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In the Studio: Kristen Canda

In the Studio: Kristen Canda

In this segment of In the Studio we visit Kristen Canda in her studio.

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Kristen Canda received her BFA from Ohio Wesleyan University in 2017 and is currently an MFA Candidate in Painting at Wayne State University. Canda’s work focuses on relationships of shape and color she observes in her daily life. By depicting her own personal treasures, she reflects on the items, the moments, and the people that shape her personal identity.

Her work was selected by Michigan’s 2019 Arts in the Legislature where it is displayed in the state capital. Canda’s paintings were also included in Emergence-19, a juried group exhibition highlighting the work of emerging MFA Candidates throughout the state of Michigan, curated by Eastern Michigan University. She has also shown work at various Scarab Club exhibitions, including most recently at the106th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition and the Gilda Snowden Memorial Exhibition. 

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In the Studio: Sajeev Visweswaran

In the Studio: Sajeev Visweswaran

In this segment of In the Studio we visit Sajeev Visweswaran in his Ann Arbor studio.

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Sajeev Vadakoottu Visweswaran is a visual artist based in Ann Arbor. While he works in many media and styles, drawing always comes at the center of his work. He has maintained a focus on minimalist lines and measures etchings throughout his repertoire. Sajeev’s works draw on the tension between the mundane activities of everyday life and his political sensibilities, between his young life in village India and the world of fine art. He is fascinated by the intersection of the personal and the political, presence and absence, the domestic and the public. Sajeev received his training from the College of Art, New Delhi where he received his BFA, before completing his MVA at M.S. University, Baroda. His first solo show was held at 1,Shanthi Road, Bangalore in 2014, and his works have been selected for several exhibitions and group shows across India, as well as in Korea, Romania and France. He has attended residencies at 1,Shanthi Road, Bangalore in 2014 and the ‘Residence Price’ at the 13th Biennale Internationale de Gravure de Sarcelles, France in 2008. His work was recently selected for The Fifth Graphic Art Biennial of Szeklerland in Sfântu Gheorghe, Romania in 2018.

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In the Studio: Mariuca Rofick & Carl Wilson

In the Studio: Mariuca Rofick and Carl Wilson

In this segment of In the Studio, we visit Detroit artists Mariuca Rofick and Carl Wilson.

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Mariuca Rofick is a Detroit area photographer, film scorer, actor and model. Her work has been featured in numerous exhibitions, newspapers, theater, film festivals and museums. She is the Board President of the Scarab Club, and serves on the Arts and Cultural Diversity Commision of the City of Eastpointe.

Carl Wilson is the recipient of a 2013 Kresge Artist Fellowship and is an alumni of the historic Yaddo Artists’ Community. During his residency there he carved the prints for, and wrote the book, Her Purse Smelled like JuicyFruit, a recollection of his mother’s life. Carl was named 2014 guest curator of Detroit’s Carr Center. Also in 2014 Complex Online Magazine named him one of Twenty Detroit Artists You Should Know. He was featured in Essay’d, a monthly publication about Detroit artists. In 2017 Carl’s work was a part of  Detroit’s contribution to The Saint-Etienne Design Biennale in France. 2017 also saw the release of a comic book, the first installment of his graphic novel, Dead & Lost in Detroit. Spring of 2018 saw Carl complete a residency at The MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire. The year has also seen the completion of a ten print collection based on James Weldon Johnson’s Prodigal Son poetry. It was commissioned  by Dr. Larry Gerbens for Calvin College.

Visit Mariuca Rofick and Carl Wilson’s websites, or follow them on social media:
Instagram: mariucacodazia
Instagram: carlwilsonart

Gallery Talk with Meighen Jackson | 2020 Gilda Snowden Memorial Exhibition

Ian Matchett, Rise Up, Oil on canvas, 60″ x 46″, 2015

Virtual Gallery Talk with Meighen Jackson: Gilda Snowden Memorial Exhibition

Please scroll to the bottom of the page to view the link to the gallery talk. A link to the virtual exhibition is also available, for better views and information on individual pieces.


