In a nod to our location, as well as our philosophy of bringing the community something unexpected, West of Center is an annual effort to showcase contemporary artworks. For the exhibition, juror Brian Nelson, Professor of Sculpture at Eastern Michigan University, selected 32 works of art from 22 artists based on his vision with an emphasis given to compelling works of art presented in new, imaginative and unexpected ways. Winners: Eugenia Hoag (1), Gail Borowski (2), Rosemary Lee (3), and David Bartlett (HM).
The Graded Wash featured 29 artists who painted with watercolor, gouache, and other mediums to create 44 colorful works including landscapes, seascapes, and portraits, as well as, animal, plant and abstract motifs. Juror Jill Stefani Wagner selected these remarkable works from 86 diverse entries. In the news: The Oakland Press. Winners: Jean Canavan (1), Denise Willing-Booher (2), Julia Pangborn-Harley (3), and James Velthoven (HM).
Confluence merged the talented world of two Michigan fiber artists who use both traditional and contemporary materials and techniques. Influenced by nature year-round and abstract non-objective shapes and wild colors, Jennifer Gould’s pieces involve a wide diversity of techniques combined with unusual fabrics. Gould creates unique wall-hung and freestanding textiles as well as textile figures to express her place in the world. Boisali Biswas has always had a deep-rooted attachment to traditional art forms of India and owes some of her stylization to the captivating traditional patterns and the rich array of colors. Adapting to Western Styles and techniques, combining them with her lifelong fascination for ethnic arts around the world, have all been a melting pot for her to create a multicultural ‘canvas’ of fiber assemblages, art quilts and wallpaper weavings.
The Student Art Exhibit features two- and three-dimensional works of art in various mediums created by talented middle and high school students. In its 18th year, this exhibit is a collaboration with local art educators to promote the appreciation and importance of art in schools and aims to demonstrate to students the experience needed to work as art professionals or pursue post-secondary degrees in the fine arts. We encourage all of our students to participate in the arts and this annual exhibit. We also thank our educators, parents, guardians and community members who support their creative interests. Special thanks to Lucia Danes, Bob Wesley, Jim Roth of Custard Time, Biggby Coffee and Subway for donations of awards and prizes.
Each year, the National PTA offers local, regional, state, and national opportunities for young artists to be recognized for their creativity. Join us as we present Northville’s best in the areas of dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and the visual arts. The 2016-7 theme is “What’s Your Story?”
– IMPRINT was devoted to Livonia artist, Kate Paul, whose described style of “Whimsical Surrealism” often reveals in her works a balance between abstraction and representation. The exhibition presented a unique opportunity to study the artist’s evolution over the last decade, beginning with her early works, influenced by her background in theatrical scenery painting, and concluding with her final works, transformed by her introspection and perseverance after being diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2010. The exhibition featured over 50 works, including paintings, etchings, sketches, sculptures, and prose, by this self-taught artist who left an indelible imprint on the regional arts community. The Northville Art House donated 15% of the gallery sales to the Michigan Ovarian Cancer Alliance with matching funds provided by Gordy Paul.
This final exhibition was the culmination of the students’ IB Art experience. Students presented a selection of their best work in the form of a curated final show, and defend and articulate their purpose and intention in a written rationale.
“The visual arts are an integral part of everyday life, permeating all levels of human creativity, expression, communication and understanding (www.ibo.org).”
Featured over 60 original works in all mediums, including painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, jewelry, clay, and mixed media. The exhibition showcased the talents of member artists as well as recognizes the people who support the growth and creativity of the arts in the community.
Featured 24 lithographs, intaglios, and relief prints by Robin Gibson, an Associate Professor of Art at Penn State University. Her work has been widely exhibited and are in numerous collections including the San Francisco Museum of Fine Arts; the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and the Smithsonian Institution.
Ms. Gibson is “interested in images that suggest rather than define; a landscape view that remains anonymous, devoid of identifying details that might reveal any particular place or viewpoint.” Though specific places may be hidden and recognizable only by their title, such as Yosemite, her multilayered prints, on closer look, reveal fluid lines, subtle coloring, and rich textures to capture the natural world.
