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April 8, 2022, Adrian, Michigan – As organizations throughout the world are starting to open as the COVID-19 pandemic seemingly fades, a special exhibit that explores life during the pandemic through the artwork of eight Adrian Dominican Sisters, Associates, and friends is opening at INAI: A Space Apart's art gallery.
 
Art in the Time of COVID opens on Sunday, May 1, 2022, and remains on exhibit through Sunday, August 28, 2022. An artists’ reception is from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Sunday, May 1, 2022. The public is invited to both the exhibit and the reception.
 
All guests will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms at an outdoor tent before entering the INAI Gallery. Masks and social distancing are required. 
 
The exhibit features the artwork of Sisters Barbara Cervenka, OP, Mary J. Hickey, OP, Aneesah McNamee, OP, Suzanne Schreiber, OP, and Nancyann Turner, OP; Adrian Dominican Associate Judith Engel; and friends Debra Henning and Mame Jackson.
 
During the early months of the pandemic, Sister Barbara called together this group of friends to respond to the unique time through their art. They gathered monthly on Zoom to share their work and gave expression to their thoughts, feelings, and observations through a variety of media, including drawing, painting, collage, journaling, quilting, graphic arts, photography, and video production. “We wanted to recognize the singularity of [the pandemic], how unusual and how difficult this time is,” Sister Barbara said.
 
Art in the Time of COVID is dedicated to the memory of 14 Adrian Dominican Sisters who died of COVID-19 in the winter of 2021. Their names will be posted in the exhibit. Visitors are invited to write the names of loved ones whom they lost to the pandemic so that they can be remembered as well.
 
INAI (in-EYE), a Japanese word meaning within, is a place for quiet reflection and art and is open to the public. The INAI Gallery is adjacent to the north entrance of Weber Retreat and Conference Center on the Adrian Dominican Sisters’ Motherhouse Campus. Enter the Eastern-most driveway to the complex and follow the signs to Weber Center.
 
Gallery hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and by appointment by calling 313-608-9181. 


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UPDATE 3/11/20: THIS EVENT IS POSTPONED

February 26, 2020, Adrian, Michigan – If you’ve ever longed to be an artist, Weber Retreat and Conference Center offers an opportunity for you to work toward this dream. Finding the Artist in You: Painting and Mixed Media Classes are offered from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursdays, March 26; April 2, 16, 23, and 30; and May 7, 2020, in the INAI Art Room adjacent to Weber Center. The class will not meet on Thursday, April 9, 2020.

Brenda Singletary, MFA, Director of the Art Factory in Adrian, teaches the classes and says of her students, “I want them to hear their own voice that is original and true.”

The cost of $110 includes acrylic paints, two canvases, two Bristol boards, plaster, brushes, drawing tools, drawing paper, masking tape, and water containers.

Registration is required and is available at www.webercenter.org; click on “programs.” Registrations may also be made by calling 517-266-4000 or emailing webercenter@adriandominicans.org. For information, call 517-266-4090. Limited scholarships are available.

Weber Center is on the campus of the Adrian Dominican Sisters’ Motherhouse, 1257 E. Siena Heights Drive, Adrian. Enter the Eastern-most driveway of the complex and follow the signs to Weber Center. For information, call the Weber Center at 517-266-4000.


 

 

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