The Gilda Snowden Memorial Exhibition, formerly called the Silver Medal Exhibition, is an unthemed, all media show, open to all artists. It has been a staple of the annual Scarab Club exhibition calendar for decades.

Gilda Snowden was a wonderful artist in her own right, and a teacher, mentor and friend to this community for decades. She was on the SC art advisory committee from 2003 until her death in September of 2014. In 2015 we dedicated the exhibition to her, and in 2016 the exhibition was renamed the Gilda Snowden Memorial Exhibition.

Gilda loved the inclusive nature of the exhibition. She felt it gave all artists a chance at having their work seen. Year to year, she was delighted not only by the range of style and media in the shows, but the fact that participating artists ran the gamut from people showing work in a gallery for the first time, to students, professors, and established artists who rarely submit work for juried exhibitions. Gilda meant so much to this community, and we are proud that the exhibition now carries her name and honors her memory.

We were terribly sorry to have to cancel the gallery talk for the Gilda exhibition. Gallery talks at the SC are very informal, with the juror, participating artists and guests doing a walk-through of the exhibition together. All who attend the talks are encouraged to make comments, ask questions-and it becomes a wonderful conversation back and forth, giving greater understanding of the individual pieces, and the exhibition as a whole. It’s also an important opportunity for artists to hear feedback on their work.

I’d like to thank Meighen Jackson, the juror for the exhibition, for coming to the SC to film this gallery talk. It was just the two of us-at a safe social distance-and filmed on my iPhone. The production values are not the best, but Meighen gives insightful commentary on the work she selected for the exhibition, and her process as a juror.

Treena Flannery Ericson, Gallery Director
The Scarab Club
Image: Ian Matchett, Rise Up, Oil on canvas, 60″ x 46″, 2015

Virtual Talk with Meighen Jackson

Gilda Snowden Memorial Exhibition

Video of Pleyel Piano Series Recital

Recorded live on Sunday, April 5th
Pleyel Piano Recital
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Julia Siciliano, Artistic Director of the Pleyel Piano Series, performing from Malmö, Sweden

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The original Pleyel Fundraiser Recital was scheduled to be performed in the lounge gallery of the Scarab Club on Sunday, April 5th. That performance had to be canceled, but the Scarab Club will host a livestream of the event through the Pleyel Piano Series at the Scarab Club page, with performances from Detroit and Sweden.

Please join us for an unforgettable soirée in support of our unique recital series! The Pleyel series supports the arts locally by featuring fine young artists in a pre-concert to each of our recitals. Our livestream performance will feature the top young artist of the 2019/2020 Pleyel season, flutist Ian Plansker. Ian will bring historic flutes and demonstrate the evolution of the flute in an informative and musical tour through time!

Then, our own musical director, Julia Siciliano, will take the stage in a solo recital of French music, livestreamed from Sweden. The original recital was planned to include French wine and food tastings, all in harmony with our 1879 Pleyel which traveled all the way from Paris to Detroit.

The event was originally intended as our annual fundraiser to help pay the artists who play our historic piano, as well as to care for the delicate instrument itself, and would have featured food and wine pairings inspired by the music. Our pivot to livestream means the concert is open to everyone–no tickets, no attendance limit!–through our Facebook page, and there is an opportunity on the page to leave a donation to the Pleyel fund.

At 3 pm you will see the performance of our top young artist this season, Baroque flutist Ian Plansker.  He will demonstrate a brief history of the flute, and perform repertoire according to the time period of each instrument he introduces.  As we know, our Pleyel from 1879 really shines when repertoire written near that date is performed on it. Ian will show this similar correlation on his many flutes.

Then, stay on the Pleyel Piano Series Facebook page, because at 3:30 pm Julia Siciliano will perform four selections and pair them with wine.  She will introduce why the wine and music go so well together, then play each piece while you pour yourselves a glass from home. Check our her selections on the SC’s Pleyel Facebook page.

