Raised in the rolling farmlands of western Michigan, Karen VanDam Michmerhuizen has long been aware of the constant interplay of light and shadow caused by the clouds which continually form and drift ashore along Lake Michigan. The vivid richness of the seasons forms a lavish palette that delights her senses and inspires her artistic endeavors. Karen paints outdoors applying oil and cold-wax to canvas with a brush and palette knife. Her plein-air landscapes capture the light, colors, and shapes she admired as a child, drawing viewers into their natural settings.
Karen VanDam Michmerhuizen, Leaning Pine, oil on canvas, 24″ x 36″
Inspired by a visit to Claude Monet’s home and gardens in Normandy, France, Pamela Day shares the development of a particular grouping of giant rhubarb—from rising bulb to fanned out leaves—in her Giverny in Spring series. She paints with gouache, a versatile and opaque watercolor, to capture detailed and expressive views of the flora and foliage. Each painting reflects a new stage with a variety of textures, shades of natural colors, and reflections of light in Pamela’s signature “stylized-realism” approach.
Pamela Day, New Giverny, gouache, 26″ x 19″
Reception: Friday, June 4, 5 pm – 8 pm
Dr. William Demray has operated his dental practice Preservation Dental in one of the historic homes in downtown Northville for 44 years, and has been avid photographer for even longer. He annually organizes Short on Words for the Northville Art House’s Arts and Acts Festival, where authors are asked to take a look at Doc’s photographs and write a short story or poem about what they see. His enthusiastic support for local, national and international organizations has been recognized throughout the community as well as featured on an episode of the PBS series Under The Radar. Two years ago, he received the Detroit District Dental Society’s 2019 Dentist Citizen of the Year award for his outstanding community service and commitment to the health and welfare of his patients and community. The Northville Art House is excited to present the photographs from Dr. Demray’s albums that each tell a story in this gallery exhibition.
Reception: Friday, July 9, 5 pm – 8 pm
The Northville Art House, in partnership with Maybury State Park and the Friends of Maybury State Park, invites artists to paint, draw, and sketch in the open air the natural beauty of the Maybury State Park. Selected by a juror, artists create work at the Maybury State Park Paint-Out to be exhibited at the Northville Art House. Prizes totaling $1000 will be presented by the juror at the opening reception for the exhibition.
Reception: Saturday, July 31, 3 pm – 6 pm