Art Drawn from Nature
Friday, January 8 – Sunday, February 27, 2022
Opening Reception Friday, February 11, 6pm – 8pm
Reception will feature the nature-inspired performance art of Carolyn Pampalone Rabbers of Wellspring Dance Company.
To celebrate the re-opening of KNC’s renovated Exhibits Hall, eight local artists will grace the new halls with paintings, prints, vessels, and sculpture inspired by the natural world. For as long as there has been art, artists have been innervated by nature. In the upcoming exhibition, artists will tell their stories of this relationship. The exhibit will weave visual stories from oral traditions, endangered indigenous plants, and native fauna to explore how we tell our stories of nature.
Artists featured include Brent Harris, Sharon Gill, Maryellen Hains, Anna Z. Ill, Courtney S. Nelson, Gayle Reyes, Corinn Rutkoski, and Maria Scott.
This exhibition includes nudity as an artistic expression of the human form.
“…along with the other animals, the stones, the trees, and the clouds, we ourselves are characters within a huge story that is visibly unfolding all around us, participants within the vast imagination, or Dreaming, of the world.”
― David Abram, The Spell of the Sensuous: Perception and Language in a More-Than-Human World
Coming Up Soon
Fungal Chapel to Bring Mushrooms, Music and Found Objects to Life
Gabrielle Cerberville, a WMU master’s student, is excited to bring her Fungal Chapel to life at KNC as part of her interactive musical sculpture thesis project. Over the next few months, Gabrielle will be growing mushrooms in the farm greenhouse, gathering found objects to build sculpture, and incorporating electronic devices that will let you play your own duet with mushrooms! Stay tuned for how you can experience the beauty of nature and the magic of mushroom music this spring.
We want your input!
In March, KNC will transform our newly renovated Exhibit Hall into a temporary, interactive exhibit. We want your ideas for accomplishing KNC’s four new strategic goals: Equity, Inclusion & Diversity, Innovative Infrastructure, Sustainability, and High-Quality Programming. Your engagement will positively influence KNC’s ability to serve our community.
Check back soon for details.
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 for a copy of the Sculpture Tour brochure. Online version coming soon!
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 the space will be reserved for a special event, class, or other organization. Please call ahead at 269-381-1574 ext. 0 to verify gallery hours.
Exhibit at the Kalamazoo Nature Center!
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 2022-23. Learn more and apply here.
Buy Local Art & Gift Fair
Saturday, December 3, 2022 9:00am-4:00pm open to public with free admission
Call for Artists will begin in July.
KNC’s annual 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 artists and vendors, surrounded by the beauty of the winter woods.
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