April 2, 2024 - All Entry forms due! Click on the link below to download a PDF show entry form.
May 7-8 (2:00PM-5:00PM) - Artwork drop off
May 10,11,12 and 17,18 and 19 - Show Dates!
The 38th Annual LowellArts West Michigan Art Competition highlights outstanding artwork by Lower West Michigan artists who reside in a 25-county region. Artwork in any visual art media can be submitted by artists 18 yrs. and older. Artists may submit one piece for consideration by the juror.
Five equal cash awards totaling $3,000 will be presented.
Deadline for Entries: February 15, 11:59pm
Resthaven Care Center in Holland, MI will be hosting a photography competition and exhibit in February 2024. The goal is to capture the beauty of West MI and the lakeshore and bring it inside for our Residents. The competition has no barriers of entry while also providing some reward and recognition to the photographers.
For more information visit: https://resthaven.org/blog/2023/12/14/resthaven-announces-photography-competition-and-exhibit/.
Holland Friends of Art would like to announce and invite you, and the public, to our very first Visiting Artist Series program, for the year. We will invite a local, established artist, to speak of and/or demonstrate their process of creating/marketing their art, among many other topics, in a public setting. This is open to everyone, members and nonmembers and is free, so spread the word!
Our first guest speaker will be Paulette Carr.
Many of us know Paulette, as she has become a vibrant force in our art community. Paulette wears many hats, as the creative whirlwind, that she is. One of those hats is our very own committee head of Gallery 602, along with Carol Kreher and Christi Dreese, with whom she shares the duties of the Holland Hospital gallery . The tentative subject of her talk will be the importance of getting and staying involved, in our/your communities, by way of the arts.
When: Tuesday Feb 13, 2024 ⋅ 6pm – 7pm
Location: Holland Area Arts Council, 150 E 8th St Suite 200, Holland, MI 49423
March 29 - May 30, 2024
Submission deadline: January 31, 2024
In a time of machine dominance, there is case to be made that right now is the perfect moment to celebrate making-by-hand. Read more here.
2024 Artist's Residencies
Submission deadline: January 31, 2024
Glen Arbor provides a perfect backdrop to experiment, explore and create. Our artist-in-residence program offer artists a unique opportunity to work. Read more here.
Open Studio—December 13th at St. Peters Church
Rev. Evelio Ramirez of St. Peters Catholic Church in Douglas invites the community to paint nativity scenes from different cultures on Wednesday, December 13th from 3-7 p.m. The exhibit featuring backgrounds painted by Rev. Ramirez will be on display at St. Peters from December 9th-18th. Visit the church website for more information. Please bring your paints and easels
(and a tarp if necessary to protect the carpet) for an afternoon of inspiration and creativity.
Chairs provided. Cookies and coffee will be served.
Please email Barri, firstname.lastname@example.org, by Monday, Dec. 11th if you can attend on the 13th.
Looking to improve your artistic skills? We are excited to offer a beginners' watercolor painting class for adults at the Library next month!
The class will run from 5.30 - 7.30 p.m. on Thursday, November 2 at the Library.
Instructor Veronica Morgan is an experienced artist and teacher whose artworks have been featured and won prizes in many local venues, including Tulip Time, Windmill Island Gardens and the Grand Rapids Children's Museum. Veronica will guide participants in the essential elements of watercolor painting and each of them will create a watercolor landscape painting to take home.
This class is free, and all materials will be provided, but in order to offer the best instructional experience, space is strictly limited. We will be creating a waitlist and may add a second program date if there is sufficient interest.
Please call the Library at 857-8241 during business hours, or email email@example.com to reserve your spot. Please include your full name, email address and phone number in your request.
September 8 - September 29
Opening Exhibition: Thursday, September 7, 4 - 6pm
We invite you to join us, September 7, for the opening reception of our September pocket gallery showcasing various acrylic paintings by Carolyn Jeffers.
South Haven Center for the Arts, 600 Phoenix Street, South Haven, MI 49090
About the artist:
Carolyn Jeffers started painting and taking many art classes in middle and high school. In the mid nineties, after taking some time away from art, getting married, and starting a family, she attended a decorative painting class that her friend was teaching and fell in love with the art process all over again. After this she joined the Michigan Grapevine Decorative Painters chapter, and went to state and national painting conventions. Dabbling in watercolor before ultimately deciding that she was more suited and comfortable with acrylic. Carolyn Jeffers says "I will continue painting as long as I am able and/or creating with my hands as that is one of my joys in this life."
From a September 7, 2023 John Leben press release:
This apocalyptic painting is a sobering vision of what our world may look like in 50 years if we don’t get a grip on Global Warming. Conceived and created in 2023, "It's Come to This" has hit the art world by storm. Right out of the gates it has been accepted at three major art exhibitions this Fall.
The biggest version of this piece, a massive seven foot tall by 10 foot wide triptych is destined for the Fountain Street Church for Grand Rapids ArtPrize running September 14 - October 1.
The same digital painting, in a smaller 36x36 inch size, has coincidentally been chosen for exhibit at two other area shows; the 94th Michigan Contemporary Art Exhibition at the Muskegon Museum of Art, September 28 - November 8 and the 2023 Holly Palmer Memorial Art Exhibition of Michigan Artists at the Holland Area Arts Council October 6 - November 11. For the first time ever, I am offering Limited Edition prints of this new work before the original piece starts its exhibition tour this Fall. Square Format Limited Edition Prints are now available online in various sizes, media types and framing options. To own the first print in the edition before ArtPrize even begins is a highly coveted collectors item. After all, true collectors love when the art on their wall tells a unique story. Edition numbers will be assigned in the order the purchases are made.
