Greg Stone, a member of the Shelby Township Fine Art Society, was honored as Artist of the Month for March and April at the Shelby Township Senior Center. His daughter, Katlynn Stone, set up the exhibit for him.
SHELBY TOWNSHIP – A member of the Shelby Township Fine Art Society has been honored as Artist of the Month for March and April.
Featured artist Greg Stone’s work is on display at the Shelby Township Activities Center, 14975 21 Mile Road.
Stone was out of town for another exhibit when her art was exhibited at the center by her daughter, Katlynn.
Stone is a 68-year-old father of four. He frequents arts and crafts fairs, where he exhibits and sells his works. His works are inspired by his personal interests in nature and history, and he specializes in acrylic painting on canvas.
People have a lot to say about Stone’s work
Linda Stanley remarked that she liked Stone’s paintings because they looked like photographs.
Evelynn Trombley loves paintings because they remind her of places she’s been and things she’s seen.
Tiffany Meyers enjoys viewing Stone’s paintings on her Facebook page, Stone Crow Designs, as the subject matter depicted stems from Stone’s personal interests and experiences.
Fu-Yuan Ciricola, a member of the Shelby Township Fine Art Society, said he met Stone at the Shelby Township Art Fair in 2018.
This latest honor is Stone’s second time participating in the Shelby Township Senior Center’s Featured Artist Program.
“His work is unique, interesting and quite approachable. It sold several pieces in the first week of its exhibition, which will run until the end of April,” Ciricola said.
Stone said he met Ciricola at the Shelby Township Art Fair, and that’s where things started.
“I had a pitiful display but I sold a few things. She asked me what my goals were in art, and I told her that my goal was to exhibit my art in a museum with people coming to see it. We’re almost there with the display at the Senior Center,” he said.
He said he had always loved art and used to draw on the piece of cardboard his father received when he bought a new shirt.
He said his art reflects his personal interests.
“I study the faces of the people I see and sometimes their image appears in my portraiture. … I like to do art where the subject is reduced to the basics – i.e. buildings I find beauty in what has been left behind after being ravaged by time,” he said.
He said he had worked in the police for 35 years and his time was limited, so the art took a back seat.
“I did criminal composite drawings on a few cases. I guess I left my mark like Leonardo da Vinci and the Last Supper because when I used the shooting range, I decorated the walls with murals depicting the activities of law enforcement. Maybe in 100 years they’ll be doing tours for the public,” he said.
He said that when he attends an art exhibition, he tries to encourage young people to express themselves with art.
“My eldest son draws for various periodicals and I am proud of him. If I meet a young person who is interested in a particular piece of art that I have exhibited, I usually give it to them for free. My father told me that if I went into the art field, I would starve. I don’t do art shows now to make money, but it’s the satisfaction of having created something and someone else enjoying it,” Stone said.
Katlynn Stone said her father’s art has been a big part of her life.
“I was always very proud of my dad and his ability to draw or paint just about anything, which of course drove me to try to be like him from an early age. His encouragement over the years has pushed me to take on challenges and learn new ways to express myself, I was even allowed to experiment with artwork on my bedroom walls as a teenager, which my friends thought it was really cool. I’m glad my dad gets to share his art with all kinds of different people, and I’m really proud of where he is today as an artist,” he said. she stated.
Kristin Stone, also the daughter of Greg Stone, has said for as long as she can remember that her father has always used some form of creativity,” she said.
“Memories of the playhouse he built for me in the backyard, the many Halloween costumes, and the face painting he would do on us kids—much better than the plastic face masks from the store— to the annual parade floats that he would build and decorate, he has the creative vision and the follow through to the end of everything he does,” she said.
She said that with the extra time her father has had since retirement, he has found his niche.
“What a great feeling to know that something you’ve painted is worshiped and displayed in a stranger’s home,” she said.
She also proudly exhibits her paintings in her home.
She said she wishes she could say she took over her father’s artistic and creative side, but she didn’t.
“What I learned from having an artist parent was an appreciation for craftsmanship. I am proud of my father for his accomplishments in life and his passion for art,” he said. she stated.