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    SKEWERS, gumdrops, and marshmallows are all that’s needed to create interesting shapes and designs for Layla McDowell Saturday at Stair District Library’s “Sculptamania!” Open House. The program featuring design games and materials is one part of a larger project funded by a $7,500 Curiosity Creates grant from Disney and the American Library Association. Additional photos are on page 7.
    Morenci marching band members took to the field Friday night dressed for Halloween during the Bulldog’s first playoff game. Morenci fans had a bit of a scare until the fourth quarter when the Bulldogs scored 30 points to leave Lenawee Christian School behind. Whiteford visits Morenci this Friday for the district championship game. From the left is Clayton Borton, Morgan Merillat and James O’Brien.
    DNA PUZZLE—Mitchell Storrs and Wyatt Mohr tackle a puzzle representing the structure of DNA. There’s only one correct way for all the pieces to fit. It’s one of the new materials that can be used in both biology and chemistry classes, said teacher Loretta Cox.
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    A TRAFFIC control worker stands in the middle of Morenci’s Main Street Tuesday morning, waiting for the next flow of vehicles to be let through from the west. The dusty gravel surface was sealed with a layer of tar, leaving only the application of paint for new striping. The project was completed in conjunction with county road commission work west of Morenci.
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    JUNIORS Jazmin Smith and Trevor Corkle struggle against a team from the sophomore class Friday during the annual tug of war at the Homecoming Games pep rally. Even the seniors struggled against the sophomores who won the competition. At the main course of the day, the Bulldog football team struggled against Whiteford in a homecoming loss.
    YOUNG soccer players surived a chilly morning Saturday in Morenci’s PTO league. From the left is Emma Cordts, Wayne Corser, Carter and Levi Seitz, Briella York and Drew Joughin. Two more weeks of soccer remain for this season.
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    BOWEN BAUMGARTNER of Morenci makes his way across a rope bridge constructed by the Tecumseh Boy Scout troop Sunday at Lake Hudson Recreation Area. The bridge was one of many challenges, displays and games set up for the annual Youth Jamboree by the Michigan DNR. Additional photos on are the back page of this week’s Observer.
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    One of four senior candidates will be crowned the fall homecoming queen during half-time of this week’s Morenci-Whiteford football game. In the back row (left to right) is exchange student Kinga Vidor (her escort will be Caylob Alcock), seniors Alli VanBrandt (escorted by Sam Cool), Larissa Elliott (escorted by Clayton Borton), Samantha Wright (escorted by JJ Elarton) and Justis McCowan (escorted by Austin Gilson), and exchange student Rebecca Rosenberger (escorted by Garrett Smith). Front row freshman court member Allie Kaiser (escorted by Anthony Thomas), sophomore Marlee Blaker (escorted by Nate Elarton) and junior Cheyenne Stone (escorted by Dominick Sell).
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    GETTING READY—Jerad Gleckler pounds nails to secure a string of holiday lights on the side of the Wakefield Park concession stand while other members of the Volunteer Club and others hold them in place. The volunteers showed up Sunday afternoon to string lights at the park. The decorating project will continue this Sunday. Denise Walsh is in charge of the effort this year.

Cari Wolfe talks about looking at art 2010.03.24

Written by David Green.


With every work of art, there’s the visible and there’s also the invisible.puryear.ladder.jpg

Cari Wolfe, a curator and educator with Michigan State University’s Kresge Art Museum, challenged her audience last week at Morenci’s Stair Public Library to  go beyond the obvious and look for the invisible.

“You can’t have the visible without the invisible,” she said. “Think about what you’re visibly seeing but also what you can’t see.”

With the visible, Wolfe spoke about the struggle to set aside existing knowledge.

“Tell me what you see, not what you know,” she said. “It’s very difficult with art.”

She used Dorothea Lange’s “Migrant Mother, 1936” photograph as an example. The iconic photo shows a mother and her three children, suggesting the despair experienced from continuous poverty.

Don’t think about your preconceived notions of the Great Depression when studying the photo, Wolfe said.

“Sit with it, relax with it, spend some time with it,” she said. “Art isn’t doing anything; you have to do the work. When you think you’ve looked enough, look again.”

Wolfe spoke of the need to search information about the work to uncover the invisible. What’s the background of the artist? What was the intent of the artist? Was there a patron involved? What was the culture in which the piece was made? Is there a theme?

“These are all things that are invisible at first when you look at a piece of art,” she said. “To make the invisible visible, I think you really need all of these things together to be able to truly read a work of art.

“It’s fine to walk by it and look at it and find the color beautiful and then you walk on by. But to fully appreciate it, you need all of it. It puts another perspective on it.”

Wolfe explained the background of several Picturing America reproductions and she asked audience members for their ideas.

Wolfe sees the Picturing America as a powerful program for understanding American culture.

Many of the 40 reproductions of American art are on display at Morenci’s Stair Public Library and many other libraries and schools across the country.

Although Wolfe is a promoter and educator with the Picturing America program, she’s quick to point out a shortcoming.

“Go to the museum,” she urged. “See the texture of the painting. See how the paint was applied. See the depth of the photo.”

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