If you could use a cultural boost this winter break, the Ann Arbor Art Teachers and Alumni Association has a treat for you.
Now on display at the Mallett’s Creek branch of the Ann Arbor District Library are 47 works of art by 23 AAPS artists.
Claudia Burns, who retired in June from the district, exhibits her work at the Mallett’s Creek Library Show every year.
“If you look at the state standards for art, it’s create, respond, present,” said Burns, explaining why artists enjoy sharing their work.
She said she and other art teachers find it important to not just teach art to others, but to make time to continue to create art themselves.
In existence for at least 40 years, the association is made up of current and past art educators and friends who are interested in promoting visual arts educators as working artists, that contribute vibrantly to the local art scene, explained Communty High art teacher Steve Coron.
“We not only teach, but we do,” he said. “We usually meet once per week to discuss our craft and the way we teach the arts, and to keep up on trends in our field. We serve each other as a support group and friends in the visual arts.”
An artists’ reception will be held on Friday, Jan. 9, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the library, 3090 East Eisenhower Parkway, Ann Arbor. The art is available for purchase.