Nature & Wildlife in Art
Painter Randy Hendricks, Taxidermist Jan Van Hoesen, and Classic Bird Prints by M. Bernard Loates
Feel the difference, see the difference at Artworks Upper Gallery beginning Friday, November 8 between 10 AM and 5:30 PM. A feature of the new exhibit is a touching area with real animal skins and horns and tusks. Meet Randy Hendricks on November 13, Wednesday, between 6 and 8 o’clock. The public is invited to hear the artist presentation at 6 pm. Followed by the reception ending at 8pm. The exhibit, artist presentation and reception are free of charge. Catering is by Pere Marquette of Reed City.
The intriguing work of painter Randy Hendricks, taxidermist Jan Van Hoesen, and classic bird prints by master printer M. Bernard Loates of John James Audubon’s work bring a wide variety of art for all to enjoy. The Card Wildlife Education Center, Ferris State University Art Gallery and Artworks have collaborated to bring the works of artists Jan Van Hoesen, Randy Hendricks and Ferris’ “After Audubon” Collection to Big Rapids. The main exhibit is in the Upper Gallery of Artworks. Additional pieces are in display cases in FLITE and Williams Auditorium on Ferris State University’s campus. “Bobcats to Bobwhites: Wildlife in Art” runs from November into January.
Have you ever wondered what it takes to capture the wild and turn it into art? Well, Jan Van Hoesen does exactly that with her taxidermy art. Van Hoesen is a world champion taxidermist who creates breathtaking mammal mounts that possess an astounding realism. She is recognized by her peers as one of the top taxidermist creating custom small mammal displays.
Randy Hendricks, born in Grand Rapids Michigan 1959, grew up on a small farm. “I feel that growing up in the country helped me develop a real love for the created world says Randy, “the hours I spent playing in the woods and exploring gave me a basic understanding of the outdoors it also helped develop an appreciation and love for all of creation.” He is primarily self-taught and began painting professionally in 1982. He currently lives and works out of his studio in Howard City, Michigan. Randy has received several national awards and recognition in prominent art magazine editorials.
Finally, “Bobcats to Bobwhites: Wildlife in Art” features another unique form of animal art. The “After Audubon” Collection, which is a traveling exhibit by Ferris State University, features a collection of prints by M. Bernard Loates of John James Audubon’s originals. “After Audubon” is a part of the Ferris’ collection and is a recreation of Audubon’s plates “Birds of America” collection.