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. 



First Friday in July, My Michigan

Our July exhibit opens July 5.  The exhibit displays works inspired by the beauty of Michigan.  From shore to shining shore, this show includes representations  of landscapes, lakes, ponds, and portraits, with inspiration from our magnificent dunes, water and sunsets. Participating artists are Lynne Boezaart, Lacy Bridges-Mosher, Carol Cousineau, Laurie Floyd, Julie Hegedus, Cheryl Jordan, and Korrine Rogers.

Here are a couple of the images you’ll see in the exhibit….

First Fridays at the Gallery always open with a reception from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. and a talk by the artists at 7:00.

An Exhibit With A Twist

1st Friday June

The artists that participated in this months exhibit talked about one major element of the exhibit…. they got together and brought items for a still life. Then each of them worked from that still life to produce one of their pieces for this show.  That includes a jeweler and a weaver.  It’s worth a look so even if you missed the opening, go see the show!

First Friday at the Gallery in June

This month we are featuring Margaret Benefiel, Nancy Clouse, Jackie Helder, Sandy Meyer, Jan McLaughlin and Marilyn Ryan in the Walburg Gallery


You’ll see lots of color, bright patterns, bold jewelry, pastel textiles and colorful paintings. Join us for reception on Friday, June 7 from 5:30 to 8 and hear the artists’ talk about their work at 7.

Watercolor Workshop with Linda Foley

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    The date is Friday, May 24 in the Social Hall at the Church of the Dunes in Grand Haven. The time is 10:30 a.m.

This is an opportunity to sample her style. She paints in a free and loose style of watercolor.  Wet paper and wet pigment create wonderful activity causing the paint to flow across the page. Her usual method of painting involves many layers and much drying time.

She will demonstrate  a “creative puddle”, dropping in colors that blend seamlessly on wet paper and apply it to a more direct painting method that is more easily done with limited time. In this workshop you will experiment with the ratio of pigment to water to best exploit to properties of the wet-in-wet style. There will be time for you to paint.

You will need:

watercolor paper,

a palette,

a support for the paper. And a clip or tape to attach the paper.

something to prop the support against- a box of tissues will do

bring whatever paint and brushes that you have

pencil and eraser

We will work for an hour, break for lunch, then paint again.

Space is limited, to register contact

If you have questions