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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.

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 Eric Messing 231.332.4135 

December, 2019 – January, 2020


James Johnson / Painting in Watercolor

I love to watch colors swimming and blending together in clear water. Once that lovely pigment is on the paper, an artist cannot simply command the pigment to go this way or that to create the desired image. The best he can do is to nudge and encourage a pathway to another shape which may then combine with the new invasive color to create the desired shape. I feel the thrill of this dance every time I apply a brushstroke. The process is always just on the edge of being out of control, but never quite’. And then there’s the brilliant whiteness of the paper showing through the translucent colors. Magical! Also, I love art that is loose and spontaneous. Watercolor encourages that spontaneity because it is somewhat unforgiving about the artist changing direction half way through the painting. To create this kind of art, I’ve learned to embrace the concept of risk. I’m always working a little out of my comfort zone, pushing and stretching myself to try something new with each painting. I’ve done my best paintings, and have had the most fun, when I’ve taken risks right from my very first brushstroke. This show will run from December 3 – January 27.