Click each ad to learn more about our sponsors
Longevity is a beautiful thing. We love it when our daffodils bloom until June, when our dependable old car turns over another thousand miles without a hiccup, and when a favorite outfit hangs in our closet long enough to come back in style!
There’s another kind of longevity that is especially meaningful. Did you know that you can make plans to provide support--after your passing--for the classes and community events hosted by the Arts Council of White Lake--Nuveen Center that you enjoy now?
Here’s how it works:
Step one: Decide you want to leave a gift of your choice that the Arts Council will receive after your passing. It can be shares of stock or personal property, a percentage of your estate or a specific amount. You can even name the Arts Council as a beneficiary of a life insurance policy. An attorney or estate planner can help you make arrangements. By planning to leave a gift to the Arts Council, you help assure that the arts continue to thrive in this community even when you are no longer here to champion the arts in person.
Step two: When you’ve made arrangements, contact the Arts Council to let us know. A gift of any size is welcome, and we don’t want to know the specific plans you’ve made. But we do want to honor and celebrate your commitment to the longevity of the arts here in White Lake by making you a member of the Arts Council of White Lake’s Legacy Circle.
That’s it! It’s easy, important, and lasting. And it feels great! Your gift will have a positive impact on adults and children–your family, friends, and neighbors--in this community for years to come. And that’s a very special legacy.
Questions? Call us at 231-893-2524. Find out how easy it is to love the arts…forever!
The Arts Council of White Lake – Nuveen Center announces a new director. Many may be familiar with Chelsea Kirksey at the Nuveen Center, but recently she has taken on the role of executive director. Her work with the organization over the past four years has created new programs such as the artist in residence, the emerging artist series, and an abundance of classes.
She is excited to continue her work with the ACWL in a different way and describes her experience as coming full circle. She explains, “The arts have been a part of my life for as long as I can remember and the ACWL – Nuveen was at the heart of it. Nine years ago, I shared my first piece in a public exhibit, none other than ACWL’s Change of Seasons. This experience set me on a path to explore my own making process and art as a medium for community activism.”
From her entry in 2009, Kirksey went on to win awards for her work throughout her high school and college career, during which time she found that her love of art went beyond, her own creations. “I fell in love with the community art created. It offered a safe space and a home for many who needed it most. You could share your most intimate thoughts and they were not only heard but appreciated. I saw the unique voice the art community gave me and those around me. It was a very natural mode of self-exploration and expression.”
In 2014, she received her BFA in Art Education from Michigan State University, where she came to identify herself as an educator first and foremost. “I have always loved art, but I learned what I loved most was its ability to connect,” she explains. Her experiences teaching for the Capital Area Down Syndrome Association, a preschool, and after-school art programs continued to fuel her passion for community engagement. “Art is for all; there is no right or wrong and that is what I love most.”
After graduating Kirksey found herself back where it started it all, the Nuveen Center. Beginning as a teacher, she quickly found herself spending all of her time there. “It felt like home and I was thankful for the opportunity to do what I loved straight out of college.”
She’s excited about the new opportunities that come with the position. She attributes her growth as a maker and teacher to the ACWL and is looking forward to continuing to grow with the organization. She states, “Every day I come to work knowing that what I do, will give people the chance to paint, laugh, and dance. For this, I am forever grateful.”
Lynn Cotter claims to be practicing “art for non-artists who have no talent.” It is a process called poured or fluid painting. Acrylic paints of various colors are mixed one-by-one with additives such as silicone, glue and water in separate small containers. Then each thinned acrylic “cocktail” is carefully poured, one color at a time, into a larger container. Next, the container full of layered paints is slowly poured onto a prepared surface, and the artist gently tilts the surface in different directions. As the paint spreads out, the layers of color create abstract patterns. One of the additives some use, Treadmill Belt Lubricant, makes tiny “cells” appear throughout the painting.
“You wiggle the piece, and the paint rolls and runs. You may like the result, or it may be hideous!” Lynn said. “You get a very abstract mixture of colors. Ideally they don’t blend to a muddy gray.”
This non-artist, who is a faithful ACWL volunteer, has taken several classes at the Nuveen.
“I sew and therefore am aware of color and texture. Exposure (through various classes) has given me an appreciation for what it takes--the thinking, chemistry and analytical processes--to be an artist.”
Lynn said poured painting helped her get through our long winter. “It’s given my head something to do.” Beyond entertaining herself and learning as she goes, Lynn has seen several of her poured paint tiles sold at the Nuveen Center. Her 8-by-8-inch ceramic tiles are heat resistant and can be used as trivets as well as decoratively.
Next up: trying the technique on wood panels Lynn plans to seal with resin so they may be displayed outdoors. As Lynn can attest, you just never know where a little experimentation, and stepping outside your comfort zone, will take you!
