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Local artist's work displayed at park

The Greater Port Clinton Area Arts Council in partnership with the City of Port Clinton is commissioning Ottawa County artist Mike Sohikian by installing his piece “Restructuring Matisse,” a metal sculpture at the Friendship Park on Perry Street.  


The exhibit will be available for viewing as an exhibit from Jan. 26 to mid-April.  With the help of artists like Mike Sohikian, the City of Port Clinton and the GPCAAC are able to display art in the community at no expense to the taxpayers of the area. The placement of public art along Perry Street helps create identity for Historic Downtown Port Clinton’s retail corridor and conveys a message that the community values the cultural arts and our local talent, said Carol Morgan of the GPCAAC.  
Featured artist is Mike Sohikian of Genoa.  Mike is a retired ironworker with a lifetime love and appreciation of art, but he did not begin his career until 1995. Sohikian is best known for his taking salvaged steel to new heights with innovative concepts.  
In the past 13 years his paintings and sculpture works have been published in news articles and numerous art publications, most noteworthy is inclusion of his work in four of Schiffer Publishing Collectors Editions, most recently Ironwork Today Volume 3 (Illustrated) by Arthur Williams, 2011.   Mike’s paintings and sculptures are in more than 400 art collections nationwide. Mike’s sculpture “Restructuring Matisse” installed in this exhibit was voted the most popular sculpture in the Canton, Mich., sculpture exhibit.
The Greater Port Clinton Arts Council is a non-profit organization created to strengthen, support and promote arts and culture in Ottawa County.  It was founded in 2006 by a group of people trying to raise money for a larger than life bronze statue of a local fisherman and during the process discovered there was more to it than just purchasing and placing.
For more information, call Carol Morgan at 419-341-0979.

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