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.


First Friday Opening and it’s the Flat River Gallery Invitational

We are excited to host the Flat River Gallery for the month of October. Join us for the First Friday opening reception, October 4, from 5:30 to 8pm and meet the artists.  See for yourself this inspiring collection of work by a most talented group of artists.

This oil and acrylic by Kimberly Gill is just one of the excellent works you’ll see.flat river Gill-500x164

Other artists in the exhibit include Mary Bommarito, Teresa Gaudino, Sandra Hansen, Joella Miller, Richard Muller, Kendra Postma, Carole Hunnes-Nielsen, along with our own Leslie Victor and John Riepma.

Woodturners Are Guests In September

September’s featured exhibit opening reception is Friday, September 6, 5:30 to 8:00 pm in our Walburg Show Room. The exhibit will be open from September 4 to September 29.

This years exhibit is a collection of 3-dimensional art from the Grand River Woodturners Guild and Gallery Uptown artists. Enjoy works inspired by or created with wood from artists Lynne Boezaart, Doug Brinks, Ron Campbell, Aaron and Elizabeth Day, Darrell DeRuiter, Jeff Grill, Dave Kerley,  Catherine McClung and Tom Sampson

Here are a couple examples of what you’ll see…

August Pathways Opens August 9

It’s Coast Guard Festival so First Friday will be the 2nd Friday in August.  The Reception is 5:30 to 8 with the artists talk at 7.  It’s an outstanding exhibit featuring Marlan Cotner and Maggie Bandstra.  Here’s one of the images you’ll see….IMG_7237

Gallery Artists Are Out And About

Our members are out and about next week… at Ann Arbor’s giant outdoor art festival! Brad Patterson, Catherine McClung and Chandra Jennings will all be participating this year. Brad and Catherine will be in the South University Area and Chandra will be on Lincoln with the Guild of Artists and Artisans. If you’re heading in, check them out! The show begins on Thursday, July 18 and runs through Sunday!

Leslie Victor’s ‘Quincy Street’ took a purchase award in the Ottawa County Art Trust competition.


And her ‘Sleeping Beauty’ was one of 15 artworks selected from the Festival of the Arts Regional Art Competition to go on to the Post Show at the Grand Rapids Art Museum.