NCCA-Artsplace Youth Arts Month Exhibit

NCCA-Artsplace Youth Arts Month is an annual contest for kindergarten through sixth grade students who live in or attend a Newaygo County School. The theme this year is “The Great Outdoors”. Four hundred and twenty two pieces of artwork were submitted from eight schools, of those, sixty three pieces were selected for display by Meghan Merkey of Ignite Creative Studios. Meghan is a ceramic artist whose work is featured in the NCCA-Artsplace Artist Market.

Featured image by:
Loius, Newaygo Public Schools

NCCA-Artsplace Holiday Artist Market

NCCA-Artsplace Holiday Artist Market
November 16 – December 28
Opening Day November 16, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
This annual market features original artwork by over 80 local artists. Pottery, jewelry, photography, wood carving, wood turning, oil painting, watercolor, mosaic, acrylic painting, clay sculpture, candles, beeswax and honey products, ornaments, glass blowing, fused glass, fiber arts, metal working, printmaking and more! A wide variety of items available from ornaments and cards to the perfect painting.

If you would like your artwork to be considered for the NCCA-Artsplace Holiday Artist Market, please e-mail or make an appointment to review your work at NCCA-Artsplace, 13 E. Main Street, Fremont, 231-924-4022 by October 19.

Exploring the Art of Batik with Julie Westmaas

Exploring the Art of Batik
with Julie Westmaas
Tuesday 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. November 5
Class Fee: $50 ($45 Members) Ages 16-Adult

Come and spend a colorful day learning the art of batik. Batik involves applying melted wax and colorful dyes to fabric. In this class you will learn how to use plain white cotton fabric, hot wax, and a rainbow of dyes to create pieces of batik fabric to use in your next creative sewing project, or use as a wall hanging! Bring a lunch. No experience necessary.

July 17 – August 17- The Big Lake

July 17 – August 17- The Big Lake: Artwork by Regional Artists
Inspired by Lake Michigan
Reception August 1, 5:30-7:00 p.m.


“Along My Garden Path” is a work by by Roycine King.

Many artists in our region can’t help but be influenced by or inspired by the Great Lakes that surround us. The Big Lake exhibit features painting, printmaking, sculpture, and photography by Lee Ann Frame, Ken Foster, Roycine King, Cara O’Brien, Diane Zoellmer, and Shelley Hale. All are artists living in West Michigan, in whose work you may see a direct connection or at the very least see the connection of the power of water wind and sand, of a magnificent force applied through time.

Art Explorers – Mondays July 8-29

Art Explorers – Class Fee $10.00
Mondays July 8, 15, 22, 29

3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Ages 4-5

Calling all Art Explorers! Students will learn about several different types of art such as sculpture, landscape, portraits, still life and architecture using a variety of mediums. 

Hot Wax: The Art of Batik and Pysanky Artwork by Lara Cummings and Dena DeKryger

March 23 – April 27
Hot Wax: The Art of Batik and Pysanky
Artwork by Lara Cummings and Dena DeKryger
Demonstration Thursday, April 25, 5:30-7:00

Jansma Gallery at NCCA-Artsplace, 13 E. Main St., Fremont, 231-924-4022.

The use of wax in fine art has thousands of years of history in art forms such as batik and pysanky. This exhibit features two local artists, Lara Cummings’ Pysanky egg design and Dena DeKryger’s batik paintings.

Lara Cummings is a former Jansma Scholarship recipient and has explored many fine art mediums. Her love of Pysanky eggs comes from a family heritage tradition that she decided to explore and excel at. Pysanka is a Ukrainian Easter egg, decorated with traditional Ukrainian folk designs using a wax-resist method.

Dena DeKryger states “For me, the art of batik encompasses boldness, serendipity, individuality, and memory. Each decision that goes into making a batik must be bold because that decision cannot be reversed or amended. Once the wax hits the muslin, the color of the fabric beneath the wax is defined.”

On Thursday, April 25, enjoy free demonstrations in Batik by Kris Vredeveld, and Pysanky by Lindsay Isenhart. Try your hand at these traditional wax and dye art techniques.

