Join us in the Reception Gallery of the Frauenthal Center to experience the brilliant colors and Michigan images from Grand Rapids artist Kristen Thornton in the July exhibition at the Frauenthal Center. The exhibit also includes the photographs of Muskegon by members of the Boys and Girls Club of Muskegon who are participating in the National Image Makers program. The show runs July 6th through August 6th
Kristen Thornton attended Central Michigan University and graduated from Ferris State University with a B.S. in Health Information Administration. While attending college, she took art courses, including drawing and design at both universities. “I started drawing and painting at a young age. It was, and is, a wonderful outlet for expressing the beauty around us. In my early works I used more traditional colors and subjects. As I continued to paint, examine other art works, I found that I enjoyed looking at paintings with different, vibrant colors. Kristen says. “ Some of my influences have been impressionist such as Claude Monet, expressionists/Fauve painters like De Vlaminck and Cezanne.”
This is the 2nd photography exhibit of the Boys and Girls Club of Muskegon at the Frauenthal. These creative 6-18 year olds were guided by their mentor Hillary Jones who says, “This year’s theme is inspired by Muskegon’s rich scenery and architectural gems in our fair city. As you explore the exhibit, you will find yourself strolling through downtown Muskegon. You will follow the journey of our young photographers as they captured the royal blues of Muskegon Lake and the splendor of Hackley Library.
“We are very excited about the two different perspectives of the Michigan landscape,” said Ricki Levine, Frauenthal Center Managing Director. “The colors and textures of Kristen’s vibrant paintings contrast the photos by the Boys and Girls Club. It seemed like a wonderful divergence to display together”.
Open through August 6th, 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