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 Exhibit – January 4 – February 2 Malia Rae Photography from the Heart

January 4 – February 2
Malia Rae
Photography from the Heart
Reception: Thursday, January 24, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Jansma Gallery at NCCA-Artsplace,
13 E. Main St., Fremont, 231-924-4022.

This exhibit features a series of photographs by Malia Rae, printed on metal, with all containing the motif of a heart found in nature.

Artist Statement: It began with the concept “What you look for in life you find.” I went to Mother Nature to soothe my soul. She responded with an abundance of Love – manifesting in the symbolic shape of a heart. With camera as my witness, I have been documenting the evidence of my many findings on this journey. Mother Nature has given me the greatest gifts I never would have thought to ask for. With these hearts She has taught me about transformation; turning betrayal into trust, heartbreak into love, confusion into clarity, and pain into purpose. Maybe this is true alchemy? I am beginning to think the universal elixir is love, and love is gold.

I continue to return to nature as a ritual of remembering to return to Love. This has become a practice of exploration and discovery, awakening to a new landscape of possibility. My passion in art, and life, is to connect with other hearts and share Love that uplifts and inspires as we awaken within.

NCCA-Artsplace Exhibit: 21st Century Arts & Crafts Movement

21st Century Arts & Crafts Movement
July 11 through August 7, 2018
Public Reception/Demonstrations
August 4, 10:00 a.m.-Noon
Jansma Gallery at NCCA-Artsplace, 13 E. Main St., Fremont, 231-924-4022.

The 1880-1920 Arts and Crafts Movement was a critique of industrial society, the modern factory, the use of machinery and the loss of traditional craft methods. The Arts and Crafts forefathers thought that a healthy and moral society required independent workers who designed the things they made.

Today in addition to the result of the industrial revolution, we have the technological revolution. Objects are made on assembly lines, of which the worker is one more step removed from the process by automated assembly, and computerized manipulation, like that of the 3D printer. The loss of traditional craft methods is concerning.

This exhibit is curated to bring to the forefront traditional art forms, hand made craftsmanship, and hopefully to pass on those traditions to the next generation. Learn about fine blacksmithing, woodworking, fiber arts, book binding, print making and other hand made fine arts.

Contact isenhartl@live.com if you are interested in participating.

 

Featured image detail by Manuel Vermeire.

NCCA-Artsplace Exhibit: Judith Tummino – SOJOURN: Paintings of Michigan and the Chesapeake Bay

June 5 through July 7
Judith Tummino – SOJOURN
Paintings of Michigan and the Chesapeake Bay
Reception June 21, 5:30-7:00 p.m.

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


Judith Tummino has often stated that her first year of study in Italy was a life changing event.
“I fell in love with the light, the art, the people.”
She felt so strongly that she returned to Umbria about 9 times in 8 years.

“Studying with teaching artists such as Lennart Anderson, Israel Hershberg, Nick Carone,
Dan Gustin and William Bailey contributed to my knowledge of art and the formation of what and how I wanted to paint.”

Born in Washington D. C. and raised in Maryland, Judith received exposure to the many art museums and galleries. Travels to the Chesapeake Bay and the Shenandoah Valley instilled the love of the landscape as well as the sense of the untouched beauty of the land.

“My appreciation of the moment is central to my work. I find that as my painting evolves I become sensitive to both the change of the conditions I am painting as well as to the changes on my pallette and painting surface. It is this transformation that keeps me coming back to the painted experience. It never loses its interest for me”.

Judith has exhibited widely in the United States as well as in Italy. Her first experience showing in New York came when she was accepted into a show juried by Phillip Pearlstein. She showed her work in the Chelsea district of New York for about four years. During that time she painted at the Chesapeake Bay in addition to many places in Michigan that she now called home.

Her work is included in the collections of the Kalamazoo Institute of Art, Grand Valley State University, the Dennos Museum Center, and in Chestnut Cabin and Museum of Port Republic Maryland.

NCCA-Artsplace Exhibit: Painting of Madelon Gorsky February 1 through 26

Madelon Gorsky – February 1 through 26

Public Reception February 24, 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Jansma Gallery at NCCA-Artsplace,
13 E. Main St., Fremont.

Born in Ohio, Madelon was raised and spent her adult years moving around the Midwest, Northeast and the South; from Chicago, St.Louis, Portland Maine, Indianapolis and cities in between. She now resides in Newaygo County. Many educational opportunities plus a successful career in retail visual merchandising designing and creating displays gave her the foundation and opportunity to learn the basics of composition, color, textures, movement, and light. Madelon now has focused her creative energy with colorful acrylic paint with a hint of mixed media on canvas. This modernist is willing in her compositions to bend, reshape and even distort her subjects in an on going effort to create depth and perspective without sacrificing the purity and brightness of her colors. Her goal is to always bring a smile and a little thought to the viewer. Madelon’s work has been viewed in galleries and seasoned shows and in many private and corporate collections from coast to coast throughout the United States and Canada.

