Michigan ArtShare pulls from our rich pool of artists to showcase them on a rotating calendar of exhibitions. We showcase our artists with a quarterly rotation of exhibitions and receptions accompanied by music and light refreshments. We believe that art can have a place in a variety of environments, thus we manage gallery space for our artists in places like Michigan Economic Development Corporation, Detroit Bureau of Sound, and the MSU Community Music School-East Lansing.
We can do this for you too! Have a place of business? Let us come install and curate any number of works from our dynamic community of Michigan artists, right in your office. Are you an artist? Get connected with us and let us know that you'd like to be included in our exhibition calendar. Inquire to our very own Amy Wellington who manages our exhibit spaces.
Work is currently exhibited at the below locations...
Michigan Economic Development Corporation
300 N. Washington Square
Lansing, Michigan 48913
JOEL ELLIS - PAINTINGS
Artist Statement: "The adventure of being n ife inspires me: beautiful scenes, interactions with people, even dreams echoing a day’s experience. My only true expression of these imprints is through making art and wondering what is going to happen next."
Joel Ellis Art is currently displayed in businesses and private collections throughout Michigan, the Midwest, Washington D.C. and internationally. Joel trained in a comprehensive program of art and design at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo. He taught many years for Michigan schools culminating his career as an educator at the a Vinci Institute for high school students in Jackson, Michigan.
Former Board Seat and current member of the MidMichigan Art Guild (MMAG); member Arts Council of Greater Lansing; member Lansing Art Gallery, Shiawassee Arts Council Owosso, and Lansing Area Arts Connection.
MICHAEL MAGNOTTA - SCULPTURES
Artist Statement: "My journey in the arts began some 35 years ago in photography. Architectural studies broadened my artistic horizons as I learned how the integration of materials in a thoughtful design impacts the environment. It is a seamless transition from architecture to sculpture. Direct metal sculpture using the remnants and cast-offs of our mass-produced society to create art is where I find expression today. With inspiration from the masters my work arises from mu experiences and things I love – jazz, space, nature, mankind, and beauty in all its manifestations. The Japanese aesthetic of wabisabi, beauty in the imperfect and the natural time-worn patina, resonates in my art.
My sculptures typically begin with a trip to the metal yard. There I gather my palette, such as a painter chooses their paints. From the shapes and textures I cull, a conversation takes place – a visual conversation – that results in the three dimensional work that comprises my oeuvre. "
McFarland’s work is primarily abstract and acrylic based. From the cool and calm blues to the muted earth tones, McFarland’s color choices can make an individual feel complex emotions. McFarland’s life has been an interesting journey to say the least. In 1971 He graduated MSU with a degree in Multidisciplinary Social Science. Four years later he learned Agriculture by working at his family farm in Kalamazoo, MI. The farm was over 4000+ acres. He worked alongside Amish farmers who taught him techniques such as using horses instead of tractors.
Four years after that McFarland became friends with professor of sculpture Bob Weil at MSU, left social work to study art and music in a private mentorship with Bob that lasted for more than 15 years. He studied sculpture, painting, art, music (improvisational jazz), and eastern religion. McFarland has been painting for thirty years and has a collection of approximately 300 paintings. In 1980, McFarland became a licensed pilot. He created the first one-person soaking tub based on Japanese bathing practices. Based on what he learned from Japan, he also created a company called Hot Water Works (www.hotwaterworks.com), a hot tub company located in Lansing, MI.
Please contact Zac for inquiries on purchasing James's art.
Community Music School-East Lansing
MSU Community Music School-East Lansing
4930 S. Hagadorn Rd., East Lansing, MI 48823
BETTY KAY PRICE - PAINTINGS
Artist Statement: "I love the Beauty of God’s creation. My art reflects some of the aspects that I see around me, the movement of the land, shapes, form, light and dark. Then there is color. I love to try new things and play with color bringing the shapes and forms together in composition meant to bring warmth to a cold climate and lift the spirit of the viewer. I paint with acrylics and sometimes mixed media, incorporating ink, and or paper and other materials. For me, Art is an adventure. The best part of the adventure is the reaction of people to my art. When they express how good it makes them feel."
KENNY PRICE - PHOTOGRAPHY
Artist Statement: "I am a photographer so I use the world that GOD has created, and what man has added to GOD’S creation as my canvas. I do not create anything new; I just try and show people a new view of the world. Iamblessed or cursed with the love of seeing all things, so my subject matter goes from Nature to landscapes, mechanic subjects and all points in between. In today’s hectic schedule, too many people only see what is front of them. They do not take time to see the flowers, birds, animals, or even the dents in the walls. My job is to take things that people look at every day, but do not see. There is a door on Pearl Street in Jackson that a lot of people pass daily, but never see the football player above it. A single leaf on the river can be a great thing of beauty. With the advent of digital photography, I am able to take a lot more photos of the same thing to get the feeling I am looking for. Photos may need to be in color or black and white to achieve a different meaning. Today’s Photographer has many more tools to try and achieve the perfect photo, than the old masters of years gone by. The end result still remains the same. To make the viewer become one with the photo, to have them achieve an emotional attachment to it."