Olivet College to Exhibit Recent Work by Barry Bernstein and Michael Reynolds

Posted at 10:32 AM, Aug 07, 2019

OLIVET, Mich. — Olivet College will present recent work by Barry Bernstein and Michael Reynolds in the first art exhibition of the 2019-20 gallery schedule. The exhibit will be open Aug. 29 – Sept. 26 with an artists’ reception on Aug. 31, 5:30-7:30 p.m. The display and reception will be held at the Kresge Foundation Art Gallery, located in the Riethmiller Blackman Art Building at Olivet College, 320 S. Main St. The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.

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 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. Bernstein holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Michigan State University, and he also studied ceramics at Northern Michigan University.

“I believe my pieces reflect the hues and the forms of our Upper Peninsula environment,” Bernstein said. “Many of my pieces celebrate the northern lights. Others are reminiscent of the hues of Lake Superior and the brilliance of the fall colors. My studio faces the big lake and the old ore dock in downtown Marquette, and this has had an influence visually on my pieces.”

Michael Reynolds ’75 studied art at Olivet College before working at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. Later, he completed graduate studies at George Washington University. Reynolds then spent the majority of his career as an elementary school teacher in Washington, D.C., Maryland and California. He retired from teaching in 2012 and earned an associate degree in interior design from Baker College. Reynolds is originally from Chicago but was raised in Battle Creek and is a graduate of Battle Creek Central High School. Today he is a resident of Lansing.

“The paintings in this show constitute the results of my first concerted effort to learn about color — its science, terminology and application,” Reynolds said. “These pieces also reflect a stylistic, if possibly temporary, departure from my previous work, which focused on collage, often incorporating found objects and art-historical references.”

For more information about the exhibit, contact Gary Wertheimer, professor of art, at 269-749-7627 or To learn more about Olivet College, contact the Office of Admissions at 800-456-7189 or

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