Mixed media artists took top honors in the adult division of the Arts Council of White Lake’s 18th annual Change of Seasons juried show. In the youth division, Reeths-Puffer student Violet Renna, for her watercolor piece, won the Arts Council of White Lake Award. The show runs through April 14 at the Nuveen Center in Whitehall.
Elegy for a Grove, a mixed media drawing by Laurel Geis, garnered juror Mandy Cano Villalobos’s vote for first place in the adult division. Metamorphosis, a masterfully completed painting by Hana Girdvainis-Sawyer, took the second place ribbon at the March 10 awards ceremony. Lori McElrath-Eslick of North Muskegon earned the third place ribbon for Spring Blues. Honorable mention ribbons were awarded to Peter Johnson for a ceramic sculpture; and to Diane Zoellmer for her photography. Candace Farmer won the ACWL ribbon for a mixed media art piece Love is Shiny.
Villalobo, an art instructor at Kendall College of Art & Design and project-based artist, wrote in her juror’s statement, “Each piece displays a personal exploration of the artist’s imagination, and a knowledgeable experimentation with the medium.”
The awards reception included recognition of the companion youth competition. Seventeen area youth received awards in four age categories. The top winners in each category represent a variety of artistic techniques, from Krystianna Llano’s painting, Thoughts of Summer, in the K-2 category, to Julia Ojala’s mixed media piece, Julie, in the Grades 9-12 category. A creative shadow box by Natalie Kellogg, Shadow Gallery, won first prize in the Grades 6-8 category, while a bright digital art creation, Wild Fire by Peter Llano, took the top prize in the Grades 3-5 category.
All accepted entries are on display and many are available for purchase at the Nuveen Center, 106 E. Colby Street. Admission is always free.
Change of Seasons is made possible by generous donations from the community, including Jack and Laura Schultz, Judy Stojak, Chris and Deanna Cullen, and a donation in memory of Jeanne Ingalls. Prizes range from $100 to $300 in the adult show; youth awards range from $15 to $50.
The Arts Council of White Lake has named Michigan native Mini Mukherjee as its Emerging Artist for 2017. The Council’s Nuveen Center, 106 E. Colby Street, Whitehall, is hosting Mukherjee’s first solo exhibition September 7 through October 21. An opening reception for “Your Time is Now” is 5-7 p.m. September 7.
Mukherjee is just one year into her journey as a professional mixed media artist, although she’s been exploring artistic outlets since she was a child. After writing a few short stories, she began to illustrate her work. Illustration quickly grew into exploration of visual art. “I started to experiment with different media such as charcoal and acrylic, and felt something stir in my soul when I first saw a drop of glass paint hit the
metal,” she states.
Her “canvases” are sheets of steel, aluminum, copper or brass to which she introduces new textures, colors and extreme heat to create hypnotic swirls and patterns. Her latest body of work, “Your Time is Now” is a series of metal paintings that explores concepts of creative flow and personal growth. Mini applies the techniques she learned during her training in creative fabrication to create hypnotic swirls and patterns on steel and aluminum sheets, while allowing bold painted colors to draw the viewer into the depth of the work.
The Ann Arbor native, who now lives in Southern California, walked away from the finance and tech world to “follow my heart instead of my head.” Her fire paintings have sold to private collectors across the country and to multiple galleries in California. She is also participating in ArtPrize in Grand Rapids with her metalwork sculpture “Joy Buddies”, exhibiting at the Devos Center from September 20 through October 8.
“I grew up in Michigan, fell in love in New York City, and have moved all over the country for the last eight years. Coming home to Michigan for my first solo show fills me with such joy as I have the opportunity to connect as an artist with a place that is so close to my heart.”
A new mural is soon to be painted in Whitehall! The Arts Council of White Lake has introduced an artist in residence program thanks to the support of the White Lake Community Fund of the Community Foundation for Muskegon County. The generosity of the Fund has aided in bringing practicing artist and educator, Gypsy Schindler, to the White Lake area. Gypsy will be working with a group of students to design and install the mural on the back wall of our very own Nuveen Center by the beginning of June.
Gypsy Schindler received a MFA from Eastern Michigan University and is currently an instructor at Kendall College of Art and Design and at Hope College.
Her work explores concepts of identity and diversity through portraiture and self-portraiture. Her art will be on display at the Nuveen Center, 106 E. Colby Street, Whitehall, from April 11 until May 27. A reception will be held on Thursday, April 13, from 6to 8 p.m. to kick off the exhibit.
Gypsy will be teaching art workshops for both Whitehall and Montague students, as well as for clients of Health West. She will also be giving a lecture on the functions of portraiture and how it can help us connect to one another in a more meaningful way. Meet with us at the Nuveen Center on April 25 at 7 p.m. to hear her speak.
ACWL-Nuveen Center106 E. Colby StreetWhitehall, MI 49461
231.893.2524 or 231.894.2787
Hours: Tue-Fri 10 am-5 pm, Sat 11 am-3 pm