Overbrook Art Gallery

Overbrook Exhibit on Sept. 30-Oct. 31 Offers Connections to ‘Hope’

Armin Mersmann Fractured Patterns

Armin Mersmann Fractured Patterns

“Hope: Works by Valerie Allen and Armin Mersmann” will be on exhibit in Muskegon Community College’s Overbrook Gallery from Sept. 30 through Oct. 31. A free public reception will be held Tuesday, Oct. 15, from 3:30-5:00 p.m. with a Gallery Talk by the artists at 4 p.m.

The exhibit is free and open to the public. Overbrook Gallery hours are 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 the MCC Arts and Humanities Department at (231) 777-0324 for more information.

Armin Mersmann Fifth Street looking south

Armin Mersmann Fifth Street looking south

The work of the husband-and-wife artists from Midland, MI, reflects unique connections to “Hope,” this year’s theme of ahFest, the Muskegon Area Arts and Humanities Festival.

Allen’s mixed media abstractions draw on fragmented images of civilization and cultural icons from across the centuries.  Mersmann’s hyper-realist drawings comment on both the frailty and strength found in commonplace objects.  Both artists address the notion of endurance and resolve – a kind of hope – against the passage of time.

Val Allen One Hundred Years I

Val Allen One Hundred Years I

Allen received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Cincinnati and pursued graduate studies in the Humanities at Central Michigan University.  She has shown extensively throughout the Midwest and eastern states.

Born in Germany, Mersmann immigrated to the U.S. in 1962.  After six years of college, he began a successful career in Chicago working as a portrait artist.  He has since gone on to exhibit widely throughout the country.

“Looking Back and Forward” Faculty Art Exhibit in Overbrook Gallery Nov. 11 – Dec. 12

Lee Collet's "Time's Up"

“Time’s Up” by Lee Collet

Celebrating the new Art and Music Building, home to its visual arts program, while honoring the memory of two longtime art faculty members, Muskegon Community College presents “Looking Back and Forward: Works by Past and Present MCC Art Faculty” from Nov. 11-Dec. 12 in Overbrook Gallery.

Gallery visitors will experience a wide range of artwork reflective of the art faculty’s diverse practices and interests. These include found object sculpture, glass, jewelry, ceramics, photography, printmaking, mixed-media, and painting.

The exhibit features the work of 11 former and current art instructors spanning 50 years of teaching at MCC. Included will be works by two revered former instructors, John Walson and Lee Collet, who died a month apart in November and December of 2018, respectively. The other faculty artists are Sue Boehme, Keith Downie, Ken Foster, Lee Ann Frame, Erin Hoffman, Corene Kufta, Tim Norris, Patti Opel and Chip Vanderwier.

Untitled by John Walson

Untitled by John Walson

A free public reception will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 13, from 3:30-5 p.m. in the Overbrook lobby with a panel discussion by the artists at 4 p.m. in the Overbrook Gallery.

The Overbrook Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, with special weekend and evening hours during performances and concerts in the adjacent Overbrook Theater.  Call (231) 777-0324 for more information.