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winter 2017

The Holland Area Arts Council is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating, engaging and challenging the community through the arts. Register early at or 616-396-3278. Classes fill up quickly!

calendar Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for the latest updates on events, exhibits, classes and workshops or sign up to receive our weekly enewsletter on our website. December 22-23 Sneaky Elves, 10 am to 3 pm December 24-26 Closed for Christmas December 31 New Years Early Eve in THE STUDIO, 10 am to 2 pm January 19 Contemporary Native Voices Opening Reception, 6 pm The Turner Project Opening Reception, 6 pm Mail Art: Delivery System Opening Reception, 6 pm Bluegrass Jam Session, 6 pm January 21 STUDIO event: Make a Terrarium. 10 am to 2 pm January 26 Holland Area Arts Council’s “Frozen” Fundraiser February 3 Brown Bag Lunch Concert, 12 pm February 4 Calligraphy Workshop: Hand Lettering for the Beginner, 9 am Lampwork Glass Jewelry Workshop, 10 am February 11 Valentine’s Day in THE STUDIO, 10 am to 2 pm February 13 Valentine’s Clay Date, 5:30 pm February 16 Bluegrass Jam Session, 6 pm February 25 Big Brush Watercolor Painting Workshop, 10 am Cover art: detail of Spirited Stone by Karin Nelson

letter from the director As 2016 draws to a close, it’s great to look back on the achievements of the last twelve months. Perhaps most exciting was the June opening of THE STUDIO, our hands-on-art and design space. It has been such fun to see makers and tinkerers of all ages enjoy this new creative playground. We are making our local manufacturing and design community part of the fun by tapping into their creative expertise which will keep the installations fresh and the projects inspiring as we move forward. We also became a partner in the North American Reciprocal Museum Program. This gives members at the $100 level access to member benefits at other museums. Show your NARM card, and you’ll be treated just like a member at over 700 institutions across the country. It’s never been a better time to be a member of the Arts Council! Our community partnerships have blossomed over this past year as well. We’ve developed new class trip programs with the Holland Museum and the Kruizenga Art Museum. In November we held our second annual Nutcracker Ballet Afternoon Tea with the Grand Rapids Ballet Youth Company. This magical event enchanted everyone and sparked more ideas of collaboration between our two organizations. (Stay tuned for more exciting news on that front!) In 2017, we look forward to celebrating our organizations’ 50th year! It will be filled with art classes and workshops, exhibitions and cultural programming. It will also be a banner year. We are launching a new Avenue Banner project for downtown Holland. Once again artists’ colorful, whimsical works will be enlivening our streetscapes and delighting our visitors with fresh designs. We have so much to celebrate and much to look forward to as we welcome the New Year! We hope you’ll join us.


current exhibitions

detail of Healing Leaves by Catherine McClung

reprize 2016 november 17 - january 14 padnos & armstrong galleries In our fifth annual nod to Grand Rapids’ ARTPrize, the Arts Council invites select local Lakeshore participants of this years’ event to display their entries in our galleries. ​ rtists include: Maggie Bandstra, Lori Burgenmeyer Bearss, A Ed Bonge, Dianne Caroll Burdick, Alla Dickson, Kari Miller Fenwood, Lee Ann Frame, Thomas Humbert, Brooke Jeries, Skylar Korf, John Leben,Catherine McClung, Timothy Rowe, Mike Stewart, Mary Sundstrom, Christine Towner, Mary Westrate

detail of One Last Goodbye by Karin Nelson

timeless structures: memories built with light november 17 - january 14 lievense gallery Karin Nelson, an award winning and nationally published artist from Grand Rapids, Michigan, is best known for her structures: city buildings, rustic barns ... any manmade form with flat planes to reflect the sun. With the aid of large pallet knives and cheap bristle brushes, she expresses her subjects with masculine lines and strong marks. And yet her paintings strike a warm, welcoming chord with her viewers, transporting them to memories from their past. She accomplishes this by representing the lighting conditions in her scenes with a realistic color palette, even though the subjects are slightly abstracted. ​ arin explains, “I believe the strongest triggers to visual memoK ry are related to light, and the endless combinations that make up its nuances. When I am successful in expressing the delicate, mysterious quality of light in the scene, there is a good chance that others have witnessed that same sight, and are brought to a place of memory. And that’s when the connection occurs between myself and the viewer.”


upcoming exhibitions

detail of Stone and Sycamore by Lenore DePree

contemporary native voices january 19 - march 3 padnos gallery An exhibition highlighting the works of Native Great Lakes artists whose works reflect thier cultural heritage but have reached beyond the boundries of tradition. ​ orks from the collections of Grand Valley State University, W Michigan State University will also be exhibited.

mail art: delivery system january 19 - february 24 lievense gallery the turner project: artwork by katherine sullivan and hannah jacobs january 19 - february 3 armstrong gallery

What’s happening in The Studio!


