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Olivet College is pleased to announce the 2019-20 art exhibition schedule. All events are hosted in the Kresge Foundation Art Gallery in the Riethmiller Blackman Art Building. The gallery is open Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. or by appointment. All events are free and open to the public.

Barry Bernstein, Ore Dock, View From the Studio Window, 12x11x11, multiple fired raku pottery

Recent Work of Barry Bernstein and Michael Reynolds
Exhibition open Aug. 29 – Sept. 26, 2019
Reception: Aug. 31, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Barry Bernstein has worked in his Marquette ceramic studio for more than 35 years. He is currently making pots and firing in the Raku process and mid-range electric. Bernstein’s work has been honored or exhibited at many art fairs and galleries, including the Des Moines Arts Festival and the Cherry Creek Arts Festival. He has work in many collections in the U.S., Europe and Japan.

Michael Reynolds ’75 studied art at Olivet College before working at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. He then spent the majority of his career as an elementary school teacher in Washington, D.C., Maryland and California. Reynolds retired from teaching in 2012 and earned an associate degree in interior design.

Alumni Homecoming Art Exhibition
Exhibition open Oct. 3-31, 2019
Reception: Oct. 12, 5-7 p.m.

The exhibit will feature work by Jesse M. Bell ’00, Milie Funk ’15, Pamela Gleave ’99, Salina Kalnins ’97 and Mike Vedder ’82.

Jesse M. Bell ’00 is a contemporary abstract painter working and living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In his practice, Bell strives to condense his visual language into two-dimensional imagery and to create paintings that suggest a story or an event, or convey a memory, situation or scenario.

Pamela Gleave, Three Bridges, 18×48, oil on canvas

Milie Funk ’15 has been quilting since 2008 when she began working for her mother’s T-shirt quilt company. She continued to develop her quilting skills during high school and college, and today she focuses in long-arm quilting. Funk is inspired by Japanese wood block prints and traditional tattoo design, as the bold lines featured in these translate well to quilting as a medium.

Pamela Gleave ’99 is an award-winning artist and photographer from Michigan. She works in oils, pastel, gouache painting, photography and carbon dust drawings. She is also a sculptor. Her latest projects involve paintings of moth specimens and making sculptures of tango dancers.

Salina Kalnins ’97 uses her painting skills and love of nature and the ocean to paint boats onto maps. She combines detailed boats, lighthouses or beach scenes with appropriate markings of nautical charts. Her paintings are created by using acrylic paint and other various mixed media directly on to the surfaces of nautical maps.

Mike Vedder’s ’82 artistic talents were apparent by age 5. He studied drawing, painting and pottery in high school and woodcut, painting, sculpture, drawing and constructions in college. Today, Vedder practices in Grand Blanc.

Patrick Dengate: Contemporary Cubism
Exhibition open Nov. 7 – Dec. 5, 2019
Reception: Nov. 9, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Patrick Dengate, Scarlet Macaws, 22×28, oil on canvas

Patrick Dengate focused almost 20 years of his career as an artist in woodcut prints. He was inspired by the natural world and developed a wide vocabulary of marks in wood. Later, he turned to painting using oil on canvas or panel. Dengate also enjoys building small wooden boats.

Olivet College Regional High School Student Art Exhibition
Exhibition open Dec. 13-20, 2019
Reception: Dec. 13, 5:30-7 p.m.

The Olivet College Regional High School Student Art Exhibition welcomes juniors and seniors to submit 2D, 3D, ceramics and graphic design artwork. Winners will be awarded with Olivet College talent scholarships. For more information about this competition and exhibition, contact Don VanAuken, adjunct instructor of art, at dvanauken@olivetcollege.edu.

Eaton Art League: A Little Bit of Everything
Exhibition open Jan. 16 – Feb. 13, 2020
Reception: Jan. 25, 7-8:30 p.m.

The Eaton Art League is a local group, mainly comprised of senior citizens, who enjoy art in various forms. The group contains many artists, but that is not mandatory for membership. Members work in a wide variety of mediums, including oil, acrylic, pastel, watercolor and ink.

The exhibition will feature work by Rosemary Allen, Mary Jean Baker, Michael Brooks, Carol Callahan, David Carrigan, Norma Cole, Jill Cortright, Darlene Crafton, Judy DeBolt, Ann Feihner, Lynda LaClair, Pedro Mondejar, Jean Nelson and Cheryl Platt.

Nikki Kazmar: Kindred
Exhibition open Feb. 20 – March 26, 2020
Reception: Feb. 29, 7-8:30 p.m.

In her career as an artist, Nikki Kazmar has experimented with different surfaces and materials to find new ways to express her concepts. Her background working for an art materials retailer has given her the platform to keep discovering the right combination of traditional oil portraits and industrial construction. This process of discovery continues to evolve her work.

Senior Art Exhibition
Exhibition open April 2 – May 16, 2020
Reception: TBD

The Senior Art Exhibition will feature Amanda Briggs (graphic design), Eleanor Chapin-O’Leary (biological illustration), Reiker Dean (studio art), Jaideep Naranayan (graphic design), Bailey Parker (graphic design), Katelyn Priest (pre-art therapy), Trent Robinson (graphic design), Morgan Schneider (graphic design) and Tyler Thenikl (graphic design).

For more information, contact Gary Wertheimer, professor of art, at 269-749-7627. Learn more about Olivet College by contacting the Office of Admissions at 800-456-7189 or admissions@olivetcollege.edu.

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