NCCA-Artsplace Exhibit: West Michigan Potters Guild

West Michigan Potters Guild
February 4 through 23
Reception: Saturday, February 23 – 10:00 a.m. – Noon
This exhibit showcases a selection of WMPG members creating clay work in a wide variety of processes and styles. Stop in and expand your knowledge of ceramics and support these West Michigan artists!

West Michigan Potters Guild began in 1983 as a group of clay artists organized to improve their own ceramic skills by providing a stimulating and inspirational discussion of technical problems, mutual interests and shared successes, also to acquaint the general public with standards, ethics and appreciation of ceramic art. This is accomplished through lectures, discussions, seminars, workshops and group exhibitions. These events are organized and sponsored by the guild and its members. Membership is open to all who are interested in the goals of this organization. The guild is currently over 80 members who specialize in a variety of firing techniques and construction methods in both functional and non-functional forms. The public is invited to attend workshops and bi-annual shows sponsored by the guild and experience the wealth of talent and knowledge that this guild has to offer.

Charter members of this organization have seen many changes, from a beginning of less that one dozen the guild has now grown to over 70 members. The guild sponsors and organizes two members sales each year. The Spring Show is held in April and the Fall Show in November at the St. Nicholas Antioichian Orthodox Church. Each show is an opportunity for art patrons to see the amazing diversity of technique and product. The guild sponsors 1 or 2 workshops each year. These educational workshops bring icons of the ceramic world, to demonstrate their own approach to this art form. Monthly meetings are held at members studios or community centers in the West Michigan area.

Members participating in this exhibit include:

Neven Allan

Judy Bregman
Mike Bryant
Richard Brinn
Lisa Carnell
Julie Devers
Mari Star Golub
Rosemary Hayes
Bonnie Knapp
Jane Kropewnicki
Mary Kuilema
Jerri Puerner
Tonya Rund
Rita Shields
Eric Strader
Mike Vermerris
Amber Wallour

NCCA-Artsplace Holiday Artist Market

NCCA-Artsplace Holiday Artist Market
November 17 through December 29

Check those names off your holiday shopping list and give great hand-made, original art by local artists! Shop from a wide selection of pottery, jewelry, painting, photography, wood working, textiles, ornaments and so much more! On November 17 enjoy light refreshments and meet some of our local artists while you shop! Attend the Saturday Grand Opening and enter to win a gift certificate for classes at NCCA-Artsplace!

In addition to cards, ornaments, and many other fine gift ideas, NCCA-Artsplace Holiday Artist Market is also a great place to get unique teacher gifts, with many great original art works under $20!

For that person who is an art lover but you’re not quite sure what to choose, give them the gift of creativity with Gift Cards good for classes, workshops, or original art at NCCA-Artsplace. Gift cards are available in any denomination!

Art In Action



10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
NCCA-Artsplace and Fremont Market Place Pavilion

Free Family Fun! Take action! Make some art! Have some fun!

Free Art Projects for Kids
Face Painting!
Balloon Animals!
10:00 a.m. – Mat Emerick Circus Arts
10:45 a.m. – Dee Jay the Clown
11:30 a.m. – Mat Emerick Circus Arts
12:30 p.m. – Dee Jay the Clown

Two Hot Tamales Authentic Mexican Food
and Ice Cream Available for purchase!
For more information contact NCCA-Artsplace, 13 E. Main Street, Fremont, call 231-924-4022.

NCCA-Artsplace Youth Art Exhibit

Grace Jones, Cornerstone Christian Academy

Jansma Gallery at NCCA-Artsplace, 13 E. Main St., Fremont, 231-924-4022.

The 2017 Youth Art Exhibit was given the theme “Art Around the World” and showcases imagination and creativity! Teachers and parents of children from the Newaygo County area submitted artwork from youth Kindergarten through 6th grade. Winning selections were made and will be on display at three venues in Newaygo County: 1st, 2nd, 3rd place, Honorable Mention, and Special Recognition winners will be on display at NCCA-Artsplace. The award ceremony will be March 24 at the Dogwood Center for Performing Arts.

In addition all pieces of artwork selected will be photographed and projected during the Grand Rapids Symphony performance on April 12 at the Dogwood Center. Symphony Selections will be on display at the Dogwood Center for Performing Arts and the Hesperia Community Library.

Featured image of Panda by Josie Visser of Fremont.