-515 GALLERY PRESENTS –
ARTISTS: Tim Norris, Patricia Opel, and Chip Vanderwier
MARCH 3 – 31, 2018
The Celtic Ray
Saturday, March 3rd, 2018
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Patricia Opel and Timothy Norris are long-time Michigan artists who have been exhibiting in the Midwest and nationally for the past 30 years. In addition to their own individual work in painting, drawing, and sculpture, they have also produced a series of large-scale collaborative paintings organized as the traveling show Through a Crack in the Lake, of which Sunken Cathedral was the first.
Patti has taught at the college level as an adjunct instructor at Western Michigan University, Grand Valley State University, and Muskegon Community College. She has also held positions in Academic Advising and Counseling at these institutions. Currently, she is the owner and operator of Kook’s Eye Art Gallery in Pentwater.
Tim has been an instructor of art at Muskegon Community College since 1996. Prior to MCC, he was an Adjunct Art Professor at Western Michigan University, the Curator of Exhibitions and Collections at the Art Center of Battle Creek, and an Assistant Professor of Art at Pikeville College, located in the Appalachian mountains of southeastern Kentucky. Researching Appalachian culture led Tim into his life-long interest in all things Celtic. Recently, he has developed a special course The Art and History of the Celts offered in conjunction with the Michigan Irish Music Festival held each September in Muskegon.
Chip Vander Wier creates curious sculptural objects that incorporate ceramics, welded steel and carved wood. His sculptures and bas-relief wall pieces are inspired by non-linear ideas of spirituality, time and place. Combining traditional construction methods with 19th century Eastern European firing techniques, he produces intriguing visual components combined with forms that incorporate modern chemical plating processes and finishes. Much of Vander Wier’s work utilizes and repurposes discarded objects and materials in accordance with his environmental philosophies. Vander Wier received his BFA with emphases in Sculpture and Ceramics from Grand Valley State University and earned his M.Ed. at Aquinas College. He currently teaches Visual Art at Muskegon Catholic Central. He lives and works as an artist in Muskegon, Michigan, finding much inspiration from the surrounding natural environment. Vander Wier’s work is also on display and can be seen on the third Friday of each month at the Zhou B Art Center in Chicago, IL.
March 3rd, 2018
March 31st, 2018
Wednesday – Saturday: 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
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