July 20 - September 9, 2012

Art 4 All Exhibitions July

January 23 - July 31, 2012

May Queen Blacksmith David HoltslanderIRON MAN: Forged Metal Sculptures of David Holtslander

"Forging is the purest for of "direct" metal sculpture; physically demanding, spiritual, and primitive. Forging allows the artist to experience an immediate and intense intimacy with metal."

David Holtslander has been forging iron and other metals with an anvil and hammer over 35 years. A selection of his work, inspired by nature and liquid and organic forms as well as art nouveau and art deco, is on view in the Vittito VisionWalk.

"I have a special interest on the work of African blacksmiths. Their wonderfully hand-forged metal objects, complex in iconography and full of "nyama" (spirit), cause the artist to become more invested in the metal with each hammer blow." As a student of these artists he attempts to create a meaningful closes with each if his projects.

DAVID HOLTSLANDERMay Queen, forged and welded steel with oxide finish

Art For All May Exhibition


Great Lakes Bay Train Exhibition


Art For All Exhibitions


October 14, 2011 - March 11, 2012

Nell Witters MaplesTHE (PRINT)MAKING OF AN AMERICAN ILLUSTRATOR: Nell Witters and Her Contemporaries

The exploration of printmaking became a popular vehicle for modern expression that led to careers in illustration for many aspiring American artists. This modest exhibition from the Permanent Collection features 20 etchings, woodcuts and aquatints created by American illustrator Nell Witters and her contemporaries while members of the Art Students’ League in New York.

NELL WITTERS    American, 1882-1972
Maples    ca. 1915
soft-ground etching and aquatint on paper
Gift of the Artist

Adopted for framing by the Kaltenbach Family, in memory of Erna Braun.


March 1, 2012

Matthew Richmond Paper Doll DressesMatthew Richmond's Paper Doll Exhibition: Saving the Planet One Dress at a Time

This exhibition was part of a special evening showing of the collection of Matthew Richmond, a Michigan artist who creates couture dresses from a variety of recycled materials including VHS tapes, newspaper and plastic bags.

Richmond's idea for creating wearable but unconventional paper and plastic dresses started about seven years ago as a cure for boredom with his mother's mannequin. When he displayed his first paper dress in the Aveda salon in Ann Arbor, people took notice.

Richmond's fashion design has been featured, among many other media outlets, on,, and Hour Detroit. The artist's History of Fashion collection will soon be introduced at Sommerset Collection mall. 

MATTHEW RICHMONDPlastic Doll, plastic grocery store bags


February 1 - February 26, 2012


  1. Michigan Art Education AssociationMichigan Art Education Association's mission is to promote quality visual arts education through leadership, service, and professional development. This exhibition showcases work created by Elementary level students through High School.  Region 11 covers Saginaw, Gratiot, Tuscola, Sanilac and Huron Counties. These works were on view in the Second Floor Ring and the Akbar Waqf Galleries.


December 9, 2011 - February 19, 2012

Philip KochUNBROKEN THREAD: Nature Painting and the American Imagination – The Art of Philip Koch

This exhibition features 50 oil paintings, vine charcoal drawings and pastels by contemporary artist and Professor of Art at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland.

PHILIP KOCH, The Song of All Days, oil on panel, 2008, 36 x 72in.

Learn more about the exhibition, read about the artist on his website and blog, or watch a video featuring the artist in his own words.


December 2, 2011 - January 22, 2012

Art for All ExhibitionssArt in the Heart of the City's ART 4 ALL Exhibitions

This exhibition features the artwork of 5 regional artists. Participating artists helped support arts and culture in the region by contribution the SAM's annual Art in the Heart of the City's art auction. The artists include: Neil Davison, David Holtslander, Marsha Klein, Tisch Lewis & Susan Nielsen.