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Fine arts photography and glass sculpture displayed at Marywood Gallery

Two West Michigan artists display their works in Fine Arts Photography and Glass Sculpture.
<center><strong>Featured Artists: March 2 - April 29, 2012</strong></center>

Featured Artists: March 2 - April 29, 2012

Underwriting support from:
White Boat in Maine - Randall Nyhof

White Boat in Maine - Randall Nyhof

Weathering the Storm - Randall Nyhof

Weathering the Storm - Randall Nyhof

The featured Artists at Dominican Center Art Gallery from March 2 – April 29, 2012 are:

  • Randall Nyhof – Fine Arts Photography
  • Jim VanBeek – Glass Sculpture

Dominican Center at Marywood Art Gallery will display the works of Randall Nyhof and Jim VanBeek through April 29, 2012. Most of the works are available for purchase.

Jim VanBeek, a glass sculptor, has lived in West Michigan his entire life. After working in food service eighteen years for the Dominican Sisters and seven years for the Holy Cross Brothers, as well as owning and running his own restaurant, he is now retired and has more time for working with stained glass. VanBeek’s works have been displayed in various local art galleries and art shows, selling pieces in Saugatuck, Frankfort and Charlevoix.

VanBeek says, “My proudest achievement was the Christmas after 9/11. Michigan artists were invited to submit decorations for the National Christmas Tree which had been provided by the state of Michigan. I had the honor of having my piece being chosen for the tree. I had a vision of what I wanted the piece to represent, and that vision was of an Angel ascending to Heaven with the Twin Towers in her arms. A local television station asked if they could come out and film me in my studio and then they broadcast it on television.”

Randall Nyhof, a fine arts photographer, first became fascinated by, and took up, photography in his junior year as a student at Calvin College, where he was majoring in painting and printmaking. Photography was not offered as a subject at Calvin in the late 1960s and early 1970s, so he and a group of students interested in the medium came together to exchange ideas and critique one another’s images. To enhance his photography education, he also read as many books on the subject as were available at the time. He has been involved with different aspects of photography for more that 40 years, eventually becoming involved in commercial, wedding, senior and family portrait photography. Inspired by the development in digital technology, he returned to producing fine art images, and subsequently entered regional, national and international art shows and contests. Nyhof has been presented with a variety of awards and his works have been published in Popular Photography, Photo Life, B&W/Color Magazine, Focus Magazine, Photoforum’s Best of Photography and Trierenberg Super Circuit of Austria.

Nyhof says, “My approach to photography is as a medium for making images. The camera is a tool, much like a paint brush or chisel. I do not wish to, nor can I, reproduce reality. I must be content to make an interpretation of ‘what my eyes see and my mind envisions.’ One learns to look and see within the capabilities that the camera and the computer can accomplish.”

You can read more about each artist and view more of their works at the DCM Art Gallery.

The Marywood Gallery is located in Dominican Center at Marywood, on the lower level of the main Marywood building at 2025 Fulton Street East. You can park for free in the large Marywood lot on the west side of Lakeside Drive, NE.  The lot is about 1000 feet north of Fulton Street.  If you need more information, directions or details, please feel free to contact the DCM Front Desk at 616.454.1241 (Option 5).

The Gallery is open to the public daily:

  • Monday-Thursday 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Friday 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Come and meet the featured artists at a public reception that will be held on Sunday, April 22, 2012 from 12:00 Noon - 4:00 p.m.

While you are here, stop in at the DCM Bookstore and browse through our wide variety of books and gifts, which are appropriate for all life celebrations and occasions.

Sister Francetta McCann, OP, is the curator of the Marywood Art Gallery. She contacts selected artists and works with them to arrange the showing of work produced by Michigan artists. The show changes every two months, giving several local artists a venue to display and sell their artwork each year.

Submitted by: Rosemary Barber-Steers

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