The Skin I'm In is an exhibition on living life as yourself and all the identities that come with it and how you see yourself and how the world sees you. This is a moment to creatively share your stories as a person with a disability, a man with a wonderful smile, a war vet, a Black woman, a Person of Color. This exhibit is a place to tell how you feel in your skin as a member of the LGBTQ community, as an Asian man, a Muslim grandmother. How you express yourself as an Indigenous person, a person with red hair and freckles or a Black Man in today’s America. Whatever skin you are in, who you are matters. Your story matters.
For the past 18 years, Donna has dedicated her skills as a designer and project manager to develop marketing and promotional strategies for urban libraries and non-profits. She has been a graphic/web designer for Detroit Public Library and Houston Public Library systems and brand manager for Houston Public Library.
Donna attended Western Michigan University in the College of Engineering and also attended the College for Creative Studies as a Graphic Communications major. She is the founder of DMJStudio, her creative studio devoted to developing art projects and events that close gaps between community and cultural institutions through public art, exhibits, film, and social collaborations. Much of her artwork and projects are available to view at www.dmjstudio.com
Her body of work includes Colorful Women, a collection of abstract paintings, illustrations, video, and installations narrating stories of women and her hometown of Detroit. She has created and curated several projects and installations. These include the Door of Opportunity project, a collection of doors transformed into art by local artists, Posters on Politics (an international exhibition of posters on global politics), and Women Work, (a platform of women exhibits, projects and programs that focus on the narratives of women). She continues to work in the neighborhoods of Detroit developing story projects and exhibitions, such as Middle Detroit, a collection of stories about Detroit’s middle class as well as In Pursuit of Hope, stories about the Detroit 1967 Rebellion.
This call is open to all artists 18 years of age or older in the following states: Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin. All work must be the original work of the artist and completed in the last three years. We reserve the right to decline any work that is substantially different from the submitted images, does not meet size limitations, or is not professionally presented.
Size limits: 2D - 72”high x 55” wide maximum 3D- must fit through standard doorway, max. 50lbs. No installations or ceiling hung work
Please contact Kerry Hagy with questions at email@example.com
South Haven Center for the Arts 600 Phoenix St, South Haven, MI 49090 Phone: (269) 637-1041 Hours: Wed, Fri, Sat 11AM – 4:00PM (ET), Thurs: 11AM – 6:00PM www.southhavenarts.org
July 17th - September 11th
Opening Reception July 17th, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
The Holland Area Arts Council Welcomes the Lakeshore Fiber Arts Guild Members Show to the Lievense Gallery. This exhibit will feature multi-media fiber-based contemporary art ranging from sculpture to weaving.
History of the Guild: This group was created in Holland in March of 1979 by a group of artists who had taken a community class together on hand spinning wool. The group met every Wednesday evening at each person's home continuing to spin wool yarn and share life's adventures. The members started out as the Fiber Arts Guild of Holland in 1990, they later changed the name to Lakeshore Fiber Arts Guild to be more inclusive of all the guild members from along the lakeshore communities beyond Holland. Lakeshore Fiber Arts Guild has always been artistically diverse with mediums from weaving to spinning, dyeing, basket-making, paper-making, surface design, garment construction, knitting, quilting, and more. LFAG has belonged to the Michigan League of Hand Weavers for most of the years as a guild.
One Thing Becomes Another Thing
By Burleigh Kronquist, Annie Wassmann, Jenny Roberts, and Tom Edwards
July 15th - August 31st
Opening Reception July 15th, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
The Tyranny of "O" by Burleigh Kronquist
As Artists, we wish to awaken attention to the absurd beauty and latent connotations of everyday objects. By transforming these objects and extending them into new realms of thought and feeling, we hope to generate new visual experiences and discover layers of meaning that resonate and stimulate.
WHEN YOU BUY SOMETHING FROM AN ARTIST
YOU’RE BUYING MORE THAN AN OBJECT
YOU’RE BUYING HUNDREDS
OF HOURS OF ERRORS AND EXPERIMENTATION
AND MOMENTS OF PURE JOY
YOU’RE NOT BUYING JUST ONE THING
YOU ARE BUYING A PIECE OF A HEART
A PIECE OF A SOUL
A SMALL PIECE
OF SOMEONE ELSE’S LIFE
Author Joy Plett
Oil painter Dawn Stafford is offering an intimate workshop, limited to 8 students, to take place outdoors in her beautiful backyard garden and rural hill top at the Peachbelt Studio. She will guides painters through demonstrations in palette theory, composition, abstraction, and support their own personal interpretation. Painters will choose what they study and work independently. A pre-selected palette of pure pigment oil paints and environmentally friendly solvent are included. Drawing skills are very helpful. All levels welcome.
