Art Exhibits
Elizabeth Belen Gallery

On Display May 4 to July 26, 2014

by Francis Mumaugh

"Ox Bow Lagoon"
by Pauline Townsend

by Addie Hartson

Early Women Artists

Early Women Artists features oil paintings by 20 women artists that all share ties to Michigan. Some of the artists, such as Alice Thurbur and Maud Miller Hoffmaster, lived in Michigan their entire lives. Others, such as Minnie Harms Neebe and Francis Mumaugh, only visited on occasion for sketching trips or for education purposes at places such as the Ox Bow School in Saugatuck. Francis Farrand Dodge and Katherine Leone Wood grew up in Michigan and this firsthand knowledge nurtured their work, even after they moved on to cosmopolitan art centers. Despite the clear talent that these women possessed, and the popularity of their work during their lives, many have yet to receive the public recognition that their art deserves today. 

On Display August 3 to October 25, 2014

"The Becker Ring"
by Jeanne Bieri

"Potato Eaters"
by Margi Weir


"Red Kool-Aid"
By Patricia Izzo

A Matter of Taste: Sweet, Sour, Salty, Bitter
by Women's Caucus for Art Michigan
Opening reception Sunday, August 3, 2-4 p.m.

"A Matter of Taste: Sweet, Sour, Salty, Bitter" will include two and three dimensional pieces that display the artists' impressions, expressions and metaphorical interpretations of “taste” and how it moves through our lives and our world. The exhibit will include art that matches this theme in both a representational and abstract manner.

Women’s Caucus for Art Michigan (WCA) is a non-profit national organization with over 50 professional artists as members. Operating as a volunteer organization, members exhibit their work in several different shows and exhibition spaces throughout the year. The objective of the group is to provide networking, mentorship and creative challenges to assist members to continually improve the quality of their work.

On Display November 2 to January 24, 2015

"A Place Called Home"

"On Silent"

"Embrace Life"

"Fragmented Realities"
by Jessica Kovan
Opening reception Sunday, November 3, 2-4 p.m.

The collage and mixed-media pieces in “Fragmented Realities” by Jessica Kovan will interweave the different hats that women wear today, such as mother, daughter, wife, artist, educator, and social activist, and the different responsibilities that come with these roles. The show will explore themes of love, life, hope, nature, family and community.

Museum hours: Wednesday - Saturday 12-4 p.m. and the 1st Sunday of each month 2-4 p.m.

If you are a Michigan woman artist and would like your art to be considered for display inside the Historical Center's Elizabeth Belen Gallery, please fill out and return the application below with samples of your work. We are currently accepting submissions for 2015 exhibitions.

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