Fennville Women’s Club Member Rebecca Crane Will Share Stories From Fennville’s Own “Clock Watchers” 5:30 pm, Thursday, August 17
The City of Fennville will dedicate the outdoor bronze sculpture entitled Clock V by Kalamazoo artist Richard Light located in Hutchinson Park adjacent to the U.S. Post office and the clock tower, 5:30 pm, Thursday, August 17. The artist’s intent was to tell the story of a working woman who is a “clock watcher”. She checks the time often as she grapples with work and family responsibilities. The abstract style is similar to the art produced in the 1930’s and 1940’s when women found themselves in new roles, filling the jobs once performed by the men who had been called to war.
One of the local significant examples of this history is when the cannery located in downtown Fennville needed to recruit women workers. A version of a photo of the cannery’s workers may be viewed in the Fennville District Library’s exhibit Her Story, Then and Now: A Snapshot of Women in Fennville. The public is welcome to view the exhibit before walking over to the park for the dedication. This exhibit is a collaboration with the library and the Fennville Women’s Club and closes Monday, August 21.
Club member, Rebecca Crane has gathered oral histories from family members of some of the women who worked at the cannery and will share a few of these stories during the dedication. Some of the workers’ family members have also committed to attend and to share their memories when their grandmothers, mothers, or aunts had to step in and become” clock watchers”. A panoramic photo of the cannery women workers can be found hanging on the wall of Crane’s Pie Pantry Restaurant and Winery in Fennville.
Stories shared with Rebecca Crane include a memory relayed by Janice Hagger Orent, daughter to Frances Haan Hagger (b. 1919 d.2004) who worked on the canning line during the fruit and vegetable seasons. "The sharpest memory I have, involved me washing a lot of white aprons and gloves that Mother brought home from work. It seems odd now that the women were responsible for the washing of their aprons. And I always associated that canning factory whistle with her coming home soon!" Edie Foreman Cochran, daughter of Margaret Foreman told Rebecca Crane that her mother worked at the canners in the 40's. She told Rebecca Crane, “The women had to wear white uniform dresses and aprons and when they were into the beets, they would go home looking like they'd been murdered from the beet juice. They would then have to get the dresses and aprons white again for the next work day!”
Sculpture donors Garry Lee McCormick (area artist) and John V. Hall will be present at the dedication as will Maryjo Lemanski, local art expert who introduced the donors to Fennville’s community leaders. Garry Lee McCormick and John Hall began to collect art in the early 80’s and upon Light’s death were able to obtain many of his pieces. They are excited to help Fennville celebrate the many contributions made by the women of Fennville through their gift to the city.
Following the dedication ceremony, the public is welcome to enjoy the downtown social district offerings and the summer outdoor concert beginning at 6:30 pm at 125 S Maple Street. In case of inclement weather, the dedication ceremony and concert will be held at the library.
For more information contact
Holly and Bill Willson at Studio 66 and Sue Flanagan at Pine Tree Studio are having a joint open house on Father’s Day, June 18th. Both studios will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Studio 66 is located at 4071 66th Street in Holland. Pine Tree Studio is just 3 miles north on the corner of 66th street and 146th Ave (6596 146th St. Holland). This is an exhibition dedicated to celebrating the Michigan landscape and lifestyle in different media. It is free and all are welcome!
Day 1: We will learn basic mark-making and other practices after a demo or two, discussing related elements. Each student will begin and complete a pastel painting.
Day 2: We will review first day and instructor will field any questions/concerns. Then we will begin and complete at least one other painting on that final day. You may bring your own photos - that you've taken - to use on the second day (subject to discussion with instructor) for your final painting(s). If you don't have any suitable source photos, the instructor will have some for you to use.
MATERIALS TO BRING:
Students will provide their own materials. A supply list will be sent out prior to the workshop.
Contact Pickle Street School Studio to register.
https://www.picklestreetschool.com/contactCall or email Joy Richmond at 616.896.9090 or
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The Art Club produces two Fairs in July, and we are looking for a manager for our 2024 fairs and beyond. It is a paid contract position and involves the following: Preparing the website, map and applications, advertising, applying for permits, jurying, assigning and organizing the booths, working with the city and shuttle company, setting up parking, refreshments, volunteers, and managing everyone on the day of the Fair. An organized person with good people management skills is important. If you are interested in knowing more, please contact Aron Lowe at firstname.lastname@example.org 616-255-2043. If contacting after May 15, please contact Betsy York at email@example.com or 510-504-2155.
2023 Spring Plein Air Painting Retreat
Space is limited, reserve your spot soon.
Online registration is now open for our Spring Plein Air Painting Retreat. Hope you will join us!
If you live in the area or are just painting with us for the day, you are welcome to order meals. The online form for the meals only option will be coming out soon.
217 W. Westwood
Kalamazoo, MI 49006
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 email@example.com. Thanks for your consideration!
Game of Shrooms is like an Easter Egg Hunt for art and celebrates the spirit of unexpected surprises. Started in 2019 by Attaboy, artists and gatherers from Hong Kong, Berlin, Japan, the UK, India, Russia, Switzerland, Tasmania, the US, and many more participated in the world-wide event, creating a world-wide non-religious, no cost, personally interactive “art show” of making and sharing, suspense and sometimes absolute freakin’ wonder.
On June 10, 2023, mushrooms invade the human space, not the other way around.
For details and to place your art on the global map, visit https://yumfactory.com/gameofshrooms/
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.
Exploratory art journaling workshop led by SCA’s Outreach Educator Meg Shoup plus artist Ruth Crowe. In partnership with Arbor Circle, one of West MI’s most comprehensive providers of mental health services.
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
Do you struggle trying to make your creative ideas come to life because you lack drawing skills? Maybe you just want to improve your drawing skills? This class will teach you how to “see” better and give you conﬁdence in making better drawings, which will translate to better, “more ﬁnished” pieces (paintings, etc) as you progress in your studies.
Here’s what you will come away with:
• Practice exercises good to use as long as you want to improve/maintain your skills
• The BEST tricks and techniques, along with traditional study, to help you observe better for more accurate drawings
• The start of your personal art portfolio, for your forever reference
• Framable drawing studies
What: The Beginning Class series is 2 hrs each week for 6 weeks/$120 pd. before classes start.
(Intermediate studies class will follow for another 6 weeks.)
Where: The History Center (old schoolhouse), 130 Center St., downtown Douglas MI
When: Suggested Class time/dates: Tuesdays, from 10:00 am - Noon, 1:00 - 3:00 pm., starting
January 17 (then, Jan 24, Jan 31, Feb 7, Feb 14, Feb 21) Right now these dates and times are not set in stone, so let’s discuss! I’m open for suggestions and majority will rule.
Minimum class size is 4 students, maximum is 12
Contact me: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 419-349-2626
and please check out my website: www.teriutzbersee.com
I’ve had over 10 years experience in teaching studio and private classes and together, we have fun!!
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.
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