Featured 50 ceramic works of art, both sculptural and functional, created by artists from the Clay Gallery. Drawing from both pottery and handcraft traditions, each artist puts a contemporary spin to figurines, vessels and other decorative and utilitarian objects. These fine examples of original clay work conveyed “the importance of art in everyone’s life” and make beautiful holiday gifts. The artists represented included: Shirley White Black, Royce Disbrow, Craig Hishaw, Shirley Knudsvig, Yiu Keung Lee, Brigit Macomber, Susie Stephenson, Kris Stewart, Joe Szutz, Debbie Thompson, and Donna Williams.
In a nod to our location, as well as our philosophy of bringing the community something unexpected, West of Center is an inspired effort to showcase contemporary works of art selected by a highly-regarded juror (Kate Paul).
Winners: Rosemary Lee (1st Place), Eugenia Hoag (2nd Place), Judith Waterman (3rd Place), & Nicole Pelc-Church (4th Place).
The Northville Art House presented the work of six compelling and award winning artists in our first Assemblage Invitational, Piece by Piece. Rick Cronn of Ann Arbor, Cre Fuller of Ypsilanti, Ozie of Wixom, Catherine Peet of Royal Oak, Stephen Palmer of Traverse City (see Sawtooth Fish) and Mike Sivak of Ann Arbor each brought a unique perspective to the art of Assemblage.
Featured Janet Kondziela (seeLa Femme Fiere), Nina Ashraf Asmi and Mary Step are award-winning, metro Detroit area artists who meet weekly to paint the human form. This exhibition showcased their diverse artistic styles as they capture portraits of their subjects. Sponsored by Dan Delano of Edward Jones Investments.
May is student art month in Northville. The Student Fine Art Exhibit, featured an array of exceptional two and three-dimensional work from talente middle and high school students. This exhibit is a collaboration with Northville’s art educators to promote art appreciation among the community’s youth. National Art Contest “Reflections” award winners were are also showcased. Sponsored by The Northville Gallery Artwork & Framing.
Showcased the work of Richard Rochon (1931-2009) and examined his artistic influence on four generations of the Rochon Family. Rochon is well known in the field of architecture for his masterful renderings of buildings throughout the world and his personal drawings in colored pencil as well as watercolor and oil paintings offer an atmospheric sense of place. The exhibition also included artwork in a variety of mediums by his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Pictured: Richard Rochon, Edinburg, Scotland
As a member and supporter of the Northville Art House, we would like to invite you to participate in our upcoming 10th Annual Member Exhibition. This exhibition was developed to showcase our local talent and to say thank you to everyone who has supported the growth and creativity of the arts in our community. Over 60 artisted participated in this annual exhibition sponsored by Tracy Wick of Keller Williams Realty.
Barbara Bushey, Associate Professor and Art Department Chair at Hillsdale College, and Susan Moran, Instructor at Detroit’s Center for Creative Studies, are two award-winning fiber artists whose work develops from close observation of the Michigan landscape. They use the techniques of resist dyeing, quilting, collage and stitching to construct, enhance and emphasize their imagery that reveals the details of surfaces and structures, of our woodlands and waterways, throughout the seasons of year.
This exhibit showcased works of art limited to 12″ x 12″ by artists from throughout metro Detroit and several other states. We chose 120 artworks from over 270 entries, with painting, drawing, sculpture, jewelry making, and many other disciplines represented. Pictured: Tomato and Onion Goblet by Jean Donegan
Featured creative interpretations by members of the Northville Camera Club including: nature, animals, family, culture and architecture.
Features over 30 digital photograph manipulations by Ann Arbor artist and photographer Denise Rohde. Rohde uses her traditional training in photographic processes, while embracing digital editing to create a style of her own. By deconstructing and reconstructing familiar subjects, Rohde takes the viewer on a dream-like journey to a remarkable world. Rohde’s visual stories reveal a sense of solitude and mystery, often heightened through a prop like an old tattered doll or a rusty cart filled with skeleton bones.
