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mosaic by patricia terpstra
water color painting by jill everest fonner
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wood carving by bette hartig
painting by cheryl gould
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ballet dancers
fish sculpture by bill barr
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water color painting by jill everest fonner
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print by cheryl gould
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painting by linda maneke
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artwork by linda maneke
ferris students art night
mosaic by patricia terpstra
summer mosaic camp
mosaic camp students
the journey by julie tilmann
pocket park mosaic project  in big rapids
art work by Julie tilmann
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intimate theater actors
tree frog enjoying the sun

February Foreign Film Series

Once: (2006) Ireland – 85 Minutes – R
Shun Li and the Poet: (2011) Italy – 98 Min. – NR
Under the Same Moon: (2007) Mexico – 106 Min. – PG
The Well-Digger’s Daughter: (2011) France – 107 Min. – NR
Click here for dates, times and descriptions of the films.

Artworks Awarded MHC Grants

Artworks was awarded grants by the Michigan Humanities Council to exhibit “Welcome to Idlewild: The Black Eden of Michigan” in January-February 2015, and to present “A Lincoln Style,” a program featuring President and Mrs. Lincoln, on February 16. Please check our exhibits page and the calendar for more information on these events, or “Like” our Facebook page for updates.

Artworks Awarded $20,000 MCACA Grant

Artworks was awarded a $20,000 operational support grant by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA). This grant will help pay our daily costs of operations in 2015, such as staff salaries and utilities. The funds that otherwise have paid these expenses can be redirected to our arts and humanities programs. Watch our website for news!

Exhibit: Welcome to Idlewild: The Black Eden of Michigan

“Welcome to Idlewild: The Black Eden of Michigan” is now in our second floor gallery, thanks to funding from the Michigan Humanities Council and Big Rapids Festival of the Arts (FOTA). The story of Michigan’s role in the history of segregation and in the development of an African-American sense of community is told in the exhibition.

Idlewild, located only 30 miles from Big Rapids, holds a special place in the nation’s segregated history. For many years, this “Black Eden” was one of only a few resorts in the country where African-Americans could vacation and purchase property. Continue reading

I’m About to Snap

Camera Club PosterThe Big Rapids Camera Club (BRCC) is about to snap. More than fifteen BRCC members will be displaying their work in the Artworks Gallery for the “I’m about to Snap” exhibit. The exhibit begins December 6 and runs through February and Festival of the Arts.

Each member will display four pieces. Some will be for sale. Please come to the reception on December 12 from 5-7PM and throughout the display to see these unique pieces showcasing the photographic talent in our town and area.

Michigan Humanities Council Grant

michigan humanities council logoArtworks was awarded a grant by the Michigan Humanities Council to show “The Way We Worked,” a traveling exhibit created by the Smithsonian Institution. “The Way We Worked” uses materials from the National Archives to show the history of work from about 1855 to 1990. We will supplement the exhibit with objects from our local work history. The exhibit starts October 4, 2014, and continues through the end of November, 2014.

MCACA Operational Support Grant

Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs logoArtworks was awarded a $14,000 operational support grant by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA). This grant will help pay our daily costs of operations in 2014, such as staff salaries and utilities. The funds that otherwise have paid these expenses can be redirected to program or building enhancements. Watch our website for news!