Arts at KNC

Whether it's supporting local artists at the Buy Local Art & Gift Fair, taking part in a workshop, or exploring sculpture in the Arboretum, there's always something amazing to see at KNC! 

In the Glen Vista Gallery: Ladislav Hanka 

­The Great Wall of Bees

Intelligence of the Hive


The etchings you see here, encrusted with beeswax, are made in the time-honored way - much as Rembrandt recorded the Dutch landscape on copper plates in the 17th century.  However, here the etchings take on a second life, as I have inserted my artwork into a living hive where bees take over and now collaborate in the creative process.


Bees will eventually cover everything over in wax or even capped honey – or conversely, they may take a dislike to the intrusion, in which case swarms of little critics will start chewing up my precious artwork.  Therefore, I must continually monitor the hive in order to reclaim my work at the right moment.


The additions bees make to the etchings are as inevitably elegant as the gently curving veils of honeycomb you find hanging from the domed ceilings within a bee tree.  There is an undeniable intelligence at work in a beehive. You learn to respect that and care about these highly evolved creatures.



Artist in the Glen Vista Gallery

Glen Vista Gallery

The Glen Vista Gallery is a 1,300 square foot gallery space, which acts as a space for artists to exhibit nature-related artwork. NOTEWhile the gallery is typically open to the public, there are certain times when a class or other organization will use the space or have it reserved for a special event.  Please call ahead at 269-381-1574 ext. 0 to verify gallery hours.

Sculpture Tour

HeronSculpture Tour

Enjoy a leisurely stroll through the Arboretum on a self-guided Sculpture Tour.  Some are easy to find, such as the beautiful marble "Snowy Owl" by Paul Keeslar.  Others, like Robert Cumpston's "Squirrel," are a bit more of a fun challenge ... see if you can find his hiding place!

Stop in to Guest Services to pick up a copy of the Sculpture Tour brochure or view it online here.

Buy Local Art & Gift Fair

Buy Local Art & Gift Fair
December 9, 2017

The Buy Local Art & Gift Fair is not your ordinary art fair! More than 50 local artisans transform the Visitor Center with their creative displays and top quality work. Visitors enjoy chatting with the artists and vendors, surrounded by the beauty of the winter woods. KNC supports buying local and gives back to the community by offering FREE ADMISSION to both the Art & Gift Fair and the beautiful winter trails. Learn more...

Kalamazoo Nature Center  •  7000 North Westnedge Avenue  •  Kalamazoo, MI 49009
PHONE (269) 381-1574  •  FAX (269) 381-2557 

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