2017-06-22 / Life in Leelanau

Star comes home for SPARK!

By Hannah Lentz
Enterprise intern


NATHAN SCHERRER home in Northport for the SPARK! exhibit for the first time since winning the 2017 Grammy for Best Music Video. NATHAN SCHERRER home in Northport for the SPARK! exhibit for the first time since winning the 2017 Grammy for Best Music Video. Northport’s Nathan Scherrer returned home for the first time since winning the 2017 Grammy for Best Music Video to attend the SPARK! exhibit at the Village Arts Building Thursday.

“It’s about bringing art into young people's lives,” Scherrer said. “Having art present in my life was very important to me growing up and being able to motivate people in this way is important.”

Spark! features over 20 local artists under the age of 40. The juried exhibition was presented by FREENJOY, a Los Angeles-based production company of Scherrer, a 2007 Northport graduate. The art show is something very near and dear for Scherrer who grew up as a young artist in the community.

Though the art pieces were anonymously displayed, Scherrer chose two Northport graduates as the winners of the FREENJOY prize. Olivia Kinker was selected for her piece “Cleaning Up” and Lydia Keen Woodruff was selected for her piece “Manmade Mother Nature.”

In the juried exhibition, first place went to Anne Hartman for “Van’s Beach,” second place was awarded to Tara Stoffel for “Inspire the Dying Fire,” and honorable mentions went to Matthew Nester for “Fame” and Woodruff for her piece entitled “Mandala.”

Moira Racich, organizer of Spark!, said the event provided opportunities for emerging artists to show their work to the public. As an artist herself, she was grateful for a chance to provide local artists the opportunity, she said.

“It’s an honor, it really is,” Racich said. “This is a great chance for people to show what they can do right in the community.”

The exhibit will run 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Village Arts Building through Sunday and is open to the public.

“The name of the building is the Village Arts Building, so it’s for people to use any way they want to express themselves,” said Christine Verdon, president of the Northport Arts Association. “This is for emerging artists, most of the artists here, this is a chance to get your art out in the public and have people see it and see what other people your age are doing too.

"We want this to be a multi-generational building.”

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