Shop “It’s Come to This”
Please note: The large scale triptych will be available for purchase after ArtPrize at the beginning of October. Please contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss pricing and installation options for your space.
Carrie Andrews is the Featured Artist at J. Petter Gallery this Saturday, September 2.
Join her and explore the gallery from 4 till 6 pm. Refreshments! Wine! Cheese! Art!
J. Petter Galleries, Saugatuck Annex,
403 Water Street, Saugatuck Michigan.
Holly Willson will also be exhibiting her art at Brave art Studios And Gallery in Allegan Michigan the month of September.
Email at artist at email@example.com
You are invited to attend an invitation-only fall artists’ retreat at Ox-Bow School of Art & Artists’ Residency.
This retreat will be a short immersive experience at Ox-Bow School of Art, facilitated by Maggie Bandstra Ox-Bow’s Manager of Gallery and Retail Programs.
We, as artists, will come together and connect. Maggie invites you to bring one completed piece of artwork that shows the type of art you make. Please also plan to bring other pieces of art that you would like to work on during the weekend and any materials you will need during your stay. The purpose of the retreat is to connect and commune with other artists and, embrace the landscape, be inspired by this space and each other. Artists have come to create here at Ox-Bow for over a century. We will have the opportunity to see each other's artwork in progress and discuss our artwork.
The cost of the retreat is $350 per person. The fee includes 3 days and 2 nights of lodging, our fabulous food (BYOB), and studio space in a shared studio building on campus. Each artist will receive a solo room; bathroom facilities are shared. Space is limited, and spots will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis.
Agenda for the weekend
9:00-10:00 am Arrive, get set up in your studio, and get your room assignment.
11:00 Introductions and campus/studio tour.
2:00 Studio time
8:00 campfire smores
10:00-1:00 Studio time
2:00-6:00 Studio time
6:00 Dinner and Pecha Kucha style evening walking from studio to studio each artist will have 5-10 min to talk about their work.
10:00-12:00 Studio time
1:00-4:00 Studio time
4:00-5:00 Clean up the studio and leave campus
Please sign up here so you can reserve your spot today. Space is limited.
I hope you will join me for a weekend of fellowship and creativity.
Please feel free to call (616-402-6979) or email with any questions.
We also have some new exhibition opportunities at Ox-Bow House 137 Center St Douglas Mi. coming up if you, or artists you know might be interested in applying please feel free to share these links and contact Maggie Bandstra with any questions.
Ox-Bow House Featured Artist Exhibit Proposal https://www.jotform.com/230256359506154
Winter Market Submission form https://form.jotform.com/222084441234043
Manager of Gallery and Retail Programs
Allegan County wants some artwork to see Allegan County through your eyes! Help us showcase the #AmazingAlleganCounty that we are lucky to work, live, and play in. Allegan County is seeking photos that represent the beautiful people, places and things in our county, from the lakes, to the forests, to the wildlife and more. All of the photo contest details can be found on the ACCF website.
To enter, simply submit your here. Once your submission is approved, it will be displayed in the live feed, allowing others to browse through all of the beautiful photos. You can submit photos once daily through September 14th.
Voting will take place from September 15th to September 30th (Noon to midnight). The 3 photos with the most likes will be announced October 3rd. Winners will be contacted via email.
1st Place: The winner will be able to direct a $500 gift to their favorite Allegan County non-profit and a $25 gift card to Mugshots.
2nd Place: The winner will be able to direct a $250 gift to their favorite non-profit and a $15 dollar gift card to Mugshots.
3rd Place: The winner will be able to direct a $100 gift to their favorite non-profit and a $10 gift card to Mugshots.
Questions? Contact Amanda at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, September 7, 2023
11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Friday & Saturday, September 8 & 9, 2023
11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Calling all art lovers and collectors!
Do you have some old paintings collecting dust in storage? No room for a sculpture? Or an old art book that you no longer read? The South Haven Center for the Arts' ReArt Sale is the perfect place to donate these old but gold treasures!
We accept donations of gently used paintings, sculptures, glass, fine jewelry, Chinaware, frames, art books, antiques, vintage treasures, and other fine decor. (But no clothing please.)
This is not only a time for donating but also re-purposing and re-homing these wonderful items! Buy and decorate your homes with the items donated in this unique fundraiser! Don't miss out on these great finds and the chance to support the South Haven Center for the Arts' mission of enriching our community through the arts.test
Accepting Donations starting August 16th through September 3rd!Drop off your donations
Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.,
and Thursday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Your donations are tax deductible and 100% of the funds raised goes to the South Haven Center for the Arts to help provide further opportunities for the community to explore, discover, experience, and learn about the arts.
Thank you to all those who continue to donate and support the ReArt sale!
Please call (269) 637-1041 or email us at email@example.com if you have questions.
We are grateful for your support!
We’ve been cleaning out Peggy Boyce’s studio and have found lots of art supplies we’d like to donate to whomever wants them. Paper (all types), unassembled frames, foam core board, pre-cut mats, ceramic tiles, silk screen supplies ... you get the picture. Also would appreciate advice on what is salvageable and what is junk, e.g. old paint, brushes, tools, etc. Please contact Virginia Burghuis via email, firstname.lastname@example.org, to meet up for a looky-loo.
Let’s share our news!
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 email@example.com