The realms of myth and reality collide and merge in the sometimes bizarre, sometimes humorous, and always socially conscious work of Grand Rapids artist Patricia Hendricks Constantine, on view Sept. 28-Oct. 30 in MCC’s Overbrook Art Gallery.
A native Floridian, Constantine grew up in the 1950s and ‘60s in St. Petersburg where she was exposed to the growth of tourism in the Sunshine State. Ringling Brothers, Barnum and Bailey Circus, side shows, and tourist attractions like “Weeki Wachee” play a huge part in her identity and in her artwork.
The exhibit is linked to the Muskegon Area Arts and Humanities Festival (ahFest) with this year’s theme “Myth and Reality.” A free public reception will be held at Overbrook Gallery on Wednesday, Oct. 14, from 6-7:30 p.m., with a gallery talk by the artist at 6:30pm.
Overbrook Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday with special weekend and evening hours during performances and concerts in the adjacent Overbrook Theater. Call (231)777-0324 for more information.
Constantine earned a Master of Fine Art from the University of Cincinnati in 1991. Her work has been exhibited throughout Michigan and the Midwest and can be found in Michigan collections including the Governor’s Mansion in Lansing, Grand Valley State University, Calvin College, Gilda’s House, Amway Grand Plaza, and the Frey Foundation in Grand Rapids.
An associate professor of illustration at Kendall College of Art and Design, she resides in Grand Rapids with her husband, the painter Jay Constantine.