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Northern Mohican performer Bill Miller to appear at MCC on Nov. 7


Northern Mohican Musician, performer, songwriter and painter Bill Miller offers two presentations Nov. 7 at Montcalm Community College.

At noon in rooms D303-305 in MCC’s Beatrice E. Doser Building, Miller offers reflections and a musical presentation to students, faculty, staff and community members. Lunch is provided for students with a current MCC ID and is $2 for all others.

At 7 p.m., Miller performs his music in MCC’s Barn Theater. Admission is free.

Miller’s motivating and spiritual music was shaped by an astonishing life. Born of German-Mohican blood, Miller grew up in and around Northern Wisconsin on a reservation. His struggle against cultural and family tragedies became the backbone of his faith-enriched work.

Shortly after leaving the reservation, Miller’s turning point came when he attended a Pete Seeger concert. He then studied art at the Layton School of Art and Design in Milwaukee, Wis., and pursued a career as a singer and songwriter. From the beginning, he faced cultural racism, but Miller continues to escalate as a singer and songwriter.

It was through life experiences that Miller used his talents to overcome battles that fell in his path and continue living in a positive, inspirational way. In a story on his Web site, Miller said, “I see things as rivers, creeks and rainstorms as the liquid layer of my life.”

Miller has recorded several albums that have brought great success to his life, including “Loon Mountain and Moon,” “Red Road,” “Reservation Road, and Raven In The Snow,” “The Art of Survival,” and one that brought great attention to him at the American Music Awards, “Ghost Dance,” which earned him nine Nammys. Miller most recently released the albums “Chronicles of Hope” and “Spirit Wind North.”

Ken DeLong, MCC’s Native American Club advisor, has seen Miller’s performances and he described them as, “excellent, and powerful. It’s hard to put a label on his music because his lyrics are inspired by personal experiences.”

“Miller is excellent on the guitar, and he sucks you in,” DeLong said.

November is Native American recognition month and DeLong said he hopes Miller’s performance will “bring folks to campus, and broaden their horizon. It’s a chance for the community to hear and see things they wouldn’t normally experience.”

Miller is “not pretentious, he’s a good guy and he can really connect with his audience,” DeLong said.

Contact DeLong by e-mail at kend@montcalm.edu or call him at (989) 328-1258 for more information.

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MCC hosts unique art display

MCC art student Fallon Carter works on a drawing during art class.

Unique artwork will be featured during Montcalm Community College’s annual Holiday Time Art Show and Sale, Nov. 28 through Dec. 4 in the Instruction North Building Art Gallery on the college’s Sidney campus.
The event features an open house and an artwork sale. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 28 through Dec. 2 and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 3 and 4. Work from MCC’s art students and art club members will be featured, as well as pieces created by community members.
MCC art student Fallon Carter, who will have pieces on display, touches base with the nature of her artwork. She is inspired by many artists but thrives by exploring her boundless imagination.
“By looking at my art, I hope people find inspiration to focus on the beauty and capture it in whatever way they know how, whether it is drawing, writing, singing—the list goes on,” Carter says.
She hopes her audience will interpret the beauty in her art and appreciate what they might not recognize as beauty. Carter is a sophomore at MCC and plans to transfer to Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids.
MCC Visual Arts Coordinator Carolyn Johnson says the community is fortunate to have the opportunity to view and purchase pieces from many talented artists.
“It’s exciting to offer such a diverse collection of artwork during this show. Many of the pieces are offered for sale, which allows our community members to buy locally for holiday gift-giving,” she says. “Not only are patrons able to support American-made products, but their gifts will be unique creations by area artists.”
The Holiday Time Art Show and Sale is sponsored by the MCC Art Club. Light refreshments will be served during the sale.
Call Johnson at (989) 328-1248 or e-mail cjohnson@montcalm.edu or contact Art Instructor Debbie Bell at debbieb@montcalm.edu for more information.

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