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Pencil in second Saturdays for art with SatARTdays, presented by First State Bank.

First State Bank proudly supports the Anton Art Center and SatARTdays.

Dec 19, 2018

Images courtesy Black Light Visuals


Mt. Clemens, MI (December 19, 2018) - Staff and trustees of the Anton Art Center are proud to announce a new program in celebration of the Anton Art Center’s 50th anniversary in 2019: SatARTdays presented by First State Bank. Each month on the second Saturday in 2019, the Anton Art Center will host a variety of free art activities and performances for the community.

“As a reflection of our longtime commitment to enrich and inspire people of all ages through the arts, we are excited to unveil this new program during our 50th anniversary year,” says Anton Art Center Executive Director Phil Gilchrist, “the interactive nature of many of these programs will provide many unique opportunities to experience the arts firsthand, and thanks to the generosity of First State Bank, our community will be able to participate for free.” All activities will take place at the Anton Art Center, in Mount Clemens.

“As the presenting sponsor, First State Bank is thrilled to make this endeavor with Anton Art center possible. SatARTdays is a new and exciting way for us to interact with the community.  It is our belief that as a locally owned and operated bank, that is part of our role to contribute to the essence of our community by creating opportunities for our neighbors (which includes our customers and partners) to engage in the good things in life like visual and performing arts. Although financial wellness, funding home-ownership and supporting local business are our mainstays we feel we play a role in prosperity of our community by supporting and engaging with the community agencies that make our neighborhoods vibrant. It’s truly what community banking is all about,” shares Amy Persyn, First State Marketing Director and 1st Vice President.

First-Quarter Program Schedule
Saturday, January 12, 2019, 5-9pm: Body Marbling Activation with BL Visuals

From the Black Light Visuals website ( Black Light Visuals was created by College for Creative Studies alumnus Brad Lawrence. Diagnosed with chronic tendonitis in his wrists at the age of 23, Brad could no longer draw or sculpt. Motivated by friend and Purple Heart Marine Michael Zach, Brad revisited abstract painting as art therapy. The duo debuted Body Marbling at Electric Forest Festival in 2013; traveling and painting became their road to rehabilitation.

Saturday, February 9, 2019, 7:30-9pm: Michigan Opera Theatre

From the Michigan Opera Theatre website ( Michigan Opera Theatre is the premier multi-disciplined producer and presenter for opera, musical theatre, and dance in the Great Lakes Region. Based in the city of Detroit, the organization engages artists of national and international stature for stellar main stage and outreach performances, and provides compelling cultural enrichment programs for the diverse audiences and communities that it serves, making it one of Detroit’s pillars of arts and culture.

Saturday, March 9, 2019, 6-8pm: Detroit Children’s Choir

From the Detroit Children’s Choir website ( The Detroit Children’s Choir is made up of more than 300 students in grades 3-12, who have a passion and love for singing. Choir members come from a variety of cities in Southeast Michigan, representing a range of diverse cultures and backgrounds. Children receive music literacy, sight reading skills and vocal technique along with the opportunity to perform on stages in the Detroit metro area. The Detroit Children’s Choir is committed to developing young leaders who will bring about positive change across our city and region.

About the Anton Art Center

With a mission to enrich and inspire people of all ages through the arts, the Anton Art Center has been housed in the historic Carnegie Library Building in downtown Mount Clemens since its inception in 1969. The Anton Art Center is a strong advocate for artists, and artist opportunities include monthly exhibitions ranging from juried statewide competitions to invitational and student shows. The Center also presents opportunities which generate income for artists, including our Gift Shop and annual Holiday Market.

The Anton Art Center is a registered nonprofit organization, and contributions and ticket purchases are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. The Anton Art Center is located at 125 Macomb Pl., Mount Clemens, Michigan, 48043. We are open Tuesday – Saturday, 10am – 5pm. Admission is free and open to the public! Visit us on the web (, on Facebook (@AntonArtCenter), Twitter (@AntonArtCenter) and Instagram (@AntonArtCenter).