Drop in & Create! Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

10am-2pm 4-7pm 10am-2pm 10am-2pm 12-3pm

$5 each human, $2.50 for member humans Photo by Mike Lozon

Welcome to The Studio, Holland’s creative playground and . thenewest addition to the Holland Area Arts Council! Discover the principles of art and design through play, self-guided art projects and interactive installations for all ages.

events in The Studio Saturday, January 2, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm Make a terrarium and celebrate our new project boxes with the EARTH theme. Saturday, February 11, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm Sunday, February 12, 12:00-3:00 pm Make Handmade pop up valentines! Two days. Cut and paste to show your love.

Friday, March x, 4:00-7:00 pm Create green recycled handmade paper with seeds to plant in the spring during this special Friday night event! Saturday, April 22, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm Celebrate Earth Day! Get wild and make prints from nature using collagraphy!

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winter workshops

Detail of big brush technique by Mary Sundstrom

Calligraphy Workshop-Hand Lettering for the Beginner Instructor: Jane Ewing In this workshop you will learn to letter in script known as Uncials, a lettering style used in the 4th to 8th centuries. With a broad-edged pen you will practice writing the distinct letters of this alphabet. You’ll take home your created manuscript book, the pen and exemplars to perfect and enjoy developing your calligraphic skills. All materials are provided. Ages 16 & up • One Day • Saturday • February 4 • 9:00 am – 4:00 pm • $90 ($85)

Big Brush Watercolor Painting Workshop Instructor: Mary Sundstrom Learn to paint watercolor in a bold and expressive way. We get out the big brushes (Japanese Hake brushes), palettes and masking fluid to make simply composed, richly colored pieces. For some this will come naturally, for others it could be the leap of faith you need. This class is for all levels but especially those that have considered watercolor painting too fussy and hard. Bring two 22”x 30” pieces of cold press watercolor paper to class, one tube each of red, yellow and blue paint and a bag lunch. All other supplies will be provided. Ages 16 & up • One Day • Saturday • February 25 • 10:00 am – 4:00 pm • $90 ($85)

Abstract Expressionism Painting Workshop Instructor: Bette Delvecchio Are you the next Helen Frankenthaler or De Kooning? In this playful workshop, you focus your painting on color, texture, expression and form! Spend a day moving paint around without concern for representational imagery. Bette shows you how to create a textural base coat and work up from it using color, technique and composition. Acrylic paint, canvas, brushes and palette knives are supplied. This class is for all levels but especially those who are ready to try something new. Bring a bag lunch. Ages 16 & up • One Day • Saturday • March 11 • 10:00 am – 4:00 pm • $100 ($95) COMING IN THE SPRING! Oil Painting Workshop with Randall Scott Hardin Ages 18 & up • Three Days • Friday-Sunday • May 19-21 • 10:00 am – 4:00 pm • $375

kids camp! Spring Break Camp: Mid Century Masters! We introduce young creatives to Mid Century Modern artists the fun way! We’ll learn about Jackson Pollock by making a Jackson Pollock painting! We’ll make inventive Calder-like jewelry and screen print like Andy Warhol. And we won’t forget the Louise Bourgeois spiders to celebrate this exciting time in Art History. Can we fit in cookies made like George Nelson Herman Miller clocks? We think yes! An exhibition of the work will be on display on Friday at 3:30pm. Ages 8-12 • 4 days • Tuesday-Friday • April 4-7 • 1:00-4:00 pm • $95 ($90) • Siblings $75 ($65)


adult classes The Arts Council offers a variety of classes throughout the year, and new sessions are always being added. Below you’ll find a list of our standard course offerings. Visit for details and online registration.

drawing Drawing is Key Learn the basics of drawing. Instructor, Sean Sterzer is a master of “Economy of Line” which focuses on excellent composition, and she begins with the techniques you need to create a beautiful drawing or sketch.

jewelry Fused Glass Jewelry Learn basic techniques for fusing glass jewelry from Gini Cooper. Fusing is easy to do even if you’ve never worked with glass before. Lampwork Glass Jewelry Workshop Fire up the torches and join this exciting introduction to basic glass bead-making with Gini Cooper. Through demonstrations, experimentation and instructor guidance, you will learn how to make your own glass beads. Materials are provided and class size is limited.

painting Classic Oil Painting Techniques Learn how to oil paint the old masters way. Instructor John Andersen teaches you what mediums, tools and techniques you need to build a beautiful and traditional oil painting. Color mixing and composition will be demonstrated and discussed.

photo of Abstract Painting by Mike Lozon

photography Let’s Get Digital Photographer Jeff Raterink helps you understand your DSLR camera so you can take beautiful photos. Please bring a tripod. Ages 18 & up A Beginner’s Guide to Digital Photographer Jeff Raterink helps you understand your pointand-shoot digital camera so you can take beautiful photos.

music Bluegrass Jam Sessions Experience American folk music in this jam session, free and open to the public. All instruments and ability levels are welcome. The first hour serves as a slow jam, with an educational element mixed in. After the first hour, anything goes! Bring an instrument and sing a song, pick quietly in the background, or just sit and listen! We share musical traditions, but most of all we have lots of fun! All Ages


