First Place Award winner, Grace, by Brenda Summers pictured above
Arts Council Award winner, Starry Cabin, by Brian Hammond pictured above
September 14- November 10
Opening Reception: September 14th, 6-8 pm
The Holland Area Arts Council is excited to showcase the work of regional photographers in the Biennial Juried Photo Competition: FOTOG. Open to all Michigan residents ages 18 and up, this competition highlights the great talent and beauty throughout the region. Awards for Grand Prize, 1st place, 2nd place, 3rd place, and two Honorable Mentions presented by guest juror Mike Lozon.
September 14- November 10
Opening Reception: September 14, 6-8 pm
Artist Maggie Bandstra's large, buoyant and colorful paintings bring to mind a riotous display of color from an overgrown perennial garden. Maggie joyously paints in oil with broad sure brushstrokes. Her works will be available for purchase during this exhibition.
Boonstra's Artist Statement:
Exploring the relationships between color inspires me to push paint around and explore its possibilities. I look for unusual shapes in the visual stimulus around me. On a walk around my home, on vacation or even the visual information, others share on social media can play a role in my work. Anything I see can spark my interest and then it’s off. An obsession is born. I tend to get hyper-focused on subjects that spark my interest. My media is primarily pottery and oil painting, but I am always interested in developing new skills with other media. I use traditional methods of stretching my canvas and decorating my pots with waxes and glazes. Throwing pots and painting are energizing activities for me. I need to create. It keeps me balanced.
In 1993, while teaching in a stressful environment, I began taking pottery classes. Working with clay to create something tangible filled a need to see immediate results from my work. From my first encounter in 1993 until 2010, creating had been a rewarding hobby. Until 2010, the little art I was able to make was given to friends, family, and shown in my local co-op gallery. In 2010 my studio was complete, and my practice has developed into what you see today. In 2015 I began organizing group shows most of them are POP-UP, one-day art shows. The mission of these shows is to bring artists, community organizations and businesses together through art. I am currently enrolled in Savannah College of Art and Designs's MFA in painting program and teach art full time for Hudsonville Public Schools. My home and studio are in Grand Haven, MI where I reside with my husband and son.