The exhibition represents the individual, artistic interpretations of the studio model. Featured are 14 artists who have been meeting weekly at the studio of artist Mary Step for the past 10 years. Exhibiting artists are: Jan Brown, Janet Kondziela, Kathy O’Connell, Nina Ashraf Asmi, Jeff Cancelosi, Sara Hadley, Barbara Eko Murphy (Pictured: Madame Butterfly), Kathleen Boettcher, Daria Fileta, Linda Logan, Sandra Bozer, Lynn Newman and Mary Step.
As a life-long landscape artist in the Midwest, Barbara White tells a story with her new works to reveal images that flow through the composition. With a strong emphasis on intense color and design, her ultimate goal as a painter is to evoke an emotional response in the viewer by capturing the soul of the scenery to create visual impact and convey a painterly message in a semi-abstract, representational style. (Pictured: Peaceful Panorama)
In a nod to our location, as well as our philosophy of bringing the community something unexpected, West of Center is an inspired effort to showcase contemporary works of art in all media selected by a highly-regarded juror (Topher Crowder).
Witness in a Shooting Gallery, by Kate Paul (Best in Show)
May is student art month in Northville. The Student Fine Art Exhibit, featured an array of exceptional two and three-dimensional work from talente middle and high school students. This exhibit is a collaboration with Northville’s art educators to promote art appreciation among the community’s youth. (Pictured: Yellow Salt Teapot by Aurora Gross)
Showcasing the work of seven accomplished pastel artists curated by Bob Wesley. Pastel is made by mixing powdered pigments with a binder, usually gum arabic, shaping this mixture into sticks, and leaving it to dry. These crayons or sticks of pigment are very crumbly and their colored powder adheres only loosely to paper, which traditionally was roughened in advance to create a surface for the material to cling to. Works in pastel are thus fragile, as movement can loosen the powder. Pictured: Jill Stefani Wagner – Cypress Lane
“To live in the mad world of manmade incantations & hocus pocus gives me not any special knowledge to understand the mystery of life. The knowledge is knowing that I don’t know and cannot know the magic that surrounds me. The lessons learned are of experimenting with colour, paint, and images that define me. The mystery lesson is the comedy of errors and insights that lead me to play on! Kate Paul, 2015)” Curated by Took Gallagher. Pictured: Morning
The Northville Art House is proud to present its 9th Annual Member Exhibition showcasing over 70 works of art in this all-media, non-juried member show. This exhibition was developed to showcase local talent and to say “thank you” to everyone who is supporting the growth and creativity of the arts in our community. New, emerging and experienced artists come together to present some of their favorite works of art in this highly anticipated exhibition.
“We move through a variety of industrial, post-industrial, modern and post-modern environments and then work to resolve landscape and nature within this cacophony of place. These compositions are offered to the viewer to visually explore and chronicle that complex relationship.”
John’s paintings are composed in order to confront a variety of environments and perspectives at once. They bring together a number of complex contemporary spaces for the purpose of an immediate comparison.
This auction collection of 141 mosaic artworks from artists represented 13 countries was an example of the diverse creativity in this again-burgeoning art form, benefitted Doctors Without Borders at the online auction website: www.biddingforgood.com.
The event was curated by Lin Schorr, an award-winning mosaic artist from Novi, Michigan with a passion for this ancient form of art.
Showcased in the lower level gallery of the Northville Art House, “The Art of Light” was the theme of this year’s Northville Camera Club exhibition. This exhibition was the club’s biggest event of the year. Members were invited to participate in this show and it’s the one time of year that their local photographic talent can be seen in one place. The Northville Arts Commission invites photographers of all skill levels to join the Northville Camera Club. Monthly meeting include guest speakers and opportunities for members to display and discuss their w ork. Meetings take place from 7:30-9 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month in the lower level of the Art House. There is a $25 annual membership fee.
