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Music Op. 1 No. 2 Mixed Media Art Exhibit


Summer = Music = Art at the ACWL-Nuveen Center! This trio of joyful ingredients come together when we host our annual Free Summer Concert Series and during our

Music Op.1 No.2 exhibition, June 3rd – July 30th. The intersection of music and art is such a rich and diverse theme to explore that we envision scores of exhibitions for years to come. This year we showcase a multi-generational mix of artisans expressing their love of music. The exhibit features beautifully crafted instruments by Ed Elsey, and unique custom made kalimbas by Jeff Hellmann and his art students at Reeths Puffer High School. Grand Rapids based artist Yohan Daza uses the guitar as his canvas in his expressively painted, Canticum Doloris (song of sorrow) and multi-talented artist Casey Bemis uses a 4’ x 2’ wide canvas to explore the Delta Blues.


The exhibition also includes masterful watercolor artist Linda Foley who interweaves images of musicians within the swirls of marbleized paper. Graphic designer Ferrel Cordle’s skillful black and white renderings of iconic musicians BB King and Aretha Franklin is also featured. Grabbing the viewer’s attention upon entering the gallery is recent Reeths Puffer graduate Hailey Bos’s rendition of John Lennon created from tiny squares of multi-colored duct tape. Visible from the front gallery window is an energetic collaborative painting by student artists Chole Shelder and Addison Smith. And commanding attention on the entry wall are visionary works by music-obsessed artist J.P. McDaniel.


This year we are excited to share a music video entitled, Transforming Forest created by composer, librettist, and multi-media artist, Nell Shaw Cohen. Internationally acclaimed artist, Nell Shaw Cohen, was inspired by artist Andy Goldsworthy’s four land art installations in the Presidio of San Francisco, California. Her work for violin, cello, and piano was commissioned by the Santa Fe based, Montage Music Society for a World Premiere at SITE Santa Fe in 2019. Visitors to Music Op. 1 No.2 will be enthralled by the melding of Shaw Cohen’s music with photo imagery of Goldsworthy’s land art.


The community is invited to an opening reception for the exhibit, Music Op. 1 No.2, this evening June 3rd from 5:00pm – 7:00pm. The ACWL-Nuveen is located at 106 E. Colby in downtown Whitehall. Our hours are 11:00 – 5:30 Tuesday – Friday and 11:00 – 3:00pm on Saturdays. We look forward to sharing this unique exhibit with you, seeing you at our Tuesday night concerts, and celebrating summer!

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