January 17- February 27
Opening Reception: January 17th, 5:30 pm
In the spirit of inclusion, Community Cardboard is an exhibition welcoming the artwork of all in the Arts Council's Padnos Gallery. Each 12"x12" square will be for sale at $50 each with 50% going to the Arts Council as a fundraiser for art supplies and 50% to the artist.
There will be a public vote during the exhibition and of best in show with a $100 award given at the end.
January 17- February 28
Opening Reception: January 17th, 5:30pm
Jack Eppinga or “Bearclaw Jack” grew up on the shores of St. Clair, Michigan but currently spends time carving and selling wood sculptures on the banks of the Black River in Holland, MI. The famous wooded site off busy Waverly Ave. displays wooden carvings of all kinds including bears, cardinals and driads for example.
Bearclaw Jack says that he loves working with wood. He says that it gives him the same feeling one gets when they are laying on their back looking at clouds and seeing the bunnies. When he picks up a piece of wood, he sees all kinds of things it can be- including bunnies.
Jack is always up to taking commissions if you have an idea. Feel free to email him at email@example.com
January 11- February 25
Opening Reception: January 11th, 6pm
The Van Raalte Institute of Hope College is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a number of different events, including a special exhibition of a Dutch American artist: Chris Stoffel Overvoorde.
The Opening Reception features a discussion between Dr. Anna Heath of the Hope Art and Art History Department and the artist Chris Stoffel, professor emeritus of Calvin College about the works on display.
The exhibit: Seeing Through Dutch Eyes, recognizes a natural pattern. Overvoorde was born in the Netherlands (Capelle aan de IJssel) to two Dutch parents. It is therefore essential to recognize, that the artist, can only see through the eyes he has been given at birth. But, it is not just the mechanics of seeing, that is important, it is also the cultural and spiritual vision that will modify his perception of the world. He left the Netherlands at age of 22 and is now 84 , which means he has lived 62 years in the US and yet he is still a Dutchman in the way he looks at this world. The exhibition is divided into 5 components: Early Years / The Shipyard, Learning Period/Drawing, Transitions/Acrylic and Oil Paintings, and Self Portraits.