For details visit
Knitters, Crocheters, Weavers, Stitchers, Fiber People of all types! The good old Douglas UCC knitting crew invites you all to join us at their masked, outdoor, bring-your-own-chair-and-refreshments-and-projects meetups on Wednesday afternoons at the Retreat House backyard, beginning April 21 at 1pm! If you wish to receive reminders of those meetups and alerts when the weather looks too difficult to meet, join this group's mailing list by emailing Julie at firstname.lastname@example.org
Blue Star Barns in Saugatuck will be holding curated markets at this summer. For an idea of what last years markets looked like, there are many pictures on both our Instagram and Facebook pages “Blue Star Barns”.
Many questions can be answered by reviewing the vendor application pdf (below) or feel free to contact
Joe & Amy Aernouts of the Blue Star Barns
3483 Blue Star Hwy, Saugatuck, MI 49453
If you’re looking for a way to grow your clientele & connections but not ready for a storefront, you’ve found your place. Contact email@example.com or (616) 836-4886
March 23, 2021 from 7 to 8 PM
To sign up, send your name and contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org. Click on the Zoom link to join: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81191779322?pwd=UG9UbzV2TU4yWkxOMzhvMHJMdDJTQT09
This class is offered as part of our upcoming community exhibit, Unmasked, which will feature cell phone portraits. If you want to participate in the exhibit, but don’t feel confident in your photography skill level, join us for this free class.
The session will be recorded for later viewing, and will be posted on the Library’s website.
In partnership with the new Saugatuck-Douglas-Fennville Arts Initiative and made possible by a grant from West Shore Aware
Scroll down to view the new courses! Visit https://winslowartcenter.com/online-course-catalog-winter-spring-2021/ or click the button below.
Join fellow artists at Ox-Bow for our upcoming Spring Saturday Series art workshops!
Ox-Bow is offering 3-session workshops in Collage/2D, Screenprinting, and Mosaic. Each workshop will meet on March 20, March 27 and April 3. They will be held indoors, in our studios, with all COVID mitigation protocols in place.
Find all details and registration info here: https://www.ox-bow.org/spring-aom
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Did you ever come across the soothing paint-along art shows of Bob Ross? Maybe you'd like to try painting along, but lack the supplies to make it happen? This program by the Saugatuck-Douglas District Library [SDDL] is for you!
Here's how it will work according to Hannah Mason of the SDDL:
"On Saturday, March 6, you'll pick up your paint-along kit from the Library during our open hours, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. The kit will include an 8" by 10" canvas, all the paint colors you need (acrylics, not oils), and a couple of brushes. There is a suggested fee of $5 to cover materials.
At home you'll need to set up a place where you can both paint and watch a screen, and gather some simple supplies such as water and rags.
At 3 p.m. the same day you'll be invited to join a Zoom meeting in which we'll watch an episode of Bob Ross's show, and paint along with him to create "Snowy Solitude". If the timing is not convenient you can also find the show on YouTube and paint along at another time - we suggest you not wait too long, though, as the paints are liable to dry out.
We expect the program to take about an hour, and look forward to having you join us to create your own little 'masterpiece' (results may vary)!
Please call 269-857-8241 during open hours (see website) by Thursday, March 4, to reserve your spot. Supplies are limited and registration will close when all our kits are spoken for."
Click the button below to visit Royce Deans' website.
Sunday, February 28, 2021 at 3 PM EST – 4:30 PM EST
Price: Free · Duration: 1 hr 30 min
Public · Anyone on or off Facebook
Join Cat Pope on Facebook Live for a free, livestream painting workshop! She'll be working in oils, but you can choose any medium you'd like. Work step-by-step in real time and ask questions along the way. Complete your very own masterpiece from the comfort of your own home.
Check out these classes for artists of all ages.
The book titles are arranged in chronological order starting in March, 2021.
