Art for All Exhibition
September 19 - November 12
Opening Reception: Monday, September 19, 6-8pm
Art for All, a unique art program for adults with mental and/or physical disabilities, is a year-round class taught once a week for an hour and a half. The current supervising instructor is Sandie Coffman. Student attendance varies from 13 to 20 each week, and are exposed to various art media including printmaking, weaving, clay sculpture, painting, and wood construction, as well as dance and movement. The students show their hard work in this exhibit. Join us to celebrate their talent and creativity.
MI Arts: All Mighigan All Media Visual Arts Competition
September 9 - November 4
Barbara Padnos and Amanda Jane Armstrong Galleries
Artist's Reception: Friday, July 22
The Holland Area Arts Council presents the sixth annual MI Arts: All Michigan All Media Visual Arts Competition this fall.
Over 50 artists from across the state submitted over 100 pieces in mediums spanning two dimensional and three dimensional art.
The Arts Council selected Tom Duimstra and Michael Peoples as the jurors. Tom Duimstra manipulates and re-presents ubiquitous materials and discarded objects in new contexts. He strives to create a balance of looking and responding intended to draw viewers into further contemplation. Michael Peoples is a multidisciplinary artist toying with repetition, the transformation of material and the significance of numbers, color and subject in order to create an emotional experience. Both Tom and Michael currently reside in West Michigan and were recently featured in a uniquely cohesive exhibit, Split, at the Holland Area Arts Council.
Fifty-one pieces were selected, including acrylic, oil and watercolor paintings, wood and ceramics sculptures, photographs, pastel drawings, prints and textiles.
MI Arts, an exhibition showcasing many of the best in Michigan, will open with an award ceremony on Friday, September 9th at 6 p.m. The opening is free and open to the public and is a great opportunity for community members to meet regional artists! Three thousand dollars in awards will be given to first, second and third place, honorable mentions and memorial awards.
Special thanks to exhibition intern, Kelsey Blood, gallery assistants, Dean and Wendy Achterhof and all of the volunteers and sponsors that make this exhibition possible.
Timeless structures: memories built with light.
November 17 - January 13
Artist's Reception: Thursday, November 17, 6-8 pm
Karin Nelson, an award winning and nationally published artist from Grand Rapids, Michigan, is best known for her structures: city buildings, rustic barns ... any manmade form with flat planes to reflect the sun. With the aid of large pallet knives and cheap bristle brushes, she expresses her subjects with masculine lines and strong marks. And yet her paintings strike a warm, welcoming chord with her viewers, transporting them to memories from their past. She accomplishes this by representing the lighting conditions in her scenes with a realistic color palette, even though the subjects are slightly abstracted.
Karin explains, "I believe the strongest triggers to visual memory are related to light, and the endless combinations that make up its nuances. When I am successful in expressing the delicate, mysterious quality of light in the scene, there is a good chance that others have witnessed that same sight, and are brought to a place of memory. And that's when the connection occurs between myself and the viewer."
Join the us for Karin's opening reception on Thursday, November 17 at 6:00 pm in the Lievense Gallery.