Category Archives: Exhibits

through the lens 


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Ypsilanti, MI

The Riverside Arts Center in Ypsilanti, Michigan announces an art exhibit featuring photographs from 8 accomplished women photographers. “Through the Lens” opens on October 7, 2016 with an artist’s reception from 5-7pm, and closes on October 29, 2016.

“Through the Lens” is a collaborative effort of 8 women photographers having different points of view, and coming from different backgrounds, and all delivering work with impact.

“The show has 8 talented women photographers offering their view of what is seen when working with the camera,” said Sylvia ford, photographer, featured artist, and curator of the show. “No two are alike. The show will deliver diversity.”

The artists featured in “Through the Lens” are Amy Lockard, Lucinda Huff, Georgette Heron-Willoughby, Karen Hofmann, Linda Sorensen, Marcia Fowler, Wendy Wernet, and Sylvia Ford.

Hailing from all over Michigan, and Ohio, work from these women photographers has been recognized by and exhibited in Nature Photographer Magazine, Pure Michigan, The Rivers Edge Gallery in Wyandotte, The Scarab Club in Detroit, the Padzieski Art Gallery in Dearborn, MICA, and  Women in Photography International,, as well as newspapers and magazines throughout Michigan.

The photographs range in styles from nature and urban landscape photography, to macro photography, infrared photography, black and white and color.

“Often not considered part of the arts, we plan to show our viewers that photography has its own language and its rightful place in the world of art. “ said Ford.

On October 22 , several photographers featured in the show will also be holding an afternoon of photography lectures on subjects including running a photography business, infrared photography, matting and framing photographs, and camera basics. The lectures are free and open to the public, and offer an opportunity to ask questions of the photographers.through-the-lens-3-of-5


Different Perspectives- New Show

Three photographers from three different backgrounds join together in one gallery show and sale to exhibit their perceptive on the art form they love. John Anugus, Amy Lockard, and Syliva Ford have all exhibited their photographs in galleries and in art competitions throughout Michigan and internationally. Join us this September at the Plymouth Community Arts Council for an exhibition of photography celebrating the different perspectives of these three photographers. Opening reception is on Saturday, September 12, 2015 from 4 PM to 7 PM. The event is free and open to the publicDifferent Perspectives poster REV8-30jpeg (1). The entire exhibit runs for the month of September.

Greater Michigan Art Exhibition

I have two photographs in this show that opened over the weekend in Midland, Michigan at the Midland Center for the Performing arts.


Press Release: Greater Michigan Art Exhibition

opens 7/18

July 14, 2015

Alden B. Dow Museum of Science and ArtThe Alden B. Dow Museum of Science & Art presents a broad range of artists from across the state when it hosts the 54th Annual Greater Michigan Art Exhibition, on display July 18 through September 11, at Midland Center for the Arts, 1801 W. St. Andrews Rd., Midland, Michigan. An opening reception and awards presentation ceremony will be held July 18, 7 to 9 p.m.

A tradition for over 50 years, the Greater Michigan Art Exhibition is one of the few remaining statewide visual arts competitions in Michigan. Organized by the Alden B. Dow Museum of Science and Art at Midland Center for the Arts, it provides a forum for the most recent developments by Michigan artists. The gallery spaces at Midland Center for the Arts provide a dramatic stage for the display of contemporary work and are especially suited for the exhibition of large-scale works. Both established and emerging artists participate to bring to the Center examples of the broad range of visual possibilities in contemporary and experimental thinking.

“We extend our many thanks to all of the generous contributors who have made possible the cash awards for the artists and other expenses of the project, as well as the numerous institutions deserving of special recognition for their generous support,” says Museum Director Bruce Winslow. “This year 126 artists submitted applications for the exhibition, 71 artists were accepted in the preliminary jury and delivered their works for the final selection by the juror to comprise an exhibition of 112 works. Any artist accepted in the preliminary jury was guaranteed inclusion in the exhibition with at least one work.”

Also on display is “Burnt Offerings: Stephen Sebald Drawings.” Mr. Sebald was awarded a solo exhibition for excellence and innovation at the 2014 Greater Michigan Art Exhibition. His work of extremely detailed realist charcoal portrait drawings is recognized for excellence, precision and craftsmanship. This exhibition is supported by the Maxwell K. Pribil Memorial Trust administered by FirstMerit Bank.

Admission to the Museum is $9 Adults, $6 Children, FREE to Museum members. Summer Museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday until 8 p.m. For information, visit

Juror: Thomas S. Madden

Thomas S. Madden earned his Master of Fine Arts in Metalsmithing and Jewelry Design at Bowling Green State University (1988) and his Bachelor of Fine Art in Metalsmithing and Jewelry Design from Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS (1981).

Currently, he is Professor, Crafts Department Chairman, and Section Head for Metalsmithing and Jewelry at the College for Creative Studies, Detroit, MI (1992-2014).

In 2007, he was awarded the distinction of “Master Metalsmith 2007” by the National Ornamental Metals Museum, Memphis, TN. He has taught at Eastern Michigan University, Colorado Mountain College and the Department of Art, Mississippi State University. He has exhibited extensively and his works are included in collections across America and abroad.

The Village Theater at Cherry Hill To Exhibit ‘Healing Art’

Baraga, Michigan

Baraga, Michigan

Featuring Works By Artists Michelle Malloch, Amy Lockard, and Kelly Darke (Canton, MI – June 3, 2015) The Village Theater at Cherry Hill is pleased to present ‘Healing Art” a collaborative exhibit featuring works by artists Michelle Malloch, Amy Lockard, and Kelly Darke, now on display through July 30, 2015 in the gallery.Featured works include photographs as well as fiber works.

