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Posted on Sat, Jan 26, 2013 : 4:15 p.m.

Resident sad to see 'gem' of an art center overlooked

By Letters to the Editor

I was distressed to hear the city council is not aware that Saline has an art center. It’s called Two Twelve Arts, and has been around for over six years. Two Twelve has been active in our community in many city events, like the Celtic Festival, Summerfest, and Harvest of the Arts.


Sir Robert of Wells, left, and Sir Tirant of Kent, put on a jousting performance as part of the Saline Celtic Festival at Mill Pond Park.

Saline is a Main Street USA city, largely due to the efforts of artists from Two Twelve. Hundreds of children have taken classes at the art center, or one of the off-site art opportunities. Saline is full of creative people, and I am so lucky to have met many of them at Two Twelve Arts.

I am one of the people whose lives have been changed, and greatly enriched by Two Twelve Arts. I have learned from skilled artists in water color and acrylic painting, pottery, art journaling, glass fusing and jewelry making. There are many other classes available in other disciplines.

The Saline Area Library collaborates with the art center, and has shown Saline citizens art that was made by their talented neighbors. The changing display has highlighted quilting, painting, pottery, doll-making, and other skills. We are so fortunate that it is privately funded, but available for all to use. Two Twelve Arts Center is a gem for the city, attracting people from a wide area, due to the friendly and helpful staff, and wide array of art classes.

Of course, a cultural center would be a great addition to Saline. And more art classes, music and dance, and space for studios would be wonderful. But don’t discount the terrific place we already enjoy.

I’m certain that you will not overlook Two Twelve Arts in the future.

Kat L. Campau

Ann Arbor



Sun, Jan 27, 2013 : 2:59 p.m.

I think this is related to the recent city conversation about creating a new cultural center in Saline, where creative people and groups can come together to meet or rehearse. I think this letter is to remind the Saline city council that Two Twelve Art Center is a thriving artists' space. I don't know for sure what the goal of the new center is, but I think it has more to do with music/theatre/performing art than visual art, thereby not infringing on what Two Twelve already provides.

just a voice

Sat, Jan 26, 2013 : 10:36 p.m.

When the author says "Saline is a Main Street USA city, largely due to the efforts of artists from Two Twelve", is that some kind of official designation, or are they simply over crediting the art organization a bit much. I also wonder what Linda does, are you saying the organization is overlooked by Ann Arbor city council or Saline city council. Finally how is the organization being overlooked? the way the letter ends, this sound more like a promo pr thing then a real complaint / letter to the editor,

Peter Baker

Sun, Jan 27, 2013 : 12:59 a.m.

It's an official thing (not Main Street USA, but "Michigan Main Street"): But I also have no idea how "the [Ann Arbor] city council is not aware that Saline has an art center" or why they would even be talking about it.

Linda Peck

Sat, Jan 26, 2013 : 10:18 p.m.

Ms. Campau, are you referring to Ann Arbor City Council?