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fish sculpture by bill barr
young girl reading
wood carving by bette hartig
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water color painting by jill everest fonner
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print by cheryl gould
adult art students in class
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water color painting by jill everest fonner
summer camp students
painting by cheryl gould
ballet dancers
painting by linda maneke
young dancer
artwork by linda maneke
ferris students art night
mosaic by patricia terpstra
summer mosaic camp
mosaic by patricia terpstra
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

Gala 2014 – Through the Looking Glass

Gala Invitation

Excite your taste buds with a Mad strolling feast. Indulge in tastings from Pere Marquette Catering. Take a venture down the Rabbit Hole for both live and silent auctions. Click the image on the left to download and print the 2014 Gala Invitation.

Reservations can be made at Artworks at 106 North Michigan Avenue, Big Rapids, MI 49307 or by phone at 231-796-2420.

To purchase online, please visit EventBrite.

Please help Artworks thank our 2014 Through the Looking Glass Gala sponsors
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Field Trips to the Traverse City Hospital

Please join us on either of two field trips to the former State Hospital in Traverse City on April 11 and April 25. Due to space limitations, participants must be age 18 or over. You must register for either trip at Artworks or the Reed City Public Library before April 23rd.
4/11/14 — 90 Minute Hospital Tour — $22.00 per person
4/25/14 — 45 Minute Hospital Tour — $2.00 per person
Check-in: 9-9:30. Trip 9:30-4:15. Departure and return at the Reed City Library (410 W. Upton-Reed City).

A little history about the site: Mr. Perry Hanna, was a state legislator from Traverse City in 1881. There was a need for a mental health institution in northern Michigan at that time. There were already sites established in Pontiac (1870) and Kalamazoo (1878) Since travel modes were very primitive at that time, it was felt that the families of the patients needed a closer site to visit their hospitalized family members. A three member group of legislators was assembled to study the problem and make a recommendation. There were 15 locations originally considered . This group was narrowed to five: Greenville, Manistee, Big Rapids, Reed City and Traverse City. Continue reading

Panel Discussion Relating to the Care & Treatment of People with Mental Illness Issues in Michigan

Tuesday, April 22nd at 7:00 P.M.
As a local participating partner in The Great Michigan Read, Artworks will host a panel discussion relating to the care and treatment of people with mental illness issues in the state of Michigan. Panel participants will include Ken Bazan, Bill Burmeister, and Wendy Samuels.

All of the centers for the care of mentally ill patients that were built in the later 19th and early 20th centuries in Michigan have been closed except for a few highly specialized centers. Kalamazoo, Traverse City, Pontiac, Eloise in Detroit, Saginaw and Ypsilanti have been closed. Continue reading

Raising the Roof

Many thanks to all who attended our first “Raise the Roof” breakfast on March 4, sponsored by Dr. William and Mrs. Cathy DuBois. Cartoonist Jef Mallett was a terrific keynote speaker. We appreciate the donations made toward the replacement of our leaking roof. We still have a long way to go to raise the $32,000 needed for the repair. If you wish to make a pledge towards the new roof, you can do so at Raise the Roof or send a check to Artworks, 106 North Michigan Avenue, Big Rapids, 49307.

Spring Classes and Online Registration

Our spring class brochure is now available at Artworks and on our website. Many of your favorites have returned, along with some exciting new courses, including sessions in The Art of Cooking and Beginning Leatherwork. Online class registration is also available. Participants can now sign up for classes with the click of a button, and pay online with a credit card, electronic check, or with Paypal. Go to Classes for the education catalog and instructions on registering online. Of course, we are still happy to take registrations by phone or in-person.

Secret Mantra by Quoc Viet

The artist Viet
Exhibition Dates: April 4 – May 30, 2014
Opening Reception: April 4, 2014

“Secret Mantra” is an art installation about the loss of the root language of Vietnam and everything that entails. The art of Le Quoc Viet focuses on history through the representation of ancient calligraphy as a metaphor. The images reference mantra pillars from Dinh Dynasty and are applied on illuminated fabric lanterns. Please visit Upcoming Exhibits to learn more about the art of Quoc Viet.

The Great Michigan Read: Annie’s Ghosts

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Annie’s Ghosts: A journey into a family secret by Steve Luxenberg.
This work explores the history of mental health in Michigan. Educational events throughout the community will explor a variety of mental health issues.

Click here to download the schedule of educational events and where to obtain copies of Annie’s Ghosts at no cost.

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!