By Artists Jacobo & Maria Angeles
September 10 – October 31
Opening Reception 5-7PM, September 16
Jacobo and Maria are among the most highly regarded artisans in all of Mexico producing exquisitely carved and painted alebrijes that are in great demand by collectors throughout the world.
The carved wooden animals have an uncanny lifelike but abstract quality, and the painting – well, you must see it to believe it: elegant designs are executed in unbelievably minute and precise detail, using traditional Zapotec motifs and stunning natural colors. The colors are from natural ingredients grown in the Oaxacan countryside.
Work will also be shown in the display cases in the Kendall College of Art & Design, Federal Building and Ferris State University FLITE & Williams Auditorium.
July 2 – September 8
Elizabeth has a BA in Fine Arts from St. Lawrence University. For her, batik has been a process of experimentation and fascination that seems to just keep growing. “Each piece is a suspense. I’m always on the brink of controlling the process and of the process controlling me.” This struggle in process captures the quiet moments in nature, which are her main focus in subject matter, and breathes a unique life into each piece. Elizabeth demonstrates a command of this difficult process that is particularly evident in the amount of detail found in each of her batiks. Her work has not only won many awards, but has been published in Fiber Arts Design Book Two, a book devoted to excellence in fiber design.
Elizabeth’s work can be found at the Bier Gallery in Charlevoix, Michigan and in numerous art shows throughout the Midwest, including the Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair.
Glen Van Antwerp
Glen Van Antwerp is a master Cedar Fan Carver. This traditional carving style turns a solid piece of cedar into a delicate fan. It remains a single piece of wood. Glen learned the craft from his father and grandfather. He has refined his skill for half a century and is passing it on to his children and grandchildren.
Fan carving flourished in Europe for untold generations before immigrants brought it to Michigan lumber camps in the 19th century. Some old-time lumberjacks had rough reputations but most were family men, away from home for the winter. They spent long evenings sitting around a stove—singing, carving and telling stories. Glen’s grandfather Elmer was a third-generation Michigan logger who learned cedar fan carving in the camps. Later, he taught Glen’s father, and later yet they both taught Glen how to carve fans. In turn, Glen has taught the art to his own children and grandchildren.
Glen lives near Tustin, Michigan on property that has been family land for more than a century. He harvests Northern White Cedar from his own land, using windfall timber and saving living trees for future generations. His favorite carvings come from the deeply weathered wood of old split-cedar fence posts.
He received The Michigan Heritage Award from the Michigan Traditional Arts Program in 2001. Glen has been a guest artist at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, The National Folk Festival, The Michigan Festival and many similar events. His work has also been displayed in various galleries and exhibitions, and featured in several books, including “Hands Across Michigan” by Alan R. Kamuda, “The Traveler’s Guide to American Crafts” by Suzanne Charmichael, and “Crafts of America” by Constance Stapleton.
Nine unique quilts now occupy center stage in the Artworks Upper Gallery. This special invited exhibit is planned by Artworks every other year in conjunction with the Quilters Glory Quilt Show that takes place in June 2013. Millie Little, Naomi Lint, Linda Benton, Karen Karcher, Pat Little, Kathy Stolarak, Darlene Dargitz, Wendy Vining and Sheila Lingle are members and friends of Kreative Kamp in Remus. They all worked within the challenge rules using the same patterns. The amazing results are nine totally different looking quilts.
The reception will take place on Sunday, May 5, from 2:00-4:00pm. Everyone is invited to join in this celebration of spring and to meet the quilters.
Continue reading to learn about the challenge rules
Once again, our upper gallery will house the vibrant and unique art from area K-12 art students. Included in this year’s display are selected pieces from Artworks’ After School classes and seven districts: Big Rapids, Reed City, Chippewa Hills, St Peter’s Lutheran, Crossroads Charter Academy, Evart, and Morley Stanwood. Art Attack runs from March 6 to April 12 with a special reception planned for the artists and their families on March 17 from 12-3 p.m. If you haven’t been to see Art Attack in years past, you must come this year. It is an explosion of talent, creativity and youth to warm your heart and energize your soul with hundreds of works on display.
What: Motawi Tile Exhibit, Upper level Art works, until Jan 19, 2013
Reception: November 18, 1-3pm. Meet the artists Nawal Motawi and Dr. Fred Guenther, Free to the public, refreshments served. Gift shop open.
Artworks is hosting a special exhibit of Motawi art tiles in our upper gallery now until Jan 19th. Motawi tiles are produced in Ann Arbor Michigan and sold around the world. The quality and unique designs capture everyone’s attention, but the fact that each tile is hand glazed and made to order makes these pieces extraordinary. The exhibit highlights both the history of Motawi Tiles, started by Nawal Motawi and her brother Karim in her Ann Arbor garage. There is also a display that shows how the tiles are created, and some of the historic pieces from past series.
Artworks also has the rare opportunity to sell the Motawi Tiles for commission in our gift shop. Many of the pieces on display are available for sale. Along with the Motawi Tile exhibit, we invited local woodworker, Dr. Fred Guenther to display works he created integrating Motawi Tiles. See his lovely framed tiles, clocks and other pieces in the upper level exhibit space. Whether you wish to incorporate a tile in an installation for your kitchen, bathroom or entry foyer or just put a tile on an easel to display, come in and browse, touch and purchase your very own Motawi Tile.
In addition, we have a lovely reception planned for Nov 18 from 1-3pm. Artist and owner of Motawi Tiles, Nawal Motawi, will speak and join us for the reception. We also have the pleasure of Dr. Guenther, woodworker, joining the festivities. The reception will be open to the public and will coincide with our holiday gift shop reception which will take place from 11-4 the same day. You are officially invited!