Surround yourself in photography with an exhibition highlighting two very different approaches to the medium at the Reception Gallery of the Frauenthal Center 425 W. Western Avenue in Muskegon. The show opens August 8th – Labor Day.
Based in Grand Rapids, Randy Nyhof was raised in the rural countryside south of Zeeland. He quips, he is “one of the few living today that has had the experience of attending a two room schoolhouse from kindergarten through 8th grade”. Nyhof considers himself a fine art photographer whose images and interests include landscapes, seascapes, wildlife, people, fine art, abstracts, surreal, fantasy and digital montages. “I majored in painting and print making in college and became involved in photography during my senior year”, he says. “I have now been involved in photography for over 40 years. My approach to photography is as a medium for making images. The camera is a tool, much like a paint brush or chisel. I do not wish to, nor can I reproduce reality. I must be content to make an interpretation of “what my eyes see and my mind envisions”. One learns to look and see within the capabilities that the camera and the computer can accomplish.”
Evie Carrier, started out as a painter as well. After college in Michigan, she moved to New York City where she studied the Old Masters and began to develop her own style working on canvas with oil and acrylic. Carrier moved back to Michigan, settling in Grand Rapids where for several years she experimented with watercolor paper and paints. In 2006, her husband bought her a digital camera. From that moment on, she felt as though she had finally found the perfect avenue for her creativity. “You will find both cityscapes and landscapes in my work”, says Carrier. “…Her images are from “the wonderful states I have lived and visited”. Some of her favorite places include; Paris, New York City, Chicago, Antelope Canyon, Beaches of the Great Lakes, Valley of Fire and Zion National Park.
The story behind this exhibit is fueled by the artists’ desire to evoke emotion, to seek out and expose the hidden, and to provide unique perspectives to the common and mundane.
With Carrier’s works of fragile beauty and bursts of color, and Nyhof’s refined penchant for surrealism, together they provide an amazing series of moments of light and joy to experience.
“We are very excited to have these two very unique and special artists in this exhibit,” said Ricki Levine, Frauenthal Center Managing Director. “Their work is both very different and yet complimentary of each other. It will be a treat to have them in our gallery at the same time”.
Both photographers have won several awards and been featured in international, national and local publications.
Open through Labor Day, admission to the exhibition is free. Guests may tour the reception gallery on weekdays from 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., with extended hours on show nights. Exhibits are open to the public (with the exception of during private events) and admission is always free.
For more information about the Frauenthal Center and upcoming events, visit frauenthal.org or call 231.722.9750