Heron sculpture in KNC Arboretum

Arts at KNC

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

Call for Artists: 2018-19 Artist in the Glen Vista Gallery exhibition applications are due by April 30.  

Connect people with nature through art! Local and regional artists are invited to submit their nature-related, two-dimensional artwork for review. Learn more and apply online here.

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. NOTE: While 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.

Current Artist in the Glen Vista:

Tamara Hirzel printmaking

Tamara Hirzel, Overgrowth and Understory
Exhibition runs through April 27

"My childhood in southwest Michigan was full of scales, feathers and fur," says Tamara. "Raised on forty acres by back-to-the-land parents, I spent hours exploring the woods and fields around my home. Nature is still my inspiration, connecting me to the rhythms that have measured out life for generations. I wish to express the extraordinary in the ordinary and capture the suspended moment when life is sensed directly."

"I am a printmaker working primarily in the relief methods of woodblock and linocut. This involves: carving the wood or linoleum block with gouges to create a printing plate, applying a thin layer of ink to the block with a roller or brayer, transferring ink to paper using the pressure of a hand operated printing press, printing layer upon layer of transparent and opaque inks using one or several printing plates to result in a multiple color image. From start to finish a print can be a process, a puzzle and a passion!"

Buy Local Art & Gift Fair

Buy Local Art & Gift Fair2018 Buy Local Art & Gift Fair will be December 8, 9am-4pm
Online artist applications will open in June

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.


Sculpture Tour

Heron Sculpture in KNC Arboretum

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.