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,


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.