Arts at KNC
Take in an exhibition in the Glen Vista Gallery, take part in a workshop, support local artists at the Buy Local Art & Gift Fair, or explore sculpture in the Arboretum – there’s always something amazing to see at KNC!

Fungal Chapel: Mushrooms, Music and Found Objects now – May 7

Gabrielle Cerberville is partnering with KNC – and all of you – to create an interactive musical sculpture project entitled Fungal Chapel. Cerberville is now at work on KNC grounds building this original work of art. She’s using found objects, mushrooms cultivated at the DeLano Farms greenhouse and electronic devices that will let visitors play their own duets with mushrooms! This installation is part of her Masters of Fine Arts thesis project at Western Michigan University. It will be located along the Habitat Haven Trail through April 21.

Check out Gabrielle’s folk art, foraging tips and delicious mushroom recipes on TikTok @chaoticforager.

Upcoming programs with Gabrielle Cerberville:

Audio-Interactive Demonstrations at the Fungal Chapel with creator, Gabrielle Cerberville
Saturday, May 7, 3-4pm (Included with regular KNC admission)

No registration required 

Drop by during demonstration times to play with the sounding sculptures, contemplate the wonder of the forest, and in the process, make beautiful music with mushrooms. Come prepared to touch the art!   

 Guided Mushroom Foraging/ ID Hike
Saturday, May 7, 2-3pm followed by fungal chapel Demo 3-4pm 

Fee: $7 per Member, $10 per Non-Member, $4 per Member Child, $7 per Non-Member Child, 3 and under are free     Register Here >
Come on a hike with forager Gabrielle Cerberville (aka Chaotic Forager on TikTok), who will take you through the Kalamazoo Nature Center to teach you how to safely identify several edible spring plants and fungi in your own backyard! Learn to identify colorful spring ephemerals, elusive fungi, and more! Immediately following the hike, Gabrielle will invite you to visit the Fungal Chapel installation on the Nature Center grounds, where you will have the opportunity to play music with mushrooms. In order to preserve the Nature Center’s beauty for all our guests, present and future, no foraging is permitted on the Nature Center grounds.

The Exhale Project

The Exhale Project   Heather Briggs

On view in the Glen Vista Gallery April 22 – July 24

The Exhale Project is a time capsule of hopes and worries that was created pre-COVID. The installation has over 500 origami cranes, and displays a selection of touching, handwritten notes from participants. The exhibit encourages viewers to take a moment to breathe and reflect, and to contribute notes for future exhibits.

Heather Briggs has a bachelor’s degree in fine arts in photography from Andrews University and has exhibited her work at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts and ArtPrize. She lives and works in Kalamazoo.

Look for Briggs’s work in Trailhead Gifts & Books this spring and summer!


Heron Sculpture

Sculpture 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 for a copy of the Sculpture Tour brochure. Online version coming soon!

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 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.

Buy Local Art and Gift Fair

Buy Local Art & Gift Fair

Saturday, December 3, 2022 9:00am-4:00pm open to public with free admission
Artist applications will open June 1.

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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