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Dutch artist featured in local church gallery exhibit

• Mar 23, 2019 at 10:30 AM

“Henk Krijger, Illustrator of Life,” is the new exhibit at the Atrium Gallery at Second Christian Reformed Church.

The exhibit showcases 44 selected works of narrative art by Dutch artist Henk Krijger (1914-1969).

The opening reception and a slide show to hear the stories about Krijger’s art will take place at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, March 24, the church, located on the corner of Sheldon and Robbins roads in Grand Haven.

Many of the art selections have never before been shown in a public forum. During his professional years in the Netherlands, Krijger was recognized as an artist, sculptor, muralist, typographer, illustrator and book designer. He struggled all his of life to honor both his gifts as an artist and his commitment to Christianity, as is evident from his art.

From 1969-73, Krijger was the master artist for a group of young Christian artists at Trinity College in Chicago and Patmos Workshop and Gallery in Toronto. During those years, he finally felt free to bring his ideas to full expression and signed his art “Senggih,” because he once more felt as liberated as he did as a child in Indonesia where his playmates mispronounced his childhood name Henkie as Senggih.

The works in the exhibit were mostly done while Krijger was in North America and have been collected by the Senggih Foundation.

The show runs through June 20. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 9 a.m. to noon Fridays. Special arrangements for off-hour visits can be made by calling the church office at 616-842-0710.

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