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.

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.


Olivia Timmons


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

Exhibit: Helen Percy Lystra

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Jansma Gallery – NCCA-Artsplace
August 18 through September 17
Reception, September 9, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Jansma Gallery at NCCA-Artsplace,
13 E. Main St., Fremont, 231-924-4022.

Helen Percy Lystra lives in Grand Haven, and w6 7 treeorks full time as an artist. She paints, makes jewelry, does printmaking, and likes to experiment with many different ways of making art. Her favorite subjects are old boats, old structures and flowers. Most recently a love of fabric has worked its way into her art as well. Of her varied media she says: “My grandmother always said Jack of all trades, master of none. I’ve changed it, I’m a master at being a Jack of all trades.”

the lady in the moonLystra grew up on Union Lake in Commerce Township, Michigan and began drawing and designing at an early age. She is a graduate of Grand Valley State University and studied at Hillsdale College and at the Art Institute of Chicago. Her study continues with ongoing workshops.

You can learn more about Liz by visiting her very unique art blog:


Dogwood Gallery Exhibit: Shanny Brooke and Jesse Jason

Shanny Brooke and Jesse Jason
Abstract Paintings
Dogwood Center Lobby Gallery
August 2 through October 1
Lobby Gallery at Dogwood Center for
Performing Arts, 4734 South Campus Ct.,
Fremont, 231-924-8885.

About Shanny Brooke: I began painting out of necessity. Starting late in life, and as a way to cope with the loss of a relationship and a business, painting served as my creative outlet and my life vest. Being a self-taught artist, I have been free to explore all types of mediums, styles and painting implements on my own. Over the years I have felt my work push towards the realm of abstract expressionism. I find it deeply satisfying to express an emotion or a point of view in a less literal way, inviting the viewer to create their own intention behind a particular painting.
Currently I paint primarily using oils, mixed with unconventional mediums, and utilize pallet knives or household implements, such as spatulas or spoons. I work on each piece to create something that looks weathered, has something floating beneath the surface or coming up out of the depths. I enjoy what can be seen between the cracks and layers. I find myself exploring what is often not said with words, and translate this into a painting. I enjoy finding what people try to keep hidden, and try to convey this with my paintings. Just like when I first began painting to serve as a way to release my emotions, the same is true today. Whether it’s a deeper feeling regarding helplessness in this world, or something which is just trivial but is weighing on me, it always gets worked out on the canvas.

About Jesse Jason: Growing up in Northern Michigan, I often spent the endless days of my childhood exploring
the vast varieties of textures, sights, and sounds found within the woods and lakes just beyond my backyard.
There was a great sense of freedom and adventure in those early journeys, and it’s that youthful curiosity that
I try to retain in painting. The infinite combinations of color and form, whether imagined or living in the flesh
will always await our curiosity. It is only our internal desire to explore that fluctuates. It is our self-constructed
ideologies and illusions of stability and logic that keep us from reaching beyond the tame scope of routine. Keeping this in mind, I attempt to start each painting with a clean slate. I may have a sketch or a vague idea as a starting point, but
it is essential that the painting resides apart from any history. The life force of the painting must come from within the work itself. It is only then that the work is able to cut through its surroundings and speak as its own entity.

Paintings by Mary Ann Southworth

Paintings by Mary Ann Southworth
June 8 through July 9
Reception Friday June 24 – 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

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

7. Down the LaneMary Ann was born in rural Michigan and raised on a cash crop farm. Her family grew navy beans, wheat, corn, oats and alfalfa. Mary Ann enjoyed farm life. She liked to be outside riding her horse, doing chores or working in the fields. Winter days were often spent in the farm shop. Her father, a gifted builder, taught Mary Ann how to weld and work with wood. He would often take a piece of chalk and draw out plans on the cement floor. This is where Mary Ann’s love for making things began. She received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. After graduating from college Mary Ann made her way back to the farm where she grew up. She lives there now with her husband, son, two horses, one dog and many cats.

