The Mott Community College Fine Arts Gallery in the Visual Arts and Design Center will present an exhibition of drawings and mixed media work by Flint area artist and businessman Michael Melet titled “Hiding in Plain Sight.”
His exhibition will be in the gallery from Nov. 27 through Dec. 12. In addition, Melet will give a public presentation about his work on Tuesday, Dec. 5 at I p.m. in the Visual Arts and Design Center, room 129.
Excerpts from his biography read as follows:
I was born in Flint, Michigan. When I was 8 years old, my parents enrolled me in a pottery wheel class at the Flint Institute of Arts. That is the extent of my formal art instruction. But my appreciation for art took flight when I was very young, and was heightened during my 30-year career in the retail fashion industry. Art has a large presence in my heart, head, and home. My wife Kay and I have enjoyed assembling a considerable art library and eclectic art collection.
I credit my powers of observation to my father, who taught me at a young age to soak in my surroundings and notice small details. But my work has always been about more than reproducing the look of an object, building, or landscape. What is out there also lives in us. I constantly feel moved to express, through my artwork, the feelings that places, people, and objects evoke in me. As Henri Matisse said, “I do not literally paint that table, but the emotion it produces upon me.”
I hope my art is inspirational, magical, convincing, and comfortable to live with. When a piece of art or a book becomes pure décor, it ceases to live its intended life. To paraphrase Paloma Picasso: “As a child, everything is magical. As an adult, you realize how much work goes into creating anything magical.”
The Fine Arts Gallery is located in the Visual Arts and Design Center on the Mott Community College main campus in Flint. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Free and open to the public. For more information, call the Art and Design office at 810-762-0443.
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