Special Events

Art Exhibits

Art Exhibits

The Reception Gallery showcases a variety of art from local and regional artists. Admission is FREE and exhibits change on a regular basis—see below for information on our latest exhibit. Selected pieces available for purchase.


“The Colors of Nature” by Kristin Thorton


“In Our Backyard” by Boys and Girls Club of Muskegon 

Join us in the Reception Gallery of the Frauenthal Center to experience the brilliant colors and Michigan images from Grand Rapids artist Kristin Thorton in the July exhibition at the Frauenthal Center. The exhibit also includes the photographs of Muskegon by members of the Boys and Girls Club of Muskegon who are participating in the National Image Makers program.

Kristin Thornton attended Central Michigan University and graduated from Ferris State University with a B.S. in Health Information Administration. While attending college, she took art courses, including drawing and design at both universities. “I started drawing and painting at a young age.  It was, and is, a wonderful outlet for expressing the beauty around us.  In my early works I used more traditional colors and subjects.  As I continued to paint, examine other art works, I found that I enjoyed looking at paintings with different, vibrant colors. Kristen says. “ Some of my influences have been impressionist such as Claude Monet, expressionists/Fauve painters like De Vlaminck and Cezanne.”

This is the 2nd photography exhibit of the Boys and Girls Club of Muskegon at the Frauenthal. These creative 6-18 year olds were guided by their mentor Hillary Jones who says, “This year’s theme is inspired by Muskegon’s rich scenery and architectural gems in our fair city. As you explore the exhibit, you will find yourself strolling through downtown Muskegon.  You will follow the journey of our young photographers as they captured the royal blues of Muskegon Lake and the splendor of Hackley Library.



Exhibit at the Reception Gallery in the Frauenthal Center.

The Reception Gallery is located on the 2nd floor of the Hilt Building within the Frauenthal Center.

Gallery Hours: Monday through Friday 9 am – 5:30 pm with extended hours on show nights.

For more information contact Ricki Levine 231.332.4135 



August – Randy and Evie – Photography

September – Connie Kuhnle, Barbara Shilling and Kathy Bechtel

October – Mary Reusch and Margaret Kriegbaum

November – Kathleen Kalinowski

December – Christie Dreese