November 20, 2009
Open Concept Gallery will be presenting a temporary public art installation by T’Alyne, an internationally known local artist whose influences embrace many European cultures, attitudes, and customs. “And then there was water…” is an aptly titled series of paintings, to be showcased at the corner of Ionia and Louis St. NW, downtown Grand Rapids.
Everyone living in Michigan, the “Great Lake State,” is aware of the beauty and power that infuses water. Not only is water a symbol of force, of power, and of energy, but it is also a symbol of life, of excitement, and of charm. We were given this gift and are privileged to take care of it. As stewards of the largest fresh-water bodies of water in the world, we are charged with the responsibility of keeping this treasure healthy and teeming with life.
The mission of the “And then there was water…” exhibition is to inspire and provoke the community to respond to issues of the environment, says Zora Carrier, curator and director of Open Concept Gallery ‘s inventive projects.
We at the Open Concept Gallery hope that the exhibit will bring all groups – including the young to the young at heart, from the art lover to the art-lover-to be – to a place where all can appreciate the paintings, their messages, and the importance of this gift that we must protect.
The artist will be on hand to talk about her work and to answer questions. All are welcome. Tickets to the exhibit are free. The gallery accepts donations which allow it to continue its work.