‘Slavery,’ ‘Visual Words’ exhibits open at Holland galleries this week

Two exhibits opened this week at the Holland Area Arts Council's galleries, 150 E. Eighth St. "Slavery's Chill,' an exhibition of paintings by Jon McDonald that depicts the experience of slaves, opens in the Barbara Padnos Gallery today as part of the Holland area's Juneteenth Celebration. Amelia Hansen's "Visual Words, Recent Illustration Art' is being exhibited in the Amanda Jane Armstrong Gallery. It opened Wednesday.
May 19, 2011


McDonald believes it is important that we acknowledge slavery and the impact it has on the strained relationship between blacks and whites today.

“I feel the paintings can be used to understand who we really are,” he said. “This will assist in the healing among the races.”

McDonald, who specializes in watercolor and oils, has had several one-man exhibits throughout the country. His artwork depicts such themes as the extinction of the American Indian, slavery, and blues and jazz music. His mural work can be viewed in the Grand Haven High School Field House and at the Muskegon County Airport.

McDonald will explain the exhibit at a free reception from 6-8 p.m. Friday, May 27. The evening will include a lecture at 7 p.m.

Hansen has been a freelance illustrator since 1989. She specializes in nature and natural history subjects. Early projects called for precise pen-and-ink line work, like the drawings she created for naturalist John Eastman’s series of habitat and bird books — the best known being “The Book of Swamp and Bog.”

An artist’s reception with Hansen will take place from 1-3 p.m. Saturday.

Both exhibitions will run through July 2.



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