Blog for Mary Reusch

Frauenthal Gallery 2018

Harmony in Nature, Two Person Exhibition at the Frauenthal Gallery, Muskegon, Michigan
Grand Rapids Festival 2017, Mary Reusch with Leaves Descending to Creek Bottom

2016: Forest Hills Fine Art Center

Two person exhibition at the Forest Hills Art Center, Mary Reusch & Margaret Kriegbaum
Forest Hills during the Exhibition opening.
Mary Reusch and newly hung Exhibition.

2013 Solo Exhibition: Persistence of Nature, Van Singel Arts Center, Gainey Gallery

Mary Reusch at the Exhibition: Persistence of Nature
Hallway at the Van Singel Fine Arts Center, Gainey Gallery, Byron Center, Michigan, 2013

2010: ArtPrize Entry at the Grand Rapids Art Museum

Tenacity of Spirit, oil on paper framed in copper, each 12″ x 12″, 72″ x 72″ total
The process for painting the Tenacity of Spirit: first was painting the project…
I hand wrapped each frame with copper, first I cut the copper pieces and torched each piece.
I then used double sided tape to adhere the copper to the frame.
I wrapped each frame onto the copper.
I used a patina to age each frame, then steel wooled each piece and waxed it.
A three dimensional example of a finished piece.

Finally the big day came: every painting was placed in its frame, and all of the paintings loaded in the van. Mark Mitchell (wood worker) and I arrived at the Grand Rapids Art Museum ready to hang, and found just the perfect wall waiting for us. It took five hours to hang, with Mark being very exacting in his measurements and exacting in the placement. When we were finished, we were delighted with the entry’s appearance! I was the first of 43 artists with my artwork up!

Mark putting up the first row.
Mark doing an adjustment on the fourth row.
During ArtPrize I gave a talk about my entry.

Aquinas Exhibit 2007:

In the month of September in 2007, I was asked to have a solo exhibit at Aquinas College, in Grand Rapids, Michigan. My exhibit centered around my own backyard, which extended to the places that I had traveled within that year, including Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Austin, Texas, New York City, and Japan. The exhibit included landscapes from all these places as experienced from out whatever window I was peering.

Our Back Yards: Journeys and Influences

Article from the Grand Rapids Press
A visit with friends to see the exhibition
Opening of the Aquinas Exhibition.
Had a chance to meet Governor Granholm during a gala held for the exhibition.

Governor’s Mansion Exhibit

During the summer of 2006 I participated in the Governor’s Residence Michigan Artist Program. In a juried art competition, three of my paintings were chosen among artists in West Michigan to hang at the East Lansing home of the Governor. During an opening, I was able to meet and talk to Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm.

2006 Artist in Residency

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

Paintings of the many plein air paintings I worked on while in the Dunes.
Painting en plein air while teetering on the rocks

In the summer of 2005 I was chosen as one of two Artist-in-Residence for The Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. I was invited to stay in the park at a lovely cottage overlooking Lake Michigan. From this vantage point one could observe the changing colors of the lake according to the time of day and weather conditions. I was fascinated with the variety of colors and textures that greeted me each day. I became acquainted with various spots within the perimeter of the park, hiking in with my easel to find interdunal lakes and ponds, forests, bogs and marshes that all give this area a surprising diversity. During my month at the Dunes, I painted many plein air paintings and became immersed in its changing landscapes discovering many inspiring themes.

Article in the Northwest Indiana Times
Article from the paper in Chesterton, Indiana
An article concerning the Dunes Exhibit at the Eyekons Gallery in Grand Rapids Michigan.
Beach, Sky, Rocks and Trees, oil on linen on panel, 12: by 17″

2002: Grand Rapids Festival, Regional Arts Competition

Won BEST OF SHOW for: Tree Weavings, Meandering Creek, Oil on linen, 48″ x 48″
Grand Rapids Press, May 2002

Aquinas College: Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition, two person show

Opening at Aquinas during the Exhibition opening
People looking around the exhbition.
Aquinas Walls of BFA work

TerryBerry Gallery at St. Cecilia Art Center

The Joan Winkleman Hulce Center, Plymouth Community Arts

Two Person Show: Recent Works, Michelle A. Hegyi, Mary Reusch
Reflections, Shell in Vase, Oil on canvas, 48″ x 36″
Moral Compass, Disappearing Pear, Oil on linen, 30″ x 24″
Moral Compass, Pear and Metal, Etching on paper, 8″ x 10″
At United Memorial Hospital, Four Elements, Four Seasons, Oil on linen on cube, 8″ x 8″ x 6″