NCCA-Artsplace Youth Arts Month Award Ceremony

March 31 – NCCA-Artsplace Youth Arts Month Award Ceremony

Emma SoulesNewaygo County student artwork, grades K-6, will be juried and winners 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, 13 E. Main St., Fremont; while other selections will be on display at the Dogwood Center for Performing Arts and the Hesperia Community Library.

Artwork shown by Brody Miller and Emma Soules.

Award Ceremony RESCHEDULED for March 31 at the

Dogwood Center for Performing Arts, 4734 S. Campus Ct., Fremont.

Magical Realism: Paintings by Mary Sundstrom

February 9 through 29
Magical Realism:
Paintings by Mary Sundstrom
Friday, February 12, 5:30-7:00 p.m.

 Mary Sundstrom is a West Michigan artist who is greatly influenced by the natural beauty of her location. She especially enjoys painting the creatures and plant life living among the bayous that surround the Grand River. Her playful artwork represents what she sees and imagines as other worldly creatures.

lichenMary is studying Lewis Cross and Annabel Livermore learning about the work by adding elements of their paintings into her own work to form an amalgamation of West Michigan painters from the past and present. Mary has been a fixture at the Holland Area Arts Council for over six years. She works as Program Director and Exhibits Co-Coordinator where she designs art programs for people of all ages and cultures. Mary enjoys working with regional artists to create exhibitions.

Cara O’Brien and Diane Zoellmer – In Between Here and Gone

January 6 through February 6

Cara O’Brien and Diane Zoellmer
In Between Here and Gone
Thursday, January 28:
Annual Meeting 5:30
Public Reception 6-7:30 p.m.

OBrien, Image 5, Extending, 17x12x5, Porcelain, wood, and waxIn Between Here and Gone creates a powerful visual editorial on the beauty found in all cycles of nature.
Cara O’Brien’s recent sculptural work is strongly influenced by organic forms produced through the growth, erosions and decay of the natural world, while Diane’s stunning visual documentation of that same cycle through photography.

OBrien, Image 8, Scuttle II, 6x16x5, Driftwood and PorcelainCara O’Brien is a West Michigan artist hailing from Fremont, and is now a
Whitehall resident. Cara is a full time artist producing sculpture primarily in porcelain, wood and metal.

Zoellmer, Image 2, Ice CurtainDiane Zoellmer lives in Whitehall and is exploring her passion for
photography after retiring as an educator in the technology field.
The photos in this exhibit all address natural formations, created from the sand,wind,water,and sun along the Lake Michigan shoreline.



Dogwood Exhibit: Jeffrey LaFave

Dogwood Center for Performing Arts Exhibit:

Jeffrey LaFave 

Through January 26

LeFavewebJeffrey LaFave is a Newaygo artist, whose art educational background stems from a 2 year Commercial Lefave Show DWArt degree, to a degree in Fine Art (painting), at Kendall College of Art and Design. Jeff’s Artist Statement:

Character like images formulates a major role in my content. These forms appear and disappear which gives the mind a visual playground. All of my work is based on an automatic process. It involves color, line, and encouraged by a surrealist attempt to show what’s imagined. Line plays an important role throughout my work. It formulates an atmosphere of color, which is the organic growth of my composition. A limited color palette of one color is dedicated to each piece. This way each one will have a dominating hue.

LaFave Show DW2My style is derived from many influences including, Mayan and

Egyptian Glyphs, comic Books, Persian and Oriental Rugs, Abstract Expressionism, Surrealism, Alchemy, Mysticism, Mythology, Pop, Tribal and Graffiti Art.

Sam Luotonen – Colored Pencil Illustration

September 3 through October 3
Sam Luotonen – Colored Pencil Illustration
Reception Friday, September 25, 5:30-7:00 p.m.

sam3wJansma Gallery at NCCA-Artsplace,
13 E. Main St., Fremont. Samantha Luotonen is a freelance illustrator specializing in colored pencil drawings of the natural world. She is very interested in nature’s beauty and simplicity. Highlighting that beauty is the focus of all of her work. Sam’s technical skill at layering, blending, burnishing, and use of color with Prismacolor pencils is outstanding. The detail in these intricate drawings almost make the viewer believe we could smell, taste or feel the subject dripping off the page. Worth a visit in person just to see for yourself the photorealistic quality of these drawings.

Originally from the East side of the state, Samantha now lives and works in Grand Rapids, where she received her BFA in Illustration from Kendall College of Art andSam2w Design. She spends her time bringing portraits to life for clients and finding beauty in something as simple as a piece of fruit to something as complex as an exploding water balloon.

Dianne Carroll Burdick – June 2-August 1

An exquisite wedding of hand-colored photographs of the natural world and elegant haiku.

