August 10 - September 23, 2017
Closing Reception: September 21, 6-8pm
Each artist included in this exhibition of drawn works has a clear, powerful vision of who they are and what they intend to express. Curator Mary Sundstrom brings the works together. A number of the drawings are extremely personal, some funny and sharp. Some are rooted in folk art simplicity and others in science or both. The result is a menagerie of images that have a uniting undercurrent even as the ideas spring off in wild directions.
August 25 - November 4, 2017
Padnos & Armstrong Galleries
Opening Reception: Friday, August 25, 6-8pm
The Holland Area Arts Council presents the seventh annual MI Arts: All Michigan All Media Visual Arts Competition this fall. Artists from across the state submit up to three pieces each in mediums spanning two dimensional and three dimensional art including acrylic, oil and watercolor paintings, wood and ceramic sculptures, photographs, pastel drawings, prints and textiles. Juror Jay Constantine, painting professor at Kendall College of Art and Design, jurored the exhibition.
The MI Arts All Michigan All Media Visual Arts Competition opened with a reception and award ceremony on Friday, August 25. Constantine announced the top three places and honorable mentions. The exhibition is free and open to the public. The Holland Area Arts Council is located at 150 East 8th Street, Holland, Michigan.
November 17, 2017 - January 13, 2018
Opening Reception: November 17, 6-8pm
Bounding down the lane flanked by cool grass, a blue sky above and a safe home in the distance, the wolf comes to a threshold. The bird and rabbit seem to know what the wolf does not; that to pass through the threshold means to enter another world.
Lured by the joyous eruption of color and shape we willingly cross the threshold of Mary Ann Southworth’s paintings into a magical land that seems so familiar and so forgotten all at the same time. And, just as in all great stories, we embark on a journey of discovery, uncovering rich currents of life, love, loss, and the deep evocative material of myth and human memory.
In Mary Ann’s work we encounter animal guides, ancestors, magic flora and fauna that reveal for example, the preciousness of simple stones collected as objects of delight and wonder, and their transformation through the hands of loved ones into emblems of warmth, connection, a selection of one out of many, a gift given and received.
Mary Ann, a Michigan artist who has exhibited nationally, from Sante Fe to Chicago, from Grand Rapids to Kansas City, was born and raised on a cash crop farm in rural mid-Michigan. She enjoyed farm life, and loved to be outside riding her horse, doing chores or working in the fields. Winter days were often spent in the farm shop with her father, a gifted builder, who taught Mary Ann how to weld and work with wood. He would often take a piece of chalk and draw out plans on the cement floor. This is where Mary Ann’s love for making things began, and it is this life rooted in the earth, steeped in reading the fields, and living in kinship with the land and all the beings that inhabit it, that gives her magical soaring vision its gravitas.
Join us for the opening of Mary Ann's exhibition on November 17 from 6 to 8pm. The exhibition and opening are free and open to the public.
Written by Robert Koval