Art Galleries

Flatlanders Art Galleries proudly presents Holiday Gift Show. This exhibit is free of charge and will be open to the public from November 21st through January 3rd. The exhibition will include artwork from many area artists suitable for the gift-giving season. In addition to the exhibition we will be running two weekend Holiday Open Houses during our regular business hours, November 22nd – 23rd and December 6th – 7th. As an incentive to gallery visitors during the Holiday Open Houses, ceramists James Freeman and John Leyland will be offering our guests a wheel-throwing pottery demonstration, along with a molten-metal pour by resident artist Ken Thompson. Demonstrations will run from 2:00 to 4:00pm each day of the open houses.

James Freeman - “I have always endeavored to create works that are aesthetically pleasing, technically challenging, visually stimulating, and above all, well crafted objects for use, decoration, or contemplation. I try to imbue each piece with a quiet repose, but with a degree of tension, perhaps even a touch of aggression, just below the surface.”
Mary Ellen Graham - states, “I push the limits of glass to take it to the most liquid of states, on the verge of collapse, to capture a moment frozen in time. Curved and linear stainless steel lifts the glass at its most glorious moment. Frozen in time, the movement and evolution of glass is captured at the peak of beauty in both color and form."
John Leyland - produces large, hand-built, sculptural forms based on Neolithic artifacts and minimalist geometry. While exhibiting sculpture he continues to make pots. Since receiving his Masters degree John has taught at Miami University and at Adrian College in Adrian, Michigan. He is currently the Ceramics Studio Coordinator for the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and an adjunct instructor at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan.
Tom Rudd & Margo McCafferty - make art in a small town in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan state. A sculptor and a painter respectively, Tom and Margo create work informed by their wooded surroundings with frequent reference to the omnipresent environmental crisis, especially as it relates to the quality of water. Besides their individual works, the two artists have found collaboration rewarding. They work together to create color reduction relief prints, a process which makes use of each of their areas of expertise (Tom's carving, Margo's drawing). The resulting prints have been exhibited nationally and collected internationally
Kenneth M. Thompson- I have long felt that profound art contained a high level of spiritual content, not necessarily that of religion, but that of the ‘spirit of a man’ a spirit defined by his truth and honor. My sculpture is based on this form of spirituality.
Beyond content, the sculpture represented in this exhibition concentrates on the fundamental issue of form and how negative space defines it as well as the techniques employed to create it.