MARCH – “I Always Loved You” by Robin Oliveira – Beautifully written with period details featuring Mary Cassatt and her complex relationship with Edgar Degas. Mary was famous for her paintings of intimate bonds between mother and child. Included are Berthe Morisot and Edouard Manet. Cassett was a dear friend of Abigail May Alcott, Louisa’s artistic sister and the basis for the Amy character in Little Women. Born 1926, Allegheny, Pa. died 1926. She went to Paris alone in 1866 to study and pursue her art. In 1877 her parents and sister Lydia joined her and they lived together in an apartment. In 1893 she was invited to show in Chicago by Bertha Palmer creating a large mural for the Women’s Building at the Chicago World’s Colombian Exhibition.
APRIL – “The Highwaymen: Florida’s African-American Artists" by Gary Monroe. Not a novel. There were 26 African American landscape artists in Florida in the Fort Pierce area. They sold their work door to door and along the highways from 1950s through 1980s. They used the same colors and their subject matter was very much the same. The style is very distinctive. They also painted in various stays in prison. You may want to explore them on the internet or see if the library has books on this culture.
MAY – “The Last Painting of Sara de Vos” by Dominic Smith is the story of a Dutch female artist who lost her young daughter and in grief she secretly begins painting a dark landscape of a girl watching ice skaters from the edge of the woods. Females were not to be artists and the approximately twenty of the Golden Age in the Netherlands had to sign men’s names to their work. The painting's inheritor in the 1950s Manhattan has a forgery painted. In 1631 Sara becomes the first woman to be admitted as a master painter to the Guild of St. Luke in Holland.
Other titles include “Girl in Hyacinth Blue” by Susan Vreeland, and “Girl with the Pearl Earring" by Tracy Chevalier. These titles are about Dutch Painters in the 1600s Netherlands. Two are about Johannes Vermeer who lived and worked in Delft in early 1600s.
JUNE – “Renoir’s Dancers: The Secret of Suzanne Valadon” by Catherine Hewitt. Suzanne Valadon (1865-1938) was a model for Renoir and other artists of the period including Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. He was her lover for two years until she attempted suicide in 1888. She was an accomplished painter. See the painting entitled “Renoir’s Dancer” and you will see Suzanne. She was the first woman painter admitted to the Societe Nationale des Beau-Arts, also the mother of painter Maurice Utrillo. In the 1890s she befriended Edgar Degas who purchased her work and encouraged her she remained one of his closest friends until his death.
JULY – “Luncheon at the Boating Party” by Suzanne Vreeland.
Renoir’s Luncheon of the Boating Party painting includes 14 people around the outdoor table in the summer along the Seine. The story is about each one and how difficult it was to get them together to pose many times for the painting. They met on Sundays for two months. It is 1880 and Auguste Renior and the author paint their lives, loves, losses, and triumphs so vividly that “the painting literally comes alive.”(Boston Globe)
AUGUST – Now the top selling female artist in the world. Yayoi Kusama (born 1929) is a Japanese contemporary artist who works in sculpture and installation. She is active in painting, performance, film, fashion, fiction and other arts. Her work is based in conceptual art. She is obsessed with repetitions. In childhood she made drawings of pumpkins and her art today is based on that shape. There are approximately 25 books featuring her work and her hallucinations since childhood enhance her work. Reading about her on the internet will take you hours; there is so much. She is a marketing genius.
SEPTEMBER – “Strapless” by Deborah Davis is the amazing story of the portrait of Madame X by John Singer Sargent. She was a young socialite by the name of Virginie Amelle Avegno Gautreau and the portrait was created 1883-1884. The scandal resulting from the presentation at the Paris Salon in 1884 amounted to a temporary setback for his career in France. She is posing in a black satin dress with jeweled straps that reveals and hides at the same time.
OCTOBER – “Marriage of Opposites” by Alice Hoffman is the story of Jacob Abraham Camille Pissarro, born 1830 on the island of St. Thomas. His mother was from a French-Jewish family from St. Thomas. The father, Portuguese Jewish, was a merchant who came to the island from France to deal with the hardware store. His father sent him to boarding school in France at age 12. Pissarro is considered the father of the French Impressionism. An incredibly intense and excellent book, “Depths of Glory” by Irving Stone would be a read for someone focused on France and the Impressionist.
NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER SURPRISE! You might enjoy “Lust for Life” by Irving Stone.
