As part of the MAJIC (Music and Art for Justice in the Community) Concert Series, Bethlehem Lutheran hosts local visual artists and displays their work in its gathering spaces.
On the docket for the 2013-2014 season:
October: Participants in ArtPrize
November: Artists from the Heartside Gallery
Art is a valuable outlet for self-expression and creativity. Many Heartside Gallery and Studio artists have never experienced formal training, yet the artwork in our studio shows that talent often comes naturally and intuitively.
Heartside artists come from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences. Some have experienced the hardships of homelessness, while others live with various emotional, physical or mental disabilities. Many are people from the Heartside neighborhood who simply wish to share their talents and expertise with their neighbors.
In this series on social justice, the artists were charged with how they interpret the theme through their experiences or those around them. From portraits of inspiration leaders to local, neighborhood issues, join us in honoring Heartside artists and our artistic responses to this powerful theme.
December: Virginia Wierenga
Virginia Wieringa taught art in the Grand Rapids Public Schools and at Grand Rapids Community College. Since retiring from teaching, she has concentrated on creating her own work in a variety of genres, mostly with water media. She is inspired by the West Michigan landscape and also works in collage using mixed media; acrylic paint, atomized ink, printmaking, tissue paper painted with acrylic paint, music and interesting papers into colorful abstractions.
Virginia participates in shows in the West Michigan area and the International Society of Experimental Artists (ISEA). She received signature status in that organization in 2012. She is a participating artist in Fennville’s 89 ARTscene, has work on display at the Salt of the Earth Restaurant in Fennville and at Flat River Gallery and Framing in Lowell, Michigan. Her work is in private and corporate collections in the United States and in a number of international locations as well. In 2011 and 2012 some of her work was used in national publications by the Catholic and Episcopal Churches.
January: The Kids of Hill Child Development Center
February: Richard Muller
Richard Muller is based in Lowell, Michigan, and specializes in classic landscapes in oil, with a view to the painterly insights of the landscape traditions of the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries. His intention is more to evoke a mood or a feeling than simply to represent — to call forth a sense of life and force in the natural order and our human connection with it, either in simple contemplation or in interaction. Most often his process involves foundational tinting, underdrawing, and application of successive layers of paint leading toward the final coloration and detail. He prefers traditional pigments, especially the natural earths.
Richard studied for nine years at the Vincent Trotta School of Art in Flushing, New York. He is a member of the Lowell Area Arts Council, serving on the Gallery Committee and a member of the National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society.
March: Patti Sevensma
Growing up along the coast of Lake Michigan, Patti has always been fascinated by the water. It’s easy to see the influence the lake has had on her work. Lake Michigan is beautiful, serene, awesome, and terrifying all at the same time. To her, art is the same way, every project is an adventure in and of itself.
April: Steven Huyser-Honig
Ever since Steven Huyser-Honig first vacationed along the Lake Michigan shore as a small boy, he’s been captivated by the beauty of Michigan. Beaches and dunes, lighthouses and breakwaters, farms and orchards, forests and streams, small towns and big cities—all are essential to its character.
As a self-taught photographer, Steve’s been able to turn his passion into his profession. After years of work as a photojournalist for editorial, corporate, and non-profit clients, he now devotes all his efforts to exploring Michigan. Through his art he is able to share his love for the beauty of this state.
Though his subjects are diverse, his approach is constant. He’s drawn to bold colors and simple lines. Steve has a painterly sense of composition—he works hard to exclude all that is not essential to his images. Many are almost abstract.
Steve captures his images with a digital camera and prints them with pigment inks on natural cotton paper or canvas—materials and methods that are more environmentally friendly than traditional photographic processes. And unlike traditional color photographic prints, with a lifespan measured in decades at best, this combination of materials will last, with care, for generations.
The visual art is an important part of our MAJIC series and mission, presenting an eclectic variety of artistic styles and influences. Often the pieces are available for purchase, all proceeds going directly to the artist. Openings are held officially at 6:30 on the nights of the concerts, and the art is viewable for the month any time the building is open. All artists are invited to speak to the audience at the MAJIC concert, and will on occasion also address one of the adult Sunday School classes and/or give a “tour” to the kids at Hill CDC.