This exhibition features drawings and paintings inspired by human dynamics, animal forms, and natural scenery.
Join us for the opening reception on Friday, February 1 from 6 – 9 pm with a gallery talk at 7 pm.
With over forty years of award-winning art experience, Ann Kelly of West Bloomfield captures human and natural subjects using charcoal, pastel, and watercolor. Her work reflects the appreciation of nature’s fleeting design whether found in a distinguished facial expression or a play of light across a river.
Born in Argentina, Nora Venturelli resides in Ann Arbor. She earned a BFA from the University of Michigan and a MFA from Eastern Michigan University. She currently teaches drawing and painting at the University of Michigan Stamps School of Art & Design. Venturelli is captivated by human dynamics — how people move, communicate, interact, and present themselves. Her mixed media paintings reveal the layers and intricacies of the human form as well as human character.
Fran Wolok of Bloomfield studied at the Avni School of Art in Israel before she earned a BFA in Industrial Design from Wayne State University. She captures the transient effects of light and color on natural forms. She adds calligraphic brushstrokes to depict nature’s subtleties and tweaks the composition to guide the viewers’ eye in and around her acrylic and oil landscapes.
The exhibition is held in appreciation of members who have generously supported the growth and creativity of the organization and arts in the community over the past year. This exhibition will showcase the talents of over 50 current member artists through original works of art created in a variety of media and styles.
The Northville Art House invites current members of any age to submit one entry into the exhibition.
Complete the free online entry form here>> by Sunday, February 17 at 11:59 pm EST.
Or download the entry form here>> and deliver to the Art House by Saturday, February 16 at 3:59 pm EST.
The exhibition will feature a diverse collection of work created by students of all ages enrolled in classes at the Northville Art House.
This exhibition is the culmination of the IB Art experience for students at Northville High School. The students present 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).”
Each year, the National PTA offers local, regional, state, and national opportunities for young artists in preschool through grade 12 to be recognized for their creativity. Join us for the 50th Anniversary of the National PTA program as we present Northville’s best in the areas of dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and the visual arts.
The 2018-19 theme “Heroes Around Me” sparks imagination and creativity at school and at home.
This juried competition will showcase the beauty, richness, and versatility of colored pencil through works selected by juror Barbara Goodsitt.
Complete the online entry form here>> for the Fine Point: Juried Colored Pencil Exhibition by Sunday, March 17 at 11:59 pm EST.
Download the 2019 Call for Entry and Prospectus here>> for details!
Links will be available on January 17.
About the Juror
Barbara Goodsitt has a Bachelors degree in Fine Art with Honors from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her concentration was on painting, drawing, and printmaking. She is a published illustrator whose clients include medical, educational, business, and nonprofit organizations throughout the United States. Her art blog was recently selected as one of the top 25 colored pencil blogs on the Internet by Feedspot.com.
Barbara began her art career working in scientific illustration for hospitals and universities including Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston and the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Barbara has illustrated over 20 books for the University of Michigan Press. Her art has been featured in Ann Kullberg’s publications, the Icarus Art Drawing Board Website, and by the U-art Paper Company’s website. Barbara teaches “Drawing In Color’ for Washtenaw Community College’s Community Enrichment Division, Ann Arbor Rec and Ed, and she also gives workshops. She exhibits her work in juried art shows and galleries.
Barbara is a member of the Colored Pencil Society of America (CPSA), the Michigan Chapter of CPSA, and the Detroit Artists Market. She is a past president of the Ann Arbor Women Artists Organization, where she is currently on the board of directors.
This exhibition features plein air and studio oil and pastel compositions by two Michigan artists highlighting the bucolic landscapes, life, and nature of Michigan.
Alan Maciag is a 1974 graduate of Central Michigan University with a Masters Degree in Art Education. He has retired after teaching art for the last thirty-two years in the Frankenmuth School District. His inspired works are numerous and are in private collections in California, Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Texas, Florida, Michigan, Germany and France.
Alan paints with oils en plein air or outdoors. The pure beauty of nature inspires his paintings. Alan is especially moved by sunlight and the magic a ray of light can cast upon a particular subject revealing the depth and fundamental form waiting to be captured on canvas…from a field of poppies to an Ida Red apple. His rural landscapes, often depicting the the vast rural farmland around his home, are a balance between form, distance, color and content. This balance creates a sense of calm and bucolic reverence for the rural heritage of Michigan. One is invited to simply “step in” for a moment and be surrounded by the spirit created on the canvas.
“As an ‘open air’ painter, I channel all my sensory faculties to absorb the truth in sight complemented by the atmosphere around me. By placing myself among these magnificent gifts of light and nature, my visions are propelled from my head to my hand to my canvas… I use no formulas for painting but have learned to trust my own vision to find truth before me.”
Tom Tomasek has had a lifelong love of drawing and painting and has exhibited his work professionally for more than twenty years. His work has appeared in numerous exhibitions including at the Dennos Museum in Traverse City, the Muskegon Museum of Art in Muskegon, the Saginaw Art Museum in Saginaw, and the Governor’s Residence in Lansing. His work has also has been selected for publication in Pastel Journal Magazine and in the book, The Art of the Sleeping Bear Dunes.
Tom’s award-winning pastel compositions depicting Michigan landscapes and nature are known for highlighting the interactions between land, sky, water and light. He attributes is appreciation of landscapes to his rural upbringing, which includes beautiful places like the Great Lakes as well as the ordinary views like the farm fields we drive by everyday. While many of his larger pieces are produced at his studio, Tom, like Alan also paints en plein air.
“I am trying to capture not just a view, but also a feeling that a place evokes. When I finish a painting, my hope is that it enables me to return to that place and moment. I’m especially happy when others who view my work can also feel a sense of that place and time.”
September 6 – 28 : The 11th Annual West of Center Juried All-Media Exhibition
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, our distinguished juror will selected works of art from based on his or her vision with an emphasis given to compelling works of art presented in new, imaginative and unexpected ways.
This exhibition will feature portraits and figurative work developed in the studio from a live model. The work includes paintings in in oil and pastel, as well as drawings in charcoal. The participating artists include Susan Perrish, Mary Step, Sara Hadley, Kathleen McNamee, Kathleen Connell, Kathleen Boettcher, Candace Brancik, Jayne Brophy, Janet Kondziela, Nina Ashraf Asmi and Lynn Newman.
The biennial Small Works exhibition featured works by artists from Michigan and around the country. The exhibition includes photography, paintings, ceramics, fibers, jewelry, and more juried by the Northville Art House’s Exhibition Commitee. All works are for sale and measure 12 inches or less in all dimensions. The majority of art will be on sale for under $300 making them perfect holiday gifts.