Showcased both early and current work, this exhibit illustrates the evolution of Art Quilts in techniques, trends, styles and materials of the “Art Quilt” genre by fiber artists and members of Ann Arbor’s “Paradigm Fiber Art Group”, including Mary Andrews, Jill Ault, Mary Bajz, Deborah Danko, Cindy Geist, Mary Gentry, Sonja Hagen, Donna Hamilton, Sue Holdaway-Heys, Pat Holly, Patricia Ingersoll, Carolyn King, Gretchen Jackson, Barbara Kilbourn, Linda Larsen and Carol Wineman. These talented and award winning artists have exhibited with distinction in prestigious national and international shows and are known throughout the international fiber art community. Pictured: Omega Turtle by Mary Gentry
What’s Your “Line”? This was the question posed to artists who entered the exhibition. Is it a smear of paint from one dot to another? A quick note penned on a card? A group of people standing in a row? The words that start a lifelong conversation?
With no specific definition in mind, the Northville Art House presented the personal interpretations of the word “lines” in this eclectic show. Artists include: Sandra Ackerman, Clarine Boles, Danna Wolke Bowersox, Peggy N. Brewer, Nancy Cassel, Daria Fileta, Jack Glaab, Judy Gilmer, Jennifer Helner, Claudia Hershman, Rosemary Lee, Ellen Leigh, Jan Lucking, Michael McNamara, Aileen Mozug, Barbara Eko Murphy, DeAndre Norman, Sarah Olson, Kate Paul, Janice Polzin, Patricia Riascos, Joanne Rochon, Ellen Sherman, Lori Zurvalec.
“Painting is a passion I have had since childhood. The process of creativity is what interests me and drives me. I enjoy capturing the objects I see, people I know, and the beautiful scenery around me with my brushes. I strive to evoke emotions in my paintings by expressive brush strokes, and passionate rich colors. It is perpetually fascinating to me how an object of art could speak to us without any language barrier. I would like my paintings to speak of life, of love, and of humanity. My favorite painting medium is oil on canvas and my painting subjects include cityscapes, figures, and the beauty of nature.”
In a nod to our location, as well as our philosophy of bringing the community something unexpected, West of Center is an inspired effort to showcase contemporary works of art in all media selected by a highly-regarded juror. Pictured: Smoke Face by Joanne Rochon and Relentless by Amy Fell.
May is student art month in Northville. The Student Fine Art Exhibit, featured an array of exceptional two and three-dimensional work from talented middle and high school students (6th through 12th grades). This exhibit is a collaboration with Northville’s art educators to promote art appreciation among the community’s youth. The art showcases a variety of disciplines–from photography and metals to painting and ceramics. Please join us in celebrating the achievements and creativity of these young artists. Pictured:”Untitled” by Julia Miyahara
“Detritus” featured the work of Detroit cultural icon and acknowledged airbrush master, Tom Thewes. Thewes’ compelling artwork has been described as masterful firestorms of line and color–still images that are anything but still. Painted facets and planes, the visual impact of tectonic plates that shift and collide, capture pop cultural insights from the artist’s own underground experiences and brave influences.
1. debris: debris or discarded material
2. rock fragments: fragments of rock that have been worn away
“Sustained Patterns” interprets human biology as a common theme. Wilt, who is in her 90s, examined working parts coming together and focuses on depicting human anatomy. Moucoulis was inspired by the recent birth of her grandson. Estep depicted her own birth story.
Featured the work of three generations: Ellen Wilt, Eastern Michigan University professor, taught Ellen Moucoulis, Schoolcraft College art professor, from 1983-1986, who in turn taught artist Natalie Estep from 2004-2007.
The Northville Art House was proud to present the 8th annual exhibition showcasing the varies styles and mediums of our artist members. This yearly show was designed to say “Thank You” to everyone who has supported the growth and creativity of the arts in Northville.
A life-long artist, Jan Brown began her journey into abstract expressionism three years ago. Her paintings force viewers to alter their perceptions on how a painting can move them, how pre-conceived ideas can change, and how color, line and shapes can cause reactions that sometimes force people out of their comfort zones. Through her nonrepresentational work, the audience is forced to confront memories, hidden images and emotions, and find their own messages within the art.
The art in our Small Works is perfect for the holiday gift giving season. This exhibit showcased works of art limited to 12″ x 12″ by artists from throughout metro Detroit and several other states. Artwork mediums such as painting, drawing, sculpture, jewelry making, and many other disciplines are represented.