Selected hand colored photographs with accompanying haiku poetry from the book Listen the Landscape, is on display at the Dogwood Center Lobby Gallery through August 1.


Mirroring the human response to the natural world, this book is a rare synthesis of stunning landscape photography and understated haiku poetry. Dianne Carroll Burdick has photographed what she sees but expressed what she feels by hand-coloring her photographic images. LindaNemec Foster has followed the traditional form created by Japanese poets over five hundred years ago to pen elegant haiku.

Together the two explore edges — ocean meeting sand, lakes meeting grass, trees meeting sky. These landscapes of color and sound will usher you into quiet, meditative spaces where you can truly listen to yourself and the environment around you.

NCCA Statewide Photography Competition

NCCA 2015 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, and 3rd place and honorable mentions receiving ribbons and cash awards ($300, $200, $100, $50). The 2015 NCCA Statewide Photography Competition will celebrate with a public reception and awards ceremony on May 16, 2015 at NCCA-Artsplace.

2015 Juror: Brian Kainulainen

Brian Kainulainen is a professional landscape photographer. Although photography is his primary medium, Kainulainen has also received a Bachelor of Fine Art in Painting and Graphic Design and worked several years as a Graphic Artist, which has added a certain artistic quality to his work. Kainulainen has been running his own photography business from his home in Scottville, MI for the past 7 years. His work has received numerous awards and has been exhibited at institutions and art festivals throughout Michigan.

Time Line

Entries Due April 18, 2015, 2:00 p.m.
Acceptance Notification April 27, 2015
Exhibit Opens May 6, 2015
Reception and Awards May 16, 10:00 a.m. – Noon
Exhibit Closes June 13, 2015
Pick-up All Work by June 27, 2015

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 pieces of work.
• All entries must be delivered to NCCA by April 18, 2:00 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, color, sepia tone, silver print, etc.
• Do not submit prints that have been previously exhibited at NCCA-Artsplace.
• Work may be shipped, please 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 or damage.
• Any artwork left after June 27 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:

2015 Statewide Photo Competition
Newaygo County Council for the Arts
13 East Main Street, Fremont, MI 49412

Submit entry form with up to two photographs.
Entry fee covers one or two entries.

2015 Statewide Photo Competition Entry Form

NCCA-Artsplace Exhibit: Michigan Artist Blacksmith Association

Exhibit: Michigan Artist Blacksmith Association – March 30 – May 2

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

Blacksmithing has been a profession since man discovered iron and needed people to manipulate it into useful items for the times such as weapons, household goods, tools and decorations. The Industrial Revolution (the age of machines) saw an end of the era when every community had a blacksmith. Renewed interest in lost arts and a desire for more one-of-a-kind, handmade items has caused a resurgence in the art of blacksmithing.

Tim Carr along with other members of the Michigan Artist Blacksmith Association will be featured in this exhibition of the finished wrought iron artwork, tools and process of the art of blacksmithing.


January 6-31 Sharon Pollice Exhibit

Sharon Pollice – “Bold Nature” Exhibit
January 6-31
Reception, Thursday,
January 22, 5:30 p.m.
Jansma Gallery
at NCCA-Artsplace,
13 E. Main St., Fremont. 231-924-4022.

West Michigan artist, Sharon Pollice has known her passion for art from an early age. Her talent and excitement in learning about art lead to her teaching it for over two decades. Now retired she spends her time traveling with a camera, capturing moments that have become the source of new work. Sharon’s bold and colorful, often playful depictions of the natural landscape, flora and fauna, beloved pets and favorite wildlife show her whimsical and energized view of the world through her oil, watercolor and acrylic paintings.

Sharon’s scientific approach to her work makes color imagery come alive and initiates discovery and fascination. “In my work, every mark, no matter how small, makes a difference to the final vision. I strive for the complexity of images. I love large formats and brilliant color. Believing that the tragedy of beauty is its inevitability to fade, I try to capture that
fleeting moment and make one pause and absorb the wonder of what surrounds us,” states Sharon about her work.

Hana Sawyer – Turbulance – October 14 through December 20

HanaHana’s charcoal and graphite work evokes a sense of the power of nature, the changing currents of life, it’s beginnings and turbulent moments. These powerful abstract drawings are at once familiar and distant. Themes of both destruction, creation and the expanse of our universe come to mind when viewing these powerful drawings.

Hana has recently had pieces from this series accepted into the Muskegon Museum of Art Regional Show, Grand Rapids Festival and Artprize 2014. We’re thrilled to have her work at the Dogwood Center. A reception will be held on November 8, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Dogwood Center for Performing Arts. Stop in and see her work October 14 through December 20, 2014




Examples are shown thumbnail size but scale is 3-4 feet.

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