Art Reach of Mid Michigan

111 E. Broadway Street * Mt. Pleasant MI  48858

2017 Volunteer of the Year Robert Fanning

Robert Fanning is the Art Reach 2017 Volunteer of the Year, and it is with gratitude that we extend our most sincere thanks for all of his efforts over the past nine years to the Wellspring Literary Series. The Wellspring Literary Series is a true collaboration between Art Reach, CMU and Max & Emily’s restaurant, with funding from the Mt Pleasant Area Community Foundation from the Russ Herron fund.

This academic year, over 400 individuals attended the Wellspring events. If we estimate attendance over the years, that’s almost 3000 people! Robert works throughout the year to recruit and contract with poets from around the state of Michigan to present their works. In addition, he recruits undergraduate and graduate students in creative writing and music to perform during the each event. This allows a creative outlet for the current students, and brings greater awareness of art and cultural events to the community.

In addition to Robert’s accolades with the Wellspring Literary Series, he’s a professor of creative writing at Central Michigan University. He’s published many works and he is an accomplished musician. Robert has degrees from the University of Michigan and Sarah Lawrence College. He lives in Mount Pleasant with his wife Denise, and two children, Gabe and Maggie. Please congratulate Robert on being named the 2017 Volunteer of the Year!

Cindy Smith: 2017 Art Reach Eagle Award recipient

Cindy has been a long-standing volunteer and advocate for Art Reach. Since retiring she has gotten more involved, and she has a true passion for art and the community.

She’s served on the Education Committee for many years. The Education Committee has responsibility for the Picture Program, the Kids calendar, the Mt. Pleasant Area Schools exhibit, and the Day With the Artist program. In 1990, she was instrumental in starting the Day With the Artist program. Annually, the outreach we provide to the schools reaches approximately 10,000 children.

Cindy retired from Mt. Pleasant Public Schools after 33 years of service. She completed her undergraduate degree at CMU and her graduate degree at MSU. 

She has volunteered for the CCN food pantry, Rosebush food pantry, Mt. Pleasant Art Association, the Genealogy Society of Isabella County, and Sacred Heart.

Virginia Judge:  2016 Art Reach Eagle Award recipient

Congratulations to Virginia Judge on being selected as the 2016 Art Reach Eagle Award recipient. Thank you for all of your work on behalf of Art Reach.

Jane Butcher: 2015 Volunteer of the Year


Jane has been volunteering in the Art Reach Gift Shop for 20 years. She has accumulated approximately 4,000 volunteer hours over that time. We appreciate her loyalty and dedication to helping us keep the arts alive in our community.


Meet Our Gift Shop Volunteers

Pattie Baderschneider

Pattie Baderschneider, of Mt. Pleasant, has been volunteering at Art Reach of Mid Michigan since 2012.

Pattie has three daughter, two sons-in-law, and two granddaughters. During her free time, she enjoys gardening, reading, craft projects, volunteering and her family.

Pattie says “Art Reach is a great place to volunteer!”

Linda Colburn

Linda Colburn began volunteering with Art Reach in 1982. Linda now volunteers with the Art Reach store, which offers a wide array of unique works from Michigan artists. As a store clerk volunteer, she gets the chance to see new art coming in. She enjoys watching “for new and different artists, they all evolve, and always trying new things, I love that part and that’s why I volunteer.” Linda was a nurse for 43 years and would buy pieces of art from each city she traveled to while working.

JoAnne Collins

JoAnne Collins began volunteering at Art Reach of Mid Michigan in October of 2017 as a store volunteer. She currently resides in Mt. Pleasant after living most of her life in Alpena, Michigan.

JoAnne has one daughter, Kim and her husband, Sean; and one son, Erik and his wife, Ashley and two beautiful grandchildren, Olivia and Alice.

During her free time, she enjoys gardening, knitting, crocheting, walking her lab Cocoa and cooking for her family or anyone else who enjoys eating.

JoAnne says “it’s a joy helping out at Art Reach with such a wonderful staff!”

Rita Doneth

Rita Doneth began volunteering with Art Reach in the fall of 2010 as a store clerk and a Picture Program docent for two sixth grade classrooms. She worked as a secretary for 34 years. Rita's hobbies include watercolor painting, knitting, playing piano and spending time with her family. She and her husband live in Rosebush. She has three adult children and three grandchildren.