“I have a passion for all forms of art. I enjoy bringing ease and comfort to my surroundings. I have been a people watcher as long as I can remember. Everyday people of all shapes and sizes inspire me, from the curves of the figure to the expressive eyes and lips of the face. My work expresses my fascination of people not controversy, chaos or hidden meaning. I try to generate something positive with my work and leave the negatives behind. For me it’s simply about putting the paint on the canvas, I enjoy doing just that. I then share it and try to bring a little joy in this complicated uncertain world,” states Gorsky.

Stacy Niedzwiecki: What Fifty Looks Like

Stacy Niedzwiecki: What Fifty Looks Like
January 3 – 28
Free Public Reception January 25, 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Jansma Gallery at NCCA-Artsplace, 13 E. Main St., Fremont.

What Fifty Looks Like covers Stacy’s adventures and endeavors from past to present. Interesting to note, Stacy first exhibited her photographic work in the 2009 NCCA-Artsplace Statewide Photography Competition! We’re proud to see where she’s been! Niedzwiecki’s photos have a variety of style, subject matter, and location, as demonstrated in the Retrospective exhibit. This includes landscapes, bodies of water, flowers, farms, wildlife, abstracts, portraiture and more. In celebration of the artist’s 50th birthday, the exhibit features 50 photographs reproduced on an assortment of materials and surfaces. Included within this show are pieces from “Congruity” – an inspiring collaborative ArtPrize entry by Stacy and author Jeannie Gregory.

Stacy has been involved in digital photography for approximately 15 years, but her art and graphic design career has traversed nearly three decades. Her fascination with nature’s beauty eventually found its way through the camera lens, netting awards in multiple regional, national and international competitions. While she is particularly drawn to the beauty found within our own state of Michigan, the body of work also includes scenes from her travels in Ohio, Wisconsin, Colorado, Minnesota and California.

Devoted to her art, Niedzwiecki is a member of the North American Nature Photographers Association (NANPA), the Rogue River Artists Association, and has participated in several artist residency programs sponsored by the Glen Arbor Art Association, as well as the Crosshatch Center for Art & Ecology’s Hill House in Bellaire, Michigan. Niedzwiecki actively supplies imagery for Stacy Lake CVB, the Rockford Economic Development Corporation, Rockford Chamber of Commerce, Michigan BLUE magazine and the Shoreline Visitors’ Guide.

Her most honored accomplishment is the installation of 63 of her nature images at the permanent art collection in the Lemmen-Holton Cancer Pavilion, which opened in 2008 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Those images were showcased in her first book effort, Healing Images – A Selection from the Lemmen-Holton Cancer Pavilion which was released in 2010.

To preview some of her work, visit her website at http://StacyN.com

NCCA-Artsplace Exhibit: Brenda Beerhorst – Order and Chaos

October 18 through November 11
Brenda Beerhorst – Order and Chaos
Reception October 26, 5:30-7:00 p.m.

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

“Over several years Brenda Beerhorst has developed an intuitive process of creating free form shapes in overlapping colorful layers of acrylic, gouache, and ink on wooden panels. With each successive layer, shapes and color blocks are created, rearranged or even covered completely. Between layers, delicate and timeworn textures are made through reductive sanding. She works on multiple panels simultaneously, though the colors and patterns can vary significantly from one piece to the next as the works take on distinct personalities.” -Michael DeMaagd Rodriguez

As the wife of well-known Grand Rapids painter, Rick Beerhorst, and the mother of six artist children, Brenda has long been a familiar fixture in the West Michigan arts community. Raising a household of eight is no light task, and when her family was younger it was understandably difficult to find time and space to cultivate a consistent studio practice.

NCCA-Artsplace Exhibit: Jana Hanka – Wood Fired Clay

September 6 through October 14
Jana Hanka – Wood Fired Clay
Reception September 29, 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Jansma Gallery at NCCA-Artsplace, 13 E. Main St., Fremont. 231-924-4022.
Jana earned her MFA from the Prague Academy of Fine Arts in 1980 and has been living in the USA since 1987. She has participated in several hundred shows in the intervening years – 60 of them as featured artist.
Jana began life as a painter and has slowly evolved into a sculptor, employing clay and bronze. Her currently displayed work is mostly ceramic sculpture.
“I have grown particularly fond of the rough and unpredictable earthy effects created by ash deposits and microclimates within the large fire-breathing dragon of a kiln we use for week-long Anagama Japanese-style wood-firings. It is a force unto itself, beautiful and primal and the work that comes from the kiln is a reflection of that ancient process,” states Jana. “I died falling from a horse and woke up in a hospital a month later – and suddenly nothing is as it seems – ever again. My life and artwork were changed completely. All bets were off and my life became that of a seeker after truth and visions of the numinous and intangible. That’s what my works ultimately represent – me becoming something deeper in relationship and developing alongside the other – the non-human. Man and horse – a relationship that is ancient, beautiful, dangerous and ultimately enlightening.”

During the artist reception on September 29, 6:00 p.m. Jana will perform a short piece of modern dance she has choreographed to collaborate with the exhibit called Seven Days.  It is about the dramatic process of that happens during the firing of the kiln.

Learn more about Jana here!

NCCA-Artsplace Exhibit: A Frugal Fugue Lisa Medendorp and Amy Wilkinson

August 2 through September 2
A Frugal Fugue
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.