Oliver Art Center’s latest exhibition is now open. The latest installation showcases the work by Traverse City painters Steve Cattin and Nick Walsh along with the wood sculpture of Stewart A. McFerran from Benzie County. The entire exhibition features over 60 works of art including bright, graphic, abstract acrylic paintings and several large scale wood sculptures. Of his background, Steve Cattin says “I am a Traverse city based artist born and raised in Switzerland. My mother is from Michigan and my father is from Switzerland. As early as young childhood in Switzerland, art and music had a huge influence on me. Surrounded by all kinds of art and family members being artistic I was always encouraged to be creative. Throughout my life I tried to explore different ways to express myself in art from drawing, painting, graphic design to graffiti murals.”
When it comes to art, Stewart has been working at it all his life. “I have been engaged in art operations all my life. I built a potter’s wheel when I was in high school and took classes in ceramics at Muskegon Community College. I learned silver smith skills from the man who owned a rock shop nearby. In my high school printing class, I produced “silk screens” and continue to make screen prints to this day. I received the “Art Award” upon graduation from North Muskegon High School. I studied photography, drawing, and ceramics at Antioch College where I graduated with a degree in Environmental Studies. I earned a certificate to teach art from Western Michigan University. Recently, I studied printmaking at Northwestern Michigan COllege with Glenn Wolf. I have produced monoprints, dry point, and woodblock prints,” says McFerran.
Traverse City based artist, Nick Walsh, has been working with paint for several years. Walsh also works as a graphic designer, photographer, and videographer. Through painting, he crosses unique compositions that are discovered through his work in photography and creates new abstract shapes with bold colors. His works are often displayed as flat shapes spread out on a 2dimensional canvas. On his art, Nick says “First impressions matter. I want my work to feel like a punch to the gut when you first see it. My paintings are often referenced to my photography of people, dancing, and music—and I try to capture the mood from my photos by using vibrant colors.”
The exhibition runs from February 26 until April 9. There is also an online virtual tour of this exhibition at oliverart.org The exhibition is sponsored by Betsie River Campsite.