Her recent work is inspired by her mothers love for nature, stones in particular; and artist George Innes. “My mom liked to collect stones. She found them in the fields or in her flower beds. After washing them, depending on their size and color, she would display them on tabletops an windowsills. As she got older and less sure on her feet I would bring her stones that I had found. When I think about it now I see that the stones changed as they passed through her hands. They mean several things to me now: warmth, an exchange, a connection between two people, a selection of one out of many, a gift given and received.” These emotional connections seem to be reflected in many of her paintings. “Recently, I saw an Inness landscape at the GRAM. I was deeply moved by the power the painting had to stir such strong emotions in me. Was it that I was looking at a tree or was I looking at how Inness felt when he saw the tree? I think this is what I find so exciting about painting. I don’t have to describe in words what I can express through an image. Sometimes I use animals as guides to lead me into this other world free from verbal description.” This collection of paintings combines these themes of nature, family, and reflection using acrylic and mixed media on wood.

NCCA-Artsplace Statewide Photography Competition

May 5 through June 4
NCCA Statewide Photography Competition

Reception and Awards May 7,
10:00 a.m. – Noon

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, 3rd place and honorable mentions receiving ribbons and cash awards.

2016 Photo competition winners

And the winners of the 2016 NCCA Statewide Photography Competition are…

1st Place – Paul Petersen for “From Above”

2nd Place – Judi Luptak for “Rocky”

3rd Place – David Toombs for “Whirling Dervish”

Honorable Mention – Lisa Medendorp for “Cursed”

Honorable Mention – Mark Andrews for “Rocket 88 Cuba”

2016 Juror Stacy Niedzweicki

In addition to graphic design and layout, Stacy leverages her freelancing talents in digital photography. Her fascination with nature’s beauty has found its way through the camera lens, earning awards in many art and photography competitions. Her work has been featured in the Michigan 24/7 photography book, Whisper in the Woods Nature Journal, Michigan Blue, Michigan History and Tasters Guild Journal magazines. She supplies images for the Muskegon & White Lake CVBs, Rockford Chamber of Commerce and the Explore St. Louis Official Visitors’ Guide, and won 2nd place in the Pure Michigan Photo Competition. Stacy’s artworks have been exhibited at the Governor’s Residence in Lansing, Michigan, Lansing Community College’s “The Great State of Michigan” Collection and a permanent installation at the Lemmen-Holton Cancer Pavilion.

Photographers accepted into the juried exhibition this year are Mark Andrews, Randy Butters, Dianne Carroll-Burdick, Katie Day-Schirmer, Ron Dibble, Henry L. Droski, Colleen Hall, Gail Howarth, Lisa Jahr, Edward R. Klemp, Chris Kuebler, Judi Luptak, Carl Luther, Lisa Medendorp, John Patterson, Paul Petersen, David Sauer, Don Spezia, Jane Stroschin, Cari Taylor, David Toombs, and Diane Zoellmer.

Nature’s Beauty – The Art of Woodturning

Nature’s Beauty – The Art of Woodturning
March 25 – April 30
Reception and Demonstration
Saturday, April 23 – 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

The humble beginnings of woodturning dates to around 1300 BC when the Egyptians first developed a two-person lathe. One person would turn the wood with a rope while the other used a sharp tool to cut shapes in the wood. Times, techniques, materials and equipment have changed dramatically. While some find a unique interest in staying pure to older techniques, modern woodturners now use powerful electric lathes, a wide range of carving tools and gouges, joinery, fillers and stains, while some others prefer to complete their works au natural. Woodworkers can use single point face plate turning, dual point spindle turning or both on a single piece of wood.

This exhibit shows us the natural beauty of wood turned to perfection by several area wood turners as well as members from the Grand River Woodturners Guild and Michigan Association of Woodturners. From natural finishes, to chemical stains, and poly fillers, there will be something for every woodworking enthusiast to enjoy.

Jansma Gallery at
13 E. Main St., Fremont,