The Merrill Area Community Enrichment Center will host a “Meet and Greet” with artist and author Susan Van Sleet on Friday, May 2 at 9 a.m.  The center is located in the lower level of Merrill City Hall.
Susan, an artist, reunited birth mother and writer survived the heartbreak of placing her daughter, through closed adoption, in 1966, during an era of silent surrender and used her art to reflect a lifetime of longing for the child she was not allowed to see.  Susan met her daughter for the first time in 1993. The resemblance of how her daughter looked and the way Susan imagined her, for nearly 26 years, is uncanny.
Susan has been an inspirational presenter at adoption conferences and a contributor to adoption newsletters, blogs and websites. She continued to guide and inspire birthmothers.
Mary & Me Beyond the Canvas; An extraordinary Story of Adoption, Loss & Reunion is Susan’s first book. This memoir will take the reader through an emotional journey of both sadness and joy.
Susan’s adoption experience has come full circle. She and her supportive husband Bruce, have three sons and five grandsons. Jeanne is also an artist. She and her husband have three daughters.
Refreshments will be served. For more information, phone the MACEC at 715- 536-4226.