Each year, the Grand Blanc Arts Council sponsors a variety of events and exhibits including:
The Grand Blanc Art Fair
The Student Art Show and Scholarships
Art in Schools
Community Messiah Performance
We hope you can join us for all of them. To learn more, please click on the links above.
The first two Community Painting Parties were a huge success. Guest local artists, Michael Vedder and Janet Goldstein worked with dozens of artists who joined the fun.
Michael facilitated the first event at Davison Library on November 7th and Janet provided guidance at the Grand Blanc Library on November 15th.
Everyone had a great time, creating colorful works of art. Stay tuned for information on the next party!
Here are a few of the photos from the events...
Pictured here is Dr. B. Simon Lee and the accompanist, Dr. Sia Lee at the first rehearsal for the GBAC community chorus . They are preparing for the 29th annual "Community MESSIAH Performance".
The chorus has one more rehearsal, Sunday November 13, before the performance on Sunday November 20. The chorus will number approximately 75 community members - ages 16 - 80+ and come from the greater Genesee County and beyond.
GBAC Painting Parties
The Grand Blanc Arts Council is ready for your “Painting Party”. Let us set up a party for you at your location. We provide the paints, easels, canvas, and ideas for you. You gather the group and the fun begins. All proceeds support activities of the council.
Please call for details: 810-695 8933
Meet Frank Walker
Frank is responsible for the first Community Sing of Händel’s “Messiah” in 1988 and then became and remained the man behind all subsequent performances until 2012. When asked what gave Frank the idea, he said he saw a 1987 “Messiah” sing-a-long performance televised from San Francisco on PBS and thought, Grand Blanc should have something like that! So, after thinking about it, he contacted the then Grand Blanc High School band director, Dave Ryan and Dave’s wife Betty, who was a local soprano soloist. Together, the three solicited help from another musician friend, Mary McClelland. Next came the need for a performance site and Father James R. Swiat volunteered Holy Family. The first Grand Blanc “Community Sing” occurred on Sunday, December 11, 1988 at 4:00 p.m. in the sanctuary of Holy Family Catholic Church. Mary McClellan was music director, Jeanne Wagner was the organist, and the rest is history.
Frank was born in Pennsylvania and came to Flint in 1950 to attend GMI – now Kettering University. He has sung in the choirs at Flint’s First Presbyterian Church, Grand Blanc’s Kirkridge Presbyterian Church, and was an eight-year member of the Michigan-Ohio Concert Choir under the direction of Thurlo Spurr. He is married to his wife Sallie of 56 years and they have two children, Kim and Tim, and eleven grandchildren.
We thank Frank Walker for his great vision and dedication to his dream. This event has continued over the years because of Frank’s willingness to work and encourage other people to help: from his work place in Imlay City to his church, Kirkridge Presbyterian here in Grand Blanc. He is also responsible for finding sponsors: from the Grand Blanc Arts Council to the Grand Blanc Foundation to support the event as it grew from a relatively small group of singers and their friends, relatives, and community members into a large group of singers and many more friends, relatives, and community members.
Since 2012, Lavonne C. Bomeli has chaired the event. Although there have been some changes, elements of Frank’s original concept are still included. The performance moves from one Grand Blanc church to another each year, a guest director from the area is invited to head the now rehearsals and the performance, the community is invited to become members in the chorus, and area soloists are invited to audition to perform the arias and recitatives. One of the most important changes is the addition of two rehearsals for the community chorus. At these rehearsals, the chorus members can become familiar with the directing style of the guest conductor and either learn or refresh their knowledge of each of the choruses to be sung. However, this event still remains “Frank Walker’s Vision.” And, each year more and more people from not only the Grand Blanc community but communities from the greater area around Grand Blanc are coming to sing, listen, and enjoy what started in 1988.