NCCA-Artspalce Exhibit: A Frugal Fuge Lisa Medendorp and Amy Wilkinson

August 2 through September 2
A Frugal Fuge
Lisa Medendorp and Amy Wilkinson
Reception August 17, 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Jansma Gallery at NCCA-Artsplace,
13 E. Main St., Fremont, 231-924-4022.

Last Garden Dress by Amy Wilkinson

An energetic synergy is released when Lisa Medendorp’s abstract paintings and the surrealistic sculptures of Amy Wilkinson get together. The dancing, twisting painted forms on canvas create a fitting surround to the restrained tension held in sculptural suspension.

Sentinel by Lisa Medendorp

The totemic, somewhat figurative forms in Medendorp’s paintings evoke mythological styles, The Lake Marcher’s series can be interpreted as being mythological defenders of the environment who march across Lake Michigan with the ever changing weather fronts.

Wilkinson utilizes wrapped wire and other fibers to create an eclectic weaving of reclaimed materials. Her themes involve strength, beauty, and perseverance lightly veiled in nostalgia, and encourage frugality when considering our resource allocations.

The two artists share a respect for the environment that is evident by the re-purposing of discarded materials in Wilkinson’s rustic assemblages that are in harmony with the themes that underlie Medendorp’s paintings. The use of interwoven shapes and materials in the works by both artists echo the interconnected web of nature.

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.

2017 NCCA-Artsplace Statewide Photography Competition

April 26 through May 20
NCCA Statewide Photography Competition
Reception and Awards April 29,
10:00 a.m. – Noon

Featured Image: Wholesale Hardware by Richard Hinton
Jansma Gallery at NCCA-Artsplace, 13 E. Main St., Fremont. 231-924-4022. Our goal is to exhibit and acknowledge the finest photographers in the State of Michigan and encourage greater growth and achievement in the photographic community. This is a juried competition. Selected works are on exhibit and among them will be the honor of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place and honorable mentions receiving ribbons and cash awards.

Juror: Anthony Thompson
Anthony Thompson is Professor of Photography in the School of Communications at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan, where he is a former Director of the school and is now head of the school’s photography program.
“It is always a unique challenge to jury an exhibition of photographs, and the 2017 NCCA Statewide Photography Competition was no exception. After carefully reviewing each piece, I definitely feel inspired. Congratulations to those whose work was selected for the exhibition, and to those whose work was selected for an award – there were many deserving works. To those whose work was not selected, be reassured that a different juror would have a different set of preferences and criteria than my own, and the whole set of works submitted to any given show influences the final outcome,” states Thompson.

NCCA-Artsplace Statewide Photography Competition Deadline: April 13

NCCA-Artsplace 2017 Statewide Photography Competition:

Our goal is to exhibit and acknowledge the finest photographers in the State of Michigan and encourage greater growth and achievement in the photographic community. This is a juried competition. Selected works will be exhibited and among them will be the honor of 1st, 2nd, 3rd place and honorable mentions receiving ribbons and cash awards ($250, $150, $100, $50).

Juror: Anthony Thompson

Anthony Thompson is Professor of Photography in the School of Communications at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan, where he is a former Director of the school and is now head of the school’s photography program. He earned a B.S. in Physics from the University of Dallas and an M.F.A. in Photography from Washington University in Saint Louis. A native of Colorado, he has lived and worked in Rome, Italy as a freelance photographer, and has previously worked as a photographer in several mid-west commercial advertising studios.
Anthony’s personal photographic work has been included in numerous juried exhibitions nationally and internationally, including several one and two-person exhibitions at university and commercial galleries. His recent work has included a documentary project on nuclear weapons facilities in the American west, and a series of work in photogravure and other alternative processes that combines photography, printmaking, and sculpture. His work is included in several collections, including the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago-Midwest Photographer’s Project, the Wisconsin State Historical Society, the Rocky Flats Cold War Museum collection in Colorado, in addition to several university and private collections. His photographs have been published in Vision Magazine, High Country News, View Camera magazine, Camera and Darkroom magazine, and in academic journals.

Timeline

Entries Due – Thursday, April 13, 8:00 p.m.
Acceptance Notification – April 20
Exhibit Opens – April 26
Reception and Awards – Saturday, April 29, 10:00 a.m.-Noon
Exhibit Closes – May 20
Pick-up All Work by June 10

Entry Guidelines

• Must be Michigan resident, 18 or older, to submit work.
• Work must be framed and ready to display or finished appropriately.
• All photographic processes are accepted.
• NCCA reserves the right to decline artwork for any reason.
• Accepted work may be placed for sale during the exhibit.
• A 30% commission is charged on all sales during exhibit.
• Each eligible photographer may submit up to two photographs.
• All entries must be delivered to NCCA by April 13, 8:00 p.m.
• Entry labels must be firmly affixed to the back of the entries.
• Please indicate the photographic process in your description. For example, 35 mm, digital, medium format, silver gelatin, sepia tone, etc.
• Do not submit prints that have been previously exhibited at NCCA-Artsplace.
• Work may be shipped, include pre-paid return shipping labels if you would like us to return work.
• The NCCA will take every precaution to ensure protection of artwork, however, we will not be responsible for any loss, damage or theft.
• Any artwork left after June 10 may become property of NCCA unless other arrangements have been made.
• Send or drop off completed entry form, framed work and include a payment made to NCCA for the non-refundable entry fee of $25 Member or $30 Non-Member, to:

2017 Statewide Photo Competition
Newaygo County Council for the Arts
13 East Main St. Fremont, MI 49412

2017 NCCA-Artsplace Statewide Photography Competition Application

Dogwood Center Exhibit: Richard Wieth

Richard Wieth
March 25 – May 20
Dogwood Center Lobby Gallery

Richard D. Wieth is a West Michigan artist who has been painting, drawing and thinking creatively for almost all of his life. Born in Chicago, he attended Loyola Academy Prep before heading to the University of Denver.

