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Arts Council Showcases Art of Southwest MI Printmakers in New Exhibit

Arts Council Showcases Art of Southwest MI Printmakers in New Exhibit

Arts Council Showcases Art of Southwest MI Printmakers in New Exhibit


The Holland Arts Council is pleased to announce two new exhibitions: Stop. Drop. And Roll Over: The Dog Show, and Southwest Michigan Printmakers: Spring Botanicals. Stop. Drop. And Roll Over: The Dog Show showcases the works of Sean Sterzer, Kathy O'Brien and Mark Jones in Armstrong Gallery from May 27 through July 9. Southwest Michigan Printmakers: Spring Botanicals features a diverse and informal group of regional artist/printmakers dedicated to the creation of hand-made and fine art prints in Padnos Gallery from May 27-July 9.


Sean Sterzer has worked in graphic design and illustration for many years. She has long been associated with Marushka of Grand Haven. Known for her designerly approach, she uses cut paper, then condenses, distills, and simplifies her ideas into shape and color. Sterzer is influenced by the iconic works of Milton Glaser, the sometimes wacky landscapes of Henri Rousseau, and the movement found in works of Henri Matisse. Her artwork in this show has been inspired by all her dogs: from her first, Dooley, a basset/beagle mix to her current Sarah, a sweet pittie mix. Sean has always loved hanging out with dogs and she and Sarah can often be found roaming through the woods, or walking along the Lake Michigan shoreline near their home.


Mark Jones and Kathleen O’Brien operate Ottawa House Clay + Glass, a family-owned studio known for functional work in glass and clay. They create objects that are both useful and aesthetically pleasing like bowls, cups, platters, and more. The Dog Show pushed the artists to move beyond function to sculptural work, stepping outside their comfort zone to create work that was purely fun and amusing. The artists are grateful to their own Australian Shepherd, as well as the hind ends of many neighbors' and friends' dogs for their abundant inspiration.


Originating from the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts’ (KIA) print studio in the mid-1970’s, the Southwest Michigan Printmakers (SWMP) is a diverse and informal group of regional artist/printmakers dedicated to the creation of hand-made and fine art prints. Meeting bi-monthly, the group encourages artists working in printmaking and promotes excellence in the various print mediums. Through exhibitions of their works, SWMP helps to encourage public knowledge, understanding, and support for printmaking.


The public is invited to a joint reception for both shows. The reception for Stop. Drop. And Roll Over: The Dog Show as well as Southwest Michigan Printmakers: Spring Botanicals is Thursday, June 2nd from 5:30-7:30 pm.


The Arts Council has Open Gallery Hours from Tuesdays from 10:30am-12:30 pm, Thursdays from 10:30am-12:30 pm and 6-7:30 pm, Fridays 10 am-3 pm, and 10am-2 pm every Saturday. Gallery hours are subject to change. Please check the website regularly! We also offer private gallery tours. To make an appointment please call 616-396-3278 or email helpdesk@hollandarts.org.


The Arts Council is sponsored in part by The Michigan Arts and Culture Council and The National Endowment for The Arts. Support is largely provided by private donations, local underwriters, art sales, and educational outreach programming.


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