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Afternoons with OLLI Fall Package (4 events)
Enjoy our Afternoons with OLLI programs as we explore Ann Arbor and the state of Michigan. We feature local personalities, explore interesting places, and highlight compelling stories and current issues within our community. 3:30-5:00pm • $10/event • $35/package of 4 Free to new members during their first year! All events are online. Wednesday, September 23 Working in Clay: The Motawi Tileworks Story Motawi Tileworks was founded in 1992, and it has grown into a company employing more than 40 people, who specialize in handcrafted tiles in Art Nouveau, Arts and Crafts, and Midcentury Modern aesthetics, as well as other unique designs. Motawi art tiles are currently sold in more than 300 locations in the U.S. and Canada, and Motawi tile installations grace homes and public spaces worldwide. After graduating from the University of Michigan’s Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design, Nawal Motawi moved to Detroit to learn tile-making at the renowned Pewabic Pottery. She later returned to Ann Arbor, where she began creating historically inspired tile in her garage and selling it at the local farmer’s market. And that’s only the beginning of her story! Nawal Motawi, owner and artistic director of Motawi Tileworks in Ann Arbor, will share with us her stories of the company’s unique history and early beginnings, creative process and business strategies. She’ll share the company’s philosophy and how Motawi Tileworks has become a creative beacon of light in our community and around the world. Wednesday, October 20 The University of Michigan Carillons We all are transfixed whenever we hear beautiful music emanating from either of the University’s two carillons on campus. And the simple sight of the towers housing the Baird and Lurie Carillons leave us awestruck. Have you ever wondered how our University was fortunate enough to acquire two carillons? Have you wondered how they were played? How were the bells made? Or who was the person (carillonneur) creating the music, and how do they make the huge bells ring out? How and when were the Baird and Lurie Carillons built on the U-M campus, and who were some of their notable carillonneurs? How do you play a carillon? I’ll bet you can’t guess! We’ll learn about the origins of carillons in the 16th century to the future of carillon composing and performance in modern times. Eva Albalghiti is a carillonneur at the University of Michigan. Eva began playing the carillon at Yale University, and was a member of the Yale Guild of Carillonneurs. She was also recognized for her talent through membership in the Guild of Carillonneurs of North America. After pursuing a two-year research opportunity in Beijing, China, she began her PhD in Environmental Engineering at the U of M. Eva plays a weekly carillon recital at Lurie Tower on UM’s North Campus. I’ll bet the view from the top is spectacular! Wednesday, November 17 Forbidden Fruit: Traveling Through Cuba by Motorcycle For the first half of the 20th century, Cuba was known as an exotic get-a-way for wealthy Americans, mobsters, and Ernest Hemingway. This ended with the American embargo imposed by President Kennedy in 1962, eased a bit with President Obama’s “Cuban thaw” in December, 2015, only to be reimposed by the Trump administration in 2019. During the thaw, our presenter spent a month in Cuba studying Spanish, volunteering in an after-school program, and exploring the islandon a motorcycle. What did he learn about our “forbidden neighbor”, and how can Americans again sample the spice of Cuba? Find out during this photo presentation and discussion. John Deikis caught the travel bug working on an ocean-going ship in the 1960’s. He later spent a year wandering to the southern tip of South America, Prudhoe Bay in Alaska, the North Cape of arctic Europe, and the Cape of Good Hope in Africa. Interrupted by an unexpected adulthood, he returned to traveling when he retired from a career as a clinical psychologist 10 years ago. His preferred mode of travel is now by motorcycle. Wednesday, December 8 Picturing America America’s art tells America’s story - the optimism, struggles, humor and pain. We’ll explore how people from early inhabitants to today pictured the history and landscape of the country reflecting its ideas and ideals. Images will range from realistic paintings of John Singleton Copley to modern abstractions by Jackson Pollock, from the innocent America captured by Norman Rockwell in his early work to the struggles of black Americans seen in his late paintings and those of black artists like Jacob Lawrence, and from inspiring views of unspoiled country by Thomas Cole to the lonely cities of Edward Hopper. These artists, and others whose work we’ll see, help build our picture of America. Wendy Evans was raised among the museums of London, England. She has advanced degrees from Oxford University in England and Wayne State University in Detroit, taught Art History at Wayne State University and CCS, and is a long-time volunteer at the Detroit Institute of Arts. She gives Zoom presentations on a wide variety of art subjects. More information about Wendy is on her website: art-talks.org.
Event Type : Afternoons with OLLI      
Date(s) : 09/22/2021 - 12/08/2021
Day of Week : Wednesday
Time : 3:30 - 5:00 PM
Location : Online
Fee : $35.00
Event Status : OPEN