Displaying works from Art faculty, alumni, and current MCC students.
The 91st Michigan Contemporary Art Exhibition (formerly the annual Regional Exhibition) continues a rich legacy of showcasing the work of Michigan artists, from talented beginners to accomplished professionals. A competitive show, the Michigan Contemporary presents a look at the issues, themes, and materials inspiring today’s Michigan artists. Featured media include painting, printmaking, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, textiles, jewelry, and installation. A visitor favorite, the exhibition engages, challenges, and inspires conversation.
The Memento Mori is a Medieval Latin Christian philosophy that encourages reflection on mortality, on the inevitability of death and the transience of mortal pleasures and accomplishments. The reflections are typically expressed through the still life, incorporating the human skull with various symbols of time and decay. Contemporary artists continue to explore this tradition with similar imagery. Organized by the Muskegon Museum of Art, Undying Traditions: Memento Mori brings together artists from across the United States currently exploring themes of death and earthly pleasure. From intricate painting to sculpture, these artists offer us insights into our collective fascination with death.
How we perceive and interact with the natural landscape informs the prints and paintings of Bill Hosterman and Ed Wong-Ligda. Hosterman’s twisting, fantastical landscapes are entwined with lush vegetation, jagged rock faces, birds, boats, and forests, representing his thoughts on human form and desires, and how both directly affect the land. For Wong-Ligda, landscape elements become characters in a theatrical drama, as he explores the choreography and pacing of their visual interactions in dreamlike expanses. Combined, the artworks of these artists offer an invitation to consider the classical landscape in new ways.
Works by Valerie Allen and Armin Mersmann
Gallery Talk and Reception October 15, 3:30-5:00PM
Visit Muskegon presents the 15th Annual “Depot to Depot Fall Color Tour”. For three Saturdays we invite you to celebrate the vibrant autumn colors of Muskegon County’s trees, dunes and water! Drive your car, or bike, along a self-guided route following the Lake Michigan shoreline and West Michigan Pike Byway. Visit historic sites, welcoming businesses and enjoy nature. This event is FREE! Participants will receive fall refreshments, coupons to area businesses, collectible postcards and free pumpkins for the little ones (while supplies last).
Pick up your map at either historic Depot. Enter to win prizes by having your map stamped at 10 designated stops. Check in on social media for more chances to win! The Muskegon Union Depot is home to Visit Muskegon (Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau). The White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce is also housed in a historic train depot.
The Michigan Lighthouse Conservancy is offering tours of the Muskegon South Pierhead Light, established in 1903, on Saturdays in October from 2-5 pm. The cost is $2 for kids 11 and under, $3 for veterans and active duty military, and $4 for adults. Private tours can be arranged for $50 per person. The lighthouse boasts Muskegon’s best views from 50 feet, up 54 steps through two spiral staircases and up a shipman’s ladder. and For more information, call 844-MLIGHTS or visit www.muskegonlights.org