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Exhibit Artists for 2017

The Arts Council of Greater Lansing offers members the opportunity to showcase artwork in the contemporary setting at 1208 Turner Street. Exhibits run for one month (as assigned by the Arts Council). An open call to dues-paying Arts Council members is announced twice per year.

This opportunity includes an opening reception held at the Arts Council, and artists are responsible for providing light refreshments. Chosen artists are expected to install their own work, using the Arts Council's Walker Display system, which runs approximately 20 feet and holds up to 300 pounds of weight in total (50 pounds per hanging mechanism).

The Arts Council provides marketing, support and exhibit consultations to exhibiting artists. 

Select an artwork to view the artist's statement!

January - Jessica Kovan

Jessica Kovan Artwork


Jessica Kovan




February - Kimberly Lavon

Kimberly Lavon Artwork


Kimberly Lavon


"I propose to exhibit a collection of linoleum block & chine-collé'd prints based around idioms. One such example is my piece "Food for thought" which is based on the idiom "carrot on a stick. I will convey serious social constructs through this method of communication with an air of humor to deliver the intensity of its meaning."


March - Young Creatives

Young Creatives Artwork


Young Creatives




April - Saralee Howard

Saralee Howard Artwork


Saralee Howard


"I am a therapist by day and an artist by night. That's what I tell people. I love landscapes, both external and internal. I paint and counsel with joy and abandon. When I am counseling, I use a variety of techniques to help a client walk through dark or frightening trials. I often counsel clients to walk, spend time out of doors time, and embrace landscapes...or even paint them! These things, rather than meds or convoluted analysis, often help clients. As an artist I too am soothed by the out of doors. I use a variety of materials to create a vision, a landscape, and to communicate-- using acrylics, shards of photographs, inks, handmade papers, scraps of type, etc.-- with the viewer. I am proposing an exhibit of no more than a dozen paintings of my paintings. All have a landscapes and all a human presence (whether actually seen or simply inferred) Some have collage or assemblage elements. Others-- pure paint."


May - Justin Troisi

Justin Troisi Artwork


Justin Troisi


"Oil paintings exploring interaction between vision and knowledge through symbolism and visual metaphor"


June - Mary Ablao

Mary Ablao Artwork


Mary Ablao


"These are indeed small but mighty, showing power and passion in an explosion of color and expression. I am an abstract expressionist with a hint of impressionism as I attempt to capture the moment and movement into the next shift in time. There are dual and contrasting shimmers of illusion as one sees first one image changes like magic right before our eyes. Art then becomes the ultimate expression of being."


July - Melissa Eggleston

Melissa Eggleston Artwork


Melissa Eggleston


"I would put together a collection of wildlife and nature paintings that highlight my love of this subject. Paintings that bring people a sense of peace but also an awareness of the beauty all around us every day in our natural world. I usually put together a variety of mediums in a show as it is difficult for me to stick with just one. Mediums would include pastel, watercolor, oil and acrylic ink. Juanita Baldwin Shadows are usually overlooked as a subject matter, but I find them dynamic, artistic and somehow mysterious. Their ephemeral quality is of great importance: you photograph them in that exact moment that captured your eye, or they are gone forever, difficult to replicate. People’s shadows are one of my favorite subjects. They are “personal shadows”, the eternal company built into our lives. The human being interacts with other shadows that surround his/her own, and this tells a story. Nowadays, the quest for originality is a challenge because photography is probably the most popular hobby in the world. By employing shadows as the subject matter of this exhibition, I hope to add a fresh approach to the photography universe."


August -  David Smith

David Smith Artwork


David Smith


"A Light-Hearted Look at Life"


September - Anita Brett

Anita Brett Artwork


Anita Brett


"Capturing the essence of people in portraits is an important part of my art. I enjoy discovering the interests and emotions of others and portraying those interests in paintings. For me, a successful painting begins with composition but must include highly contrasting values. Along with the above paintings in oils and watercolor, I have become enraptured with encaustic paintings. Most of my encaustics are edgier in subject and style. They bring me to the borders of my comfort level and give wider berth for creativity."


October - Kathryn Erickson

Kathryn Erickson Artwork


Katherine Erickson


"Eight to twelve military themed portrait and still life oil paintings.T his is to be a series to impart various aspects of a soldier's life. The still life will include military clothing and equipment. The portraits will include current and former members of the US military, including some who have been wounded, Since the US military is diverse, this will be reflected in my work."


November - Thom Verwys

Thom Verwys


Thom VerWys


"The pictures I work from come from my thoughts, my mind's view of life. I love expressing that through my paintings. The work I do comes out of instinctive response and I so enjoy sharing those sometimes even surprising paintings with others."


December - Joel Ellis

Joel Ellis Artwork


Joel Ellis


"The adventure of being in life inspires me: beautiful scenes, interactions with people, even dreams echoing a day’s experience. My only true expression of these imprints is through making art and the wonderment of what is going to happen next."