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. The first one will be a reception at the Institute in December. Dramatic readings about the “lost” Van Raalte diary are schedule for this winter and the opening reception for a special exhibition of a Dutch American artist: Chris Stoffel Overvoorde will take place on January 11, 2019 at 6pm. There will be 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.
November 16- January 12
Padnos and Armstrong Galleries
Opening Reception: November 16th, 6-8 pm
The work of Jay and Patricia Constantine has developed over a period of 22 years of marriage. During that time, interesting areas of overlap in aesthetic attitudes, processes and imagery have occurred.
Although the themes and motifs of Jay and Patricia’s work are quite different, there are intriguing parallels — both artists are dedicated to the importance of traditional forms and figurative art. Most importantly, Jay and Patricia are research driven artists using historical and biographical information to give their projects background and depth.