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! 

Check out the upcoming arts-related programs and events coming up in May (dates subject to change):


Spring Ephemerals Photo Shoot  |  Saturday, May 2, 3 pm
Learn tips & tricks for photographing the expansive beauty of nature. KNC’s Beech Maple trail is bursting with spring ephemerals this time of year and presents vibrant photo opportunities. 


Sketching an IrisSpring Ephemerals Sketching Hike  |  Thursday, May 7, 5:30-7:30 pm 
Fee: $25/member, $30/non-member. Registration coming soon.
Take to the woods using pencil and paintbrush to draw spring ephemerals in their natural habitat. Join botanical artist Maia Hausler to use sketching as a tool to help identify the plants you encounter. You do NOT need to be an artist to participate in this workshop! 
The act of sitting down, studying a plant in its natural environment, and translating what you see onto paper, will help you identify it, learn basic drawing skills, and botanical structures. Bring a travel watercolor kit OR colored pencils, a sketchbook, and plant guides you would like to use. A foldable stool or chair is recommended. 


Arts in the Arboretum  |  Saturday, May 9, 5 pm - 8 pm
Fee: Prices vary. Registration coming soon.
Spend an evening enjoying the arts and nature at this new event featuring live outdoor performances by Wellspring/Cori Terry & Dancers, NICK The Drummer, and dinner by Gorilla Gourmet. Ticket price includes performances, dinner, drink tickets, and after hours access to KNC. A Night Out bundle includes childcare for up to four children ages 3 & up, featuring interactive activities by KNC education staff and instructors from the Wellspring Dance Academy. Don’t miss this unique event! KNC members, Cultural Exchange members, and Wellspring members receive a $5 discount on all ticket options. 
Wellspring/Cori Terry and Dancers:  As one of Michigan’s premiere professional modern dance companies, Wellspring/Cori Terry and Dancers has been a proud torch-bearer of the normative method of dance since 1980. Wellspring performances frequently showcase world-premiere choreography works and collaborations with renowned artists in music and visual arts.  
NICK The Drummer: Nicholas Allen Baxter “Nick The Drummer” is a community taught multi-instrumentalist who channels years of youth mentoring, volunteerism, organizational development, and hundreds of interactions with musicians, artists, story-tellers and global citizens into an eclectic blend of sounds and rhythms to soothe hearts, activate minds, and encourage hands to continue building a better world. 


Watercolor in the WoodsWatercolor in the Woods  |  Thursdays, May 14, 21, & 28, 5:30 pm 
KNC facilitators will lead painters on a hike to find a place of inspiration. A set of beginner level painting supplies will be provided, but feel free to bring your own materials/projects to work on. We will visit a new, predetermined location each week. Open to all ages. Included in KNC evening admission.
May 14: Creekside Benches  |  May 21: River Overlook  |  May 28: Quarry Overlook

Of Special Concern
Special thanks to Jim Triezenberg for his interview with Jane Kramer and Justin Kellner.
Artist in the Glen Vista Gallery

Of Special Concern, Jusin Kellner & Jane Kramer

Exhibit in the Glen Vista Gallery through March 29

Justin Kellner earned the Master of Fine Arts in Painting from Kendall College of Art and Design. "My intent is to evoke memories and the sense of a place and time while portraying the interrupted cycles existing throughout the natural world's various ecosystems. Habitat loss resulting in the decline of many bird species through human expansion and climate change are ideas that inspire my work and are infused into it. I always want to help educate and inform viewers on my subject matter through my artwork, but more importantly, I hope my work creates a curiosity in the subject matter. I would rather spark an interest in a view so they then in-turn go out on their own and explore these issues and ideas." www.justinkellner.com

Jane KramerJane Kramer has a degree in Anthropology from the University of MN and photography training from the Rocky Mountain School of Photography in Missoula, MT. She received a 2013 Chris Clark Fellowship from the Arts Council of Greater Lansing and was selected to participate in Art from the Lakes - an art exchange program between Japan and MI. This inspired "Foreshadowing – Endangered & Threatened Plant Species", a project for which she photographs the shadows of endangered plant species and transfers the images (with alcohol gel) onto paper she makes from invasive plant species. www.janekramer.com.

Justin and Jane's show, “of Special Concern,” relates to a group of species that are of concern due to declining populations in the state. Their work celebrates the beauty of such species, while honoring concerns about the preservation and protection of our natural world.


Exhibit 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. 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.

Exhibit at the Kalamazoo Nature Center!

Connect people with nature through art! Local and regional artists are invited to submit their nature-related, two-dimensional artwork for review to exhibit in the Glen Vista Gallery for 8-week exhibitions in 2021-2022.  Learn more and apply here.

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.