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Fire Barn makeover features art

Tribune Staff • Jul 21, 2015 at 12:18 PM

The "Reb Roberts: Portraits" gallery exhibit opens with a reception from 6-9 p.m. Thursday. A talk by the artist begins at 7 p.m.

The gallery itself was transformed for the exhibit. Roberts created monumental paintings on the three large windows of the gallery overlooking Grand Haven's Central Park. 

Reb Roberts’ work can be seen throughout the city and neighboring towns, from public street art to murals to gallery walls. His own gallery, Sanctuary Folk Art on Division Street, stands alone in Grand Rapids in its focus on outsider and contemporary folk art. 

With this new show at the Fire Barn Gallery, curator and painter Chris Protas has challenged Roberts to create work using imagery other than the iconic imagery he is known for. He has asked Roberts to do portraits of people that he knows. The portraits will be a combination of two panels — one a rendition of the person, the other a combination of images that the artist associates with the person.

Complimentary hors d'oeurves and wine will be served during Thursday's reception at the gallery, 18 N. Fifth St.

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