Award-winning concert pianist, Julia Siciliano has been heralded as a musician with “fabulous creative power” by the Bonn General-Anzeiger. Ms. Siciliano has become a well-respected and anticipated rising talent on the world stage, being invited as a solo artist by many prestigious orchestras, and festivals, most recently with the Orquestra Sinfónica de la Region de Murcia. A winner of many international piano competitions, Siciliano has won top prizes at the Sicily International Piano Competition, Heida Hermanns International Competition, Iowa Piano Competition, and MTNA National Competition. Active as a chamber musician, Julia has been invited to perform with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Chamber Players, Basque National Orchestra’s chamber music series “Miramon Matinées”, and the MurciArt Festival in Murcia, Spain. She has given numerous recitals with Metropolitan Opera stars Amanda Pabyan, Eric Owens, and Marina Domashenko and internationally acclaimed violinists Dmitri Makhtin, Simone Lamsma, and Ray Chen.

Julia Siciliano has an active performing career in both solo and chamber music capacities across stages in North America, Central America, Europe and Asia. She has performed multiple times live on Chicago radio station WFMT, Detroit’s historic Scarab Club, Cincinnati Music Hall, the Bulgarian Consulate in New York City, Teatro Nacional of Gautemala, Palazzo Biscari in Catania, Parvis de l’église Notre-Dame d’Espérance in Cannes, Teatro Victoria Eugenia in San Sebastián, Deutsche Telekom Headquarters in Bonn, Rachmaninov Hall in Moscow, and Kioi Hall in Tokyo. Throughout the year of 2020, she will perform the complete Beethoven “accompanied” Sonatas multiple times in the USA, Spain, and France, in tribute to the great composer’s 250th birthday.

Her debut solo album “Dream Catchers”, a two disc album featuring small scale works by Beethoven, Schumann, Schubert, Ravel and Debussy, released in 2016 to great acclaim. Fanfare Magazine declared “this release has merit as a career milestone” and leaves “no doubt about the devotion and seriousness of Siciliano’s approach to music.” Gramophone Magazine praised her “fine technique and natural musicality” pinpointing her “masterful delicacy, harmonic motion, and timing” in Debussy’s Images II. Siciliano holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music, where she studied with Nelita True, and the University of Michigan, where she studied with Logan Skelton.

Ian Plansker is a flautist, harpsichordist, and composer of historically-idiomatic music. He attends Grosse Pointe South as a senior, and is looking to attend school for a historical flute and harpsichord performance double degree. He has been playing flute for five years and harpsichord for three years. Plansker has been composing for five years, and has seen his compositions performed my numerous orchestras and choirs in North America. This past December, his setting of “Ave Regina” was performed by the Toronto Chamber Choir, and this past June, his opera The Spectres, was performed at Oberlin Conservatory’s Baroque Performance Institute. Plansker sees himself writing historical-style opera in the future with the intent of adapting the form to promote a far higher level of accessibility for the modern audience.

Plansker also holds a first degree black belt in the Korean martial art Tang Soo Do, is working on the professional elementary syllabus of Cecchetti ballet, and enjoys reading classic literature.

The SC Pleyel piano was created outside Paris in 1879, and generously donated to the club by the John Dixon family, in 2014.

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Watch a Video of the Last 2015 Burroughs Lecture “Storied Windows Richly Dight” on Stained Glass by Julie Sloan

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Storied Windows Richly Dight
Stained Glass in Detroit
Julie Sloan, Owner and Chief Consultant
Julie L. Sloan, LLC, Consultants in Stained Glass

This presentation was given at the Scarab Club on June 4, 2015.
In the United States, the Gilded Age to the Art Deco period remains the undisputed high point of the art of stained glass. Detroit boasted windows by the country’s leading designers including Louis Comfort Tiffany and John La Farge. Many of these windows had visual links to the craft on the East Coast and Europe. This talk examines those links.

Julie L. Sloan is a stained glass consultant providing condition studies, restoration specifications, project management, appraisals, and historical research.
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