HFC hosts “John Loree: Active at 85” art exhibit

DEARBORN — Henry Ford College will host the “John Loree: Active at 85” art exhibit through Nov. 23 in the MacKenzie Fine Arts Center on the main campus, 5101 Evergreen.

Hours for the Sisson Gallery — in the Fine Arts Center — are from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday.

In addition, there will be two “Meet the Artists” receptions in the Sisson Art Gallery:
• From 3:30 to 6 p.m. Nov. 9 for the HFC community.
• From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 11 for the general public,
The exhibit contains 62 pieces of Loree’s artwork – watercolors, drawings, stoneware pieces – almost all of which are on sale for various prices, most of which are affordable, said Steve Glazer, HFC ceramics instructor and exhibit curator.

The exhibit is free and open to the public. For questions and further information, contact Glazer at 313-845-6485 or sglazer@hfcc.edu.

Glazer studied under Loree, who taught art at Eastern Michigan University from 1962 to 2002. Loree and Susanne Stephenson, another EMU art professor, were renowned in the art community. Many of their students went on to become renowned teachers and artists in their own right.

“EMU was the place to go in Michigan if you wanted to study ceramics throughout the 1960s and well into the 1980s,” said Glazer, an EMU alumnus. “Professor Stephenson and Professor Loree were truly inspirational people. Along with a lot of ceramic dust, a good portion of magic was produced in the old ceramics studio in Sill Hall at EMU. It’s funny, people didn’t realize how big this program was at EMU inside this little room at Sill Hall.”

Loree often worked in his EMU studio during his free time, yet was readily available for his students. Due to arthritis in his hands, Loree was forced to give up working on the potter’s wheel in the early 1990s; however, he continued to teach another class that he loved: Two-Dimensional Design.

Loree also returned to another love of his: watercolor painting. Using his personal garden, as well as those of his close neighbors as a source of inspiration, Loree has been filling book upon book with countless watercolor and mixed media paintings.

“He is a phenomenal artist and a fine professor,” Glazer said. “I have used many of the techniques (he and Stephenson) taught me in my classes.”