Phil Gilchrist spoke to the club as the Executive Director of the Anton Art Center in Mt. Clemens.
The Anton Art Center is in Mt. Clemens at a location that was originally a Carnegie Library, which was built in 1904 and is now listed on the national registry. Over the past few decades, the Art Center has expanded while incorporating the historic nature of the original building.
The galleries are almost exclusively local artists, and it offers art classes and artist talks. The pandemic required the Center to become creative, starting an online exhibit within a week of the shutdown in 2020. It continues to offer virtual programming with classes and a You Tube channel.
Gilchrist believes it’s very important to make the building available to the public, due to its historic nature and how much better it is to see the artwork in person. The Center is now open for its 44th annual Holiday Market, running through 12/23. Holiday items, fine art, crafts, apparel, and much more are available for purchase. To learn more, please go to