Spotlight on Innovation

Opens March 9 (1-3 pm) and runs through April 6

The Spotlight on Innovation exhibition highlights the work of high school artists as they consider their future in creative fields after graduation. Working with the Kendall College of Art and Design (a college within Ferris State University) this exhibition follows the precept of KCAD to prepare students for leadership roles in the visual arts, design, art history, and art education. At the 2018 opening of Spotlight over $64,000 in scholarships were awarded for excellence in the arts.

Marilyn Silver: Quilting Legacy

August 16 - September 7

Marilyn J. Silver was a sister, mother, wife, grandmother, quilter extraordinaire and a friend to almost everyone. She began quilting after 2 decades of knitting, crocheting, sewing and reinventing vintage pieces of fabric into decorative items. Her attraction to color and design stems from her worldwide travels.

Quilting captured the essence of Marilyn's artistic dreams and abilities.  Each finished piece was an adventure or a vehicle for fun and richness.  Marilyn’s most recent work was often described as whimsical, surprisingly artful, clever, magical, warm, lively, bold colors and texture.

This exhibit showcases Marilyn’s quilting timeline from 1998-present.  All that knew her saw her whole life as a work of art.  Her first quilts were classic quilting designs which progressed into individual masterpieces possessing her unique artist vision.  Marilyn would scour flea markets, antiques shops and became a junk yard enthusiast on a mission to obtain the most unique items add to her quilts.  She not only created these works of art for herself and family, her dear friends were blessed to own one of her magical creations.  This display is from us to share her world of quilting with you.

Molson Collection of Children's Book Illustrations

Opens January 18 (5-7 pm) and runs through March 2

The artwork in this exhibition was giifted to the Lucile Clarke Memorial Children’s Library at Central Michigan University from the Francis and Mary Lois Molson original art collection. The Molson collection contains over 80 representations of children’s book illustration in various media.  This exhibition includes original pieces by such illustrious artists as Leo and Diane Dillon, Gennady Spirin and David Small among others. “That night she awoke to a terrible roar” is by Leo and Diane Dillon and was published in Nancy Willard’s Pish, Posh, said Hieronymus Bosh (1991).  The Caldecott Award-winning David Small’s “Books Were Piled on Top of Chairs” watercolor appeared in Sarah Small’s, The Library (1995).

Pencil and Paper

Opens June 14 (from 5-7 pm) and runs through August 10

“Why learn to draw? Simply stated: Because drawing is powerful.  Drawing is the most basic passageway through which you can access the power of art to express profound universal ideas, feelings, beliefs, and truths.”

-Fred Ross, Chairman, Art Renewal Center

The Charlevoix Circle of Arts is dedicating the gallery the summer of 2019 to the fine art of drawing, a fundamental building block of which most other forms of art are created.  

2019 Exhibition Schedule

Brooklyn Allen, Lilliana, 2017

Erinn Henigan, A Hand, 2018

Portraits of Whimsy

Opens April 12 (5-7 pm) and runs through June 8