“Defying Complacency” is the exhibit at the Lee Dam Center for Fine Art, Marysville, that runs throughout the month of May. The display features artwork by art instructors from Highland Community College and Southeast Community College.
Paintings, photographs, and pottery fill the center’s gallery and highlight the theme of how each artist defies complacency.
“Trial and error,” explained Gertrude Teijink, a Southeast instructor. “This also implies not knowing exactly how things will turn out and accepting this insecurity.”
A reception to meet the artists will be Sunday, May 22, from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m.
“The arts cooperative believes that the arts bring people together,” said Brad Ekiss, president of the Marshall County Arts Cooperative, the group sponsoring the exhibition. “These monthly exhibits are important because they give people the opportunity to see different kinds of art, and they provide a chance for people to get together at the art center.”
Ten art instructors are exhibiting their work. Artists from Highland include Glen Gross, Matthew Leahy, and Sam Perkins; artists from Southeast include Nelson Dungan, Bradley Peters, Carole Pralle, Debi Smith, Teijink, Nancy Vujovich Hagler, and Rosemary Zumpfe.
The artists, too, share the arts cooperative’s vision of how the arts unify communities. “Anybody can create and anybody can experience art,” Teijink said. “To be part of a community means to be included. Making art, exhibiting art, experiencing art, and exchanging ideas about art are all valuable and encourage inclusion in a rich and diverse community.”
Sunday’s reception allows community members to dialogue with the artists about their work. Several of the artists will be at the reception to explain their thoughts on the exhibit’s theme as well as to explain their work.
“Existing in the world is complex and the arts help to foster a conversation regarding this notion in a way that other forms of communicate can not,” Peters said.
The art center is open Thursdays from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.; Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.; and Sundays from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.
Admission is free; donations are accepted.