Brown Bag Lunch
April 5, 2019 Noon
Chemical Bank Lower Gallery at Artworks
Stephen Grewe specializes in large-format film photography and is a faculty member of the Studio School at Midland Center for the Arts.
Steve Parkhurst will exhibit a large variety of works, including experimental oil paintings, encaustics, and drawing. He is a faculty member of the Studio School at Midland Center for the Arts.
About the Artists
Steven Parkhurst: I have been interested in the visual arts from an early age and have always dreamed of the artistic life. All through my professional career days I practiced drawing, did fine art photography and dabbled in multi-media collage. I re-energized my creative talents taking classes at The Midland Center for the Arts, later joining the faculty, teaching ceramics and beginning drawing. I now concentrate on oil painting at my Flat Frog Studio in Midland, Michigan.
I paint abstract landscapes/cityscapes and industrial interpretations. I am inspired by archetypical forms, and the interactions of those forms. These archetypical forms are used to construct the places where we live and work. We are surrounded by our constructions, yet they seem to stand alone without us. I encourage the viewer to make their own interpretations. While I am painting it is just the paint, the subject at hand, and me.
Stephen Grewe remembers the smell of chemical odors from his father’s darkroom and his floodlights for family photos. Since receiving a Kodak Duaflex in elementary school, Stephen has been taking photos.
For twenty years, Mr. Grewe has been serious about photography. He uses an antique Linhof 4×5 view camera. Thinking about the composition and how he takes pictures are the advantages he finds when using the Linhof. In addition to taking the photographs Stephen has his own darkroom and does all of his matting and framing.
Mr. Grewe has studied photography with excellent teachers including Armin Mersmann, S. Preston Jones, Charlie Cramer and John Sexton.
Photography basics and darkroom technique are classes Mr Grewe teaches at Midland Center for the Arts.
Front Lobby Special Feature
The concept is to celebrate the birthdays of two Grand Rapids icons, the 10th year of Artprize, and the 125th birthday of the Blue Bridge. 10 years ago, Sarah Grant and Stephen Fry created a giant table and chairs that was placed on top of the Blue Bridge, and won 8th place in 2009. Sarah Grant also created a “human-size” model to use as a guide for the construction of the Table and Chairs, which we are displaying at the JW Marriott. Harold Woods created a 13 foot long steel replica of the Blue Bridge, made of 6,000 pieces held together with 14,000 welded connections. His model shows the bridge as a railroad bridge, and displays historically accurate trains. His replica is displayed with Sarah Grant’s model raised on a platform behind it, professionally lit. The entry includes materials on the history of the bridge and the story of the Table & Chairs in the 1st Artprize. The entry will be in view of the actual Blue Bridge, giving visitors an opportunity to view both.
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August/September Artworks Exhibit: A few of Our Favorite Things
This exhibit will allow collectors to share selected collection pieces in the galleries at Artworks in Downtown Big Rapids. We are looking for 2D and 3D art or collectables to review for inclusion in the exhibit.
Hope Network Opens January 9th – Hope Network Joyful Art Globetrekkers – Lower Gallery . Reception on January 16, time: 5:00 – 6:00pm…
Armand Merizon Opens January 25th – February 28.
February 1st: Noon until 1pm – Brown bag presentation by collector Muriel Zandstra
February 1st: Exhibit reception @ 5pm until 6:30 and Art Curator, Mr. Art Martin special presentation on the artist at 5:30pm.
Art Attack Opens Feb. 26 – March 21st. Reception is March 10th …. 11am until 3pm.
Journey of Two Artists – (Manning and Berke) – Opens of March 5th and closes March 30. Reception is March 7th 5-6:30pm
What’s in the Truck Part II – opens April 4 – May 28 Reception April 4th from 5-6:30pm.
In the Garden @ Artworks – Prout/Gates (Painted Turtle gallery), Eye of the Sparrow (Chemical Bank lower gallery) June 6 – July 27 .. Reception June 6th from 5-6:30pm.
Collections – Aug 1 – September 28
Fiber Art & Clay – October 3 – November 9