ACWL Presents...

Great people, great ideas, great experiences!

January 31, 2017

Robert Swan 

Chicago Symphony Musician

Bach’s St Matthew Passion -
Music for All

Robert Swan will lead a discussion of one of the most powerfully emotional pieces of music ever penned, the Saint Matthew Passion of J.S. Bach. 

We will look at the characters and their roles, the music, and the powerful message expressed through Bach's genius.

Appointed to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's viola  section in 1972, Robert Swan was Professor of Viola at Northwestern University from 1972-1980, and remains as the university's chamber music coach. He was principal violist of Chicago's Music of the Baroque, was a member of the Eckstein String Quartet, and has been a guest artist with the Fine Arts Quartet, the Vermeer Quartet, and the Chicago Chamber Musicians. Swan studied with David Dawson at Indiana University (receiving Bachelors & Masters Degrees, as well as a Performer's Certificate). While there, he also studied chamber music with Josef Gingold, Janos Starker, William Primrose, Georgy Sebok, and Menahem Pressler. In his retirement years, Bob chairs the advisory board of the Music & Performing Arts branch of the Arts Council of White Lake; he is the Artistic Director of the White Lake Chamber Music Festival, judges the White Lake Young Artists Solo Competition, presents many wonderful lectures, is a friend and coach to many West Michigan musicians, and is able to find time to enjoy fishing and golf.

April 11, 7pm

Favorite Poetry Project

Foley Schuler

Host & Emcee

Registration: 6:30-7pm

The Book Nook & Java Shop

8744 Ferry St., Montague

February 28, 2017

Scott Mack


Scott's work unites his two great passions in his life, painting and the outdoors. 

A graduate of the Columbus College of Art and Design, but his interest for painting extends back to his childhood. Love for the outdoors began at an early age, spending most of his time wandering through the woods and fields, drawing inspiration from the landscapes and everyday surroundings.

"Painting has always been a way for me to share the way I see things. I've had the good fortune to travel and to paint many beautiful places."

"I approach paintings from many directions - sometimes from life, sometimes from reference, and other times from imagination. But the plein air approach is my favorite. There's nothing better than painting on location - especially when you are in a beautiful place with good light."

Scott's work has appeared in many publications and galleries.

Scott will share about inspirations, experiences, and share some samples of his work, both past and present.


April 25, 2017



"A look into our Artist in Residence"

Description:The Arts Council of White Lake is proud to host a presentation by the current Artist in Residence. During an eight-week program this Michigan artist will be working with local schools, artists, and students through workshops. They will also create a permeant public installation. Join us to learn more about their own work and to see their exhibit at the Nuveen Center. Artist and Lecture topic to be announced soon.

March 28, 2017

Garrett Potter


Garret Potter is a two time Ann Arbor Poetry Slam Champion and author of Without Reservation, New Book, and HIDE AND SEEK: A Poet’s Memoir, as well as the albums Context and Other Nights Echo. Coming from nine states and Japan, his work has been printed by the city of Portland, Oregon in concrete at public light-rail stations and has also appeared in The Promethean, Christianity Today, Groundcover News, Indiefeed, and the documentary film One Nation Under God. You can find Garret at the library, garden, kitchen, thrift shop, and hardware store learning from people who know how things work. He lives with his son in Michigan where he serves as Slam-master for the Ann Arbor Poetry Slam.

Garret has represented Michigan at the 2014 & 2015 National Poetry Slam competitions as well as the 2013 Individual World Poetry Slam. He has won slams in Portland, Oakland, Detroit, Little Rock, Spokane, Springfield, and Grand Rapids.

With over 600 performances in well over 200 venues, he has entertained and educated more than twenty schools, Universities and colleges, the Victoria Spoken Word Festival, Ann Arbor Book Fest, Cornerstone, The Seattle Round, the ReSource Arts Conference, the Midwest Literary Walk, and tour stops across North America.


May 30, 2017

Mark Singer

"Portraits of the Mind"

Mark Singer, M.A., the author of books and articles via Punim Publishing, will join us to present our fifth lecture of the season. He has been a professor of communication for 25 years, most recently at Kendall College of Art & Design, where has conducted research on synaesthesia and co-consciousness. He will enlighten us on these concepts - and share with us his insights and his findings that demonstrate these traits occur in artists more often than the general population. He will explain for us and demonstrate, with mostly art - via over 60 hand-drawn portraits. By attending this presentation called “Portraits in the Mind", you will see the first and only study that shows the existence of synaesthesia and co-consciousness.

The Arts Council of White Lake’s Music Presents Series for 2017 will feature three wonderful and engaging presenters! The last Tuesday of the month from January through March will showcase a wide variety of expertise and talent. January 31 will Chicago Symphony violist Robert Swan. Artist Scott Mack will be featured on February 28. March 28 will feature poet Garrett Potter.

Each 7 pm presentation will take place at Arts Council of White Lake at the Nuveen, 106 E. Colby St. in Whitehall. Admission is $5 at the door.

In celebration of Poetry Month, Arts Council of White Lake Music Presents a “Favorite Poetry Event” on April 11. at 7pm. The public is invited to share their favorite poem in the relaxing and welcoming atmosphere of the Book Nook & Java Shop, 8744 Ferry St., Montague. Host Foley Schuler will make the introductions and add his usual and much loved flair to this great first time event. Those wishing to participate may sign up at the Book Nook between 6:30-7pm, prior to the start of the event. There is no cost to participate and the public is invited to enjoy the wide variety of move loved poetry!

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