Padnos and Armstrong Galleries
Début 2015: Annual High School Juried Art Competition
March 12 - April 18
Every spring, the Arts Council gathers student artwork from local high schools to be displayed in their Padnos and Armstrong Galleries. Instructors from each school submit a selection of student work. In 2015, eleven schools will participate including Black River Public School, Fennville, Grand Haven High School, Holland Christian High School, Holland Public High School, Jenison High School, Saugatuck, West Ottawa High School North and South and Zeeland East and West High Schools.
A juror then narrows the submissions down to those that will be hung in the gallery. The juror also selects first, second and third place and honorable mention awards to be given out including cash prizes. This year’s juror, chosen by the Arts Council from the art community, will be Hope College’s Dean of Arts and Humanities, Dr. Patrice Rankine.
The Arts Council is proud of the consistent quality of the work offered by our area schools and applauds the hard work and dedication of the area’s talented art instructors. This exhibition creates the opportunity to share meaningful art and involve students. It reaches the essence of our mission: to educate, engage and challenge the community through the arts.
The competitive nature of a juried show creates a large degree of excitement around the exhibition, but more significant than the awards given is the creative process which all the students experience.
To applaud their artistic growth and début in the art world, the Arts Council hosts an awards reception on Thursday, March 12 at 6:00 p.m., complete with music and food: a true celebration of the joy and challenge art brings to our lives.
Learn more about Début our annual high school art competition, here.
Début is sponsored by:
Frozen in Time
Photography by Tony Reidsma
March 5 - April 18
Frozen in Time was a project Reidsma began during the winter of 2014. That winter brought Michigan record breaking cold temperatures, which led to record ice coverage on Lake Michigan. Reidsma set out to document this once-in-a-lifetime occurrence. The original purpose of this project evolved far beyond the 2014 weather to include recording the effects of the drastically changing water levels of Lake Michigan. This exhibition will open on Thursday, March 5 at 6:00 pm with a reception.
Prisms of Hope
Living With Mental Illness
March 5 - April 25
Five local artists – Ashely Rowe, Craig Geiser, Janine North, Lincoln Clark and Nathan Klay -- have come together to create this moving, thought-provoking exhibition. The artists have shared experiences with mental illness, and their artwork expresses the hope and transcendence that creativity brings them.
A variety of media and subjects are represented in the exhibition including oil, acrylic and digital prints depicting realistic and abstracted images.
The opening reception will be held on Thursday, March 5 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the Lievense Gallery. Food and wine will be served, and vocalist Rachel Miller will provide entertainment.
This exhibition will open with a reception on Thursday, March 5 at 6:00 p.m.