Join the Northville Art House as we present the artwork of student finalists and winners from Northville Public Schools who participated in the 2018-2019 National PTA’s Reflections program.
The students, K through 12thgrade, submitted completed works of art based on the theme, Heroes Around Me, in the one or more areas of dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and the visual arts. The finalists and winners had the opportunity to move through the local competition to the state PTA program and the national level.
Congratulations to all the participating students from Northville Public Schools. For a list of Michigan PTA awards winners, go to: https://www.michiganpta.org/2018-19-reflections-winners.html
The National PTA states, “For 50 years, National PTA’s Reflections program has helped students explore their own thoughts, feelings and ideas, develop artistic literacy, increase confidence and find a love for learning that will help them become more successful in school and in life.”
This juried competition will showcase the beauty, richness, and versatility of colored pencil through works selected by juror Barbara Goodsitt. Notification of selections on or before April 5.
Join us for the opening reception Friday, May 3 6 – 9 pm with Award Presentation at 7pm.
ABOUT THE JUROR
Barbara Goodsitt has a BFA with Honors from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is a member of the Colored Pencil Society of America (CPSA), Michigan Chapter of CPSA, and Detroit Artists Market. She currently is on the Board of Directors of the Ann Arbor Women Artists organization.
Barbara has illustrated over 20 books for the University of Michigan Press. Her art has been featured in Ann Kullberg’s publications and the Icarus Art Drawing Board and by the UART Pastel Paper websites. Barbara teaches Drawing in Colorfor Washtenaw Community College and frequently leads colored pencil workshops. She exhibits her work in juried art exhibitions and galleries. Feedspot.com, an online content reader, recently selected her art blog, https://barbaragoodsitt.blogspot.com, as one of the top 25 colored pencil blogs on the web.
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.”
This exhibition will feature artwork by artists from six Metro Detroit tattoo parlors each with their own individual style and body of work influenced by the tattoo culture. Work may include drawings, illustrations; paintings, digital artwork, photography, pyrography, sculpture, mixed media and more.
“As an artist who is learning the trade of tattooing, I find the intersection of the traditions of fine art and tattoo art to be incredibly interesting.” – Kyle Pryce, exhibiting artist.
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, Lynn Newman and Rose Rhodes.
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.