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ArtStart 2017 Exhibition Season


March 16-May 13

The Paintings of Sofia Arnold

Viewing Sofia Arnold's work feels like stepping into another world. Working with a wet-on-wet painting technique, her aliens, humans, animals, and ghosts take on the qualities of their surroundings.


Mapping Memory

Phyllis Fredendall

This exhibition features Fredendall's hand-felted works in wool and silk that explore the relationship of memory to place in family stories and the labyrinths of Upper Michigan's copper mines.


Opening Reception: March 18


May 26-August 12

A Tiny Rivulet in the Distant Forest

Guest Curator: Michael Velliquette

This exciting summer show is a group exhibition of twenty-three artists with Midwestern ties, whose work deals with the nature of matter, sensation, perception, reaction, consciousness and joy.


Opening Reception: June 3


August 24-November 4

Esther Bubley’s Photographs of Dissin’s Guest House

A Home Away from Home for Jewish Defense Workers in Wartime Washington, DC

Esther Bubley (1921-1998)

Guest Curator: Jean Bubley

This exhibition by preeminent freelance photographer, Esther Bubley--who worked during the golden age of American photojournalism--documents the lives of young Jewish government workers living at Dissin's Guest House in overcrowded Washington DC in 1942 and 1943.


Mostly Blue

Prints by Jeanine Coupe Ryding

Thinking of three dimensions while printing images of two informs Jeanine Coupe Ryding sketches on paper or wood. The resulting image in the print suggests transparency as lines circle around the form to show both sides, as though the shape was made of wire.


August 26: Opening Reception with talk by Jean Bubley:

Date TBD: Closing Reception with talk by Jeanine Coupe Ryding


November 16-January 20

Capturing the Packers: 75 Years of the Biever Family Photographers

Guest Curator: Matt Foss

This exhibition features photographs of iconic Packer moments that speak to the joy and the heartbreak that is the game of football by the Biever family photography dynasty:  Vernon, official Packer photographer from 1947-2007; Jim, who worked with his dad and then became the Packer team photographer; and John, a photographer for Sports Illustrated.


November 18: Opening Reception