Change of Seasons 

March 1-29, 2014

at White River Gallery (adult division) and
Nuveen Community Center for the Arts (youth division)

"Ostara II" by Patti Opel

Things are a little “cuckoo” in the 14th annual Change of Seasons Juried Exhibition at White River Gallery. Winner of the top prize ($300) is Patti Opel of Muskegon. Opel’s “Ostara II” resembles a cuckoo clock, but juror Lee Ann Frame sees much more.

“The title alludes to and illuminates the Germanic pagan fertility goddess, Ostara, and the spring equinox,” Frame noted. “The equinox is also part of the Christian Easter season, celebrating the resurrection of Jesus. Iconic hands placed on each side of the German cuckoo clock are reminiscent of the hands of the risen Christ. Spring equinox is a time for the earth to awaken: the bee pollinates, the fertile rabbit hangs from the bottom, the cuckoo bird that marks time by cuckooing is replaced with an egg. All these allegorical symbols reference a renewal of spring, new birth and planting." 

That apt interpretation of the show’s title was joined by winners representing a variety of media. Quilter Sandy Dekker of Fremont took second place with “Quiltangle #2,” Andrew Jagniecki of Whitehall placed third with his cleverly titled woodcut, “A Murder of Crows.” Honorable mention ribbons were awarded to Linda Foley of Montague for “Warm Reflections,” a watercolor; to Nona Bushman of Wyoming for “Shattered Reproduction,” a garnet and silver cast bracelet, earrings and necklace; and to Victoria Veenstra of Spring Lake for “Olive’s Adventure in Gaia,” a pinhole color photograph. The Arts Council of White Lake award went to Vinnie Sutherland for “Sweet Pea Tangle,” hand-forged copper and tin. 

Works that were recognized with awards displayed an element of the unexpected, evoked an emotion, had a bit of whimsy, or sparked a visual dialogue that resonated with me,” Frame stated. 

Exhibition chairman Sherri Balaskovitz added, “We had an incredible variety of art media representing artists from throughout Michigan. It’s great to see Lansing and Grand Rapids and outer regions recognizing that the exhibition is worthy to bring the art work the distance. It’s always good to see returning artists and new artists finding us.” Fifty-five artists submitted 106 works; 83 were accepted.


Concurrently exhibited at Nuveen Community Center for the Arts is the youth division of Change of Seasons.  Frame said, “Making art requires the artists to learn interdisciplinary skills, acquire confidence in self expression and encourages them to imagine the possibility. The artworks exhibit a sensitivity and vulnerability. Their unfettered approach is refreshing: it is always exciting to see the level of risk each of these artists was willing to take. The artists explored the possibility and pushed the concept and chosen medium. As juror and viewer of all grade levels, it was my pleasure to see the focus and poise these young artists possess.” Winners by grade level are:

Grades K-2
1st place: Peter Llano, Night Owl, acrylic
2nd place: Austin Mair, Awesome Austin, mixed media
3rd place: Owen Bass, Shadow, chalk
Honorable Mention: Brianna Bentz, Merida and Angus, acrylic
Grades 3-5
1st place: Gabe Bass, When the Skies are Gray in Whitehall, ink and pencil
2nd place: Natalie Erickson, Rare Sightings, charcoal
3rd place: Elizabeth Bentz, Rainbow City, acrylic on circuit board
Honorable Mention: Faustina Llano, Change of Season
Grades 6-8
1st place: Nathan James, Awesome View, pastel
2nd place: Timothy Llano, Red Eye, hand carved print
Grades 9-12
1st place: Jieru Lin, untitled, pencil
2nd place: Ari Norris, Technology in the Deep, mixed media
3rd place: Anika Sasinski, untitled, photography
Honorable Mention: Miranda Grimm, Outta Your Mind, ceramic
ACWL Award 
Elsa Paetzold, untitled, oil pastel

Lee Ann Frame, who was juror for Change of Seasons’ adult and youth divisions, is owner of Norris Creek Printmaking studio in Fruitport. She is a printmaker specializing in woodblock, intaglio, and lithography. She is an instructor of Art History, Studio Art, and Drawing at Muskegon Community College, and she previously taught printmaking at Kendall College of Art and Design.  

Change of Seasons is made possible by these generous sponsors:  
Joseph A. Ferguson, DDS
Braeburn Wealth Management 
Co-Optical Eye Care Express 
Dave Heylmun, Financial Advisor with Waddell & Reed 
In Memory of Amber Rose Brown
Shelby State Bank
Beckman Brothers, Inc. 
Arts Council of White Lake.

Upcoming Exhibits

Jul 10 Stories Without Words

July 10-September 5, 2014 at the Nuveen Center

Sometimes the best stories are told without words. Artists make choices about color, composition, materials and more to convey meaning to the viewer, often telling a story, asking a question, or making a statement. Viewers of this collection of artwork will learn to read the stories told by the hands of professional local artists, embarking on a creative journey that will stretch the imagination and hone critical thinking skills.