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Art Inspired by Music

Updated: Jun 14

Music: Op. 1 No.4 Juror Chester Winowiecki

This summer the ACWL-Nuveen is excited to showcase 19 talented visual artists hailing from across Michigan, Indiana and Illinois, who use music as their creative muse. Music – Op. 1 No. 4  - on display June 14 – July 20 – was advertised as a juried call for artists who live in the Lake Michigan region. Our juror this year – Whitehall based artist and musician Chester Winowiecki – was tasked with viewing all of the digital entries and selecting the final artwork for the show. Chester had this to say about his jurying experience:

“I am so glad to have been asked to jury this year’s Music Exhibit and sincerely hope that both artists and patrons will enjoy viewing my selections for this comprehensive show. Artists have submitted works that portray famous musicians, interpret or feature the lyrics of songs, are abstract representations of musical themes, depict the act of music making itself, and even allow for the making of music in the gallery. This variety is very important to me as I believe that Art is at its best when it challenges us or exposes us to views we are unfamiliar with. For this reason, I’d like to encourage everyone to seek out those pieces that may appear to be furthest from what they immediately gravitate toward; all these works have a lot more in common than they might appear.

To all the artists who submitted work for this show, I want to say thank you for trusting in the process and sharing your personal vision of music. I took something positive from every piece I viewed whether I selected it for inclusion or not and the experience will influence my own art in the future. Thanks for making this great show possible!”

From left to right: The Study of the Guitar Man by Adam Dahlstrom, Butterflies and Zebras by Steven Sickles, Juicy in the Sky with Diamonds by Kanda Parrot

The artists whose work will be on display this year include the following: Christopher Jones, Montague, MI; Joshua Anderson, Norton Shores; Emme Eisfelder, Tremont, IL; Cari Rasor, Montague, MI; Diana Fleysher, West Bloomfield, MI; Kanda Parrott, Montague, MI; Michael Koole, Wyoming, MI; Chelsea Roberts, Lansing, MI; Adam Dahlstrom, Muskegon, MI; Nancy Wanchik, Farmington Hills, MI; Suzanne Frederick, Muskegon, MI; Steven Sickles, Indianapolis, IN; Russ Barneveld, Grand Rapids, MI; Esther Mitchell, Spring Lake, MI; Kimberly Gager, Muskegon, MI; Sarah Tule-May, Sault St. Marie, MI; Lisa Howard, Canton, MI; Ferrel Cordle, Whitehall, MI; Olivia Prado, Hesperia, MI.


The public is invited to join us in kicking off our summer exhibition – Music Op. 1 No. 4 -  and celebrating all things art/music at the opening reception Friday June 28 from 5:00 – 7:00pm. There will be snacks, beverages and several artists from the show at the reception. And at 6:00 ACWL-Nuveen Director Erin Peyer will be handing out this year’s Concerto Award! Thank you to Wesco for generously sponsoring this exhibit!


We look forward to seeing you at the ACWL-Nuveen, 106 E. Colby, downtown Whitehall. Our hours are Tuesday – Friday – 11:00 – 5:30 – Saturday 11:00 – 3:00. Phone # 231-893-2524 – email – Website – Love social media? – look for us on Facebook, Instagram, and Tik Tok!



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