Glen Arbor Arts Center takes new view on water

From staff reports

July 15-19 is Water Week at the Glen Arbor Arts Center (GAAC). As part of its exhibition “New Views: Water = Life = Art,” the GAAC offers three events that examine water from different perspectives:

  • “More Than Just a View,” July 15, 2 p.m. A panel of water activists and advocates talk about how the lakes, streams and ponds in our region are “More Than Just A View.” Panelists are: Jim Lively of the Groundwork Center; Tom Nelson, executive director of the Leelanau Conservancy; and environmental attorney Jim Olson, founder of For Love of Water. The discussion offers an opportunity to hear more about how the health and safety of Lake Michigan is endangered by the Line 5 oil pipeline, the threats to underground aquafers from bottled water, the importance of watershed conservation, and the impacts of 21st-century lawn care on local lakes and streams. The discussion is free.
  • Discover the Discovery, July 17, 10 a.m.: Glen Arbor watershed biologist Rob Karner conducts a visual voyage aboard the good ship Discovery. Karner captains Discovery, a 22-foot pontoon boat that’s part of the Glen Lake Association’s water monitoring program. The program offers a look at its role in studying the Glen Lakes’ ecology and health. The presentation is free.
  • “The Art of Water in 28½ Minutes,” July 19, 11 a.m.: In a lively and fast-pace presentation, Glen Arbor artist Hank Feeley explores how artists have invoked the water muse. This wide-ranging presentation will cover prehistoric visualizations of water, painting from Leonardo to today’s David Hockney, sculpture from Bernini to Jaume Plensa, installation art, water as a physical material, architecture, water inspired music and dance, digital art, poetry, performance art, and video and film. Cost of the presentation is $10 for GAAC members and $15 for nonmembers. Please pre-register.

All three programs are in the GAAC gallery. “New Views: Water = Life = Art” continues through August 4. For more information and to register visit The GAAC is located at 6031 S. Lake St., Glen Arbor.