seth, "The Mechanism"

Swooning for Sharpies: Illustrations by seth at Holland Area Arts Council

By Colette Ann Finney Gazing upon a selection at Holland Area Arts Council’s (HAAC) newest exhibit, Creatures of the Heart & Small Tales, Illustrations by seth, you can get blissfully lost following one intricate line to another to find the next hidden gem within the drawing, as its adventurous tale unfolds. While seth’s work can … Continue reading

Angie Renfro, Wires+2

In July, When Michigan Landscapes are Most Effulgent, Roan & Black of Saugatuck Focuses on Seven Painters of Scapes

July makes a great month to motor to Saugatuck as our car windows become paintings of effulgent fields, radiant waters and verdant woods. While making the run to the lake, stop at Roan & Black Contemporary Gallery to see the Scapes exhibition, which opened July 11th. The hospitality, beyond impeccable on Saturday night, makes the gallery, sculpture … Continue reading

Elemental Transformations (photo Colette Gehr)

Elemental Transformations is Anything but Simple

“Elemental Transformations”
features four artists together in an extraordinary collaboration.
Holland Area Arts Council, Padnos Gallery, through August 6, 2015.

Birds of the Bible, Catherine Mcclure

Aviary Dreams: “Birds of the Bible” nests in Holland

By Colette Gehr If one is going to settle on a niche for painting, West Michigan surely has enough subject material to select from. And artist Catherine McClung has done just that with her latest exhibit at the Holland Area Arts Council (HAAC). Headlining the show, “Birds of the Bible” speaks to the naturalist in … Continue reading

Steele The Queen and I

Long Reign the “Little Queen”!

By Colette Gehr The Queen Mum and her model twin have made an unexpected stop at the Holland Area Arts Council (HAAC) in Downtown Holland. Encouraged by the visitor comments, “royally superb” and “grand job,” I wanted to see just what was so special about the photography exhibit and was not disappointed. Initially puzzled by … Continue reading

Mgeshwash - Bald Eagle by David Shannaquet

In New Buffalo, Dowagiac and Hartford, the Four Winds Casinos Exhibit Native American Art with Pride

The first decade of the twenty-first century has been a busy one for David Shannaquet. If one studies the Native American paintings displayed at the Gun Lake, Firekeepers, and the three Four Winds Casinos, Shannaquet might be the most ubiquitous. Gun Lake Casino exhibits his paintings of Sandhill Cranes, the comeback bird celebrated throughout the facility. … Continue reading

Liz Mares, "The 8Bit Weaver", Mixed Media on Birch Panel

Walnut Ink Studios Brings the Power of Arts Networking into Michigan City

US Route 421 is a main drive through Michigan City Indiana, passing through Cool Springs Township as it descends into the city. The Calumet River also makes this descent. Route 421 transforms into Franklin Street and passes through a collection of buildings, some from the days of the carriage trade. It is an old part of … Continue reading

Beverly Shores Station on the South Shore Line into Chicago Celebrates Past and Future with Art and Gardens

It’s as good as any destination to reflect upon Father’s Day. Robert Bartlett picked up the strings of a failed cottage community in the Indiana Dunes. He named it for his daughter, Beverly. Beverly Shores became a stop on the South Shore Line and in the late twenties an architect named Gerber built a Mediterranean … Continue reading

Brad Bigford, "Stolen Masterpieces" currently featured at The Livery Brewery in Benton Harbor.

Brad Bigford, a Sculptor Who Helped Found the New Territory Arts District, Deconstructs Masterpieces Into Jigsaw Puzzles at The Livery Brew Pub, Benton Harbor.

When I witnessed the new work of Benton Harbor local Brad Bigford, I snapped a few iPhone shots and texted Cheri Lesaukis, jewelry artisan living in Athens, Georgia. Back when the Livery Brew Pub opened in October 2005, Lesaukis and Bigford lived in a transitional neighborhood in Benton Harbor, carving a compound out of an … Continue reading


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