Like An Artist – Discovering American Artists

June 25-28

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Ages 9-12

This is the summer to discover the art of American artists. From a farmer and his daughter to a blue dog, American artists are fun and original. Learn to recognize their style and understand what inspired them. Create paintings and sculptures that honor their work.

NCCA-Artsplace Exhibit: Judith Tummino – SOJOURN: Paintings of Michigan and the Chesapeake Bay

June 5 through July 7
Judith Tummino – SOJOURN
Paintings of Michigan and the Chesapeake Bay
Reception June 21, 5:30-7:00 p.m.

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


Judith Tummino has often stated that her first year of study in Italy was a life changing event.
“I fell in love with the light, the art, the people.”
She felt so strongly that she returned to Umbria about 9 times in 8 years.

“Studying with teaching artists such as Lennart Anderson, Israel Hershberg, Nick Carone,
Dan Gustin and William Bailey contributed to my knowledge of art and the formation of what and how I wanted to paint.”

Born in Washington D. C. and raised in Maryland, Judith received exposure to the many art museums and galleries. Travels to the Chesapeake Bay and the Shenandoah Valley instilled the love of the landscape as well as the sense of the untouched beauty of the land.

“My appreciation of the moment is central to my work. I find that as my painting evolves I become sensitive to both the change of the conditions I am painting as well as to the changes on my pallette and painting surface. It is this transformation that keeps me coming back to the painted experience. It never loses its interest for me”.

Judith has exhibited widely in the United States as well as in Italy. Her first experience showing in New York came when she was accepted into a show juried by Phillip Pearlstein. She showed her work in the Chelsea district of New York for about four years. During that time she painted at the Chesapeake Bay in addition to many places in Michigan that she now called home.

Her work is included in the collections of the Kalamazoo Institute of Art, Grand Valley State University, the Dennos Museum Center, and in Chestnut Cabin and Museum of Port Republic Maryland.

Dogwood Center Exhibit: Richard Wieth

Richard Wieth
March 25 – May 20
Dogwood Center Lobby Gallery

Richard D. Wieth is a West Michigan artist who has been painting, drawing and thinking creatively for almost all of his life. Born in Chicago, he attended Loyola Academy Prep before heading to the University of Denver.

Richard has been a full time artist for over twenty years and in that time his work has been included in many juried shows including the Oil Painters of America and the Pastel Society of America.

By Richard about his work:

“I would like everyone who looks at my paintings to know for a moment the simple beauty of the simple things in life.  All too often people get caught up in details and fail to appreciate the enjoyment of simplicity.  I do not attempt to paint photographically and I always want my viewer to know without a doubt that they are viewing a painting.

 I paint with an impressionistic style that I believe lends itself to adding mystery and expression.  Art is true self-expression, each color, brush stroke or lack of brush stroke conveys emotion and self-expression.  I put a lot of faith in the viewer that they will be able to piece together the mystery, without spelling out every detail.  This interaction will help the viewer enjoy not only the moment of time that I am creating but also the painting as an art itself.

I would love it if people could see the simplicity of still lifes in their everyday environment or the deeper beauty of animals, nature, and people.  All of these subjects in their moments of simple beauty I render in a spontaneous, direct, and confident manner, in a hope that people will interact with my work more deeply and engagingly.  The ultimate goal of contributing to the beauty and enjoyment of life.

I hope that the energy and love that I put into my work will remain with the painting and will provide that loving energy to the viewers.”

This exhibit combines a collection of colorful landscape and impressionistic still life paintings.