Armand Merizon (1920-2010) was a lifelong Grand Rapids painter remembered for his detailed landscapes and brilliantly colored abstractions. A founding member of the Grand Valley Artists, he influenced generations of West Michigan artists. This exhibition highlights his entire career, beginning with the precocious landscapes of his late teens and ending with the intuitive abstractions of his final years. At mid-career, Merizon began losing his vision to macular degeneration. Rather than abandoning painting, he moved in an abstract direction, presenting the landscape in bold strokes and hot, vibrant colors, ultimately painting by intuition instead of sight. Organized by the Muskegon Museum of Art, the exhibition presents twenty paintings from West Michigan collections. Armand Merizon: His Life and Art is shown in conjunction with the recent release of a biography by the same name, written by Muriel Zandstra. After its close at the MMA, the exhibition will travel to the Dennos Museum Center in Traverse City, MI.
Michigan artist Nat Rosales assembles fantastical vehicles and creatures from found cast objects and random machine parts. Integral to his art are cast bronze and brass animal sculptures, door and drawer knobs, decorative lamp bodies, and a host of similar decorative metal cast-offs. The resulting combinations are a blend of Alice in Wonderland and steampunk, whimsy and mechanics.
Make West Michigan Youth Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” part of your holiday tradition this year! “The Nutcracker”, a wonderful ballet for the entire family, tells the story of a little girl named Clara who is given a magical nutcracker doll on Christmas Eve. She encounters the frightful rat king before embarking on a journey through the Land of Snow and the Kingdom of Sweets. Bringing to life this beloved story will be youth from twelve West Michigan dance studios, ranging from 8 – 18 years of age.