2017 Summer Youth Art Classes Are Out!

Download A complete pdf of the Summer Youth Classes here. 2017 Summer Youth Classes

Young at Art Class Fee $10.00 Ages 4-5
Three Sessions: June 26-29 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
July 17-20 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
August 14-17 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
It’s never too early to encourage an interest in art. During this class, beginning students will learn to use a variety of materials to explore drawing, painting, cutting, gluing and clay in a creative, nurturing environment.

Amazing Africa Class Fee $12.00 Ages 6-8
Two Sessions: June 26-29 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.
July 31-August 3 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Pack your passport and bags for a journey to West Africa! Your tour guide, Amy Knuver, back from a year living in Togo, Africa, will teach you about this amazing continent while you create masks, clay sculptures, prints and more.

Summertime Fun Class Fee $12.00 Ages 6-8
Two Sessions: July 10-13 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
August 14-17 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Capture the fun times of summer in colorful works of art. Students will learn to use paint, papers, clay and a variety of other materials to create a camping landscape, melting ice cream cones, bug tiles and a picnic lunch through art.

Art Sampler Class Fee $12.00 Ages 6-8
Two Sessions: July 10-13 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.
August 7-10 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Students will learn about portraits, landscapes, still life, sculpture and explore using a variety of materials in unexpected ways.

Creature Feature Class Fee $12.00 Ages 6-8
Two Sessions: July 17-20 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.
August 7-10 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.
What is that rustling in the leaves? Students will use animals as their inspiration for each project. Painting, drawing, sculpture, clay and printmaking will be explored.

Build it! Learning About Architecture
Class Fee $15 Ages 9-12
Two Sessions: July 10-13 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
August 7-10 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Architecture surrounds you! Students will use clay, printmaking, cardboard and paint to design interesting buildings. Learn about columns, onion shaped domes, dentils, fish scale shingles and more as you become a budding architect.

Sculpture: A Journey to the Third Dimension
Class Fee $15.00 Ages 9-12
Two Sessions: July 24-27 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
August 7-10 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Take a break from the flat world of two dimensional art and enter the world of FORM. Using metal, cardboard, paint and paper mache we will create amazing pieces of art!

Art is Delicious! Class Fee $15.00 Ages 9-12
Two Sessions: July 10-13 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.
July 24-27 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Using food as an inspiration we will explore clay, papers, collage, mixed media and drawing to design art pieces that will look good enough to eat while learning about some well known artists that became famous for their giant hamburgers and soup cans. This is a recipe for some amazing art.

African Safari Class Fee $15.00 Ages 9-12
Two Sessions: June 26 – 29 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
July 31 – August 3 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Take some time this summer to discover the culture and art of Africa. Your tour guide, Amy Knuver, back from a year living in Togo, Africa, will teach you about this amazing continent while you create masks, clay sculptures, prints and more.

Drawing Toolbox Class Fee $15.00 Ages 9-12
Two Sessions: June 19-22 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.
August 14-17 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.
If you love to draw, this is the class for you! Sharpen your skills and learn some new techniques while working in a variety of mediums including graphite, charcoal, ink and pastel. Discover the tricks of perspective, how to capture light and shadow, make contour line drawings and how to add texture to your drawings.

Claytastic Class Fee $15.00 Ages 10-18
Three Sessions
Session 1: June 22 3:00 – 5:30 p.m.
June 29 3:00 – 5:30 p.m.
July 6 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.

Session 2: July 13 3:00 – 5:30 p.m.
July 20 3:00 – 5:30 p.m.
July 27 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.

Session 3: August 3 3:00 – 5:30 p.m.
August 10 3:00 – 5:30 p.m.
August 17 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.

Get muddy at NCCA-Artsplace! This class is limited to 6 participants per session so each participant will get some experience throwing on the potter’s wheel! Students will also learn how to hand build, connect, and roll a slab! Learn several different finishing techniques including glazing, staining and painting. All work goes home the final day of class.

ArtsKool for Teens Class Fee $10 per session Ages 13 to 18
Tuesdays 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.
June 20 – Photography with your Smartphone
June 27 – Cigar Box Guitars with Chester Winowiecki
July 11 – Silver Clay with Cristine Grimm
July 18 – Repousse Mirrors
July 25 – Silk Painting
August 1 – Alcohol Ink Jewelry
August 8 – Printmaking
August 15 – Painting with Renae Wallace
This series of classes is designed with busy teenagers in mind. Sign up for one class or attend each week for the whole summer! Let your creativity shine each week while learning new techniques for jewelry making, painting, and even building your own cigar box guitar!

