Check for class listings June 1st and get signed up - classes fill fast!
ArtVentures' Mentoring Program is available for children ages 9-17 beginning June 15th. Twenty spaces are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please register by June 7th, 2012. Download the registration form and get signed up!
ArtVentures is currently offering adult classes in Woodburning, Watercolor, and Intro to 2-D Design. Woodburning is on April 28th, Watercolor is ongoing and 2-D begins May 5th. The children's classes include Ink Techniques beginning April 28th, Basic Photography Techniques begining May 5th and Kreative Kids beginning May 16th. Try something new or develop the skills you already have - download the class listings and registration forms and get signed up!
Please join us for a closing reception and artists' talk for Metaphysical Manifestations, an exhibit by three CMU Art and Design Professors, on Saturday, April 28 from 3-5 p.m. at ArtVentures in downtown Alma.
Steve Barber, Michael Volker and Al Wildey will deliver talks about the work that has been described as images that convey meaning beyond the physical world portrayed. In the exhibit, the artists have chosen to display works depicting everyday scenes that have an added spiritual dimension. In addition to individually created pieces the artists have collaborated on several works.
If you haven't yet seen the show, don't miss the chance to do so and to meet the artists!
"Metaphysical Manifestations," a showing of work by three Central Michigan University art professors opens Wednesday, April 4, 2012, and runs through Sunday, May 13, 2012, in the Wassenaar Art Gallery at ArtVentures, 107 E. Superior St., in Alma.
Steve Barber, assistant professor of drawing and painting; Al Wildey, associate professor of photography; and Michael Volker, assistant professor of painting and drawing, will exhibit individual works and works the artists have collaborated on together.
According to Volker, the exhibit conveys transcendent meaning beyond the physical world portrayed in the images. "Meta is a Greek prefix with a variety of descriptions whose essence indicates beyond either in terms of time or meaning. So in this case, we are three artists with very diverse styles. However what we have in common is that we are all representational, we deal with the physical world in some way. We also treat our images of the physical world in such a way that we all want our viewers to think beyond the physical, to transcend it or go beyond."
The images of all three artists and the collaborative pieces are ideas clothed in form interpreted by the way they light the image, or form the image, or position parts on the image. The decisions they make on how to present their representational images are intended to help, or encourage their viewers to transcend the physical, to think beyond the physical and to access the spiritual through the physical.
Barber and Volker received their masters of fine art from CMU while Wildey received an MFA from the University of Idaho. In addition to teaching, the artists have exhibited nationally and internationally.
The closing reception for the ArtVentures exhibit "Translucent Silence" is scheduled for Sunday, April 1, from 1-3 p.m. at ArtVentures, 107 E. Superior St., Alma. The public is invited to meet the artists and discuss their work, and refreshments will be provided.
"Translucent Silence" celebrates the beauty of winter interpreted by the works of artists from the mid-Michigan counties including watercolors by Diane Clise of Alma; Laurie Lehman of Stanton; and Barbara Zimmerman of Midland; and oils by Bev Adams of Crystal and LuVerne Dickenson Adamson of Vestaburg. Photography by Oakley Traynor of Vestaburg; Genevieve Wolfrum of Harrison; and Amy Velazco of St. Louis interpret the season by capturing scenes lit by the delicate late afternoon sun. The wood burning art of Steven Hawkes of Elwell is on display with several other mixed media artists.
Beginning April 11th, ArtVentures will be hosting a Young Artists Exhibition from the CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) Program. To recognize National Child Abuse Awareness Month in April, as well as to raise awareness about the depth of this problem, CASA has developed the Art of Healing Project. This Project provides a vehicle for children affected by violence to express their emotions by painting on canvas. Mid-Michigan children, along with their Special Advocates, have created these expressive "masterpieces" which will be on display at ArtVentures through the end of April. An Opening Reception for these Young Artists and their Advocates will take place on Friday evening, April 13th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at ArtVentures. Come meet these artists and see their powerful messages that they convey through "The Art of Healing"...
ArtVentures is celebrating Youth Art Month in March with an exhibit from our area students....Alma, Ithaca and St. Louis. We have about 50 pieces for the youth art show. The show will continue until Sunday, April 1, and will close with a reception for the students and their families.
We are thrilled to announce that ArtVentures has received a Gratiot County Community Foundation Youth Advisory Council grant to fund a pilot mentoring program between Alma College art students and county youth!
Alma College student Josh Gove, majoring in art and design, was awarded a grant to begin a youth-to-youth mentoring program through ArtVentures. The goal of the program is to expose young artists to a higher level of talent by pairing an Alma College art major with an artist under 18 years of age to work in a specific medium. The college students and young artists will be matched according to the artists' art interests and the college students' art expertise.
The program lasts for five weeks until April 20 with tuition and supplies paid for by the grant. After the mentees are paired with their mentors, the mentors meet with parents and students to set goals for the projects and times to meet. All classes are conducted at ArtVentures, 107 E. Superior St., Alma.
The deadline for applications is March 15 and applications must be turned in at ArtVentures. The applications are available from area schools art teachers and here on ArtVentures' website. Parents can also receive an application by visiting ArtVentures Wednesday-Friday 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; and Sunday 1-4 p.m. ArtVentures is closed Monday and Tuesday.
New adult and children's classes are starting now for spring - check out the list and sign up for one!