Coffee @ Ten is our free monthly lecture series. Enjoy complimentary baked goods and coffee generously sponsored by Higher Grounds Trading Co.
Our July presentation will focus on the many ways visual arts connects with other arts disciplines, specifically creative writing and music. Traverse City author Gordon Berg and illustrator Emilee Petersmark recently teamed up to produce "Harry and the Hurricane," a new book based on a true story for families with young readers.
Illustrator Emilee Petersmark
Even has a young girl, Emilee could draw and she could sing. Her drawings often elicited comments, "Emilee drew this?!" So years later when her parents dropped her off at Grand Valley State University, all bets were on her to major in the arts. To be safe, she majored in marketing. But Emilee's creativity had other plans for her. She picked up a guitar and learn to play it. She wrote songs. She helped found an indie acoustic band, The Crane Wives. She illustrated album art and zodiac posters for another indie group, The Accidentals. In the end, Emilee became a real live professional artist.
Author Gordon Berg
Michigan may have been where he was born and raised, but Gordon's heart and soul reside in Ft. Lauderdale. There he spent seventeen amazing summers breathing in the pure, pollen-free air coming off the ocean as a kid and young man. Years later, Gordon retired from Interlochen Center for the Arts in northern Michigan. Today he and his wife and their rescued Australian Shepherd live in the woods outside Traverse City.