Society of Animal Artists holding regional exhibit
Dan Sanderson | Staff Writer
“The Society of Animal Artists, founded in 1960, is devoted to promoting excellence in the artistic portrayal of the creatures sharing our planet, and to the education of the public through art exhibitions, informative seminars, lectures, and teaching demonstrations,” according to the group’s website.
The Charlevoix Circle of the Arts is displaying the Great Lakes Regional Society of Animal Artists Show from Friday, June 16, through Saturday, July 15.
Members of the Society of Animal Artists that reside in a state or province border a Great Lake or Great Lake water ways were eligible. Members then submitted to this newly formed juried show. The results of this jury are in show, which will be held in Charlevoix at its gallery located at 109 Clinton Street.
The opening for this event will be held at the Charlevoix Circle of the Arts from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, June 16, with live music being provided by Jeff Pagel.
Several displaying artists will be present to answer questions about their work.
Michigan displaying artists from the Society are Durwood Coffey, Anni Crouter, Kim Diment, Rod Lawrence, TJ Lick, Robin Murray, and Roger Smith.
In 2010, Diment opened the Main Branch Gallery in downtown Grayling with photographer Ken Wright.
Diment will be giving a talk at the gallery at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, June 21.
Diment, who sits on the board of directors for the Society of Animal Artists, earned an award of excellence at the Society of Animal Artists 56th Annual Premier Members Exhibit held at the Houston Natural Science Museum last fall.
Winning her fourth award for “The Drifters,” which featured sandhill cranes flying past an old-fashioned windmill located on farmland, put Diment one award away from master signature status. That coveted status has only been obtained by 14 current and late members of the Society of Animal Artists.
Diment said she is proud to represent Grayling and the Great Lakes region at the exhibit.
“It’s really nice to live here,” she said. “I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.”
Diment, who has a background in zoology and ecology, fell in love with animals during her childhood, which drove her interest in art.
“I just love animals so much and I want to do everything I can to get them into the limelight,” Diment said.
Further questions may be directed to Executive Director Gail DeMeyere at the Charlevoix Circle of the Arts at (231) 547-3554 or Diment at (989) 344-1843.