Showcased in the lower level of the Art House is “The Art of Light”, the theme of this year’s Northville Camera Club exhibit which was the club’s biggest event of the year. Members were invited to participate in this show and it’s the one time of year that their local photographic talent can be seen in one place.
(Bourbon Street Lady by Nancy Cassel)
What is it that inspires an artist? Personal mythologies, guardians and guides, spirits and ancestors, fairy tales, folklore, music, dreams? The Northville Art House is pleased to present a group exhibition which offers a glimpse of what inspires eight individual artists and moves them to create.
The show features the work of: Anita Andersons, Renee M. Dooley, Mary Fortuna, Diane Hawkey, Leann Meixner, Juana Moore, Kate Paul and Mike Sivak. Pictured: The Guardian by Diane Hawkey
Can a building be autobiographical? Yes, in the hands of artist-architect Terry Lee Dill. For the past 20 years, Dill has conceptualized fantastical buildings as metaphors of his daily life. His drawings–elaborate creations of black ink and gold leaf, shot through with imagery of nature, religion and desire–are constructions entirely for the mind to explore and enjoy. There are hints of Dr. Seuss, M.C. Escher and Erich Mendelsohn in this work. As a result, “Dimorphism” will appeal to adults and children alike!
Terry Lee Dill holds degrees in architectural engineering, painting and sculpture, has taught at Detroit’s College for Creative Studies, and has lectured on his work at numerous universities, including Stanford, Yale and Harvard.
An installation of the works of two renowned Detroit-based photographers who have collaborated in various ways throughout their careers, first in a student-teacher relationship at the College for Creative Studies (CCS), later as colleagues, and most recently, photographing the people and the landscape of carnivals. The work demonstrated the artists’ diverse stylistic and thematic approaches.
Carlos Diaz, Professor of Photography at CCS, offers photographs that are staged portraits of carnival ride attendants as well as images of the carnival landscape. Bill Rauhauser, Professor Emeritus of Photography at CCS, presents “street photographs,” finding his subject, as did Baudelaire’s flaneurs, while mingling with the crowd.
The show was curated by Mary McNichols, Ph.D., Professor of Art History at CCS.
The 5th annual “West of Center” contemporary arts, all-media show featured work chosen by juror Matt Eaton, a renowned artist and Director and Curator of Detroit’s Red Bull House of Art. The show featured a wide range of accomplished pieces, including wood sculpture, acrylics, mixed media, glass and steel, assemblages, pastels, oils, ink stamp, photography, graphite pencil, fiber and more. Pictured: “Hidden Secrets” by Peggy Kerwan and Spirit of Bad Dolls by Juana Moore
May is Student Month at the Northville Art House. Each year, the upper gallery presents work done by Northville High School students in their art classes and the lower gallery displays work by local middle school students. In addition, the Art House hosts a reception honoring the Northville winners of the National PTSA “Reflections” art competition. Pictured: Skelton by H. Ramsden and Stout by S. Young
Featured the work of Amy Foster and Vianna Szabo. Friends and instructors who share a love of capturing the human form, Foster is a master draftsman who loves line and gesture while Szabo’s passion is paint and color. Their collaboration has produced an exciting collection of work that showcases visions of traditional figure and portrait in line and brush.Pictured: Becca by Vianna Szabo and Portrait Demo by Amy Foster
Words. Inclusive yet expansive, questioning, deciding, negating, affirming, entertaining. A private conversation inviting public discourse. The work of Dennis Michael Jones is all about words. Integrating words and objects into deceptively simple images, Mr. Jones draws the viewer into an internal dialogue. Because Mr. Jones’ pieces inherently involve direct interaction with viewers, each individual experienced the show differently and we were delighted to open the conversation with this dynamic exhibit.
The annual Member Exhibition at the Northville Art House is always a favorite. In its 7th year, the member show highlights the work of Art House Members in a variety of mediums and subject matter. This exhibition was developed to showcase local talent and to say “thank you” to everyone who is supporting the growth and creativity of the arts in our community. New and experienced artists come together a show off some of their favorite works of art in this highly anticipated exhibition.