Changing Exhibits

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Michigan Water Color Association, 2016 Juried Exhibition
April 30–June 25

The Michigan Water Color Association will host their 2016 juried exhibition at the Ella Sharp Museum. The exhibit will feature an incredible variety of water-based paintings from top Michigan artists.

Opening Reception: April 30, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Michigan Water Color Association exhibition juror, Bruce Bobick, will speak at 2 p.m.

Accumulated History (3)


Accumulated History: Recent donations to the Ella Sharp Museum permanent collection
May 7–September 10

The Ella Sharp Museum collects to preserve the history and culture of the Jackson area. This summer some of the most recent donations to the collection will be highlighted in the Pyron Gallery. Enjoy learning the stories behind the objects and become more familiar with the museum’s collecting process.


An Eagle’s Eye Perspective of Jackson County
May 7–July 3

This exhibit will celebrate Dale Fisher’s latest book: “Jackson County: Visions of the Eagle.” Many photographs in this exhibit were taken from Dale’s helicopter.

“Although the images in the book are beautiful, when the photographs are enlarged and framed they are spectacular!” states Fisher.
In a career that has spanned more than half a century, Dale Fisher has created photographic images from a unique perspective – from the “Eyes of an Eagle.”

Semi-Permanent Exhibits
Andrews Gallery of Wildlife Art

The Andrews Gallery of Wildlife Art is currently getting a cosmetic upgrade!  The gallery will reopen in the next couple of weeks with a newly renovated exhibit space in honor of its 10 year anniversary. 

The Andrews Gallery of Wildlife Art now features a variety of artwork of animals in their winter surroundings. The gallery includes paintings, wood carvings, taxidermy mounts, bronze sculptures, and prints. The artworks are from the collection of Andy and Sandy Andrews, longtime residents of Jackson and and lifetime lovers of art.


Clocks from the Collection of James A. Keersmaekers, Souvenir Glassware
Never Enough Time Gallery

Featured in the Never Enough Time Gallery are clocks from the collection of James A. Keersmaekers & Souvenir Glassware from local collectors as well as the Ella Sharp Museum permanent collection.

Allen Spiess Jr, a local collector, provided funds to construct and furnish the Never Enough Time gallery space. Al is pleased to have the Ella in the Jackson community so that visitors can enjoy his collections and the collections of others. He hopes this will inspire others to donate or lend to their collections to the Ella Sharp Museum for all to enjoy!



Jackson History
Lynne A. Loftis Jackson History Gallery

Two Tiffany stained glass panels welcome you to a sweeping look at the history of the Jackson area through the Museum’s collection of objects, photographs, and documents. The resolution table used during the 1854 founding of the Republican Party “Under the Oaks,” a restored 1916 Marion-Handley automobile, and a Michigan State Prison woven coverlet are just a few objects from the Museum’s collection.

From the pre-historic jawbone of an area Mastodon through early artifacts from the Jacksonburgh settlement, through the Civil and World Wars, into the age “the world takes what Jackson makes!” to the recent past – this chronological exhibition of Jackson’s story takes up residence in one of the Museum’s new galleries. And don’t miss the special “kid’s eye view” of growing up in Jackson throughout the past 175 years.

Just as the definition of Jackson History is forever changing, so is this gallery because there are so many stories to tell, so many objects to show and the future past to incorporate too!

Take a walk through the distant and recent past in this exhibition of earlier Jackson. Settlement, industry, and society are examined through artifacts from the Museum collection.

From the Collection: Filling the Gap of the 20th Century

The Museum Collections and Exhibits Department is charged with the collecting, care, and keeping of the thousands of objects in Museum storage and on exhibit. These items range from the large (historic buildings, the Marion-Handley automobile) to the tiny (buttons, military medals), fragile (Ella’s 1881 wedding dress) to the awkward (canoes). In the past months, the C&E department has been diligently working on moving the collections into the new storage areas created as a result of the capital campaign. “It’s been a huge task,” says Jim Zuleski, former Director of C&E, “But an extremely rewarding task as it has allowed us to see where the ‘gaps’ in our collection are.” Zuleski notes that while the mid-late 19th century is well represented (with minor gaps), the 20th century has some serious voids—a common problem with a century so recently experienced. Want to add to the Museum collection? Contact the Collections and Exhibits Department at the Museum at (517) 787-2320.

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