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Marcus Glenn Shrine Circus

Marcus Glenn invigorates the crowd as the opening ringmaster at the 2015 Shrine Circus.

Park West Gallery artist Marcus Glenn and his wife, Yolanda, were the guests of honor during the 2015 Shrine Circus held at the Hazel Park Raceway in Hazel Park, Michigan.

Glenn was invited to serve as ringmaster for the opening act on March 20. He introduced himself to the audience, mentioning he is an artist from the Detroit area.

“I told them it was an honor to be a part of the circus, and told the children and people of all ages and walks of life to enjoy the show,” he says.

The circus, held this year from March 20-22, has been entertaining audiences since 1906. It is the first Shrine Circus in the world and is considered the oldest and largest.

Glenn was reminded of his childhood when his mother would take him and his sisters to the circus. Feelings of nostalgia surfaced as he watched the animals and clowns perform, and saw audience members munching on cotton candy and sugary elephant ears.

Along with nostalgia, feelings of inspiration welled up in Glenn. He says he has sketched out some ideas based on his experiences. He says he usually files his drawings and will use them for ideas when looking to create new artwork.

“I look forward to using some of those sketches and turning them into paintings,” he says.

Along with serving as the opening ringmaster, Glenn and Yolanda took a tour of the Shrine Circus and got up close and personal with the animals, including elephants, camels, monkeys and kangaroos.

“I actually got kissed by a female camel, in front of my wife too,” he says with a laugh.

Marcus Glenn Shrine Circus

Glenn has some fun feeding a female camel at the Shrine Circus.

The circus is organized by the Shriners, which supports 22 hospitals for children ages 18 and under. Glenn says he was glad to be a part of a spring tradition in Detroit.

“It was a wonderful experience,” he says. “I will truly cherish the opportunity.”

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  • Larry Maiolo

    I love Mr. Glenn’s works!! I hope to buy one of his works next time I take a cruise.

  • John Taylor

    We have three glens hanging in our bedroom.

    One original with Marcus signing the painting when we were at a Park Land event.

    I still want more, but will have to wait as we missed the auctions on the last three cruises.

    Our master bedroom has two Max and THREE glens

    So our bedroom is our art galley of our favouites, but we have abour 15 pieces not hanging in the house, we even have are hangig in the bathroom…so Glen is all we will buy..we have three Max and that’s enough dollars for retired school teachers

  • Maryann Chaffin

    Just bought Marcus Glenn’s “Red Chair Purple Tie” and it hangs over our piano…getting rave reviews by all who see it…

  • Mike Snodgrass

    Why wait for the next cruise when I can help you today, Larry? Give me a call in our main gallery and I’ll be glad to help you find a work you’ll love! 800-524-9654 x 1886

  • Rose and Dick Hasler

    We purchased one of Marcus’ paintings about three years ago and have prominently displayed it in our living room, next to a Picasso!! What a super nice person he is.

  • Ursela Newhook

    Won a Marcus Glenn print on a cruise. Love the look of it in our “Great Room”, displayed on an easel. So many compliments!! Have followed his profile ever since. Do hope to add to our collection of this very talented artist.

  • Dee Carrimgton

    Purchased Flow of Music & Straddle that Base in Outer Space last year on a cruise for my 50th birthday. I’m an art novice, but was so taken with those pieces that I had to have them. It helps that my husband & I are music lovers. We get many compliments. Love your work Mr. Glenn.

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