New Exhibit Opening

We do have a new show opening Friday, July 1 but no First Friday reception due to COVID-19 restrictions. The gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 – 6 and Sunday 1 – 5; stop in and see the new show….

New Work By Gallery Artists

Marlan Cotner has a new piece.  With her usual sense of humor she has done a piece about the pandemic…. “Toilet Paper Queen.”


And we have four new little four by fours by Helen Percy Lystra that will go to the gallery when we reopen. She is trying some new colors. These colorful gems will be $35 each or, if you buy all four before we reopen, $120 total and Helen will meet you at the gallery to deliver.  You may contact her at


Still Locked Down So

The May artists will join the July Exhibit

Given that we don’t know when we will be able to open we’ve invited the May exhibit artists to exhibit in the July show which will be Summer West Michigan. At least we hope it will open then. We’ll send you more information as we get closer.

We have some interesting things to see on our website

Check out our website.  We’ve added a new section:  Virtual Workshops. You’ll find two artists creating.  John Riepma is doing a glass blowing demonstration.

And Linda Foley offers a free basic watercolor workshop.

Check out our Facebook page too,  You’ll find some other information about what our artists are doing during this quarantine, including making facemasks. If you are doing that or if you know an artist who is doing it, contact, she’ll let you know how to be part of the promotion of artists helping their community.

Dealing with covid-19

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Gallery Uptown made the difficult decision to close temporarily to protect our members, fellow artists, and our customers from covid-19. We will use this time to continue to create fine art. Please stop by our website to see all the new and vibrant works.  You may also check out the March exhibit as long as the offices upstairs are open.

March Music Opens March 6

Music as inspiration for art is the theme and the exhibit offers a wide diversity in style, method, and media, with all work inspired by music. You’ll see work by artists Maggie Bandstra, Christa Barnell, Cindy Bender, Lynne Boezaart, Marlan Cotner, Bette DelVecchio, Linda Foley, Michele Renee Gort, Helen Percy Lystra, John Riepma, Colleen Rockey and Marilyn Ryan.  Come and enjoy the evening, 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 6.

Here’s a sampling of what you’ll see….

Come and enjoy the evening!

Three Exciting Exhibits Coming Up

Gallery Uptown welcomes 2020

    with “New Year’s Evolutions IV”  

The January show in the Walburg exhibition space challenges gallery artists to explore new media, new techniques and new ideas. Here’s one of the new pieces you’ll see, a doll by Colleen Rockey.

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The show will be up January 1-24.  It opens with a First Friday reception from 5:30-8 p.m. on January 3. Artists will discuss their works at 7 p.m.  Everyone is welcome!

And then in February, the 23rd Annual Winter Arts Festival, a juried competition open to all.  There is perspectus on our website, here’s a link to the site if you are interested in entering.

And in March, the 2nd Annual  March Music exhibit.  Music is the inspiration for art in this exhibit and it offers a wide diversity in style, method, and media.

It’s going to be a good winter to visit the Gallery Uptown.


Gallery Uptown welcomes 2020 with “New Year’s Evolutions IV.”

Once again the gallery artists have been challenged to try something new for the January show in the Walburg exhibition space.  It’s become an annual introduction to the new year, a chance to explore new media, new techniques and new ideas.

The show will be up January 1-24.  It opens with a First Friday reception from 5:30-8 p.m. on January 3.  Artists will discuss their works at 7 p.m.   Here are a few examples of what you’ll see. A gold lined wood bowl by Doug Brink, an abstract by Helen Percy Lystra and a winter pasture by Lynne Boezaart.

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In November, Day of the Dead

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Appropriately, on Friday, November 1, a festive “Day of the Dead” holiday-themed opening reception will occur from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m.  Join in at 7 p.m. for a questions and answerw session with our featured artists.
Over 25 guest artists and gallery member artists offer artwork that celebrates, and has been inspired by, the Mexican holiday, Día de los Muertos, that is traditionally observed from midnight October 31 through November 2. This holiday focuses on supporting the spiritual journey of friends and family members who have died by praying for them and honoring their memories.
The rich visual icons and traditions of this holiday served each artist well as they created artwork for this show. Viewers will be inspired in turn by the bright imagery of the jewelry, paintings, monoprints, sculptures, and more from Christa Barnell, Margaret Benefiel, Valerie Boet, Jessica Bohus, Kris Campau, Marlan Cotner, Carol Cousineau, Adam Dahlstrom, Patricia Dee, Bette Delvecchio, Christi Dreese, Jane Feutz, Jackie Helder, Joe Hull, Cat Jackson, Chandra Jennings, Aron Lowe, Liz Lystra, Catherine McClung, Jan McLaughlin, Suzanne Moynihan, Colleen Rockey, Marilyn Ryan, Tom Saltsman, Hana Sawyer, Sean Sterzer, Mary Sundstrom, and Amy Wilkinson.
It’s going to be a fun show, don’t miss it.