“Truth: Works By Brenda Beerhorst and Cathy Marashi” will be on exhibit in Muskegon Community College’s Overbrook Art Gallery from Sept. 24 through Oct. 25. Admission is free and the gallery hours are Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with special weekend and evening hours during performances and concerts in the adjacent Overbrook Theater
On Thursday, Oct. 4, a free public reception will take place from 4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. The artists will discuss their artwork at 4:30 p.m. For more information, contact the MCC Arts and Humanities Department at (231) 777-0324.
The exhibit is linked to ahFest, the annual Muskegon Area Arts and Humanities Festival, which is focusing this year on the theme of “truth.”
“In our present era of fake news and the information echo chamber, when Truth, in its many guises has come under full frontal assault and even at times seems to have been thrown out the window altogether, it stubbornly abides, as full of paradox as ever,” writes Foley Schuler, essayist for the Muskegon Area Arts and Humanities Festival on this year’s ahFest theme.
For artists, truth can ultimately be expressed in their materials. After all, the “true” physical reality of a painting is that it’s a flat wall or a flat canvas. Creating illusions in paint, as if that flat surface is a window that we look through, doesn’t seem very truthful in light of a painting’s physical properties.
West Michigan artists Brenda Beerhorst and Cathy Marashi approach paint and surface as physical truths. What you see is what you see. The resulting painted surfaces might suggest different things to different viewers. There is no single specific interpretation that all can agree upon. But the truth of the flat surface and the truth of the artists’ materials remains vital and constant.
Beerhorst is a self-taught artist who identifies with color, pattern, and shape on a very intimate, personal level. Her paintings are typically quite small, requiring the viewer to peer into them up close as one does when reading a book. She thinks of her paintings as snippets of life with layers and overlapping shapes of bright and dull, light and dark, struggle and ease, smoothness and texture. Beerhorst is represented by LaFontsee Galleries of Grand Rapids and Douglas, MI.
Marashi incorporates a visual language that spans science, mathematics and geometry. She received her fine arts degrees from Franklin College in Lugano, Switzerland, where she was awarded the Excellence in Fine Arts Award, and Schiller International University in Paris, France. She has exhibited in numerous solo and group shows and competitions. Her work is in numerous private and corporate collections, including Steelcase Corporation, Amway, Pella Corporation, Parke-Davis, Spectrum Health, and the Fred and Lena Meijer Heart Center in Grand Rapids.