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Standing amid the pieces in progress around his studio, Rufus Snoddy is animated and upbeat. He recounts the artistic discussions that Diaspora opened up and the evolution of a number of galleries in the area whose collections now include more abstract works. "I see a lot of people starting to push and go outside of the convention," he says, his green eyes beginning to sparkle.
Snoddy stops to think about all of his artistic possibilities on the horizon, among them murals for Building 50, a show at the Dennos Museum, the windows he bid on redoing at the Old Town Playhouse, his show in June and the huge sculptured piece that's not in the studio but will be featured in the show. He made it with limbs that fell from a tree on nearby Deal Road. "I'm excited about it - it has a lot to do with the sensibilities of this area."
Perhaps Rufus Snoddy's Michigan transition is complete. He is not only making an impact on the regional art scene, he is making art that reflects his new surroundings. Of this he is certain: "I feel like I have a story to tell, and the best way is through visual art." Even in the deep woods of Michigan. "There's unlimited potential for creativity - nobody can control my urges for creativity."
Patty LaNoue Stearns is a frequent contributor to Traverse. pattywrites.com
Note: This article was first published in June 2007, and was updated for the web February 2008.
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