of creatures on them. He said most years he would do one a summer for his brother during his vacation time.
He started doing signs for people when he was about sixteen, including wedding banners for Willeman's flowers and signs
for Carson Industry. Many of his signs were done with air brushing because he liked the effects you could get from using
Art always thought through the years that when he retired he would advertise
to do small signs on the side. But, about six years ago he spotted a Thomas Kinkade painting in the paper and wondered
how close he could come to doing one like it. So, he started doing landscapes based upon Kinkade pictures. Ever
since he has more satisfaction in this style of painting. But, he found that he liked creating his own pictures rather
than using someone else's as the basis of his painting. He says he likes at times to put areas of light in his own
creations similar to what Kinkade does. He is anxious to see the next step and is constantly thinking of different pictures
he can create. We're just as anxious to see his next creation!
September 2011-Susan Hallet
Susan Hallet, September Artist of the Month, has
painted many watercolors from her early teens through her adult life. She is the recipient of awards from the Henry and Fulton
county fairs. She draws inspirations from love and appreciation of nature, gardening, flowers, and the places she has
Susan began formal art instruction at Adrian College, but other artists influenced her creativity
and talent. Two of Susan's paintings were purchased by the Bryan Community Hospital for their permanent gallery.
August 2011--Melanie Wilson
Melanie Wilson, August Artist of the Month, began her life as an artist
with her first box of crayons. She says that throughout her elementary years she colored every paper she could
manage to get her hands, on including saved Sunday Blade newsprint from her grandparents. In high school, her
creativity evolved with expressive teenage black and white. During high school her art teacher, Lori Langenhop, expanded
her appreciation for art, and college extended her creative exploration further. Melanie now teaches art at the Defiance
City Schools and has taught several classes for adults as well as children for the Henry County Arts Council.
July, 2011 Professional Photography Show
June 17 - 18, 2011 Relay for Life Chair-ity Silent Auction Chairs
|Julie Engler with chair available for silent auction