Works of art that had been in juried shows are featured at White River Gallery through Christmas Eve. Painter, sculptor and ceramicist William Randall is reprising several juried pieces, along with new paintings of winter scenes, November 26-December 24. He serves as Gallery host December 14.A departure from his usually bright palette, Ruins of Ireland is a highly textured piece in muted violets, grays and greens. It developed by accident, and wound up in the 2013 Muskegon Museum of Art Regional Show. Randall will also show an acrylic/mixed media piece, Too Pretty to Eat, and Variety Pack, a ceramic and acrylic construction. Each has been featured in a Muskegon Regional. Nature’s Surprises, an acrylic that won first prize at a Muskegon Fine Arts Guild; Luxuriant Leaves, an oil pastel that was in the Gallery’s own Change of Seasons juried show, and several other paintings round out the retrospective.
Randall, 85, became a painter late in life. He has taken every art course offered by Muskegon Community College, as well as individual studies developed for him by various instructors. “I enjoyed working with college-age students. (Instructor) Sue (Boehm) said I was a good influence on them.
White River Gallery, the artist cooperative of Arts Council of White Lake, is at 8701 Ferry Street, Montague, Michigan. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10:30 a.m. to5:30 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday noon to 4 p.m. Call 231-894-8659 during Gallery hours for detail.
Watch your head as you enter the Nuveen Community Center for the Arts during the Fall into the Arts exhibit of 2013. A giant dragonfly or a flying anvil may be dangling overhead! Or a “rakish” owl, a time capsule goose, or a winged manikin may pop out to say hello. Artwork from over a hundred students at ten area schools covers the Nuveen walls, reflecting the theme “Things with Wings” as a final nod to the bird-related exhibits hosted by the Nuveen throughout 2013.
The ninth annual Fall into the Arts exhibit at the Nuveen Center showcases local student achievement in the arts and gives community members the opportunity to support the art program at their favorite school. Proceeds from donation buckets placed alongside each group of artwork are returned directly to the school’s art department, allowing the teacher to purchase much-needed supplies despite dwindling school budgets. In lieu of a donation bucket, one school has chosen to put its artwork up for silent auction, allowing bidders to vie for seven handcrafted works of art.
The exhibit remains on display now through December 21, 2013. Community members are invited to view the artwork, donate to the school of their choice, and cast a vote for the People’s Choice Award. This opportunity to recognize artistic achievement and showcase youth arts education is made possible by generous sponsorships from Montague Tree Farm, Jack and Laura Schultz, and Deb and Craig Harris.
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