Cleasby assumes new role of SHAC coordinator

Keri Cleasby is the new coordinator of the Suzanne Haskew Center for the Arts (SHAC).

Keri Cleasby, coordinator of the Suzanne Haskew Center for the Arts (SHAC), said she really felt like she had found a position designed for her.

Cleasby, who started work at the Milford-based nonprofit on July 1, said: “I read the job description and when I got to the interview I told them it was it was as if they had written it about me. I loved the idea of ​​working downtown and felt like it was meant to be.

“I manage the day-to-day operations here at SHAC, course planning and social media,” she added. “Things are just starting to open up again. It’s an exciting time to be a part of it. I truly appreciate it.

His education and work experience combined to make him a great choice. “I have a diploma in business management from OU. For a while, I was a stay-at-home mom with the boys. She has considerable experience in the nonprofit field, her last experience as a social media manager for a graphic design company, so “working for the VFAA felt natural”. (SHAC is operated under the auspices of the Village Fine Arts Association of Milford.)

Cleasby is excited to promote SHAC’s programming, brimming with enthusiasm about its regular and special events.

“We have weekly classes… watercolor, pastels, acrylic, oil painting, etc. as well as activities for kids, including “Just Create” where kids “get together and create whatever comes to their mind” from 6 pm to 7:30 pm on Fridays; self-care for adolescents from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursdays; and preschool classes on Monday from 9:30 am to 10:30 am

“We’re thrilled to have our Peacock Art Club,” which is designed for people with special needs who are in high school through adulthood, she said.

Then there are the exhibitions. Results from the recent Fresh Plein Air Paintout have been put on hold and the show will run until November 4 for normal exhibition hours (10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday to Wednesday, as well as Fridays and Saturdays; Thursdays, exhibitions are open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.)

Coming later this year, the “SHACtacular” on December 12, a fundraiser for VFAA in conjunction with the adjacent Rivers Edge Brewing Company. “Basically it’s a Christmas party,” Cleasby explained, but it’s not just for the members; the public is welcome. “There is live music, food, beer and wine…. It’s a great family event – kids can attend too – and a ‘fun way for the community to come together’. In addition, this year, during the holiday season, SHAC will be presenting its “Art Gifts” exhibit, featuring “small works of art suitable for gift giving”.

Other major events throughout the year include Milford Memories. The SHAC has an exhibition at this time and many of its members participate in it. The exhibition is a fundraiser, as the exhibits are auctioned. Brewed in Michigan is another fundraiser for the organization with the Huron Valley Chamber of Commerce.

“We just had Dog Day Afternoon,” another fundraiser that involves creating artwork from dog paw prints, ”she added. Missing are the elementary and secondary school spring art exhibitions (the date is not yet set, but it will likely take place in April or May).

Every four Wednesdays from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., the VFAA organizes a meeting with speakers on different artistic subjects.

SHAC also rents spaces for birthdays and other events. For children’s birthdays, an instructor comes to teach them how to paint on canvas. “Weekends are pretty busy with the holidays,” she said, but noted that the gallery / gift shop area is separate from this space; it features items such as greeting cards, jewelry, glassware, paintings and more and is open even when parties are on.

The exhibition wall changes regularly, approximately every six weeks.

Cleasby grew up in Waterford and now lives just outside the village limits of Commerce with his high school sweetheart, Derek Cleasby and their four sons. Tyler is a recent graduate from Lawrence Technological University, Kyle is a junior at Oakland University. Ryan, 18, recently graduated from Milford High School, where he was active at CenterStage and the school’s drama department. Bryce, 15, is in second grade at Lakeland High School.

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