NCCA-Artsplace Statewide Photography Competition Deadline: April 13

NCCA-Artsplace 2017 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, 3rd place and honorable mentions receiving ribbons and cash awards ($250, $150, $100, $50).

Juror: Anthony Thompson

Anthony Thompson is Professor of Photography in the School of Communications at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan, where he is a former Director of the school and is now head of the school’s photography program. He earned a B.S. in Physics from the University of Dallas and an M.F.A. in Photography from Washington University in Saint Louis. A native of Colorado, he has lived and worked in Rome, Italy as a freelance photographer, and has previously worked as a photographer in several mid-west commercial advertising studios.
Anthony’s personal photographic work has been included in numerous juried exhibitions nationally and internationally, including several one and two-person exhibitions at university and commercial galleries. His recent work has included a documentary project on nuclear weapons facilities in the American west, and a series of work in photogravure and other alternative processes that combines photography, printmaking, and sculpture. His work is included in several collections, including the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago-Midwest Photographer’s Project, the Wisconsin State Historical Society, the Rocky Flats Cold War Museum collection in Colorado, in addition to several university and private collections. His photographs have been published in Vision Magazine, High Country News, View Camera magazine, Camera and Darkroom magazine, and in academic journals.


Entries Due – Thursday, April 13, 8:00 p.m.
Acceptance Notification – April 20
Exhibit Opens – April 26
Reception and Awards – Saturday, April 29, 10:00 a.m.-Noon
Exhibit Closes – May 20
Pick-up All Work by June 10

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 photographs.
• All entries must be delivered to NCCA by April 13, 8:00 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, silver gelatin, sepia tone, etc.
• Do not submit prints that have been previously exhibited at NCCA-Artsplace.
• Work may be shipped, 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, damage or theft.
• Any artwork left after June 10 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:

2017 Statewide Photo Competition
Newaygo County Council for the Arts
13 East Main St. Fremont, MI 49412

2017 NCCA-Artsplace Statewide Photography Competition Application

NCCA-Artsplace West Michigan Luthier Concert – SOLD OUT

Tickets for this event are SOLD OUT. The NCCA-Artsplace West Michigan Luthier Concert is the ultimate combination of music and visual arts. On Saturday, February 11, at 7:30 p.m. in the Dogwood Center’s Black Box, this concert will combine the beautiful artistry of local luthiers, stringed instrument makers, from throughout West Michigan with the talents of gifted musicians.

This great evening will begin with TW Felty, Don Bremmer and Fred Kacos of Great Lakes Academy of Guitar Building. Felty and Bremmer have decades of experience building custom guitars and are now passing on their years of experience to their students. Luthier Keith Caldwell, accompanied by Gene Calkins, Ian Tronsen and Jerry Roberts, will be performing with Caldwell’s handmade instruments. Mark Swanson, of Swanson Stringed Instruments, will round out the first half of the concert. Following Mark will be Don Benson accompanied by the vocals of Megan Wirts and Benson’s 11 year old granddaughter, Cyanne, who will be playing a ukulele that she built herself. Chester Winowiecki and the “Bearded Ladies Men” (Adrian Schuster, Carl and Lisa Ziemelis) will entertain the audience while playing Chester’s homemade instruments including cigar box guitars and a washtub bass.  Ending the set will be Katie Springer and popular past performer, fiddle player Isaac Smith, both who will be performing on violins made by Elon Howe.

The live performance will also include a chance to meet the artists. The meet and greet reception will be from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. in the lobby of the Dogwood Center. This is your opportunity to learn about the instrument building process and view the instruments. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m., with Black Box doors opening at 7:00 p.m. for seating.

To complement the concert, an exhibit of photographs of handmade instruments made by these local luthiers is on display in the Dogwood Lobby Gallery now through February 28. The photographs include ukuleles, mandolins, violins, and acoustic guitars.

Come out and enjoy this popular concert by regional musicians performing on hand-made instruments from West Michigan luthiers. Tickets are SOLD OUT. Black Box. 7:30 p.m. Doors for exhibit and reception open at 6:30 p.m.

Dogwood Box Office hours are Tuesday – Friday 10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. and two hours prior to an event. For information, phone 231.924.8885.

NCCA-Artsplace hours are Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Thursdays 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., and Saturdays 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. For information, phone 231.924.4022.

NCCA-Artsplace Exhibit: Stroschin 3

February 3 through 28
Stroschins 3 – Jane, Lauren and Brian Stroschin
Reception: February 3, 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Jansma Gallery at NCCA-Artsplace,
13 E. Main St., Fremont.