Please RSVP for Zoom Link at: https://www.rhythmix.org/events/demystifying-the-journey/
Image Credits Clockwise from top left: Legacy-Y by Fan Warren, Young Elder by Tiffany Conway, The Unconscious Mind by Stephanie Thames, Sweet Mother by Abi Mustapha, detail of On the Edge by Tōmye, Being GRATEFUL Doesn’t Make You NOT Wish For MORE, But It Does Keep You Aware of Your BLESSINGS by Karin Turner, The 2nd Line by Val Kai, The Voice of Silence by Zoë Boston; Center: EMERGE by KaliMa Amilak.
SDAC member Anne Corlette recently posted work featuring a winter palette. Anne writes, "It is a fun challenge after all the BLUE in skies and water."
Fiber artist Priscilla Lynch just finished a large (30” x 40”) quilt based on photographs she took of the Peterson Preserve in Saugatuck.
Here are some courses fellow SDAC members have taken and enjoyed:
From Michael Rippey and Jerry Fresia liked this good for beginners painting workshop: https://www.fresia.com/painting-workshops/online-painting-course/
From Julie Ridl recommends Sketch Book School: https://sketchbookskool.com/about/
Michael Rippey recommends checking out these two painters who have given him inspiration:
John Traynor, https://www.johnctraynor.com/
Jackie Gouveia, https://www.jgouveia.com/index.html
CERF+ — the Artists Safety Net is launching a third round of COVID-19 Relief Grants. The $1,000 grants are for artists working in craft disciplines who are facing dire circumstances due to food, housing, and/or medical insecurities as a result of the ongoing pandemic. Click the button below to go to their website.
By Dan Scott of drawpaintacademy.com
It has been a strange year. Crazy to think it’s almost over, with only a few months left in 2020.
Artists are lucky in the sense we don’t need much to enjoy the art life, and it’s not easily taken away from us. I could find at least some joy with just a pen, sketchbook, and my thoughts. But, it has still been hard. Impossibly hard for some.
What can you do to keep spirits high during these times? Here are some ideas:
- Reminisce over old work. Compare it to your recent work. Are you improving? How is your style developing? If you had to paint them again, what would you do differently?
It’s easy to forget all that you create. I recently visited my parents' place and saw all my old work stacked up in the corner of the garage. Some from when I was just a child. I had forgotten most of them, but as I saw each painting, I could distinctly remember when, where, and why I painted it. Each painting seems to capture a point in time. I got a warm feeling seeing how far I’ve come. You might get that same feeling.
- Find beauty in nearby places. You don’t need to travel to remote islands or vast mountains for inspiration (though it doesn’t hurt). There’s beauty all around us. It might be the interesting light and shadow patterns created by the tree in your backyard. Or the flowers in your garden. Or the gesture of your partner or pet. And if all that fails to spark your imagination, try recreating famous paintings or paint from reference photos (you can grab some of mine here).
- Try a different medium. If your surroundings are static, invite change through other means. Try watercolors, charcoal, gouache, water-based oils, pen and ink. Mix it up. Personally, I did a few watercolor paintings recently. What a wonderful yet frustrating medium!
- Quick sketch. Keep things fresh and simple. A little bit every day is better than long periods of absence. Buy a sketchbook and try to do at least a page each day. I like to date the corner to track my progress.
- Do the boring things you have been procrastinating. Restock on supplies. Clean up your studio. Fix the lighting. (I think I’m subconsciously writing this for myself.)
- Plan for the next 12 months. Hopefully, it will be better than the last. What do you want to learn? Who do you want to learn from? What weaknesses should you work on? What strengths should you push?
- Catch up on theory. Do you understand what color really is and how we see it? Do you know what makes a composition interesting and inviting? Do you know the light and shadow terminology? This stuff doesn’t require a brush in hand, but can result in vast improvements in your work.
- Use this as an opportunity to take a step back and enjoy your surroundings. "Go do nothing" as Jeremy Mann puts it in this video.
Want more painting tips? Check out my ebook, 21 Easy Ways to Improve Your Paintings.
Click the button below for a PDF from Dan Scott of Draw Paint Academy
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A studio cleaning or move, an upcoming class, or excitement over a new project. If you have any news — big or small — to share with your fellow local artists, please send to firstname.lastname@example.org