December 7 - January 13, 2014
Milagros, small metal figures used to thank Christian saints for fulfilling requests in time of need, accompanied the Spanish as they arrived in the Americas. The custom continues to be a part of folk culture throughout rural areas of Spain as well as in Central and South American and parts of North America. In Spanish, the word milagro literally means miracle or surprise.
The featured exhibit for this show is a collection created by members of the Fiber Artists Coalition that celebrate milagros, the small miracles and joyful surprises in everyday life.
John Alberts-Jazz Poet
CD and Book
John Alberts shares new selections in his book and cd.
Alberts enjoys an on-going career of performing with nationally known Jazz artists as well as performing solo for charity and cultural support events in
the Charlevoix, Michigan area. Concluding a long career of public service as cultural arts chairman for the city of Pomona, he returned to his birth state.
In 2008, he and his wife Raechel helped form the Charlevoix Circle of Arts;
Under the deft production touch of Jeff Haas and recording engineer Jack Conners; Jack Dryden on bass, Chris Lawrence on trumpet and Laurie Sears tripling on tenor sax, soprano sax and flute, all players who dominate the midwestern scene, unleash their improvisational skills to augment 17 of john's poems.
John's collection includes poems from the last 18 years and it reads like a
long-life's work,rich in it's reach as well as its language."
Barry Wallenstein, author of DRASTIC DISLOCATIONS; NEW AND SELECTED POEMS "
"He's more rhythmic than Kerouac. John, you are a good and mad scribbler."
John D. Lamb Song Writer and Director, Springfed Arts.
"John Alberts' wonderful new collection of poems is a unique blend of Beat Poetry.
William Carlos Williams imagist wonders, with just a twist of Tom Waits sensibilites.
John Alberts is the real deal."
M. L Liebler Detroit Poet and Editor of Working Word: Punching the Clock and Kicking Out the Jams.