Holland Area Arts Council Announces a New Summer Line Up!

The Holland Arts Council is proud to be in the position to transform challenges into opportunity.  The mission of the Arts Council is to educate, engage and challenge the community through the arts. The Arts Council is a building where kids, grownups, families, and artists of all ages come to experience art. It’s also a group of people who are constantly working to spark imagination in our community: always-changing exhibitions, a variety of classes, camps and workshops for all ages, arts and music events, public art projects, and arts resources.

This summer, the Arts Council will be offering programming that will uplift and inspire the community to thrive. Along with new programs and partnerships they will be offering some fun POP Up classes on Saturday mornings. Please make sure you watch their website for new programs as they develop best practices for your experience.

All of their exhibits can be viewed on-line at  and all pieces are for sale.  Opening receptions will be announced throughout the summer.  Please call to make a reservation for a private in-person tour.

Summer Exhibits include:

Significance in the Serendipity, Maggie Bandstra
Padnos Gallery May 9-July 11
Bandstra is showing her exhibit of large, bright, textural, and exuberant oil paintings titled “Significance of the Serendipity” Bandstra says “recognizing the serendipitous events in our mundane lives can create marvelous moments along the path of life.”

In Full Bloom, Susan Day Martell
Lievense Gallery May 28-July 19
Gardener Susan Day Martell oil paints in a lush contemporary photorealistic style deploying close up views of alluring florals in a way that is all her own. A show not to be missed. It’s like standing in a bouquet of flowers.

Community Cardboard, Public Art Project
Armstrong Gallery, June 4- September 5
Community Cardboard is an open call to artists of all ages to create original artwork on one square foot of cardboard. This year we had over 100 submissions. Participants are as young as 3 years old all the way up to 96! This is a fundraiser. Half of the sales are returned to the artist and half support our programming.

The Steve Leary Show
Padnos Gallery July 16-September 5
Steve Leary is an artist whose profession is construction. New to being an artist Steve began painting just four years ago to the delight of just about anyone who enjoys his fun, bright pop art style work. Steve grew up being a fan of the car culture art movement with it’s cartoons, graphic signs and tongue in cheek graphics. Steve is a prolific and naturally talented painter and furniture designer who honed his craft after embarking on an artists residency in Maine that let him do nothing but paint for hours every day.

All the Things, Adam Dahlstrom
Armstrong Gallery July 23-September 12
Adam brings all the things with him (minus the kitchen sink) for this unique show. His vibrant mixed media collages focusing on color and pattern, pen and ink portraits of “people” real or imagined, collaborations with other artists, and his latest obsession- hand carved wooden spoons. Pieces old, new, and divergent. A fun showing from one of West Michigan’s most talented artists.

Thrift Store Masterpieces
Lievense Gallery July 22nd-September 18
On display, for better, worse or for the sake of conversation are a collection of Thrift Store artwork. These pieces are found at rummage sales, auctions and of course thrift stores. They may not have been of value to their owners upon donation but we see something special in them. What do you think? One person’s trash is another person’s treasure.

Summer Kids Camps and Summer Youth programs include: Cartooning Camp June 16-19, Nick Cave Found Material June 23-26, Drawing Figure and Form July 7-10, Let’s Make Magic (with polymer clay) July 14, Hand Building Ceramics July 21-24, Brushes and Beasts July 27-30, Pint Sized Picassos July 28-31, Comic Book Camp August 4-7, Fine Art Camp August 11-14, Music In Me August 18-21, Music Makers August 18-21.

Summer Adult programs include: Wood Block Carving, Landscape Painting,Nature Inspired Wood Burning Workshop, Pushing Color with Landscape, Beginners Birch Tree Painting, Botanical Illustration, Crochet Arugami & Toys.

The Arts Council is sponsored in part by The Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and The National Endowment for The Arts. Support is largely provided by private donations, local underwriters, art sales, and educational outreach programming. Please call for scholarship availability and information.

During the summer months, registrations will be taken via the phone to answer your questions and help you decide what programs are best for you. Follow Holland Area Arts Council on Instagram and Facebook to stay up to date on exciting opportunities. Call 616-396-3278 to register for a class or schedule a gallery tour