Ginger Judge

Ginger Judge has been with Art Reach since 2009 by volunteering as a store clerk and a member of the Chair Affair committee that works toward transforming and sharing chairs, benches and side tables that are handmade and painted for the community. She was the 2012 Volunteer of the Year. Ginger said Art Reach, “has such a strong impact on the community…and the gallery is a real gift to the community.” Outside of volunteering she likes to play bridge and interact with the neighborhood and her grandchildren.

Jeanne Maxon

Jeanne Maxon has volunteered at Art Reach of Mid Michigan for over 10 years. She believes supporting an art presence in the community is very important.

Jeanne lives in Mt. Pleasant with her husband Brent. She has two children who live in Seattle and one grandson.

During her free time, she enjoys reading and photography.

Diane Thomas

Diane Thomas began volunteering at Art Reach of Mid Michigan in November of 2017 after retiring from the Central Michigan University Library, where she worked for more than 40 years.

Diane lives with her husband of 35 years in Mt. Pleasant. They have one son and one daughter. During her free time, she enjoys reading, gardening, walking her dogs and watching movies.

Theresa Turner

Theresa Turner of Mt. Pleasant has volunteered for Art Reach of Mid Michigan for more than 12 years. She enjoys gardening, crafting, reading, activism and bridge during her free time.

Art Reach Program Volunteers

Barbara Taylor

Barbara Taylor joined Art Reach in 2000, volunteering her time with the Healing Arts Program, Winter Concert Series, Let’s do Lunch, Art Walk and various committees. As a Healing Arts volunteer, she helps bring hands-on art to local care facilities by coordinating volunteers and visiting facilities. “The Healing Arts program is very rewarding, I respect that we’ve grown in the community with many supporters,” she said, “people really believe in Art Reach and that is really satisfying.”

Linda Louisell

Linda Louisell has been with Art Reach for 14 years. She is an artist, who has photography in the Art Reach gift shop and has painted for the Festival of Banners. Linda also volunteers as a Picture Program docent for Vowles Elementary. She taught music at Vowles for 27 years. Volunteering as a docent gave her the chance to see new and old faces and relatives. Linda said, “It is cool to see how Art Reach has grown, [it] really enhances quality of life. Come volunteer here; it’s fun and low pressure.”

Linda and her family have a bluegrass band where she plays bass guitar. She also plays clarinet for the Central Michigan Concert Band and tenor sax and keyboards when her family plays rockabilly.

Pat Knapp

Gratiot County resident Pat Knapp has been a part of Art Reach for 12 years by bringing art history to local schools as a docent for the Picture Program, organizing Day with the Artist and the elementary school calendar program. She enjoys working with the administration and faculty while coordinating the Day with the Artist .

“Some districts don’t have art classes so this gives districts a chance for art,” she said.

Outside of volunteering Pat was a middle school teacher for 35 years and now works as a clown at various events.

Volunteer at Art Reach

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All that we do would not be possible without our many WONDERFUL volunteers!

Volunteer opportunities ABOUND at Art Reach! Call 989-773-3689 to inquire!

YOU can Volunteer for a Program Committee such as:

Art Walk Central: A community wide art competition held in August.

Annual Art Auction:  Our largest fund raiser of the year bringing community and artists together in support of the arts!


Art Flair:  Help with logistics of this creative fund raiser that offers hand made and decorated Adirondack chairs for community members to purchase.

Day with the Artist:  This committee organizes two events/year highlighting local artists who demonstrate their talent to school children.

Festival of Banners:  Help facilitate over 300 vinyl banners to be hung in Isabella County from June through October.

Gallery Committee:  Take part in reviewing exhibit applicants and help facilitate their exhibits.

Gift Shop Clerk Volunteer: Whether you have one afternoon a week, a month or all year - consider helping in the Art Reach on Broadway Consignment Shop.

Healing Arts:  Are you an artist willing to share your talents with residents of area care facilities?  If so, then this volunteer opportunity is for you!

Kid's Calendar Art:  Be part of the team that coordinates this annual calendar and honors student artists at a reception at Art Reach.

Let's Do Lunch:  We can use your help lining up these monthly performances.

Picture Program Docent:  Join over 150 volunteers who travel to local schools each month to give an art history lesson ... right in the classroom!

Scholarship Committee:  This committee reviews scholarship applications and selects winners.

Wellspring Literary Series:  Help with logistics of this poetry series presented in partnership with the English Department at CMU.