AIA Huron Valley Chapter 50th Anniversary Exhibit

January 17, 2015 through February 26, 2015 -- Downtown Library: 3rd Floor Exhibit

The Huron Valley chapter of the American Institute of Architects celebrates its 50th anniversary with this exhibit of 50 buildings that helped shape our community and 50 ideas for the future.

“50 Ideas for the Future,” showcases community-inspired designs for the future. The Chapter members have been conducting a year-long program of gathering public input about what people would like to see in various public open spaces like the Kerrytown lot and Liberty Plaza. This was inspired by the public work of Candy Chang and her "I wish this was a..." series. The exhibition displays some of the cards that captured the public's thoughts and ideas for these spaces. In addition, the Chapter followed up with a public charrette that consolidated some of these thoughts. Architects led a number of groups to help teams give forms and shapes to the ideas. The exhibition also displays the results of the charrette.

“50 buildings that helped shape our community” showcases 50 significant buildings throughout the five county membership region: Jackson, Lenawee, Livingston, Monroe, and Washtenaw Counties. These buildings and a list of their architects, history, and significant notes about the buildings have been placed in an app called "Field Trip". This app alerts you to the fact that you are in proximity to one of the buildings and you can stop, look and read a brief paragraph.

Lurie Terrace 50th Anniversary Art Exhibit

January 17, 2015 through February 26, 2015 -- Downtown Library: Lower Level Display Cases and Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room Exhibit

Residents of Lurie Terrace Senior Center are exhibiting art works in a variety of media, including painting, drawings, ceramics, photographs and quilts, to honor the 50th Anniversary of Lurie Terrace. Included will be a painting by Shata Ling, whose inspiration resulted in the planning and building of Lurie Terrace.

The hexagonal design was featured in the New York Times and the buildings won a citation at the 1964 New York World's Fair.

The original buildings featured a room for arts and crafts. Residents continue art activities on site and two residents, Margaret McCully and Dorothy Mitchell, are enrolled in a ceramics class at Washtenaw Community College. One resident, Joan Riemer, has a loom and weaves in her apartment. Painters’ talents and interests vary from abstract works, by Virginia Newell who is legally blind, to portraiture by Richard Marks whose career was making stained glass windows including all the windows in the Westminister Presbyterian Church. Large and small quilted items will be on display done by two residents who are quilters, Kate Baker and Mary Beth Troxell.