Exhibition Calendar

ON EXHIBIT NOW IN THE BECK AND BORWELL GALLERIES: 

 

The Artists’ Roundtable Exhibition – Beck and Borwell Galleries May 17 – June 14
For over 30 years about a dozen artists have met weekly over breakfast in Empire, Michigan at an Artists’ Roundtable. Their members are working artists, retired art educators, and others with art interest. Over the years, some members of the original group have passed, so this exhibition will include retrospective work of these founders as well as the work of current members. Diverse in media, style, technique, and content, this will be an exciting show!

Opening reception will be held May 17 from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm. Free admission.Thanks to our sponsor Monumental Finds for making this exhibit possible!

Artist Talk:. Join us for a round table discussion with the artists from 4-6 pm, June 14th.

 


Upcoming Exhibits:

OAC Presents: Laura Miller – Fisher Room, May 24 – June 26
In this solo exhibit, we spotlight the work of the talented Laura Miller of Frankfort, Michigan. Laura is a multi-disciplinary artist working in oil, acrylic and sculpture.An opening reception will be held May 24, 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm, free admission.
An Artist Talk will be held June 27, from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm, free admission.

 


 

Summer Member Show – Beck and Borwell Galleries, June 21 – July 26
An OAC tradition that is not to be missed, our annual exhibition of Oliver Art Center Members’ artwork will showcase a wide variety of styles, media, and techniques, and highlight how creative and talented our artist members are! Come celebrate the peak of summer with us and enjoy one of the largest exhibits of local and regional artists in the area.An opening reception will be held June 21, 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm, free admission.
A featured Artist’s Talk will be held July 25, 4:00pm – 6:00 pm, free admission.Thanks to our sponsor, Suzy Voltz of Real Estate One, Beulah for making this exhibit possible!

 


Finding the Light: Photography and Glass – Fisher Room, July 1 – August 2
An invitational exhibit combining fine art photography with luminous art glass. Michigan artists will be featured as we explore the interplay of light and shadow and how they affect both mediums in different ways.


Contemporary Conversations – Beck and Borwell Galleries, August 2 – September 6
Christopher Fellows – powerful sculptural works featuring rich colors and textures that fuse a futuristic vibe with an ancient timelessness. James Kipp – luminous oil paintings full of jewellike tones focusing on the “interplay of light and shadow”. Glenn Wolff – mixed-media work highlighting unique combinations such as vibrant color juxtaposed with muted natural surfaces of metal and wood. Brad Sprouse – earthy ceramics and sculptural forms in combination with intriguing found objects and natural materials. A show that is sure to stimulate conversation and entertain the eye!


Remembering Stephen Elrick: A Retrospective – Fisher Room, Augst 5 – August 23
Artist Stephen Elrick was a Frankfort resident and CSA member who passed away July 28, 2023. Steve began his art career creating full-sized bird sculptures mounted on stone or driftwood. From the beginning, his trademark was the amazing life-like quality he brought to his work. In 1979, he added pen and ink bird drawings to his output. He also created what he called “Thimble Creatures”—miniatures of all kinds of wildlife, birds, and animals, and even some fictional characters. His work has been featured in numerous galleries and art shows. This exhibition will showcase a variety of Elrick’s work for sale and pieces on loan from family and friends.


HOOKED: The Art of Fishing – Fisher Room, August 30 – October 4
Dive into Northern Michigan’s deep fishing roots! This exhibit will reel you in with original artwork and historic ephemera that explore the region’s longstanding relationship with the fish and the fight. From vintage lures to modern-day masterpieces, there will be something for every kind of fishing enthusiast in this fun exhibit.


Creative Kaleidoscope: Annual Juried Exhibit – Beck and Borwell Galleries, September 13 – October 18
Our annual juried show promises to highlight a range of exceptional artwork by our talented regional artists. All artwork in this show will be juried in by an experienced independent juror – so artists will be submitting their best work! You won’t want to miss this! Prizes will be awarded during the reception.

An opening reception will be held on September 13, from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm, free admission.
An artists’ talk will be held on October 18, from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm, free admission.


Transfiguration: The Art of Upcycling – The Fisher Room, October 11 – November 8
Trash to treasure! Transfiguration, a special exhibition presented in conjunction with several regional art centers, showcases artists who breathe new life into the discarded. Get ready for surprising and detailed works of art made from everyday objects most of us wouldn’t give a second glance.



Resonance and Rhythm – Beck and Borwell Galleries, October 25 – November 30

Enjoy the interplay of the abstract and the organic in the sculptural wood furniture of Jon DeHoog and the mixed media abstractions of Christy DeHoog Johnson. Michelle Newman’s layered, color field paintings create a rhythmic balance against the geometries and patterns explored by Joan Richmond in her interpretive landscape paintings. Together, this exhibit will be a feast for the eyes!

An opening reception will be held on October 25, from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm, free admission.
An artists’ talk will be held on November 30, from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm.
Thanks to our sponsor, The Manitou Restaurant, for making this exhibition possible!


ARTventure: Winter Member Show – Beck and Borwell Galleries, December 6 – January 3
One of our largest exhibits, the Winter Member Show is a great kick-off to the holiday season. Join us for this special exhibit featuring paintings, sculptures, ceramics, fiber, wood and more by our talented member-artists.

