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.
Spring 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 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