Illustration by Jeff
Photograph by Patricia Manley

On Friday, September 18th, 2009, Object d'Aarts Gallery (810 Washington Ave., Bay City) and the Sweet Boutique will host a poetry slam at the gallery from 7 to 9 p.m. Wordsmiths of all kinds are invited to vie for seven prizes ranging from $50 cash to gift certificates for the adjacent Cat's Meow, an upscale resale shop. Tom Caylor, president of Bay City Players and director of communications at Delta College; Susan Meade, second vice-president of the Bay City Players; and Pati La Londe, a journalist for the Bay City Times will judge the entries. Participants should arrive at the gallery at 6 p.m. to register and pay a $1 donation. Gallery manager Patricia Manely encourages poets to bring a variety of material and gauge the audience appropriately as often families with children visit the gallery.

A relative newcomer to the Bay City arts scene, Object d'Aarts is a program of Do-All, Inc., an agency that since its founding in 1976 has provided community, personal, social, and employment supports for individuals with significant developmental and mental disabilities in Bay County and the surrounding area. Its new "community gallery featuring the work of individuals with and without disabilities" also offers classes in a variety of media. Upcoming classes include acrylic painting with Todd Stevenson and "Painting Your Memories" with Julie List. Other slated activities will revolve around the Green Man myth, goddess dolls, and Halloween.

"We also have studio space for area artists to utilize," said Manley, adding, "We are expanding our studio space at present and hope to be able to offer artists a truly unique space to create art in." Although this studio space will require a membership fee to be determined at a later date, the gallery is currently welcoming anyone to come in and create alongside its artists during gallery hours, free of charge. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.

The gallery currently seeks artists, jewelers, writers, and musicians to consign work and artists to teach classes. For more information, contact Patricia Manley at 989-391-9935.