Olivet College 2019-20 Art Exhibition Schedule

Barry Bernstein
Michael Reynolds
Pamela Gleave
Patrick Dengate
Posted at 9:48 AM, Jul 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-23 09:48:32-04

OLIVET, Mich. — Olivet College is pleased to announce the 2019-20 art exhibition schedule.

All events are hosted in the Kresge Foundation Art Gallery in the Riethmiller Blackman Art Building located on Olivet’s campus, 320 S. Main St. The gallery is open Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. or by appointment. All events are free and open to the public.

Recent Work of Barry Bernstein and Michael Reynolds

Exhibition open Aug. 29 - Sept. 26, 2019

Reception: Aug. 31, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Barry Bernstein has worked in his Marquette ceramic studio for more than 35 years. He is currently making pots and firing in the Raku process and mid-range electric. Bernstein’s work has been honored or exhibited at many art fairs and galleries, including the Des Moines Arts Festival and the Cherry Creek Arts Festival. He has work in many collections in the U.S., Europe and Japan.

Michael Reynolds ’75 studied art at Olivet College before working at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. He then spent the majority of his career as an elementary school teacher in Washington, D.C., Maryland and California. Reynolds retired from teaching in 2012 and earned an associate degree in interior design.

Alumni Homecoming Art Exhibition

Exhibition open Oct. 3-31, 2019

Reception: Oct. 12, 5-7 p.m.

The exhibit will feature work by Jesse M. Bell ’00, Milie Funk ’15, Pamela Gleave ’99, Salina Kalnins ’97 and Mike Vedder ’82.

Jesse M. Bell ’00 is a contemporary abstract painter working and living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In his practice, Bell strives to condense his visual language into two-dimensional

imagery and to create paintings that suggest a story or an event, or convey a memory, situation or scenario.

Milie Funk ’15 has been quilting since 2008 when she began working for her mother’s T-shirt quilt company. She continued to develop her quilting skills during high school and college, and today she focuses in long-arm quilting. Funk is inspired by Japanese wood block prints and traditional tattoo design, as the bold lines featured in these translate well to quilting as a medium.

Pamela Gleave ’99 is an award-winning artist and photographer from Michigan. She works in oils, pastel, gouache painting, photography and carbon dust drawings. She is also a sculptor. Her latest projects involve paintings of moth specimens and making sculptures of tango dancers.

Salina Kalnins ’97 uses her painting skills and love of nature and the ocean to paint boats onto maps. She combines detailed boats, lighthouses or beach scenes with appropriate markings of nautical charts. Her paintings are created by using acrylic paint and other various mixed media directly on to the surfaces of nautical maps.

Mike Vedder’s ’82 artistic talents were apparent by age 5. He studied drawing, painting and pottery in high school and woodcut, painting, sculpture, drawing and constructions in college. Today, Vedder practices in Grand Blanc.

Patrick Dengate: Contemporary Cubism

Exhibition open Nov. 7 - Dec. 5, 2019

Reception: Nov. 9, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Patrick Dengate focused almost 20 years of his career as an artist in woodcut prints. He was inspired by the natural world and developed a wide vocabulary of marks in wood. Later, he turned to painting using oil on canvas or panel. Dengate also enjoys building small wooden boats.

Olivet College Regional High School Student Art Exhibition

Exhibition open Dec. 13-20, 2019

Reception: Dec. 13, 5:30-7 p.m.

The Olivet College Regional High School Student Art Exhibition welcomes juniors and seniors to submit 2D, 3D, ceramics and graphic design artwork. Winners will be awarded with Olivet College talent scholarships. For more information about this competition and exhibition, contact Don VanAuken, adjunct instructor of art, at

Eaton Art League: A Little Bit of Everything

Exhibition open Jan. 16 - Feb. 13, 2020

Reception: Jan. 25, 7-8:30 p.m.

The Eaton Art League is a local group, mainly comprised of senior citizens, who enjoy art in various forms. The group contains many artists, but that is not mandatory for membership. Members work in a wide variety of mediums, including oil, acrylic, pastel, watercolor and ink.

The exhibition will feature work by Rosemary Allen, Mary Jean Baker, Michael Brooks, Carol Callahan, David Carrigan, Norma Cole, Jill Cortright, Darlene Crafton, Judy DeBolt, Ann Feihner, Lynda LaClair, Pedro Mondejar, Jean Nelson and Cheryl Platt.

Nikki Kazmar: Kindred

Exhibition open Feb. 20 - March 26, 2020

Reception: Feb. 29, 7-8:30 p.m.

In her career as an artist, Nikki Kazmar has experimented with different surfaces and materials to find new ways to express her concepts. Her background working for an art materials retailer has given her the platform to keep discovering the right combination of traditional oil portraits and industrial construction. This process of discovery continues to evolve her work.

Senior Art Exhibition

Exhibition open April 2 - May 16, 2020

Reception: TBD

The Senior Art Exhibition will feature Amanda Briggs (graphic design), Eleanor Chapin-O’Leary (biological illustration), Reiker Dean (studio art), Jaideep Naranayan (graphic design), Bailey Parker (graphic design), Katelyn Priest (pre-art therapy), Trent Robinson (graphic design), Morgan Schneider (graphic design) and Tyler Thenikl (graphic design).


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