Richard has been a full time artist for over twenty years and in that time his work has been included in many juried shows including the Oil Painters of America and the Pastel Society of America.

By Richard about his work:

“I would like everyone who looks at my paintings to know for a moment the simple beauty of the simple things in life.  All too often people get caught up in details and fail to appreciate the enjoyment of simplicity.  I do not attempt to paint photographically and I always want my viewer to know without a doubt that they are viewing a painting.

 I paint with an impressionistic style that I believe lends itself to adding mystery and expression.  Art is true self-expression, each color, brush stroke or lack of brush stroke conveys emotion and self-expression.  I put a lot of faith in the viewer that they will be able to piece together the mystery, without spelling out every detail.  This interaction will help the viewer enjoy not only the moment of time that I am creating but also the painting as an art itself.

I would love it if people could see the simplicity of still lifes in their everyday environment or the deeper beauty of animals, nature, and people.  All of these subjects in their moments of simple beauty I render in a spontaneous, direct, and confident manner, in a hope that people will interact with my work more deeply and engagingly.  The ultimate goal of contributing to the beauty and enjoyment of life.

I hope that the energy and love that I put into my work will remain with the painting and will provide that loving energy to the viewers.”

This exhibit combines a collection of colorful landscape and impressionistic still life paintings.

The Art of Erick Picardo

The Art of Erick Picardo March 24 – April 24
Public Exhibit Reception
Saturday, April 22 – 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Jansma Gallery at NCCA-Artsplace,
13 E. Main St., Fremont, 231-924-4022.

Within the world of art, Picardo continues to expose the synthesization of his universe through expressive grounds of astounding interpretation. Always showcasing the manifestations of human existence within life’s procession, Erick Picardo is slowly approaching a shift towards the realm of contemporary art. Defined by the dominance of foreground, size, and supremacy of color, the role of the long and oval-shaped faceless bodies in his paintings appear as a blurring balance between abstraction and mysterious expression that always quickly show to one’s eye, that the world in which his creations come from, is not our own. It is easy to recognize cubist stylings and an influence of artists like Pablo Picasso while Erick expresses the rhythms of music and life of the Latin community through his paintings. From the automatic captivation of Picardo’s gorgeous paintings of oil and acrylic mixtures, the viewer cannot help but to notice the richness and beauty of the colors he chooses and how these colors help display the powerful harmony of complex values in society that sometimes pose a conflict to each other. The work of Picardo has been exhibited nationally and internationally and he currently resides in Grand Rapids, where he continues to grow his profound artistry while also working with the Latin community.

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.

Exhibit: January 6 through February 1 Recent Works by Tim Motley

January 6 through February 1
Recent Works by Tim Motley
Thursday, January 26:
Annual Meeting 5:30 p.m.
Public Reception 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Jansma Gallery at NCCA-Artsplace,
13 E. Main St., Fremont.

Tim Motley has worked as a professional photographer for 36 years, shooting fashion, weddings and many types of commercial work – always shooting for the client. This project is for himself. He has spent the past three years developing an abstract style. The images you see are as they were shot in the camera. Although they are digital, they have not been digitally manipulated. The only adjustments made to the images are those Tim would have made in a traditional darkroom.

This collection of figurative and portrait work captures a stunning emotive quality, a sense of time, and powerful movements using soft, and blurred subjects, reflect the emotions and chaos Tim sees around himself every day.

Be sure to stop in, meet Tim, and experience for the first time, a skilled photographer’s presentation of a body of work that reflects his artistic passions.

Dogwood Center Exhibit: Native Visions – Larry Gouine

Dogwood Center
Lobby Gallery:
Larry Gouine: Native Visions
November 1 through January 7

Local artist Larry Gouine is exhibiting a collection of dramatic photographs that give us a view of the daily life and cultural traditions of Native American community members. From the milestones of life, to the elaborate preparations and celebration of traditional dance and music, Larry has brought vivid colorful images and powerful monochromatic portraits to share his beautiful culture with us.

smoke_signalsThis exhibit is timed to collaborate with Muskegon Community College’s Inaugural Native American Heritage Month Celebration, the film Smoke Signals will be shown at the Dogwood Center Black Box in Fremont on Saturday, November 5 at 2:00 p.m. Smoke Signals was directed by Chris Eyre; the screen play was written by Sherman Alexie. Free admission, rated PG-13.

NCCA-Artsplace Fall Photo Competition Entry Deadline

Entry deadline September 20, 5:30 p.m. Anyone can enter. Photos must be unframed 8” x 10” and involve a fall theme. Winning entries announced at NCCA-Artsplace on Friday, September 23, 5:00 p.m. during the Harvest Festival Art Hop! Call NCCA 231-924-4022 for details. Click here for the 2016 Fall Photo Entry Form.

 

Autumn Gold  by Mark Walling was the 1st place photograph from the 2015 NCCA Fall Photo Competition.