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Home for the Holidays 

The new works gallery was converted into a cozy home for the holidays.  Featuring winter or holiday themed items by our regular artists as well as gift ideas for shoppers.  

Color Journey, a lifetime of learning

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This two-person exhibition includes Jeff Bohl’s sculptural work and Coco Sweezy’s mixed media paintings. Impression / Abstraction juxtaposes two artists approaches to rendering life in their own unique styles.Jeff Bohl completely abstracts the human form and the result is a Picasso-esque interpretation with enlarged facial elements and skewed body parts. Coco Sweezy works from life. Her work parallels that of the impressionists. Her subject matter includes birds, fruit, and a variety of domestic settings with impressionistic qualities. 


Linda Thompson: Hello Sunshine

Linda Thompson is an artist from Battle Creek who specializes in oil paintings. Her style is reminiscent of post-impressionism, especially Van Gogh, with a dash of Matisse. Linda is primarily known for her vibrant still life compositions with fruit, flowers, and other traditional objects. This body of work, however, is inspired by her time in Naples, Florida, where she spends most of the winter months. Hello Sunshine depicts the serenity of Florida’s coastline. Bold colors appear in umbrellas and the multitude of hues that border the shoreline. Linda juxtaposes rigid, colorful shapes with soft forms in one complete composition. 

Salina Kalnins: Prudent Mariner

Salina Kalnins uses nautical charts as the base for her landscapes and seascapes. The map shows through the painting like it’s been superimposed with software. Salina strives to allow the viewer to find familiarity and connection by showing specific locations in her paintings, both in the nautical chart and in the scene itself. Her focus is conveying a sense of peace and tranquility. It’s okay to sit, relax, and do nothing but stare out over the water.


Prudent Mariner is titled after a saying in the nautical world that states, “The prudent mariner will not rely solely on any single aid to navigation”. In other words, you may know your destination, but getting there takes a whole lot more than just a map.

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Rich Bayes: Mostley Michigan


Mostly Michigan is aptly named, as the majority of Rich’s work capture Michigan scenes and subject matter. The show is composed of lakeshore, barns, and landscapes that depict the seasonal diversity experienced in the Midwest. Rich excels at capturing the light in teh moment. Light is a crucial feature of art. We use it to create focal points and draw attention. While you view Rich’s paintings, pay close attention to what is “lit up” within the composition. Look for the objects or areas that have been given more detail. Even though light is used to emphasize, Rich enjoys the challenge of working with dreary Michigan weather. Some days there is no light to help an artist highlight a social point. In this case, Rich must give extra care to a painting, creating focal points with texture and detail rather than utilizing natural light. It’s an act of love and a total embrace of the Midwest, the place Rich Bayes calls home. 

Joan Larson:The Color of Winter

Joan Larsen’s solo exhibition, housed in the New Works Gallery, includes a collection of colorful and floral work. The exhibition's title, The Color of Winter, references the bold colors in Larsen’s work that she looks to for inspiration during dreary months of Michigan’s winter that would normally affect her mood and motivation for the worse. Larsen creates monotype prints. Each print is first applied onto a piece of plexiglass using a brush. Any painting medium can be used in this process. Once a composition has been applied to the glass, heavy paper is pressed into the design, resulting in an original monotype. Join us for a reception for our current exhibitions on January 20th, 5-7pm. Refreshments will be provided by the gallery. 

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