David Petrakovitz We have a wonderful sculpture park in Northern Michigan, Michigan Legacy Park. It has multiple sculptures throughout the wooded park. You can spend an afternoon wandering and learning. The Mysterious Traveler was created using old industrial steel objects with newer metal fabrications. The artist's idea was to create a sculpture that used references to Michigan's industrial past.
Lori Reed Lori Reed is a graphic artist who is taking her photographs and turning them into collages. I didn't get to visit Tucson this year so this artwork caught my eye reminding me of the saguaro cactus that stand like soldiers. Lori tries to move from a photographic documentation of a place at a particular time, to an impression of a place that is timeless ... more of a memory or a feeling of the space. We will be hosting her artwork July and August this year.
Cheryl Kay Hillman We have a new artist in the gallery, Cheryl Kay Hillman. Cheryl was a bookkeeper for 30 years and married to a retired art professor. They spent vacations visiting museums and galleries. I believe that she was receiving an art education storing knowledge for the time when she could become a creative person. I find her ethereal paintings well composed with quiet details for the viewer. Each time I look at these abstract pieces, I create a new storyline about it.
Fong Choo I attended one of Fong Choo's workshops 12 years ago. He is known for his miniature ceramic teapots. Fong is a clay artist living in Louisville, Kentucky. After watching him work, I knew that I needed one of his pots for my collection. This ceramic artist creates them on the potter's wheel, making all of the parts, and then putting the tiny components together. They actually pour but you would never use one. Fong continues to teach and participate in exhibits across the country.
The Maestra Peace Mural My cousin, Holly Furgason, had a picture of this San Francisco Mural last week. It caught my eye. The MaestraPeace Mural was created by several female artists in The Bay area. The focus is to bring attention to the contributions of women throughout history and around the world. Another bucket list item for me!
Matthew Paskiet We found Matthew Paskiet's glass art a year ago. We loved his use of this material. Matthew's entry "A Good Foundation" was recognized in a Colorado Competition. As most artists, he has many styles using "his" medium. This artist began his studies at the Toledo Museum of Art, then at Pilchuk Glass School in Washington State and the Centre de Vidre in Spain.
Gerhard Richter Gerhard Richter was born in the 1930's. He has lived an amazing life always looking at his world and creating new art from it. I find his paintings over photographs very interesting and loved this abstract. Richter has painted all of his life and has never been pigeonholed in one style.
Bob Walma Bob Walma is a West Michigan photographer and videographer. He is known for his clouds and sunsets along Lake Michigan. Like many of us, Bob has done many things in his life: worked in the financial world internationally, worked in other corporate capacities in the United States; and then landed in West Michigan. Lately, working on recording music and creating related videos to a new CD "Fresh Cakes".
Aaron Moseley Aaron is a ceramic artist at The Ceramics Center located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He is someone to follow! He fires many of his pots using a soda kiln or a wood kiln. He creates interesting pots that have movement and great lines. I am going to have to keep an eye on his artwork with the thoughts of purchasing for my collection.
2017 Main Street Banner program for Grand Haven Michigan
This Spring you will see Student Artwork up and down Washington Avenue. We hosted an art competition for the Grand Haven Area Public School Students. This past winter, students were invited to create drawings or paintings of our CatWalk. Eight entries were chosen. Sponsor a banner for $250 to be hung along Washington Avenue between Harbor Drive and Beacon Boulevard. This 2' x 4' banner will be displayed from Memorial Day through mid-October 2017, and then available to display in your home or office. Available for personalization of name only. Eighteen (18) characters maximum, including spaces. Proceeds will benefit both our Save the CatWalk initiative and Main Street. You can purchase your banner by calling our Main Street Office, 9-5pm, 616-844-1188. Let's get our Catwalk back on our pier!