Jane, Lauren, and Brian Stroschin are excited to present “Stroschins 3.” As Jane has known she wanted to be an artist since the age of four, she included her passion and talent for art and creativity in raising her children. The house was always filled with paints, brushes, pencils, clay, picture books, and art history books. Now that Lauren and Brian have added their own style and experiences to their art, and Jane’s direction and talent has continued to grow and evolve; the three of us are proud to exhibit our individual styles together.

Brian’s abstract compositions and characters inspire the viewer’s creative interpretations. Lauren’s photos beautifully capture her worldwide explorations and deep respect for our natural world. As an award winning photographer and painter, Jane’s paintings of abstract background and high realism subject matter will stimulate both your creativity and appreciation of the grace of nature. We hope you will enjoy this unique family’s three styles of artistic expression.

Exhibit: January 6 through February 1 Recent Works by Tim Motley

January 6 through February 1
Recent Works by Tim Motley
Thursday, January 26:
Annual Meeting 5:30 p.m.
Public Reception 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Jansma Gallery at NCCA-Artsplace,
13 E. Main St., Fremont.

Tim Motley has worked as a professional photographer for 36 years, shooting fashion, weddings and many types of commercial work – always shooting for the client. This project is for himself. He has spent the past three years developing an abstract style. The images you see are as they were shot in the camera. Although they are digital, they have not been digitally manipulated. The only adjustments made to the images are those Tim would have made in a traditional darkroom.

This collection of figurative and portrait work captures a stunning emotive quality, a sense of time, and powerful movements using soft, and blurred subjects, reflect the emotions and chaos Tim sees around himself every day.

Be sure to stop in, meet Tim, and experience for the first time, a skilled photographer’s presentation of a body of work that reflects his artistic passions.

Dogwood Center Exhibit: Native Visions – Larry Gouine

Dogwood Center
Lobby Gallery:
Larry Gouine: Native Visions
November 1 through January 7

Local artist Larry Gouine is exhibiting a collection of dramatic photographs that give us a view of the daily life and cultural traditions of Native American community members. From the milestones of life, to the elaborate preparations and celebration of traditional dance and music, Larry has brought vivid colorful images and powerful monochromatic portraits to share his beautiful culture with us.

smoke_signalsThis exhibit is timed to collaborate with Muskegon Community College’s Inaugural Native American Heritage Month Celebration, the film Smoke Signals will be shown at the Dogwood Center Black Box in Fremont on Saturday, November 5 at 2:00 p.m. Smoke Signals was directed by Chris Eyre; the screen play was written by Sherman Alexie. Free admission, rated PG-13.

Photography: Nature of A Trout Stream with Kevin Feenstra

6:00-8:00 p.m.

September 6

Class Fee: $55 ($50 Members)

Ages 14-Adult

The first half of the class time students will discuss the
biodiversity of the trout stream, approaching different
subject matter and how to frame each one using
Kevin’s slides as examples. Long lenses, landscape
photography, macro photography, and underwater gear
will also be discussed. Kevin will bring his camera gear
and lenses, as well as a basic underwater rig for the
students to familiarize with on location at Branstrom
Park in the second half of the class. A great combination
of classroom and hands on photographic experience!

Seeking Submissions for NCCA-Artsplace Exhibit: Art of Fishing

Looking for artisans who tie, carve, paint, etc. decoys, mounts, flies, lures, make nets, rods, anything related to fishing. Also instructors/speakers. The main goal of this exhibition is to spotlight all of the different traditional craft, modern technique and also fine art related to the sport of fishing and also promote good stewardship and conservation of Michigan fisheries and natural resources.

The exhibit will be on display at NCCA-Artsplace, 13 E. Main, Fremont, July 13 through August 15. I’m also looking for artists/photographers who use fish and their environments as their subject in painting, drawing and photography. I would need all work turned in to NCCA-Artsplace by July 8. Interested artists/craftsmen should contact me by June 15 to be included in the Newaygo County Arts & Culture Connections Magazine promotional materials.

All of the artwork/lures/etc included in this exhibition can be for display only, or if artists wish, items can also be for sale at our regular 30% consignment rate. If you are interested or have recommendations for consideration, please contact me! Photographs, descriptions of work, links etc can be sent to my email for consideration of your work.Fishies Paul

Lindsay Isenhart
Curator/Program Coordinator
Newaygo County Council for the Arts
13 E. Main Street
Fremont, MI 49412


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.

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.