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Drop-in Sketching Tour: Water is Sacred // Trees are Relatives

December 8, 2018, 12:00 PM-1:00 PM

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The second Saturday of each month, join a docent-guided sketching tour of GRAM’s exhibitions. Sketching is a great way to look more deeply at the works of art on view as well as express your own creativity. This month explore GRAM’s latest Michigan Artist Series exhibition, Dylan Miner: Water is Sacred // Trees are Relatives.

In Water is Sacred // Trees are Relatives, Miner investigates the important historical and current issues around three primary natural elements: wood, water, and sky, and the traditional knowledge and beliefs around them within Great Lakes Indigenous cultures. For the exhibition, Miner will produce a series of large-scale cyanotype photographs on fabric that portray images of cloudy skies and water surfaces. For Miner, the blue color of the cyanotype process evokes water and sky, and also has symbolic correspondence to Michigan’s history around Indigenous issues of sovereignty. (The cyanotype process was first used in 1842, the year that the Treaty of LaPointe was signed, the last of the eight major treaties ceding land that is now Michigan.) Miner will also create site-specific sculptural elements for the exhibition from old growth timber and other arboreal materials.

A docent guide will meet the group in the Museum Lobby 5 minutes before the tour begins.  All sketching materials will be provided, and no prior drawing experience is required.  Drop-in Tours are free with admission and no preregistration is required.