Speaker Series

Clinton Snider, Self Portrait


September 13, 2017

“Post-Industrial Landscape paintings”

Clinton Snider was our FAF Spring Art Festival juror.  He paints post- industrial paintings reflecting urban decay.  He often paints on planks of wood,” abandoned landscapes among the ruins of modernity”, showing that he cares about the places and their stories.




Paints and supplies


October 11, 2017

“Blick Art Store”

Lindy Shewbridge will demonstrate new products and hand out coupons, shirts, and paint samples from Blick Art Store.

Blick Art Store is located at 28878 Woodward Ave. Royal Oak.


Kegham Tazian

Kegham Tazian


November 8, 2017

Kegham Tazian

A past Farmington Artist in Residence and long time teacher at OCC will give a talk about his artwork and sculptures.



Mary Salmon


January 10, 2018

“The History of Lace Making”

Mary Salmon, owner of the Northville “Lace Museum,” will speak about the history of lace making  and show her private lace collection.

The Lace Museum is located at 133 W. Main St. Suite 160 in Northville, Michigan.



Mino Watanabe


February 14, 2018


Mino Watanabe is a fine artist and an illustrator of children’s books and other publications. She is a Japanese artist, born in Nagoya, Japan, and came to the U.S. in 2005.  Mino will discuss her techniques and the inspirations for her artwork.

Her art combining nature, food and fairy tales is exhibited in several galleries in Michigan, including the Anton Art Center in Mt. Clemens.


Wendy Evans

Wendy Evans


March 14, 2018

“Marc Chagall’s Dream Landscapes “

Wendy Evans grew up in London and has advanced degrees from Oxford University in Philosophy, Politics and Economics , and an MA in Art History from Wayne State University where she has taught art history. Wendy volunteers at the Detroit Institute of Arts and gives lectures on art history topics around the metropolitan area.

Wendy will be giving a presentation about Marc Chagall, a Jewish Russian artist, who lived and worked in the Montparnasse district of Paris, and was a member of the Jewish school of Paris.  He  painted people floating in a dream landscape.

Art School

Todd Burroughs


April 17, 2018

“The Atelier Art Studio”

Todd Burroughs will give a talk about his new Art School opening in January 2018, located at 407 E. 4th Street, Royal Oak, Michigan.

Todd has been an exhibiting artist for 20 years, teaching drawing and painting for 14 years at the BBAC and the College for Creative Studies.

” One of the things I love about teaching is that it creates an environment of intellectual curiosity that is contagious.

Curiosity drives me to start a new piece of art….”

Mark Mehaffey


May 9, 2018

“Painting on Yupo Paper”

Mark Mehaffey will talk to us about Yupo painting and give a watercolor demonstration.

Mark is a member of at least Eight watercolor societies, has won many major awards,and his paintings are in many public and private collections.  He has also created 12 instructional videos.