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News & Updates

Artworks Continues to Celebrate 15 Years

Artworks continues to celebrate 15 years of “Bringing the Arts to Life” with a fine art exhibit featuring artists Carrie Weis Stermer, oil painting; Kristin Ettinger, pottery; Kathleen VanDeMark, painting and printmaking; and Kym Nicolas, fabric.

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A reception, sponsored by the Artworks Board, honoring the artists and the Artworks history was held Friday, November 13. The community is invited to stop by to see the exhibit. It will be up through the month of December.
Photos courtesy of Marilyn Stolberg.

Art and Ice

Art and IceArt and Ice an exhibit by Big Rapids high school art students will be on display November 3-28.

November 22, 2015 2:30 refreshments; 3:00 PM- Come hear first-hand experiences from three local writers–Bob Garrels, Thea Heying, and Bob Eastley , as they read their memoirs about hockey.” Free and open to the public at Artworks, 106 North Michigan Avenue, Big Rapids inside the Painted Turtle Gift Shop.

Nature as the Common Element

nature as a common element artists 300x135November 3, 2015 – January 2, 2016
Artists’ Reception: November 13, 5 to 8PM
Panel discussion with the artists 6 PM

Nature as the Common Element opens on November 3. This is a fine art exhibit featuring artists Carrie Weis Stermer , oil painting; Kristen Ettinger, pottery; Kathleen VanDeMark, painting and printmaking; Kym Nicolas, fabric and Connie Gregory, woodcarving. Continue reading →

Got a Story About Hockey or Figure Skating?

dropthepuckAre you in fourth grade?

In connection with “DROP THE PUCK,” the current Artworks exhibit of hockey-related photography & memorabilia, we invite fourth-grade students to write a short story or poem.

The story or poem can be about a person, a game or event, a memento, the fans, playing the game or skating in a competition, hockey fights you saw, great wins and performances you saw—anything related to hockey or figure-skating.
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Call for Artwork Artists -Past and Present

Calling all Artworks artist members between 2000 and 2016 for a special exhibit of your work in recognition of your contributions to Artworks’ first 16 years. The theme for this year in Artwork’s history is “Sweet 16”. Perhaps you have a favorite memory of that magical year in your life you would like to turn into a new piece of art. Perhaps you would rather create a new original work of art with your choice of subject. If you prefer, you may enter your own favorites from your own body of work. Continue reading →

Light the Way Campaign

Artworks thanks the following individuals for helping us to light the gallery. Their contribution provided the match to make the initial purchase. Medler’s facilitated the purchase and Consumer’s provided the rebate. Thanks also to Steve Ross and Doug Fonner for installation. “It does take a village!”

Kathy Vandemark
Lindsey Chesebro
Bette Hartig
Alice Bandstra
Kris Miller
Mikki Garrels
Julie Tilmann
Roxanne Cullen
Trinidy Williams
Rick Christner
Allison Kwiatkowski
Medler’s Electric

“Sweet Sixteen” to be held May 13, 2016

save the dateArtworks celebrates “Sweet 16” on Friday, May 13. We are very excited to move the location of the gala to Gary Trimarco Automotive for 2016. Enjoy a night of music, food, art, and experiences as you party the night away like you did when you were 16. Both live and silent auction items will tempt you with artwork, vacations, and unique experiences to help raise money for Artworks events, classes, and programming throughout the year.

Upcoming Events

Click on the event title for details. Please note that this list does not include weekly recurring events.

Date/Time Event
4:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Drop the Puck Reception
Artworks, Big Rapids Mi
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Girl Scouts Pottery Class
Artworks Pottery Studio, Big Rapids MI
12/03/2015 - 12/04/2015
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Paris on the Muskegon Wine and Canvas Class - Marlies Manning - Watercolor
Artworks – Creative Education Center, Big Rapids MI
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Choose Your Bread Basket
TBD, Big Rapids
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Camera Club Meeting - Sharing Images and Christmas Treats
Artworks – Studio A, Big Rapids MI
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Artworks, Big Rapids Mi
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Second Monday Writers
Second Monday Writers
Artworks – Studio A, Big Rapids MI
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Etta and Otto and Russell and James: Emma Hooper, 2015
Artworks – Studio A, Big Rapids MI