Farmington Hills art instructors’ works on display at City Gallery

Sabrina by Craig Paul Nowak
Sabrina by Craig Paul Nowak (City of Farmington Hills)

Instructors of Acrylic Painting, Ceramics, Little DaVincis, Pastels, Digital Photography, and Drawing are showing their own talent in the latest art exhibit at the Costick Center’s City Gallery in Farmington Hills.

The group show runs through November 9; gallery hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, at 28600 W. 11 Mile Rd.

Jon Aldred for Farmington Hills City Council

“The Cultural Arts Division coordinates art classes, workshops, and camps throughout the year to enhance the presence of the arts in the greater Farmington area. We hope that residents will take advantage of the great opportunities available here,” said Rachel Timlin, Cultural Arts Supervisor.

“We’re thrilled with this exhibit, and proud of the high caliber of arts instruction that’s accessible here in Farmington Hills,” said Jessica Guzman, Cultural Arts Coordinator.

Cultural Arts Instructors Exhibit at Costick Center
Cultural Arts Instructors Exhibit at Costick Center (City of Farmington Hills)

Expect to see new sculpture, paintings, and photographs from these teachers:

  • Jennifer Garrison (Ceramics, Watercolor, Youth Instructor) is a docent and educator for the Detroit Institute of Arts. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) at Eastern Michigan University.
  • John Nagridge (Acrylic Painting Instructor) is a graphic designer for One10 Marketing, a supplier for General Motors accessories. Nagridge earned his BFA in Printmaking and Drawing from Wayne State University. His work has been exhibited extensively, including shows at Scarab Club, Detroit Artists Market, The Chaika Gallery, and The Michigan Gallery.
  • Craig Paul Nowak (Drawing Instructor) lives and works in Farmington Hills. He received his BFA in Painting from the College for Creative Studies in Detroit and has held residencies in Chicago, New Mexico, and Italy. His sculpture and paintings have been shown and published nationally.
  • Marat Paransky (Pastels Instructor) earned a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Visual Arts at the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts and a BFA of Fine Art in Drawing and Printmaking at Wayne State University. A solo exhibit of his work was recently featured at Farmington Hills City Hall as part of the Public Art Program.
  • Dean Rogers (Colored Pencils Instructor) studied Commercial Art at Ferris State University and his photo-realistic pencil rendering won the Farmington Art Foundation’s First Place in the Festival of the Arts Competition for 2018.
  • Fran Seikaly (Oil Painting Instructor) studied at Kendall College of Design and College for Creative Studies and earned a Master of Education for Special Education at Wayne State University. Showing and winning several awards, Seikaly has taught oil painting for years.
  • S. Kay Young (Digital Photography, Photoshop Instructor) studied at the Center for Creative Studies, followed by a 10-year position at the Detroit Institute of Arts. She is a professor of digital photography at Oakland Community College. Her photographs are part of the permanent collections of the Detroit Institute of Arts, Cobo Center, and the Costick Center.

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