Art Across Generations: Eleven Families Share Their Passion for Art

April 6 - May 3


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Art Across Generations

Eleven Area Families Share Their Passion for Art


The exhibit, “Art Across Generations”, gives viewers a chance to explore how the love of creating art has been passed down through generations of family members. Eleven area families exhibit their work and share the influences that have inspired and fostered their creativity.


The stories are as varied as the art itself.  Jane Diller taught high school art in Ohio for 25 years. As a teacher she worked in many media; painting, printmaking, clay and textiles. She was active in community theater and after retirement moved to Advance, Michigan and continued her love of art through her work as a board member of the Jordan River  

 Arts Council. Her son Thomas Diller got his BFA in Ceramics at the University of Cincinnati and worked both in clay and with textiles. He presently owns a gallery boutique in Brooklyn, which features a textile based clothing line and now creates art from found objects, Jane’s granddaughter Rachel Diller is currently studying art at the University of Cincinnati and is considering a career in art therapy.


            The Stoppel family also has a long and varied passion for the arts. Grandfather, Roger Stoppel, is a registered architect whose love of watercolors began with a broken ankle. Bored with inactivity, he dug out a sketchbook and began painting.  His wife, Sarah, learned to knit from her father, Donald Grey, and fiber arts have been a lifelong love. She taught her granddaughter Hannah to knit and sew and that passion followed Hannah as she worked in the MSU Theater Department’s Costume Shop during her undergraduate studies. Hannah comments that with a piece of string “you can do just about anything.” The Stoppel family story does not end here. At the exhibit you will see more amazing work from Roger’s son Joel, Joel’s wife Julie and their other daughter  (Hannah’s sister) Petra.


            Nine other families are represented. The families are: Bier;  Braun/Bishop/Thomas;  McCune;  Midener/Froud;  Mohr/Barraco; Murphy;  Otis;  Tinney and  Walker/Ogden.  They encompass many media including clay, sculpture, photography, assemblage, digital media and more. The art is amazing. The stories are inspiring.  This is an exhibit you won’t want to miss. “Art Across Generations” runs from April 6 thru May 2. The exhibit is open from 1-4 pm Tuesday thru Sunday.  The Jordan River Art Center’s address is 301 Main St. in downtown East Jordan. For more information you can call curator Cynthia Tschudy 231 544 6167.


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