YES WE CAN! LUNCHEON HONORS FIBER ARTIST ROZ BERLIN

Roz Berlin YWCOn Friday, February 8, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Creative 360 will host a Yes We Can! luncheon in honor of Roz Berlin, fiber artist and educator. Guests will enjoy a delicious lunch catered by NADA, and pay tribute to this talented creator of the fiber forest of more than 400 trees. Pre-register by calling 989-837-1885 or online no later than Monday, February 4. Space is limited. $30

You may remember Roz’s enchanted forest in the Creative 360 gallery in 2013. This video made at the time is a wonderful reminder of Roz’s beautiful creation.

A native of Saginaw, Roz Berlin is one of Michigan’s foremost fiber artists. She is best known for her woven forest that began with a single tree she created for her son’s bedroom as a nod to the book, “Where the Wild Things Are” by Maurice Sendak. From that tree grew her forest of trees that range in height from 2 to 15 feet. Two of her trees are part of the Yes We Can! Exhibit on display through February 17.

“The forest is a joyous celebration of the magnificence of trees and their power to nurture a space for personal growth,” she said. “Without trees, we do not breathe.”

Roz holds degrees in art education from Michigan State University, and in counseling education from Central Michigan University. She studied fibers and fiber art across the Americas and in the U.K. She also taught art in both private and public organizations. Roz has received countless awards, including the “All Area Arts Award” in 2011. She has exhibited in galleries, museums and universities.

Yes We Can! Luncheon Soirees are scheduled through May to honor the following people:

February 15: Celebrating Kathy Kaunitz Jones – Artist, Educator and Friend

March 1: Phyllis J. and Roy L. Mc Neill – Educators and Community Leaders

March 8: Carol Struthers – Artist and Educator

March 15: Bruce Rayce – Community Leader and Volunteer

March 22: Russell Thayer – Artist and Educator

April 5: Jean R. Beach – Artist and Writer

May 10: Annual Art Sweetheart Luncheon honoring Junia Doan – Community Leader, Visionary and Philanthropist

About Yes We Can!

Six years ago, Creative 360 developed an innovative program designed to recognize and honor the contributions of people who are 80 and over in a way that respects their knowledge and taps into their legacy of creativity. This amazing segment of our population has a wealth of experience and knowledge to share. The Yes We Can! program gives people of all ages ongoing opportunities to engage with, and learn from, this dynamic group of senior presenters.

Since the program began in the winter of 2014, Creative 360 has celebrated more than 300 Great Lakes Bay artists, scholars, scientists, and community leaders. These octogenarians inspire everyone to be more active and to realize we can all be contributing community members at any age!

Thanks to The Barstow Foundation, NADA Northwood University, and Space Studios for their generous sponsorship of this year’s Yes We Can! program. For more information about Yes We Can!, go to Creative 360’s website at becreative360.org or call 989-837-1885.

If you know of someone who is (or will soon be) 80 or above and should be considered as part of future Yes We Can! programs, please contact Creative 360 at 989-837-1885 or by email at creed@becreative360.org.

About Creative 360

Creative 360 is a not-for-profit community arts and wellness organization founded in 1994. Its mission is to create environments that allow people of all ages and abilities to experience the creative process, and to enhance physical, mental and spiritual wellness through the arts and humanities. The organization’s core values of inclusiveness, creativity, respect and community drive the culture at Creative 360. Activities at Creative 360 are supported in part by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, Midland Area Community Foundation and the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation.