Exhibit: Leaving A Mark

Leaving A Mark • February 11 through 29
Reception: Saturday, February 29
10:00 a.m. – Noon
Jansma Gallery at NCCA-Artsplace,
13 E. Main St., Fremont, 231-924-4022.

Some people make a mark on a canvas, paper, or carved into wood, others leave an indelible mark on our lives. This exhibit is a collection of works by Ray Jansma, Gail Johnston, Mike McDonnell and Janine Hogancamp Scholars and artists inspired by the Tuesdays at Ray’s life drawing studio; curated to show us what a lasting impression looks like.

Styling by Joel Curtis

Some of the artists include: Sharon Smithem, Isobel Karnes, Steve Replogle, Lindsay Isenhart, Lance Moon, Lara Cummings, Scott McKowen, Jack Smith, Mike McDonnell, Jaime Pell, Joel Curtis, Kaitlyn Knuver, Rachel Eager, Pat Miller, Cara O’Brien, Autumn Aslakson, Erin Sweers, Dale R. Johnson, Gail Johnston, Allison Kublin, and others.

Pottery by Autumn Aslakson

Along with his family, Ray Jansma contributed of his time and talents to our community in immeasurable ways. He was a gifted painter, sculptor, wood worker, boat builder, potter, photographer and by trade a talented architectural designer. While designing over 300 architectural jobs in 30 years as a design agency of one, Ray and Phyllis raised four children, and Ray created thousands of original works of fine art. Ray’s studio, located just behind their Ramshorn home, was always open. This creative sanctuary is where artists or those just wanting to explore painting and drawing could gather every Tuesday night to draw from live models.

There are currently five art scholarships available to students in Newaygo County:
NCCA Gail Johnston Memorial Scholarship for Visual Fine Arts
NCCA Ray Jansma Scholarship for Visual Fine Arts
Janene Hogancamp Memorial Scholarship for Graphic Arts
Helen Myers Memorial Scholarship
NCCA Mike McDonnell & Bessie Slautterback Scholarship for Visual Fine Arts

Scholarship applications and contributions can be made through the Fremont Area Community Foundation. Link Here: https://facommunityfoundation.org/scholarships/ 

Mixed Media Journal & Wall Hanging with Madelon Gorsky

Mixed Media Journal & Wall Hanging
with Madelon Gorsky
Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. August 3
Class Fee: $45 ($40 Members) Ages 16-Adult

Express yourself through this wonderful mixed media art form, using found and repurposed objects, foil and acrylic paint to cover an art journal and create a wall hanging. Madelon has a wealth of creative knowledge and an enthusiasm for painting that is contagious. All materials provided.

May 1 – June 1 Paintings by Deborah Bowen

May 1 – June 1 Paintings by Deborah Bowen
Reception, May 9, 5:30-7:00 p.m.

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

Deborah Bowen is a mixed media painter and designer from Spring Lake. A proud recipient of several awards in juried shows throughout Michigan, including Muskegon Museum of Art Regional and Grand Rapids Festival of Arts. She is an active member of Lakeshore Visual Arts Cooperative and displays her art work at the Gallery Uptown in Grand Haven. Bowen states, “For me, creating a painting is like solving a problem, completing a puzzle, or playing a game. The strategy of the game changes as each player, the artist or the work, makes a move or inspires the other.”

Mixed Media Mask

Thursday 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. April 5
Class Fee: $10 Ages 6+
Looking for an art challenge? In this class students will
use a variety of materials – cardboard, paint, tin, puff
paint, raffia – to design an imaginative mask. Don’t miss
this opportunity to be creative.

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.

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: http://helenlystra.blogspot.com/