|By the Grace of God, by Ladislav Hanka
Contemplating an ancient tree, with sketchbook in hand and drifting
off into reverie, I will occasionally become aware of a soul inhering in that wall of wood erupting from the earth before
me. As my intellect subsides and other ways of perceiving become dominant, I
see the tree before me expanding and contracting in measured pulses - like those of systole and diastole, taking place in
exceedingly slow, nearly imperceptible rhythm. In these moments I have been given
a precious gift – one which I feel compelled to share. I circle that very simple reality and point it out once from
this angle and then from another perspective, closing in with pencil and paper on that which is. On a good day; that’s what I do; that’s who I am.
Ladislav Hanka lives in Kalamazoo and
shows his prints and drawings internationally. He examines themes of life, death and transfiguration – nature as the
crucible in which man finds a reflection of his own life and meaning. More work and writing are available at his website. See also Ladislav's work on our NonFiction page.
|Dest 264 by Michael Dunn
Moments/ Marks in Time, in 4 parts
Media: Ink, color pencils,
gouache on folded paper
Each piece is like two
pages of an open book. Each work was created in an hour by overlapping marks and techniques to capture each moment of time
passing. Circular ink marks started the motion in each piece, reflecting time as being continuous pattern or motion of a cycle.
The white overlapping painting
felt like memory of events that are not as clear today as when the event happened originally. It also reflects when I was
having eye problems last summer and realized how much that I took the details for granted. Each moment, each memory became
precious. What happens when they all blur together? Clarity became a luxury and each moment an event. The white is the light
that obscures or the speed that clouds our understanding of what beauty that lies just beyond or beneath our eye level and
it happens so quickly.
It's about taking the time
to appreciate everything that is all around us before it's gone or taken away from us.
The images are time lapse or time records of an hour, intensely noticed and intentionally hidden.
Michael Dunn is an architect and artist in Richland, Michigan,
where he lives with Marsha, his librarian wife, dogs, cats, deer, hawks, turkeys, coyotes and owls. He draws all day in a
little studio behind the house or at the local coffee house or at the Library. Michael can never be found without his sketchbook.
He draws everything and anything that comes into his mind. At this time, he is also completing a photographic essay of spring,
but he is always changing.
Michael studied art at the University of Michigan and received
an MFA from Western Michigan University in painting and printmaking. He exhibits his work regularly at The Midtown Gallery
in Kalamazoo on Burdick Street by the State Theater.
Marsha Meyer's favorite
past time is researching chemistry, physics, cosmology and evolution on a surface level, exploring how we got where we are
and how miraculously it all evolves into a fragile fit. To do this she writes
what she learns, doodling together bits and pieces until they flicker into an image or feeling. She also finds inspiration
in reading fiction and poetry; experiencing visual art, dance performances and literary readings; and hanging out with smart,
artsy people. Marsha is a librarian most of the time, working at the Portage District Library in Portage, Michigan. The above
broadside is a collaboration between Marsha and her husband, Michael Dunn.
|Max Kneeling by Kristin DeKam
Holga Image and Max Kneeling
The Sangre de Cristo (Blood
of Christ) mountains flank the southern edge of the Rockies, and given the right light and season, they become rich in color
with deep red purples and blues. I see them in my horse's chest due to his markings;
in Native American lore, his chest is a shield--a sacred shield. "Kneeling Max" picture is part of a set entitled Sangre de
Kristin DeKam teaches mythology and
philosophy in the humanities department at Kalamazoo Valley Community College. When
she's not teaching, she's probably hiking, riding (her horse), or eating. She's
also probably shlepping some kind of camera regardless of the weather or activity. Her interest in the darkroom and alternative
printing processes began at the Kalamazoo Institute of Art in a digital negatives class.
But then she met Holga (a small plastic, medium format camera) and the world became delightfully and straightforwardly
square. She didn't bother to fix the cracked surface of her iPhone; she retired her digital Nikon to holiday shoots of drunken
relatives and/or munchkins; and lastly, she built her own UV light source in her basement to burn Van Dyke and gum images.
|Little Hours Carry On by Sharon Eckstein and Kate Borgardt
Little Hours Carry On
Sharon Eckstein and Kathleen Borgardt
Pen and ink, colored pencil,
letterpress on mat board, loom woven cotton cloth, carry on suitcase
Sharon Eckstein: Illumination
Kathleen Borgardt: poetry, letterpress, weaving
Kathleen Borgardt lives and works on
her vineyard in Southwestern Michigan. She is a participating writer in Hours, an exhibition of art and writing inspired by
the Book of Hours.
Sharon Eckstein has been drawing pictures and writing poems since she can remember.
