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: 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.”
Springtime is a season of rebirth, change, and growth. This year, the Andrews Gallery of Wildlife Art celebrates its 10 year anniversary. To celebrate the spring season and this milestone, the gallery is going through its own period of change. Many of the pieces in the gallery have been selected to represent the season and its changes.Also notice the cosmetic updates, including a new color scheme and artwork labels.
Keep your eyes open for other additions throughout 2016!
The Andrews Gallery of Wildlife Art features 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.
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!
Lynne A. Loftis Jackson History Gallery
Take a walk through the distant and recent past in this exhibition focused on the history of the Jackson, MI area. Settlement, industry, and society are examined through artifacts from the Museum’s permanent collection.
Tiffany stained glass panels, a restored 1916 Marion-Handley automobile, and a Michigan State Prison woven coverlet are just a few of the items on display in this gallery.
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!