THE CREATIVE PROCESS
Drawings, Prints, Plates and Watercolors by Reynold Weidenaar
October 22, 2015 - January 16, 2016
Closed Thanksgiving Break (November 26-29) and Christmas Break (December 23 - January 3)
Image credit: Grain Threshers, Old Mexico, 1949, Preliminary Drawing, Weidenaar Portfolio, Inc.
Born in 1915, Reynold Weidenaar became one of Grand Rapidsí most talented and well-known artists. Often controversial, engaging social, political and religious issues with satire and humor, he was viewed as a member of the American Regionalist art movement and widely regarded as a master printmaker. In honor of his remarkable career, this exhibition features over 100 works of art that help illustrate his creative process. Included are examples of the six major methods of printmaking he employed: drypoint, mezzotint, aquatint, engraving, etching and softground. In addition, the exhibition features preliminary and working drawings that show the development of his work, next to the plates and various states of prints.
Calvin joins three other Grand Rapids culturual institutions in celebrating Weidenaar's centenary year. The Grand Rapids Public Museum presented an exhibition in the spring of 2015 (Through the Eyes of Weidenaar), and concurrent with Calvin's exhibition are a major retrospective at the Grand Rapids Art Museum (Reynold Weidenaar: A Retrospective) and a complimentary exhibition at Kendall College of Art and Design at Ferris State University (Evolution of the Artist: Reynold H. Weidenaar).
Image credit: Grain Threshers, Old Mexico, 1949, Mezzotint, Weidenaar Portfolio, Inc.
Opening Lecture and Reception
Thursday, October 22, - 7pm (CFAC Recital Hall)
Join us for the opening of "The Creative Process" with an opening lecture by Dr. Larry ten Harmsel exploring the life and work of Reynold Weidenaar. The lecture begins at 7pm in the CFAC Recital Hall, followed by a reception in the West Lobby and viewing of the exhibition in the Center Art Gallery.
Image credit: Locomotive Shops, 1947, Preliminary Drawing, Weidenaar Portfolio, Inc.
Saturday, October 24, - 2pm & 3pm (Center Art Gallery)
Director of Exhibitions, Joel Zwart will take visitors on a guided tour of "The Creative Process" and share insights on the development of the exhibition. This tour will be approximately 45 minutes long and begins at the entrance to the Center Art Gallery at 2pm and 3pm.
"The Art of Printmaking" Lecture
Thursday, November 5, - 7pm (CFAC Recital Hall)
Chris Stoffel Overvoorde, a colleague of Reynold Weidenaar and former professor of art at Calvin College, will explore the art of printmaking. Drawing on his long career of creating prints and teaching printmaking, Overvoorde will explain the process, point out the differences in techniques and give an inside look at how a print evolves during the creative process. This lecture begins at 7pm in the CFAC Recital Hall, followed by a reception in the West Lobby and viewing of the exhibition in the Center Art Gallery.
Image credit: Locomotive Shops, 1947, Etching and Aquatint, Weidenaar Portfolio, Inc.
Take a look at the upcoming exhibition schedule for 2015-16 season.