Overbrook Art Gallery

Works by Southwest Michigan Printmakers on Exhibit March 19-April 20

“Exquisite Corpse Project: Head-to Toe & In-between,” featuring artwork by 24 members of the Southwest Michigan Printmakers (SWMP), opens March 19 in Muskegon Community College’s Overbrook Gallery and will be on display through April 20.

Relief print titled "Hunch" by Tamara Hirzel

Relief print titled “Hunch” by Tamara Hirzel

Free and open to the public, Overbrook Gallery hours are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday-Friday with special weekend and evening hours during performances and concerts in the adjacent Overbrook Theater. Call (231) 777-0324 for more information. An opening reception and talk by the artists will take place on Wednesday, March 21, from 3:30-5 p.m. in the Overbrook Theater Lobby. The talk takes places from 4-5 p.m. in Overbrook Gallery.

Originating from the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts’ print studio in the mid-1970s, the Southwest Michigan Printmakers (SWMP) is a diverse and informal group of regional artist/printmakers dedicated to the creation of hand-made and fine art prints. Meeting bi-monthly, the group encourages artists working in printmaking and promotes excellence in the various print mediums.

"Unitled" linocut and chine colle by Debbi Hands Kreps

“Unitled” linocut and chine colle by Debbi Hands Kreps

Through exhibitions of their works, SWMP helps to encourage public knowledge, understanding, and support for printmaking. Since 2016, the group has accepted invitations to exhibit with Olivet College, Gallery Uptown, NCCA-Artsplace, Carnegie Center for the Arts, VanSingel Gallery, and Muskegon Community College.

“Exquisite Corpse is an early surrealist parlor game where a compilation of words or images are collectively assembled,” explained Vicki VanAmeyden, the SWMP Project Coordinator. “The collection of fine art prints in ‘Head-to-Toe & In-Between’ is in the surrealist spirit that embraces chance relationships.”

Last fall, 24 SWMP members responded to a challenge to participate in the project and to create a print in an edition of six using one of four randomly distributed section templates lettered A, B, C, or D, added VanAmeyden. Artists were asked to consider having their 15”x11” image extend off the paper on all sides using any print media they desired, and to use the templates provided for continuity between sections. When exhibited, four prints are randomly assembled to make six Exquisite Corpse figures.

Lee Ann Frame "Sweetly She Sings" Intaglio and Aquatint

“Sweetly She Sings” intaglio and aquatint by Lee Ann Frame

“The overwhelming success of the project is due to the commitment of the SWMP participants to fine art printmaking and to each other,” said VanAmeyden. “Heartfelt hugs of appreciation to all the artists for their participation and wonderful print productions.”

The participating artists are: Lorrie Abdo, Doug Berger, Sue Caulfield, Lee Ann Frame, Ben Groggel, Ali Hansen, Jerry Harty, Tamara Hirzel, Martin Hubbard, Bev Hundley, Debbi Kreps, Kelsi Kreps, Honore

Intaglio print titled "Color Their World Red" by Jerry Mackey

Intaglio print titled “Color Their World Red” by Jerry Mackey

Lee, Jerry Mackey, Deb Mattson, Dave Middleton, Carol Myers, Donna Myers, Jenna Para, Carol Paris, Katie Platte, Rebecca Schnorr, Vicki VanAmeyden, and Don VanAuken.

For more information on the exhibit, contact Erin Hoffman, MCC art instructor and Overbrook Gallery coordinator at (231) 777-0399.

Participating in the Artists' Lecture and Reception on March 21 in Overbrook Gallery were: left to right, Tamara Hirzel, Ali hansen, Jerry Mackey, Martin Hubbard, Vicki VanAmeyden, Carol Myers, Lee Ann Frame and Bev Hundley.

Participating in the Artists’ Lecture and Reception on March 21 in Overbrook Gallery were: left to right, Tamara Hirzel, Ali Hansen, Jerry Mackey, Martin Hubbard, Vicki VanAmeyden, Carol Myers, Lee Ann Frame and Bev Hundley.