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2016 Events

Tuesdays at the Library all summer   Adult Coloring from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm.  All materials are provided.

June 24       Summer Author Series, Lilly Levy, 4:00 pm

The Pebbled Path by Lilly Levy

The Pebbled Path is the culmination of the experiences of living and of working in the periods of change in America – as reflected in the nuances of feelings, transitioned in the book by Lilly Levy.  The aging process of losses, the challenges of wars, the hopes for space and humanity’s fulfillment seems usurped by folly, held in suspense in fragile and unseen hands – yet all chronicled on the background of the beauty of our plant.  Mackinac Island, as one of the monuments of nature, calms our pulse to discover the sun.

As a youngster, Lilly grew up in the Depression years in Detroit when industry fell through the cracks in the floor. This impacted her work as a teacher and psychiatric social worker to make a contribution to those in need.  Upon the birth of her two sons, she became a home mother, “as the best of times” with Norman, her husband.  The sons took the reins as their father passed – following industry in America and gifting Lilly with five granddaughters.  Upon return to her “encore career,” she joined the staff of Birmingham Maple Clinic and finds inspiration on Mackinac Island.

July 2        Art Reception, Kris Love, 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm.              Art will be on display for the month of July.

Years of decorative restoration painting on the ceilings and walls of both public and private sites, the capitol building in Lansing, Michigan, included, established Kris’ preference for working on hard surfaces, hence the use of wood panels.  Acrylic paint works best for her because of the fast drying time and suitability for the active detail that is achieved by layering of directional brush strokes. The simple maple frames are used so as not to distract the eye.

These paintings of the Northern Michigan water and landscapes fall on the edges of realism. They are inspired by actual locations, but aim to create a surreal interpretation with exaggerated color and light. The focus is the extraordinary beauty of the landscape that, at times, seems otherworldly. A common theme in the work is big skies with clouds full of character which are often splashed with the bright colors of a sunset or the brooding feel of a sudden approaching thunderstorm. The viewer is encouraged to be imaginative and lighthearted.

Kris’ favorite professor often said that a good painting can be read like a book. When she “gets lost” in a painting it is usually because she is really seeing, or “reading” how the thing was made. This is why she uses isolated, layered brushstrokes more than atmospheres or glazes.  She wants the viewer to be able to read her work.

Painting is an act of pure pleasure for her and is why she does it.

Kris lives and works in Traverse City, Michigan.

July 7       Marionette Show, Stevens Puppets, 2:00 p.m.

Bringing Fairy Tales and Literature to Life – Sleepy Hollow.

July 29     Summer Author Series, Lou Kasischke, Author, 4:00 pm

After the Wind, 1996 Everest Tragedy-One Survivor’s Story by

Lou Kasischke

Lou wrote his account of the events 16 years ago in the aftermath of the tragedy, but only now is he ready to let it go. He tells two stories. One is about the historic events.  His perspective and analysis about what happened and what went wrong have never been told, and his account differs markedly from what others have written.  The truth in the story depends on who is telling it.  Lou Kasischke believes that some of the truth may never be told. Lou also tells a very personal story about how he came back home. An inspiring story about where to go for innner strength when facing a tough decision. A story about his wife, Sandy’s, part in his survival.  A story about what he heard, after the wind – the voice of the heart. A love story.

Lou Kasischke is retired and lives in Northern Michigan. He remains active with alpine sports and other endurance challenges in the great outdoors.

August 5       Art Reception, Mackinac 7, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm. Art will be on display for the month of August.

Mackinac 7 Art Group


Mackinac Seven’s Logo

Seven painters with deep ties to Mackinac comprise the Mackinac Seven Art Group: Catherine Brockman, Maeve Croghan, Pam Finkel, Nicki Griffith, Kitty Hannabass, Marta Olson and Pat Pulte. Each member is either a year-round or long-time summer resident. The artists have been painting together since 1994 and began exhibiting together shortly thereafter. The Mackinac Island Public Library has been hosting an annual show featuring the group in the month of August since 1996. Through the years, the members’ individual styles of painting, subject matter, and media have changed and evolved, but the group’s collective commitment to produce and show its very best work continues. Some of the artists paint every day; others paint whenever work schedules permit. All have taken classes and workshops and pursue independent study. Four have art degrees.
Members of the Mackinac Seven Art Group occasionally paint together on the island and also enjoy trips to Canada and other northern venues to paint, to photograph, and simply to talk about art!

Each member experiences the rewards of sharing knowledge, giving and receiving supportive criticism, and encouraging each other on individual creative journeys.

August 17      James P. Lenfestey, “If Bees are Few; a Hive of Bee Poems,” and Robert Hedin, “At the Great Door of Morning; Poems and Translations,”  4:00 pm

August 20     Organization for Bat Conservation, Live Bat presentation, 2:00 pm.

August 26     Summer Author Series, Rhys Bowen,  Mystery Writer,  4:00 pm

Time of Fog and Fire by Rhys Bowen

Rhys Bowen is the New York Times Bestselling Author of the Royal Spyness Series, Molly Murphy Mysteries, and Constable Evans.  She has won the Agatha Best Novel Award and has been nominated for the Edgar Best Novel.  Rhys’s titles have received rave reviews around the globe.

Rhys currently writes two mystery series, the atmospheric Molly Murphy novels, about a feisty Irish immigrant in the 1900s New York City, and the funny and sexy Royal Spyness mysteries, about a penniless minor royal in 1930s Britain.  Her books have made bestseller lists, garnered many awards, nominations, and starred reviews.  She was born in England and married into a family with historic royal connections. She now divides her time between California and Arizona.