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Judy Zorn
Julie Avery
Kristi Wodek
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Laurie Sears
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Linda Gits
Lora Frankel
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Marcia Conlon
Mark Bowyer
Mary Dye
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Molly Thompson
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Renee Hintz
Sharon Hubbard
Sharon Mick McAuley
Tamara Hoffbauer
Tami Maisel
Terry Beamsley
Ginny Hawkins
Walter J. Lee
William Lindemann
Yvonne Sage


Dream to Reality by Kim Richelle


Charlevoix artist and author Kim Richelle will star in Charlevoix Circle of Arts’ upcoming exhibition, Dream to Reality: Exploring What We Believe and Why, from April 23 to May 29, 2021.  The exhibit begins Friday, April 23, 2021, with an opening reception from 5p.m. to 7p.m. featuring an artist discussion and book signing. Capacity is limited and pre-registration is strongly encouraged. 

Dream to Reality explores the fascinating path to why we believe what we believe through the mythological illustrations and writing of Charlevoix artist Kim Richelle. Richelle’s books don’t fit tidily into a category or genre. Yet she has created tomes and tales of faerie and tarot, written and illuminated for adults. Richelle is an elegant illustrator who has embraced mythology and her own gift of clairvoyance since childhood. As a lifelong artist, Richelle struggled with her community’s resistance to creative thought. Her books explore soaring expression of self, from saying “no more” to the status quo to the roots and consequences of bias and control. 

The exhibit is designed with distinct paths reflecting Richelle’s body of work in 2D and 3D, including original illustrations from her books, The Day Rue Flew, 2000, Banshee, Shed the Cloak of Control, 2019. Banshee is being newly re-released in hard cover. Richelle’s next illustrated book Faerie Fobia, focuses on fear and suppression of other beliefs or lifestyles than our own. Hand-painted fairy wings on the East gallery wall offer a unique photo-op for visitors of all ages, and a fairy-themed “Take & Make” children’s art project will be available while supplies last.  

Gallery talks are scheduled each Thursday at noon during the exhibit and include discussions, readings and book signings. Richelle and invited guest speakers will explore variations of reality, dreams and beliefs, from tarot card readings and symbolism, local Indigenous history and teachings, stories and lore of the stars, constellations and planets. More details and registration can be found online at CharlevoixCircle.org.

Invited guest speakers include:

–Noon, Thursday, May 13: Sandy Witherspoon, local resident and member of the Odawa tribe, and Sandy McSauba, direct descendant of Chief Louis McSauba, will discuss the stories of the tribes and families who inhabited and cared for the land north of Charlevoix for thousands of years, including sacred burial grounds of Mt. McSauba 

–Noon, Thursday May 20: Mary Stewart Adams, star lore historian and author of Star Tales of Mother Goose, will lead visitors through the connection between the night sky and the cultural arts such as nursery rhymes, fairy tales and mythologies. Mary will discuss her recently published book, which is designed to awaken the imagination in relationship to the stars as a companion to the science of astronomy. It is illustrated by her sister and collaborator, Patricia DeLisa. Star Tales will be available for purchase and signing.
The public is invited to stop in and see the latest exhibit, made possible by the sponsorship of DCL, Inc. Charlevoix Circle of Arts is open Monday through Saturday and is located at 109 Clinton Street in downtown Charlevoix. For more information about the exhibit or the Charlevoix Circle of Arts please call (231) 547-3554 or visit our website:  www.charlevoixcircle.org.

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Charlevoix Circle of Arts

Crosshatch Center for Art & Ecology

Dennos Museum Center

Elizabeth Lane Oliver Center for the Arts

Good Hart Artist Residency

Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra

Leelanau Historical Society

Michigan Legacy Art Park

National Writers Series


Traverse City Dance Project

Glen Arbor Arts Center

Grand Traverse Lighthouse Museum

Jordan River Arts Council

Mash-Up Rock & Roll Musical

City Opera House

Benzie Historical Society

Harbor Springs Festival of the Book

Downtown Development Authority

The Historic Vogue Theatre of Manistee

Northport Art Association

Voices Without Borders

Blissfest Music Organization

Raven and Lotus LLC

Traverse City Arts Commission

Crooked Tree Arts Center

Up North Arts

Cadillac Visitors Bureau

Parallel 45 Theatre Festival

Old Town Playhouse

Twisted Fish Gallery

Interlochen Center for the Arts

Traverse Symphony Orchestra

Rachael Harrell – Drama Kids

The Croft Residency

Drama Kids – Rachael Harrell

Michigan Museums Associations Scholarships & Conference


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Greta Bolger

Edward Kocher

Nick Walsh

Heather Harris-Brady

Monica Stokes

Amanda Kik

Mercedes Michalowski

Sharon Hubbard

Leslie Donaldson

Elizabeth Calcutt

Maia Hausler

Becky Lancaster

Linda Dewey

Melissa Johnson

Daniel Stewart

Walter J. Lee

Michelle Bien

H. Eleanor Jones

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