Each fall, the Thornapple Arts Council and Historic Charlton Park together host a juried exhibition of artwork from Barry County to be displayed at Charlton Park. After an open application period, a qualified juror selected by the Thornapple Arts Council decides which pieces will be exhibited. The exhibition opens following an artist reception at which the winning pieces are announced.
2019 Barry County Artists Exhibition
Preparation for the 2019 Barry County Artists Exhibition is underway! Important dates:
- Submissions Open: August 12, 8:00 am
- Submissions Close: September 16, 5:00 pm
- Exhibition Acceptance Notification: September 23
- Artwork Delivered to Charlton Park: Week of September 30
- Artist Reception and Awards Ceremony: October 17, 5:30 pm
BCAE is open to any artist over the age of 14 residing in Barry County, MI. Artists may submit up to two pieces for consideration. A submission fee of $10 per piece will be assessed upon submission.
As an independent fine artist, Kimberly Grace Gill’s passion is painting portraits. Her work typically has a social justice orientation and emphasizes women and children in developing countries. While her portraits capture a likeness of each subject’s face, her objective is to dig deeper and, in doing so, make visible their soul; the essence of their humanity and inner beauty.
Kimberly works with a variety of mediums, keeping her palette limited, she focuses on creating movement and mystery in her work and aims to incorporate bold lines to enhance each piece.
Kimberly is a graduate of Aquinas College in Grand Rapids MI. She has earned her signature and nautilus fellowship status with the International Society of Experimental Artists.
For nine years, her work has been part of Grand Rapids’ ArtPrize Exhibitions. She is represented by Flat River Gallery and Framing in Lowell, MI and Mullaly’s 128 Studio and Gallery in Elk Rapids, MI. Kimberly’s work is also part of the permanent collection of Grand Valley State University; the law offices of Warner, Norcross and Judd; First United Methodist Church; Grand Rapids University Preparatory Academy; and Wedgewood Christian Services: the Manasseh Project Outreach.
“My lifelong interest in the arts intensified following the loss of my older son in 1999. After completing a simple exercise of intuitive drawing with charcoal, I discovered the healing power of art. The experience sparked something deep inside me, spiritually, and my journey to become an artist began. I’m incredibly grateful for all the talented mentors, teachers, and friends in my life who have helped me develop and grow as an artist. Because of the joy that painting has given me, I’m passionate about encouraging creativity in others. I am honored to be the juror for the 2019 Thornapple Arts Council’s Barry County Artists Exhibition.”