NCCA-Artsplace Exhibit: Southwest Michigan Printmakers

July 6 through 29
Southwest Michigan Printmakers
Reception Saturday, July 29, 12:30-2:00 p.m.
Jansma Gallery at NCCA-Artsplace, 13 E. Main St., Fremont. 231-924-4022.

Originating from the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts’ print studio in the mid-1970’s, the Southwest Michigan Printmakers is a diverse and informal group of regional artist/printmakers dedicated to the creation of hand-made and fine art prints. Meeting bi-monthly, the group encourages artists working in printmaking and promotes excellence in the various print mediums. Through exhibitions of their works, SWMP helps to encourage public knowledge, understanding, and support for printmaking.

The prints from this invitational were exhibited at both Little Cities Gallery in Kalamazoo, and in the Ginza Tower Gallery in Tokyo, Japan. The exhibit encompasses a wide selection of printmaking materials and processes.

The KIA print studio is enjoying renewed interest from the community. Artists and students actively utilize the well-equipped studio for classes, workshops, and personal use.

Printmaking: Ancient Art Made Contemporary

Printmaking: Ancient Art Made Contemporary
September 19 through October 15
Reception, September 23, 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Jansma Gallery at NCCA-Artsplace, 13 E. Main St., Fremont, 231-924-4022.

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Olivia Timmons

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Annie Wassmann

Lee Ann Frame-Traveling Marbles II

Lee Ann Frame

From the beginning when humans would put mud, blood or paints on their hands and make prints upon walls of caves to record their stories or to communicate an event, printmaking has been an important tradition. We’ve come a long way from those days to engraving metal plates, carving wood or linoleum blocks, creating lithographs and screens to make our prints. The one thing that ties them together is the ability to make multiples, to share an image more than once, to put art in the hands of many. This exhibit will combine multiple methods of printmaking, with the talents of regional contemporary printmakers to show how the tradition continues in contemporary times.

Alynn Guerra, Lee Ann Frame, Ladislav Hanka, Johanna Paas, Olivia Timmons, Cindi Ford, Annie Wassmann, Andrew Jagneicki and Chad Pastotnik will be featured in this printmaking exhibition.

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Alynn Guerra

Milly Splitstone

Milly Splitstone
600 Quilted Feet
February 4-28
Jansma Gallery at NCCA-Artsplace,
13 E. Main St., Fremont. 231-924-4022.

Ask anyone locally who to talk to about quilting, and the same name appears again, and again: Milly Splitstone. We don’t realize often how many treasures we have in our own back yard, but Mrs. Splitstone is undoubtedly a qualified expert when it comes to quilting, the history of quilting and quilt collections. She’s been featured in quilt shows too numerous to mention, has juried many competitions, held workshops, lead groups and has inspired quite literally, generations of quilters.

Milly wall webMillie’s collection of quilt blocks, those fundamental, traditional, sometimes experimental squares that when pieced together, make up a beloved quilt, numbers over 800. This awe inspiring display of over 600 of Millie’s quilt blocks will walk you through the tradition carried down by each generation, the history of the time when the block was created, or the fabric recycled, and will inevitably touch you with the passion this woman has for her art. Whether you’re a quilter or not, you’ll be amazed by the culture, and craft reflected in this collection.