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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Hot and Cold: Encaustic Paintings and Scratchings by Steve Barber, Cat Crotchett, and Christine Towner

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Steve Barber

Hot and Cold:
Encaustic Paintings and Scratchings by
Steve Barber, Cat Crotchett, and Christine Towner
June 4 through July 12 Reception June 13
5:30 – 7:00 p.m. Jansma Gallery at NCCA-Artsplace, 13 E. Main St., Fremont. 231-924-4022.
Steve Barber teaches at Central Michigan University and uses a technique of working with wax as a cold medium applied over colored grounds, scratching through the surface with pencil, engraving an image and applying more layers of color to the remaining wax surface. This series was inspired by Steve’s time spent in New Zealand with the indigenous Maori people.

Cat Crotchett

Cat Crotchett

Cat Crotchett lives and works in Kalamazoo sharing her passion for encaustic all over the world by teaching workshops in Indonesia, New England, Chicago, and locally for Western Michigan University and the KIA. Her modular works are inspired by her time spent working in Indonesia where she shifted the focus of her work to patterns.
Christine Towner describes her encaustic painting as a complex, colorful journey into nature. As an abstract expressionist she uses the intuitive side of representing nature by choosing the ancient medium of encaustic wax and oil paint.

2014 NCCA Statewide Photography Competition


Dianne Carroll Burdick


Lisa Medendorp

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. The Jurors, Brad and Todd Reed of Ludington, have selected the photographs and are very excited to announce the winning selections during the free public reception on Saturday, May 3, 10:00 a.m. – Noon.
Photographers who are part of the exhibition this year are: Pete Blackburn, Dianne Carroll Burdick, Randy Butters, Deborah Ann Chrystal, James Churchill, Katie Day Schirmer, Patricia Dee, Colleen Hall, Jill Herrington, James Hilbrand, Richard Hinton, Gail Howarth, Brian Kainulainen, Donald Leigh Karel, W. Christian Kuebler, David Lancashire, Becky Llewellyn, Barb Lowry, Judi Luptak, Lisa Medendorp, Gale Nobes, Joan Ransom, Keith Schuiteman, Misty Silvis, Jane Stroschin, David Toombs, Diana VanDeusen,
Piotr Wasilewski, and
Paul Zinger.

Bon a Tirer – Okay To Print – Lee Ann Frame & Andrew Jagniecki


Bon a Tirer – Okay To Print
Lee Ann Frame & Andrew Jagniecki
March 29 – April 26
Reception April 11 • 5:30  – 7:00 p.m.

Born near the shores of Lake Michigan, Lee Ann Frame currently teaches at Muskegon Community College
and owns Norris Creek Printmaking Studio. She earned a MFA in printmaking, is a member of the Society of American Graphic Artists and a signature member of the International Experimental Artists Society.

SONY DSCAndrew Jagniecki’s background is in printmaking, drawing, painting, and sculpture. He likes to work with common things we see every day, landscapes and landmarks, animals, still life, people and plant life. A retired educator, Andrew likes working on woodcuts, etchings, and paintings. His work has been included in many regional shows and as far afield as Kyoto International Woodcut Show in Japan.

Together LeeAnn and Andrew will exhibit many different examples of printmaking including wood cut block, lithograph, and inaglio/etching along with many different techniques within each type.

Quiltangle, Free Motion Quilt Designs with Sandy Dekker

Sandy creates the most amazing hand painted and free stitched quilts that look like intricate zentangle designs.  They are pure creativity.  She will share her knowledge in this new NCCA-Artsplace class.  Each participant will complete a 16”x 16” quilt perfect for becoming a wall hanging or pillow top.  Participants should be experienced machine quilters, bring their own free motion sewing machines with darning or open toe foot.  All other materials provided.  Please arrive early enough to set up your sewing machine.  What a great opportunity to create a wonderful Christmas gift. Check out Sandy’s quilts in the NCCA-Artsplace Gallery.

Monday 5:30-8:00 p.m.

December 9, 16

Ages 16 –  Adults

Parks In Focus

Parks In Focus
November 8 – January 4 at the Newaygo County Visitors Center
January 8 – February 8, 2014 in the Corridor Gallery at NCCA-Artsplace
TrueNorth has been partnering with Parks in Focus a program through the Udall Foundation based in Arizona since 2007. Parks in Focus aims to connect underserved youth to nature through the use of photography. Since their partnership began in 2007 they have been providing outdoor photography education to Newaygo County youth, including an immersion trip to Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and Seney National Wildlife Refuge. This year they received a mini-grant though the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) administered through Lowell Arts! as well as a Summer Youth Initiative (SYI) grant from the Fremont Area Community Foundation to produce this wonderful exhibit of the Parks In Focus youth participant’s photography.