Photo of Ceramics class by Mike Lozon

ceramics Ceramics and Clay Sculpture Classes These classes provide expert artist instruction from Instructor Mary Wolter in wheel-throwing, hand-building, texturizing, glazing and firing. Ages 18 & up Clay Date: Ceramic Workshop for Two This fun and creative workshop, led by Instructor Mary Wolter, is for two people! Whether it’s a date or a friend, spend the evening getting your hands dirty. You will be introduced to basic ceramics and the potter’s wheel. Ages 18 & up Ceramics Open Studio Open Studio is available to anyone who has taken a ceramics class at the Arts Council. Currently, you can purchase 8 visits with our Open Studio Punch Cards for $80. Open Studio access includes glazing and firing. Twenty-five pounds of additional clay can be purchased for $30.

general information for students The Holland Area Arts Council offers diverse and exciting classes for all skill levels, and our instructors have impressive credentials and extensive teaching experience. We offer scholarships for those who qualify. For more information call (616) 396-3278 or email Refund Policy. No spots are reserved without full payment or scholarship forms. To receive a check refund, withdrawals must be requested at least 5 business days prior to the start of class, and a $10 processing fee will be retained. To receive class credit, withdrawals must be requested before the second class. If you have questions about class placement, classes that are full, age appropriateness, or other issues that are not addressed here, contact our Program Director, Mary Sundstrom, at mary@ Make-Up Classes. If a class session is cancelled by the Arts Council, a make-up class will be scheduled. Generally, make-up classes are held the week following the last scheduled class. Photo Permission. By registering for a class, you agree to allow the Arts Council to photograph you or your child for promotional purposes. If you do not wish to be photographed, please contact the Program Director at (616) 396-3278 or Registration. Register by calling (616) 396-3278, visiting the Arts Council, or going to Questions? Our friendly staff is happy to help! Call us at (616) 396-3278 or email


support the arts council The Lakeshore has a rich tradition of creativity worth nurturing and growing. A donation of your time, talent or funds will keep this creative spirit alive for generations.

join Become a member. Support the Holland Area Arts Council with a yearly membership contribution and enjoy the benefits of membership at the various levels, starting with discounts on most of our course offerings. Call, go online or visit to learn more and become a member of the Arts Council.

donate The Arts Council is always in need of donated items. Fulfilling our wish list is a great way for you to assist us in our mission. On our wishlist right now: • Ten-foot aluminum step ladder •

Arches watercolor paper

Liquitex acrylic paint

Laptops for computer graphics lab

9 ounce plastic cups for receptions

Wine for receptions (we like Fenn Valley)

Book shelves for our art library

volunteer Volunteers are the lifeblood of our organization! They serve as community ambassadors, and we could not operate without them. Upon completion of 30 hours of volunteer service, you will be rewarded with a tuition waiver for the class of your choice. Contact our volunteer coordinator, Kailey Schroeder, at 616-396-3278 or email her at for more information.

the arts for you location


For 18 years this beautiful facility, situated in Downtown Holland, has been the cornerstone of the arts and the intersection of Holland’s principal cultural organizations. The Holland Symphony Orchestra, Holland Chorale, Holland Symphony Youth Orchestra, Holland Junior Strings, the Holland Friends of Art, Tulipanes Latino Art and Film Festival, West Michigan Fiber Arts Guild, West Michigan Puppetry Guild, All for One Dance Company, Ambrose and Michigan Academy of Folk Music have all been a part of the Arts Council’s creative family and home.

Lorma Freestone Executive Director

public art

Mary Sundstrom Program Director Margaret Foreman Communications Kailey Schroeder Visitor Services Carol Vredeveld Business Manager

Part of the Holland Area Arts Council’s role in the community is to oversee public art projects. These initiatives give artists an opportunity to display their talents and creativity while drawing the public into a lively and robust conversation about the arts.

Ken Freestone Facilities Manager

From “Pigs on Parade,” “Towering Tulips,” and “South Shore Village Murals,” to the “ReMastered,” “See the Z” and “ReCycled” avenue banners, public art projects delight and engage our community.

Board of Directors

grants The Holland Area Arts Council serves as the Regranting Coordinator for Allegan, Mason, Muskegon, Oceana and Ottawa Counties. The Minigrant program is a grant-giving partnership funded by the State of Michigan through the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) and administered by agencies in each region of the state. Minigrants provide funds for locally-developed, high-quality arts and cultural projects: special opportunities to address local arts and cultural needs and to increase public access to arts and culture. For more information on Minigrants, visit

Natalie Beasley Creative Technician

Anne Gaskin Nemschoff, President D. Scott Essenburgh, Vice President Alpha Mansaray, Treasurer Rich Evenhouse, Secretary Jimmy Brieve Leslie Brigham Alla Dickson Mike Dunlap Patricia Flynn Gordon Julius Alpha Mansaray Lois Mulder Shani Padnos Lori Smolinski


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Winter 2017 Catalog