first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAlpena (WBKB) — It’s a quiet morning off the shores of Lake Huron, tucked away from the hustle and bustle of downtown. On a quiet lakefront property, an artist strokes his pencil, again and again.His name is Erv Lewandowski, a native of Posen. Lewandowski uses his color pencils to create masterpieces that are seen by people all over the world. Erv began to truly explore art during college at Central Michigan University. He continued his education at Eastern Michigan University where he pursued a master’s degree. During this time, Erv primarily used graphite and pigment ink as his tools.When Lewandowski graduated, he wasn’t sure what he wanted to do so he came home. For 25 years, Lewandowski worked in the family business, gaining valuable experience in business management and marketing . It wasn’t until 2004 that Erv Lewandowski picked up colored pencils for the first time.“It took me about six to seven years to get my act together to where I knew where I was going and what my theme of drawing would be,” said Lewandowski.Lewandowski considers his artwork a mixture of contemporary realism meeting hyperrealism and abstract realism. Viewers will often find two similar types of landscape mashing in his drawings. Once, during a phone conversation with a gallery owner, Lewandowski’s style was called ‘signature.’ Signature in the art world means that an artist’s work can be recognized anywhere, anyplace, at any time. Local gallery owner and long time friend of Lewandowski, Augie Matuzak has a whole wall featuring Erv’s work. Matuzak has heard firsthand how amazing Lewandowski’s artwork is, even to disbelief.“One of the hardest things I’ve been told to paint or to draw is water and he does that to the point where folks that come in the gallery will have an argument with me that these are photographs,” said Matuzak.Since 2004, Lewandowski has won a number of awards from all over the world. Perhaps one his most prestigious accomplishments was winning two best in drawing awards from the prestigious International Guild of Realism. Now, Erv’s colored pencil masterpiece, Cascading Water XV, will be featured in the 26th Annual Colored Pencil Society of America International Exhibition in Chicago. Not only is he an artist, Erv is also a teacher — the Colored Pencil Society of America selected Lewandowski as a host instructor at their 2019 Annual International Exhibition and Convention in Los Angeles.Lewandowski poses with ‘Cascading Water XV’ which will be featured at the 26th Annual Colored Pencil Society of America International Exhibition in Chicago this July.“Once you have it, once you succumb to it, once you love it as much as I do, you feel compelled,” said Lewandowski, “Everyday, there is a drawing session in store for you.”Erv continues to keep busy at home and with his work. Each January, he sits down, assembles his business and marketing plan and attacks the year with passion and vigor. With no signs of slowing down, expect more of Erv’s artwork to flood galleries around the nation and right here on the sunrise side.Currently, Lewandowski’s art is featured in 11 galleries in the nation, including here in Alpena at Forty Five North Art Gallery. He lives with his wife Mary in Alpena. To learn more about the artist, visit Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious City Council Puts Breaks on Truck RouteNext What’s Trending for June 5last_img read more

first_imgIn a move that carried less drama than a bland Hollywood script, the Lakers selected a player in the NBA draft on Thursday that many expected would wear a purple and gold uniform.The Lakers drafted Duke forward Brandon Ingram with their No. 2 pick, providing an immediate replacement at the small forward spot that Kobe Bryant left vacant following a storied 20-year NBA career. While Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak argued “there is no ceiling on” Ingram, he hopes to carry the legacy Bryant set that ended with a 60-point performance. “I just loved he was still at it; that’s Kobe Bryant,” Ingram said. “He took no nights off. He had an amazing work ethic. I hope I can be like him someday.” The Lakers may have drafted Ingram to replace Bryant. But the 18-year-old Ingram is not comparable to Bryant after he won the ACC’s freshman of the year award during his lone season at Duke. But Ingram should complement the Lakers’ promising young roster to remove the stench from finishing last season with the worst record in franchise history. “I don’t know if he’s the best or not, but he’s the player I wanted,” Lakers coach Luke Walton said. “What he has the potential of doing and what he can already do at his age, with his length and his skill set, is very impressive and unique.”All of which could bolster the Lakers in a few areas.With the Lakers finishing 30th out of 30 NBA teams in 3-point percentage last season (31.7), Ingram should boost those numbers after shooting 41 percent from behind the perimeter with the Blue Devils. With the Lakers finishing 27th in total defense last season (106.9 points per allowed), Ingram’s history in defending the opposing team’s top scorer could improve those rankings, too.“If I have a lot of attention on me, I’ll get guys open,” Ingram said before referring to his future teammates D’Angelo Russell, Jordan Clarkson and Anthony Brown. “All those guys work on different things in the offseason. I’ll look to get their numbers up in their percentages.” That partly explained why Kupchak’s phone rarely stopped ringing on Thursday. He fielded what he called “a lot of interest in our No. 2 pick.” That did not spark much momentum into a potential trade for a star player. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img “There was nothing that piqued our interest,” Kupchak said. “This time of year, teams are serious. They’re recognizing that picks are valuable.”The Lakers also selected Croatian center Ivica Zubac with their No. 32 pick, but obviously Ingram’s arrival is considered most valuable. During his individual workout, Ingram showed off his shooting stroke and ball-handling talents while also going 1-on-1 against Lakers development coaches Thomas Scott and J.J. Outlaw. The Lakers also liked Ingram’s respectful demeanor during dinner, which included Julius Randle, Russell, Clarkson, Larry Nance Jr. and Brown attending the second session.“We’re ecstatic to have him,” Kupchak said. “Going into it based on what we felt, we felt we’d be very lucky to get Brandon into this city and into this organization.”It appears Ingram felt the same way.Once he heard his name called at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, Ingram stood up and pointed his hands toward the sky. Later, Ingram professed he felt “very happy” and “very blessed” for playing for a “rich organization.” Though he represents the youngest player in this year’s draft, the 18-year-old Ingram also outlined his hope to become a more vocal leader. “When I went into Duke, I wasn’t vocal at all,” Ingram said. “I needed to be a vocal leader and not being afraid to talk and not be afraid to get on people when I’m playing.” That hardly marks the most pressing concern about Ingram. Kupchak admitted Ingram “needs to work and get stronger” after having a listed 6-foot-9, 190-pound frame. Yet, Walton insisted he “doesn’t see concerns about his weight” for one simple reason.“He’s young; he’ll naturally get stronger,” Walton said. “Talking to some of the coaches that were here when he came and did his workout, even though he’s skinny, he had strength to him in the individual workout that he did. That’s good to hear.”Ingram said he has gone from weighing 169 pounds to 195 in the past year because of constant workouts and high-caloric meals. He also has said he wants to weigh 210 pounds by the beginning of the 2016-17 season. Yet, Ingram downplayed his weight issues, arguing that he can overcome such a weakness with superior defense and an outside shot.“I don’t think it bothers me at all,” Ingram said. “It just gives me motivation to show guys the skinny part doesn’t matter. It got me here today. I’m the No. 2 pick. Skinny didn’t mean anything when I was battling guys each and every night.”Still, Ingram did not land at No. 1. The Philadelphia 76ers reserved that spot for LSU forward Ben Simmons because of his superb playmaking. “I don’t think I have a chip on my shoulder for that,” Ingram said. “I’m having a chip on my shoulder for being doubted each and every day. I try to prove people wrong.”The Lakers hardly sounded skeptical of Ingram. Instead, they went for the expected move. That may have lacked any element of surprise, but the draft selection could still eventually lead to a blockbuster performance. last_img read more