May 4 - June 3
Opening Reception: Thursday, May 4, 6-8 pm
It’s time for the Spring Art Show! Every year Holland Friends of Art (HFA) members bring in 1 or 2 pieces of artwork to submit for display in the Spring and during Tulip Time. It's an opportunity for the community and the organization to display the high quality of local talent for the large groups of people who visit the Arts Council during this time of the year.
This year, local artist and educator Lee Ann Frame will be the juror. Lee Ann lives where she was born and reared, near the shores of Lake MI. She is the founder of Norris Creek Printmaking Studio and currently teaches at Muskegon Community College. Lee Ann’s formal art education began at Grand Valley State University, MI (BFA) and at Kendall College of Art and Design, Michigan (MFA).
“As a printmaker, I find sanctuary in nature, my most common theme–and the indelible marks of daily life subconsciously come through in my prints. Occasionally I begin a plate working directly from nature, then resolve it in the studio, attempting to retain the spontaneity and freshness of patterns and textures that lured me out of the studio. In my other prints one can easily see common objects take on new meaning, a marble that holds a landscape, a marble bag that is posturing like a figure. Once the first mark is made, it becomes a collaboration between myself and the plate. Layers, surface textures evolve, irregularity and imperfections–like life, eventually find meaning and place. I work in hand pulled multi-print media techniques of intaglio, woodblock, and lithography.”
Padnos and Armstrong Galleries
Enjoy a unique display of more than 100 exquisite handmade bed quilts, wall hangings and art quilts all created by local artists. The quilts are beautifully displayed within the galleries of the Holland Area Arts Council.
* Event has multiple show times
Saturday, May 6 from 10:00am – 3:00pm
Monday, May 8 – Friday, May 12 from 10:00am – 8:00pm
Saturday, May 13 from 10:00 am – 1:00pm
$6 per person
Reception: Saturday, May 13, 10-11am
Enjoy the Art in Bloom Top 20 images on display in the dance studio at the Holland Area Arts Council, including Michele Gort’s winning image, Playful Time.
Vote for your favorite of the remaining 19 to win a Viewers' Choice Award! Paper ballots will be available for voting, and Tulip Time is offering a text to vote option again as well.. Voting will be open from Saturday, May 6 through Friday, May 12 at 4:00pm. The winners of the Viewer’s Choice Awards will be announced on Saturday, May 13 at the 10:00am reception for Art in Bloom, open to the public.
About the competition:
Each year a work of art is selected for the official Tulip Time Festival poster. In addition to the poster, the artwork is used on merchandise throughout the festival year. The HAAC administers the Art in Bloom Competition inviting artists in Ottawa, Allegan, Kent, Muskegon and Kalamazoo counties to submit artwork for the poster competition which are then reviewed by a juror.
This year’s juror was Mark Tanis, a Holland creative. Tanis founded the Image Group in 1986, a marketing firm located in Downtown Holland. He continually works to encourage creativity and ingenuity there. Tanis selected the Top 20. The final Tulip Time Festival poster artwork will be selected from this Top 20 by representatives from both Tulip Time and the Holland Area Arts Council.
May 25 – August 12
Opening Reception: Thursday, May 25, 6-8pm
Keith Downie and Tom Tomasek bring their work together in an exhibition that documents and celebrates the typical, the unnoticed and the nondescript spaces and places of Michigan.
Keith Downie paints Michigan’s places, always including a typical, nondescript Michigan house. He calls them Real Estate Paintings. The houses he paints are ubiquitous in western Michigan. They are so numerous that we don’t examine them individually; we don’t discriminate between them. Why would would we? Downie says they are “not extraordinary, but very much at the center of the slow motion drama that is the economic and political landscape of Michigan.” That is why he paints them.
Tom Tomasek takes a similar approach to Michigan’s spaces. While growing up in rural Michigan, he was instilled with an appreciation for the land that surrounded him. While traditional landscape paintings have documented many glorious places, he feels that all the views are equally important. The work assembled in this exhibit pays homage to the “less than spectacular” places that are often an overlooked part of daily life.
May 18 – July 1
Opening Reception: Thursday, May 25, 6-8pm
Entwined Environments explores the environmentally focused work of two artists, Ken Foster and Lisa Medendorp. While Lisa Medendorp works with paint on two-dimensional canvases and Ken Foster uses reclaimed materials to create three-dimensional, tactile forms and structures, their work unites under their theme of the interconnected web of nature.
Medendorp’s curvilinear, non-objective shapes mirror the three-dimensional weavings of Foster’s reclaimed materials and tell stories about how everything in nature is related and highlight the importance of taking care of our environment.
June 8 – July 29
Opening Reception: Thursday, June 8, 6-8pm
The show will contain recent work by Karen VanDam Michmerhuizen, who was raised on a farm in Western Michigan and lives in Holland. Her work will consist of still life, floral, and landscape, both studio work and plein air. Michmerhuizen’s love of gardening, nature, and art meld together to produce works that reflect the ordinary and everyday aspects of our lives which we tend to overlook. Putting paint to canvas gives us all a chance to enjoy the moment through the artist’s eyes.