An opening reception will be held on December 6, from 5:00 pm 7:00 pm, free admission.
An artists’ talk will be held on January 3, from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, free admission.


PAST EXHIBITIONS:


Regional Student Exhibition – April 12 – May 10

This annual favorite will feature hundreds of works by talented students in grades K-12 from regional schools. A wide variety of media will be on display, including photography, digital art, ceramics, painting, drawing, sculpture, and mixed media. Awards and scholarships will be presented in each medium. Concurrently, we will exhibit work by participating art teachers in our Fisher Room – highlighting the talent of area educators!

Congratulations to the artists who received awards for their entries in the following categories:
Best In Show, “Leaning Towards the Light” – Maya Tzonev, 1th Grade, Interlochen Arts Academy
1st Place Ceramics, “Back Pain” – Asher Lasky, 10th Grade, Interlochen Arts Academy
2nd Place Ceramics, “Smoke” – Eliza Frary, 12th Grade, Frankfort High School
3rd Place Ceramics, “My Olori (My Queen)” – Muniba Nur Ritman Oke, 10th Grade, Interlochen Arts Academy
1st Place Mixed Media, “Suffocation” – Lucy Bodie, 11th Grade, Traverse City West High School
2nd Place Mixed Media, “Metamorphosis” – Sydney Owens, 10th Grade, Interlochen Arts Academy
3rd Place Mixed Media, “Cow Tags” – Nora Baumann, 12th Grade, Traverse City West High School
1st Place Drawing, “Untitled Hands” – Addie Feeley, 12th Grade, Traverse City Central High School
2nd Place Drawing, “9 Voicemails” – Willa Jaymes, 12th Grade, Interlochen Arts Academy
3rd Place Drawing, “The Past” – Margherita Coiro, 11th Grade, Interlochen Arts Academy
1st Place Painting, “Lay There” – Kylee Henderson, 11th Grade, Interlochen Arts Academy
2nd Place Painting, “The Angler” – Harley Redburn, 11th Grade, Frankfort High School
3rd Place Painting, “To the Lost Lady” – Elsa Carter, 10th Grade, Frankfort High School
1st Place Photography, “Identity” – Dax Hummel, 11th Grade, Traverse City West High School
2nd Place Photography, “Blinded in the Dark” – Hanna Lantz, 11th Grade, Traverse City Central High School
3rd Place Photography, “Ripple” – Nora Neidoffler, 11th Grade, Traverse City West High School
1st Place Sculpture, “Move On” – Phoebe Stranahan, 10th Grade, Interlochen Arts Academy
2nd Place Sculpture, “Piece of Cake” – Lucille Phillips, 12th Grade, Traverse City Central High School
3rd Place Sculpture, “The Eyes of the Albatross” – Naomi Driver, 9th Grade, Interlochen Arts Academy

Best In Show, Maya Tzonev

1st Place Ceramics, Asher Lasky 1st Place Mixed Media, Lucy Bodie 1st Place Drawing, Addie Feeley
1st Place, Painting 1st Place, Photography 1st Place, Sculpture

 



Journey Through AbstractionThree Michigan artists are featured in the exhibit, each with a unique twist on abstraction in their artwork. This exhibit will run through April 5, 2024 in the Beck and Borwell Galleries and the South Exhibit Hall.Visitors to the exhibit will journey through abstract and surreal dreamscapes. Vibrant color will abound; interesting juxtapositions of textures, proportions, and forms from sleek industrial geometry to rough-edged organic shapes will be on display, and the content will challenge viewers to tap into their own dreams and subconscious to draw out memories, stories, and fantasies.Ann Arbor-based artist Kenneth Anbender’s otherworldly paintings and collages take viewers on a journey through a dream world, fusing beauty with the uncanny to create art that he calls “beau-canny”.Sculptor Marat Paransky is based in Farmington Hills and raises the concept of “upcycling” to gorgeous new levels. Once-discarded materials take on a new life in sculptures that demonstrate the artist’s masterful approach to the concept of “elevating the mundane”.Nancy Clouse of Grand Rapids adds just a touch of sweetness and fantasy to this exhibition with her intricate paintings on particle board. Hidden amongst the wood fibers can be found fairy tale creatures, characters from children’s classic tales, and other mysterious faces and forms for the viewer to explore.


 
An exhibition inspired by the design principles of Form and Function.
Form will be represented by a sculpture exhibit in the Beck and Borwell Galleries and South Exhibit Hall,
and Function will be represented by a functional fiber show in the
North Exhibit Hall and Fisher Room.


imPRESSions Printmaking Invitational Exhibit:
Oliver Art Center presents “imPRESSions”, an intimate printmaking exhibit featuring the work of five Michigan artists, including Andrew Jagniecki of Onekama, Mark Vidian of Manistee, Barbara Greenwood of Williamsburg, Lorrie Grainger Abdo of Kalamazoo, and Betsy Stecker of Ferndale/Royal Oak/Presque Isle Michigan. Orginal, hand-pulled prints of all sizes are on display through April 5th in the Fisher Room and North Hall. Linocuts, etchings, monoprints and more are shown, along with original plates and printmaking tools.