Photographer Michelle M. Malloch is currently an Interior Designer for Henry Ford Health System and coordinator of their Healing Arts Program. Malloch has always had a passion for the arts and a love of photography. In 2009 she took a life changing photography trip to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula with Monte Nagler. In addition to traveling the state of Michigan extensively, Malloch has also photographed landscapes and nature throughout the United States and Europe. “I love being able to capture the beauty of nature and architecture with my camera, preserve it and share it with others,” said artist Michelle Malloch. “Taking the time to stop and look closely at a subject opens up a whole new world of composition possibilities.”

Photographer Amy Lockard tries to convey the importance of ‘being present in the moment’ in her photos in order to fully absorb the beauty and healing powers of nature. “I believe that when you are present in the moment you can let go of pain from the past, and fear of the future,” said Amy Lockard. “It is my goal to share these beautiful experiences through my camera to bring peace and healing through art. My photography is primarily of landscapes in nature, with an emphasis on locations in Michigan.”

Fiber Artist Kelly Darke has focused on fiber and textile techniques, along with painting, for over the past decade. Darke currently creates fiber art that incorporates painting, either on the original fabric or on the fiber piece when it’s complete. By combining sewing, embroidery, recycled fabrics and fibers, Darke creates an abstract piece with layers of texture. “I actively think of positive thoughts and peaceful, comforting ideas as I work in attempt to embed those thoughts into the work itself,” said Kelly Darke. “The process is meditative and relaxing for me and I am hoping for the viewer as well. Using fibers and textile techniques is very therapeutic and in addition to creating my own art I work as an art therapist and teach others the benefits and healing aspects of art.”

A special artists’ reception that is free and open to the public will be held on Wednesday June 17, 2015 from 7 – 9 p.m. at The Village Theater at Cherry Hill. The public is encouraged to come and meet the artists while experiencing this wonderful exhibit.

This multi-media art exhibit at the Gallery@VT is also free and open to the public: Monday – Friday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.; one hour prior to and during public performances at the theater; as well as by appointment by calling 734/394-5300. The Gallery@VT is closed on holidays. The Village Theater at Cherry Hill, located at 50400 Cherry Hill Road in Canton, is a regional center for the arts that offers the magic of live theatre, soul-stirring music, the thrill of the dance, and the enjoyment of fine art exhibitions and events, in addition to providing a home for several cultural organizations and community groups. For more information about this latest exhibition, please call 734/394-5300 or visit

Scarab Club Blooms Bugs and Beasts


IMG_1541I have a  photo in this show that is currently running this month at the Scarab Club in Detroit. It’s an all media show with the theme of  flowers, animals, landscapes and sea scapes. My photo is titled Koi Pond, and is a selection from my collection of photographs from the Belle Isle Conservatory. I am very pleased and honored to be selected for this fantastic show.

A review of the show is below:

In the Conservatory

Please see below for information on my newest photography exhibit title “In the Conservatory,” at the White House Art Collective during the month of March, 2015. The gallery is open Thursday-Saturday from 11am-4pm. The opening reception will be on Friday, March 13 from 7-9pm. I will give an artist talk about the exhibit at 8pm. Please join me, and share this free event.


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Art Prize Voting begins today


Voting starts today at noon for the 2014 Art Prize competition in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Please consider my entry into art prize # 56194. You can vote via your mobile device with the Art Prize App, via text, or online. you can seey photos at Zoup! in the Medical Mile Food Court. Art Prize runs through October 12 in downtown Grand Rapids, it is a must see for creative minded people and those with an adventurous, curious heart. All exhibits are free. There are over 1600 artists participating.
My entry is four photographs printed on canvas that are details of the striations in the colors of the Picture Rocks National Lakeshore. The close-up image and canvas medium create an abstract painting effect that has both texture and dimension in a 2D format. These are four pieces from my larger collection of photos from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula titled “Present Exposure.” Previously Present Exposure has been exhibited at the Huron Valley Council For the Arts, The Upper Hall Gallery at Liberty Street Brewing Company, and one photo from this collection was in the Northville Art House “West of Center” show in 2013.


The Last Day of Summer

Today I completed a three day art road trip across Mid-Michigan. Yesterday I installed my Art Prize entry in Grand Rapids at Zoup! in the Medical Mile. Then I attended the Art Prize Artist’s Party for the opening of the show where I picked up my badge and credentials.
This morning I drove to Midland to pick up two of my photos that had been exhibited in the 53rd Annual Greater Michigan Art Exhibition at the Alden B. Dow Museum of Science & Art.
Dow Gardens is right next to the Museum, so I walked over with my camera and spent the afternoon with the tress and the bees and the hummingbirds. The air was still sweet with the scent of the flowers, and it was cool and breezy. A perfect end of summer day. What a treasure the Dow Gardens are, and the admission fee is only $5.If you haven’t ever been, you must go.

Today I was exploring textures with my camera.The bright sunlight helped highlight the texture in the plants on the grounds, and in the green house. The birds were also loving the warm sun. I caught a few hummingbirds with my lens. I have photographed Dow Gardens about three times now in the last year or so, and it never gets old. I love how it changes with the seasons.

Art Prize 2014 Entry


I have entered Art Prize in Grand Rapids, Michigan this year. Here is the link to my entry for those interested.

Scarab Club Silver Medal Show


This month I have the honor of being selected as an artist participating in the Scarab Club Silver Medal Exhibit . This is my first time with a piece at the Scarab Club. I thoroughly enjoyed the opening reception and am proud to have a photo amounts the other artists. The Scarab Club is a quintessential part of Detroit history. I enjoyed exploring the details of the building as much as the art in the gallery. Have a look: