November brings our annual Fall Into the Arts themed youth exhibit featuring unique creations from area K-12 school art programs. This exhibition serves as a showcase for local talent, and it helps to raise funds to support the art programs on display. There will be a free reception for the young artists, their families and the community on Saturday, November 4 at 1:00 pm. This year's prompt - Exploring Patterns – features a variety of creative interpretations from students attending, Fruitport Middle School, Whitehall Middle School, Montague High School, Whitehall High School, Reeths-Puffer High School, and the ACWL-Nuveen Open Studio. Also on display in our back gallery is artwork created by the two 2023 Emerging Artists of Color Residents, Lorena Flores and Bryce Thompson. Lorena and Bryce, both recent graduates from Muskegon High School, completed a three-week funded residency at the ACWL-Nuveen in August. During their residencies they explored different art mediums and techniques and honed new artwork for their portfolios. Funded by a grant from the Consumers Energy Foundation and an anonymous donor, the artists also received skilled guided mentorship during their residency from Grand Rapids based artist, Tatsuki Hakoyama.
Heidi Kersting Norah Ryznar Aili Casano
An important aspect of Fall into the Arts is that it serves as a fundraiser for the participating schools' art programs. We will be collecting donations in the ACWL-Nuveen gallery during the exhibit, as well as on our website. The donations collected by the ACWL-Nuveen will be distributed to the art programs following the close of the exhibition.
We invite you to stop by and help us celebrate and support all the young artists in the Exploring Patterns exhibit this Saturday, November 4 from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. If you can’t make it to the opening the exhibit will be on display at the ACWL-Nuveen through December 16. The gallery is located at 106 E. Colby St., Whitehall, and is open Tuesday - Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.