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Exhibit Artists for 2018

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.

* Opportunity includes an artist-hosted opening reception held at the Arts Council (artists are responsible for providing light refreshments). Receptions are typically held on Fridays (some are on Arts Night Out).

* Chosen artist's deliver and 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). See what the system looks like.

* Artists are encouraged to contact media, invite friends and family and promote their exhibition on social media platforms.

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

Select an artwork to view the artist's statement!

January - Stephanie Joy Hogan

Jessica Kovan Artwork


Stephanie Joy Hogan


Stephanie's current work explores a vibrant and whimsical "Unknown Universe" and the creatures that dwell there.  Her work is strongly intuitive in nature, and she says, "even I never know what will appear." Colorful planets and moons, landscapes and imaginative characters are common themes.


February - Nevin Speerbrecker

Nevin Speerbrecker Artwork


Nevin Speerbrecker


Nevin has a passion for illustrating, drawing and painting indigenous peoples and other related material/subjects. He has more than 30-year's experience in the art field, including graphic design, illustration, murals and wall graphics.


March - Young Creatives

Young Creatives Artwork


Young Creatives




April - Catherine Tonning-Popowich

Saralee Howard Artwork


Catherine Tonning-Popowich


Observing and contemplating the natural world then capturing it’s essence has always been therapeutic for Catherine. Whether through sketching, photography, painting on porcelain — or more recently, painting with acrylics — she has always looked toward nature as inspiration for her work.


May - Chance Liscomb

Justin Troisi Artwork


Justin Troisi


Chance works in a variety of mediums, including painting, sculpture, print making and many more. He is an arts educator and holds a Master of Arts in painting and sculpture.


June - 

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 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 Artwork


David Smith


"A Light-Hearted Look at Life"


September - 

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 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


"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 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."