John Loree - Active at 85

Thursday, October 27, 2016 to Wednesday, November 23, 2016

According to HFC Ceramics Instructor Steve Glazer, who’s curating this exhibit, “John Loree: Active at 85,” contains 62 pieces of Loree’s artwork – watercolors, drawings, stoneware pieces – almost all of which are on sale for various prices, and most of which are affordable.

Glazer studied under Loree, who taught art at Eastern Michigan University (EMU) from 1962-2002. 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. Prof. Stephenson and Prof. 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,” said Glazer, an EMU alumnus.

Loree often worked in the 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. I have used many of the techniques (he and Stephenson) taught me in my classes,” said Glazer.

The “John Loree: Active at 85” exhibit is free and open to the public. For questions and further information, please contact Glazer at 313-845-6485 or sglazer@hfcc.edu.

Reception to Meet the Artist for the Henry Ford College community: Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at 3:30 - 6 p.m.

Reception to Meet the Artist for the general public: Friday, November 11, 2016 at 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.