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Holland Area Arts Council Presents New Exhibition, The Constantines

The Holland Area Arts Council is excited to announce a new two-person exhibition, The Constantines, on display in Padnos and Armstrong Galleries November 16th – January 12th.  The public is invited to a free Opening Reception on Friday, November 16th from 6-8 pm. The artists, Jay and Patricia Constantine, will be in attendance. Light refreshments will be served.

The work of Jay and Patricia Constantine has developed over a period of 22 years of marriage. During that time, interesting areas of overlap in aesthetic attitudes, processes, and imagery have occurred.

Although the themes and motifs of Jay and Patricia’s work are quite different, there are intriguing parallels — both artists are dedicated to the importance of traditional forms and figurative art. Most importantly, Jay and Patricia are research-driven artists using historical and biographical information to give their projects background and depth.

Using the tondo format in his paintings, Jay appropriates images from the time period to take a critical look at church history in the West, which may to some be controversial.  Patricia’s drawings present the edgy and disturbing world of social faux pas, fakes, and unique people.

“The Constantines are a force on the West Michigan art scene.  Both longtime time professors at the Kendall School of Art and Design, mentoring many, their works are technically superior and socially intriguing,”  says Arts Council Artistic Director, Mary Sundstrom.

The Constantines is a fascinating exhibition aiding the Holland Area Arts Council in its mission to educate, engage, and challenge the community through the arts. The Arts Council is located at 150 East 8th Street. Please contact helpdesk@hollandarts.org or visit www.hollandarts.org for more details.