Above, "Consider the Lilies," by Steven Magstadt
Article by Marsha Braun

A Catalogue of Lesser Saints by Steven Magstadt will be on display July 7 through September 9, 2011. This exhibition features a series of paint-collage pieces that are accompanied by stories and poems, inspired by the artist’s love of his community and its people. The exhibition will be on display at the Andersen Enrichment Center, 120 Ezra Rust, across from Ojibway Island in Saginaw. Exhibit hours are 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., Monday through Friday.

A Catalogue of Lesser Saints is the beginning of a new series which will continue to develop through the fall and winter of this year. Photographs of the area and the citizens of its unwanted shadows and corners are taken by the artist, disassembled, then reassembled to make a single image which is then overdrawn and overpainted, sometimes including found text or objects, to create a new image that draws attention to otherwise invisible persons or things.

Steven Magstadt is a Michigan native who grew up in Houston, lived in Colorado and Norway and returned to the area because “it felt like it was time to come home.” Steven now lives in Saginaw’s Cathedral District, just off Jefferson Avenue.

His education has been an eclectic mixture of formal and informal training facilitated through his own and his family’s travels, his reading and research. Steven has volunteered with Pit & Balcony Community Theater, Lawnchair Film Festival, Jazz on Jefferson and the Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra. His works have sold to private collectors in the area and been exhibited locally at Dawn of a New day Coffeehouse & Café, The Magic Bean Café and The Court Street Gallery.

In addition to the A Catalogue of Lesser Saints series, Steven is also working on a large mixed-media mosaic to be installed this fall in the entry of the offices of the Saginaw Community Foundation, and he has locally-inspired poems accepted for publication this fall in the quarterly journal Both Sides Now.

Art @ the Andersen is a great opportunity for art lovers to connect with the creativity of the Great Lakes Bay Region. The project was established by the Saginaw Arts & Enrichment Commission to give area artists the opportunity to showcase their work and introduce the community to the abundant creativity in the Great Lakes Bay Region. Individual pieces on display are available for purchase. Art @ the Andersen is made possible with a grant from the Maxwell K. Pribil Memorial Fund, administered by Citizens Bank Wealth Management, and supported by the MICHIGAN COUNCIL FOR ARTS AND CULTURAL AFFAIRS.

© Marsha Braun, 2011