The Outdoor Discovery Center (ODC) Network is looking for artists interested in painting one (or more) 50 gallon rain barrels that will be installed at businesses in downtown Saugatuck and Douglas from June-September 2023. These rain barrels are designed to be functional art; barrels will capture rainwater, educate and inspire the public about protecting water quality through personal eco-behaviors, as well as provide an aesthetically-pleasing outdoor public installation in towns that have such a rich history of, and appreciation for, art. Designs depicted on the barrels must relate to the Restoration and Preservation of the Kalamazoo River and the Surrounding Environment. Artists would receive the primed barrels and some related supplies mid-May, and would need to return the completed barrels by the beginning of June. The number of barrels is limited, and participation is on a first-come basis. Participating artists will have their name included on educational signage adjacent to their barrel, viewable by the public for the entirety of its installation on a downtown building. If you are interested, please fill out this interest form: https://forms.gle/VBzCHVoFFmLsRSnLA, and someone will contact you with further information. Interested artists should make sure to have their name submitted by March 17, 2023, (though submission of your interest form by this date does not guarantee there will be available space within the project). For more info about the ODC Network, visit outdoordiscovery.org. Email Sarah Irvin, at email@example.com, with questions about the project.
The Lakeshore Art Festival is looking for 5 artists to create masterpieces that ROCK (literally) for this year's public art project.
5 large rocks, painted by selected artists, will be on display around Downtown Muskegon on June 24th and 25th during the Lakeshore Art Festival. Visitors attending the festival will be encouraged to paint smaller stones and place them near the 5 large rocks as a part of a community public art project.
For more details, check out the artist application.
The Lakeshore Community Chorus will be presenting a spring concert titled “Road Trip: Adventures on Route 66,” Sunday, May 21st at 4:00. Nancy Plantinga, artistic director of the chorus, would like to invite Saugatuck-Douglas Art Club members to be part of this collaborative event. Original writings from local authors will be included at “rest areas” in between the concert selections. Classic cars from the 50’s and 60’s, owned by local residents and members of the Holland Car Club, will be displayed in the parking lot before the concert.
The Chorus hopes for approximately 12 artists to create visual representations of what travelers might experience on the old Route 66, such as landscapes, buildings, people in 50’s/60’s attire, cars, signs along the route, etc. Or artists might consider creating an artistic statement about how things have changed since the 50s and 60s. Each work will be displayed on an easel for your 2D artwork in the Saugatuck Center for the Arts lobby the day of the concert. The artwork must be large enough to grab the attention of concert attendees. Some SDAC members may have already done paintings similar to what you’d see on the old Route 66, such as rivers, mountains, farmland, and valleys. These could be included, although, we hope you’ll feel inspired by the program of music and concept to create something new! Your creation can be listed as "For Sale," however, we ask that you take care of the purchase at another time. If you are interested in selling your creation, you could leave your contact information on the easel. Nancy will go over these details with those that are interested in participating. Due to limited space and easels in the lobby, only 12 works of art can be included in this collaboration with LCC. The names of the artists displaying the work and a statement about the Saugatuck-Douglas Art Club will be in the written program.
Concert songs will include: Come Travel with Me (inspired by by Walt Whitman’s “Song of the Open Road”); Route 66; Sweet Home Chicago; Shenandoah; Kansas City; Oklahoma; On the Atchinson, Topeka and the Santa Fe; Grand Canyon Sunrise; Hooray for Hollywood; The Road Not Taken (based upon the text of Robert Frost); and From Sea to Shining Sea (America the Beautiful). Put your thinking caps on…see if you can connect with one of these songs through art! If interested in participating, please contact Nancy Plantinga, 616 405 3399 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for your consideration!
The Journal Project Opening
Ruth Crowe's exhibition "The Journal Project" will open on
Friday, February 10, 5:30 - 7:30pm
"The Beauty in the Ordinary:
Paintings by Jim McMillan, Helen Kleczynski and
Saturday, February 11th from 5:30-7:30 pm
Artist meet and greet with live music and hors d'oeuvres
Padnos & Armstrong Galleries
January 26- March 31
Experience the nostalgia of Little Golden Books with over sixty masterpieces of original illustrations from the Random House archives. Featured in the exhibition are pieces from beloved picture-book classics like The Poky Little Puppy, Tootle, Home for a Bunny, The Color Kittens, I Can Fly, and many more!
At the Muskegon Museum of Art
No one is going to know that your brilliant work exists if it goes no further than your studio. Take a chance. Stretch yourself. Make your work visible. Consider applying to one or more of the GAAC's upcoming exhibits or an artist's residency. Do it. This is the year.
West Michigan Art Competition 2023
The 37th Annual LowellArts West Michigan Art Competition highlights outstanding artwork by Lower West Michigan artist 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 awards totaling $3,000 will be presented. The deadline is February 1, 11:59pm. For more details visit lowellartsmi.org
Art Sale at Isabel's
Holly Willson opening Nov. 29
Art Club member, Holly Willson, will be showing of her work at the Grill House Restaurant in Allegan. You're invited to a very cool reception on November 29, 2022 from 5 to 7 hosted by the Allegan Area Arts Council. Come for hors d’oeuvres and stay for dinner.
Carrie Andrews show
SDAC member Carrie Andrews has a new solo show at Gallery 602 in Holland Hospital. Her paintings are largely abstract in acrylic and mixed media. The show is open to staff, patients and their visitors, and will be up until September 30th, thanks to Paulette Carr, curator and Holland Friends of Art. For more information about Carrie, click the link below: https://linktr.ee/carrieandrewsart
Michael Rippey Reception
New exhibit at SCA
The exhibition here, within contains profound layers of the unseen world on a large scale through Hefferan’s woven textiles. Mirroring the infinite details and complexities under the microscope, some of the titles of here, within are written out in amino acid chains continuing to highlight awareness between art and science.
Celebration of the Arts
SDAC board member Priscilla Lynch writes, "This is a good local show to be in with prizes and sales… the church even buys a piece every year!"
Celebration of the Arts began in 1972 as part of the Music and Arts Ministry of First Church. In its 48th year, Celebration has grown to represent one of the largest juried sacred art shows in the country. It features artists from throughout the Midwest in a variety of media including oils, acrylic, watercolor, sculpture, fiber, photography, and more. During the festival, there are many individual events including concerts, drama, and art activities.
First United Methodist Church, 227 Fulton St E, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
For more information visit https://www.grfumc.org/cofa
SDAC member Susan Day Martell paints in a lush contemporary photorealistic style, deploying close up views of alluring florals in a way that is all her own. Susan Day Martell is inspired by the beauty of her surroundings in her own flower garden in Douglas. Largely self-taught, she has also studied with other contemporary artists around the country. Her medium is both oil and acrylics.
Painting since 2011, in recent years she has been concentrating on honing her skills in photorealism with her animal portraits and floral art. She has been selected for the "Top Twenty" of Holland's Tulip Time Art in Bloom competition for the last three years. Her work has also been selected for many regional art exhibitions and is in private collections around the country.
In Full Bloom
Susan Day Martell
May 28 to July 19, 2020
Solo Exhibition at the Holland Area Arts Council
Now offering private exhibit tours! Call (616)396-3278 or email email@example.com to schedule.
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