Exhibit explores artistic journey of Charlevoix artists
Party Crow, linoleum block print, by Meredith Krell (Courtesy photo / August 27, 2013)
"Dissimilar Interests" highlights the work of Charlevoix residents Meredith Krell and Steve Toornman. The exhibit explores the artistic journey of their work from linoleum block prints representing campers, crows, dogs and influences from travels to Japan by Krell, to mixed media objet d 'arts, to a large scale painting of Toornman's titled "Serious Business" (displayed in Grand Rapids during ArtPrize), to smaller intimate oil paintings of toy cars and other intriguing objects.
"It probably would have been advantageous to our professional art careers, financially, to have stuck with a single theme created in a recognizable style repeated with a single media. However, neither of us has ever been able to do that. Instead we have both varied our focus on subject matter and the choice of materials we work with. This show is a celebration of that diversity," explains Toornman.
The end result is a fascinating view of the curiosities and observations of the artistic mind with whimsy, study and joy in what they see and do. "Dissimilar Interests" will be on display through Sept. 16. For more information, contact the Crooked Tree Arts Center, located at 461 E. Mitchell St., in Petoskey, at (231) 347-4337 or www.crookedtree.org.
This program supported in part by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and Edward Jones of Harbor Springs and Petoskey.