After careers in art education and as a gallery artist she took a hiatus to study psychology, earning her degree to
practice. Presently she is combining art and psychology through illustrating psychology
modalities and has developed therapy cards depicting inner ego states. She also is
studying creative writing with Susan Ramsey at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts and besides poetry, she’s writing a novel. She lives in the country with her husband, Brian, two dogs, one cat and countless wildlife.
|Tick-Tock, Baby Cakes by Amelia Hansen
Watercolor and gouache
Mid-afternoon, the glaring
reality: not much time left.
Amelia Hansen has been a freelance
illustrator since 1989. She specializes in natural science subjects for books and interpretive exhibits, but has also illustrated
four children’s picture books and sometimes works as a graphic recorder.
“Illustration is a powerful communication
tool which sometimes speaks more clearly than words”, Amelia says. “For me, the most liberating aspect of the
Hours project was the opportunity to make art which isn’t required to speak clearly, paintings which are deliberately
meant to mumble veiled suggestions about the emotionally loaded abstract concept of Time.”
|Painting Master by Renee Jensen
Oil on canvas
Breaking the kite string
Moments of life flutter
Looking down my palm holds
A broken string
Letting go in release
The sun which had set
~ Charles Myers
Renee Jensen attended the University of Iowa and received
an MFA Degree in Art and Multi-media. She has exhibited paintings and video art nationally, including exhibitions at the Kansas
City Art Institute, Chicago Art Institute, the Islip Gallery, the Kitchen and the Just Above Midtown Gallery in New York.
She then entered a sixteen-year career in the broadcast
industry and produced nationally and internationally distributed programming for the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). As
a senior producer/director at WOSU-TV in Columbus, Ohio, she produced and directed many award-winning performance programs
and documentaries. She has received five Emmys, two CHRIS international film awards and numerous other television awards. Renee
is the manager of the Sullivan Center Cultural Art Center in Rockford, Illinois.
|Vespers II by Elizabeth Kng
by Elizabeth King
Stillness is a martial
start by putting bone
Blades cut water to move
but with time,
return to earth
and fresh green
shoots from hidden dark.
Sunset is a daily mark in time, a threshold between our busy lives in the world and more contemplative night hours. Quieting
our thoughts and bodies creates space to review, reflect and set the next direction of our journey.
Elizabeth King is a mixed media artist and writer who gathers
and combines materials that present themselves to her on long contemplative walks. She finds her deepest inspiration in nature
and its many languages, especially those of trees.
|Fish Monster by Paul Nehring
Wire, paper, plaster, wood
These sculptures were inspired
by the creatures found in the decorative borders of illuminated manuscripts, their original purpose being to poke fun at or
otherwise comment on the text.
Paul is a painter, sculptor, gardener
and sometimes teacher of art. He also attempts to play various musical instruments, some of which he makes himself.
|Ten Hours of Play by Kat Cole
Ten Hours of Play
Found materials, copper,
brass, steel, seed beads
I gave myself 10 hours,
one hour for each month I will have lived in Kalamazoo. Laying out objects and
scraps found here, I began to play.
Kat Cole creates her art
from found materials. She is a metals and jewelry area corrdinator at Western Michigan University.
|Metal Sculpture by Kathy Kreager
Forged and welded steel
This piece reflects the
emotional state an individual must achieve in order to be engaged in the act of meditation.
has a master's degree in social work but was raised by a craftsman. For many years she dabbled in a variety of art forms.
When she combined welded and forged steel with stained and fused glass, the result was Magic to her. Her work can be found
in several galleries, private and public collections.
|6 a.m. by Elizabeth Kerlikowski
I like to be lost right
before the moment of clarity. Like sunrise. Like when a poem is done, all the pieces fit.
Elizabeth Kerlikowske is an English professor, poet
and visual artist.She is also president of Friends of Poetry, a 36-year-old nonprofit supporting literary arts in the Kalamazoo
|Feels Like None, 3 p.m., by Mindi Bagnall
Feels Like None, 3 p.m.
By Mindi Bagnall
Digital image, giclee print
When the day gets to be past half over and not enough has been done; that feels like none.
Mindi K. Bagnall is a fine artist living
in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She has a Master of Fine Arts degree in painting and drawing from Western Michigan University. More
of her work can be seen at her studio in the Park Trades Center in Kalamazoo.
|Winged Messengers by Donna Groot
By Donna Groot
Mixed media on wood panel
Reflection on the evening light, a peaceful embracing of contradictions within.
Donna Groot is an image-maker and lives with her two cats in
Toronto. She walks through her neighborhood to her job on the lakeshore of Lake Ontario. She hopes to return to Michigan someday
which she considers her heart’s home as much as she feels at home in Canada. She received a MFA from Western Michigan
University in painting. Donna will travel far and wide to have a cup of coffee with a friend, from the potato farm in Alberta
that she grew up on to the western shores of Lake Michigan.