Art in the Streets goin on until 7 p.m.

Friday, June 14 will be a sight to see as the Heartland Artists Gallery and Moon Tree Studio has collaborated with the Plymouth Chamber of Commerce giving Plymouth an array of artist and art on display from noon-8p.m. on Michigan St. "Art in the Street" will display artists who live and draw in Marshall County giving the community a scope of the art in their own area.

"The idea of Art in the Street" was born when we were trying to find fun things which will bring the folks of Plymouth to spend time together and get to see their local businesses," said Jeanne Wall Vice President and Treasurer for Heartland Artists.

Included in the event will be a Draw Your Dad Contest for two age groups, 5-10 and 11-17 yrs. old, where participants will be asked to draw their dad or their favorite male. The contest will run from noon-7p.m. in front of Heartland Artists. Linda Rippy of the Marshall County Museum and Susie Reinholt of the Plymouth Public Library will determine the winners.

The winner in each age group will win $20 in Chamber Bucks. The art work entered in the contest can be picked up after from 7-8p.m. so the participants can give their Dad their drawings for Father's Day.

The collaboration between MoonTree Studios and Heartland artist came from the numerous members in common. Both organizations feel there is plenty of room to promote art, folk art, and art-making as they see a de-emphasis on art in public schools.

"I believe that a life without art is an unfulfilled one, we can all learn our ABC's, multiplication tables, and past history but somehow these things without the arts loose a little of their meaning," commented Wall.

"Both organizations have always shared the conviction that the more we can do to bring art to our community the better," said Evelyn Schwenk Coordinator of MoonTree Studios, "We are process-oriented, with facilitators (as opposed to calling them "teachers") who impart techniques for working in any particular medium and are not solely focused on the the end product."

The organizations are looking to capture the appeal of a more broad range of tastes hoping "Art in the Street" will bring new awareness and visibility for people who are engaged in art and providing creative inspiration in the community and surrounding areas. They aspire to evoke appreciation and pride of the arts available to the people of Plymouth and their neighbors.

Schwenk said, "Heartland Artists and MoonTree Studios both have galleries to house exhibits of invited artist's work from near and far, and I feel these wonderful exhibits are overlooked or ignored by many people in the community."

"I was thrilled to find a gallery of the quality of Heartland, flourishing in the town of Plymouth," said Wall who has lived in Plymouth for only 2years after living in Chicago, " Heartland has a large juried show in October that attracts artists from 5 different states making us stand tall in the art community."

Mediums represented in the art will be paintings, pastels, pencil and ink, colored pencils, felting. enameling, water color, pottery, photography, collaging and jewelry making as well as other forms. Jim Schoonover will be doing caricature drawings and selling playing cards of his designs. The Museum and Harriet's Closet will be providing sidewalk chalk art for children and Cliff Berger will be playing the piano before he will host the showing of a one hour video on Heirloom Roses.

"We hope Art in the Street creates much more awareness of the "art scene" here and dramatically broaden our audience, " said Schwenk, "We hope more people come into the galleries or participate in art experiences themselves as either facilitators or participants but certainly as art creators and doers!"

Carrolyn Babcock, one of the founding member of Heartland Gallery, will be displaying her work. Vera Tianai, President of Heartland Artists and MoonTree Elder will be demonstrating single-needle felting. Sherry Benedict will be demonstrating how she turns gourds into beautiful and unique works of art.

Jayne Jacobson, President of Heartland, Membership Director and MoonTree Elder will be showing her enameling pieces, a process achieved by melting glass onto copper. Vickie Cook, MoonTree Elder, will be "throwing" pottery on the street in front of the Chamber of Commerce. Kerri Base of Heartland will also be bringing her whimsical work. Alyssa Reese, intern at MoonTree Studios, will be doing ink and pencil drawings or paintings. Schwenk will have MoonTree Studios display and information near her as she will be "Plein Air Painting."

Wall said, "All the artists will be working and its a great chance to see the various arts accomplished from jewelry to oil painting. It's the kind of day that makes it fun living in a smaller city."

Local merchants will be present providing shopping specials during the event and the Plymouth Chamber of Commerce will be handing out free popcorn at the beginning of the event, until supplies last. For more information, contact the Plymouth Chamber of Commerce at 936-2323.