MANITOWOC, Wis. — Two art exhibits, an artists’ reception and a piano concert are all part of the fun during the second annual Night of the Arts starting at 5 p.m. on Nov. 10 at Silver Lake College, 2406 S. Alverno Road.
“It is an opportunity to visit campus, experience the arts and meet the artists,” said Erin LaBonte, associate professor of art and art department co-chair. “Silver Lake College students will be performing during the gallery reception and afterwards, you can head over to the Franciscan Center for Music and Education for a performance by piano faculty.”
Craig Grabhorn photography, painting exhibit
When Craig Grabhorn moved to Sheboygan a little over two years ago, he settled a few blocks from Lake Michigan. After observing the changes in the lake — depending on time of day, season and weather — he decided to begin his 50 over 50 Atmos photography project.
For a year and a half, he has been taking a daily photo from the same location overlooking Lake Michigan to capture the changes. Photos from this study will comprise the “Fresh Coast” exhibit running from Oct. 23 through Nov. 17 in the Du Charme Erdmann Gallery at Silver Lake College, 2406 S. Alverno Road. The exhibit is free and open to the public between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
In addition to his photos, he plans to exhibit paintings inspired by the light and color changes from that series. “The paintings are broken down into the geometric tapestry-inspired style I’ve been playing with as of late,” he said. “The whole of the work is a reflection of the love for the space on the shores I have found, the wonder in the ever-changing waters of Lake Michigan.”
Graborn’s works are inspired by the modernist movement of the late 1920s and its tendencies for abstraction and inspiration in connection to nature. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Stout.
“It has been a pleasure to work with Craig Grabhorn as an outside critic for a senior exhibit at Silver Lake College,” LaBonte said. “I’m really excited to see how he approaches the Du Charme Erdmann Gallery. He works with a variety of mediums, is a designer at heart, paints murals, is a printmaker and works sculpturally.”
Grabhorn also will be giving an artist talk at noon on Nov. 8 in the Du Charme Erdmann Gallery. It is free and open to the public.
Lakeshore Artists Guild
The third annual Lakeshore Artists Guild exhibit will run from Nov. 6 through Dec. 17 in the Donald P. Taylor Gallery on campus. The exhibit is free and open to the public between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
“This is one of my favorite shows to install,” said LaBonte, a member of the guild. “There is a lot of variety in the works that range from leather work to oil paint to fibers. The artists support one another and work to create a vibrant arts community within Manitowoc County.”
The guild promotes excellence in the visual arts and works to advance the appreciation and dissemination of the fine arts in all forms.
The exhibit will include watercolors by Jim Dolan, mixed media by Jody Kuchar, painting by Rebecca Jabs, oil paintings by Chad Beeman, handmade paper by Cheryl Mahowald, photography by Corey and Cindy Hoppenrath, oil paintings by David Carpenter, mixed media by Erin LaBonte, Erik James Leather Works pieces by James and Jill Iverson, wood type letterpress works by Stephanie Carpenter, and guitars by Brian Mittnacht.
A free artists’ reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Nov. 10 in the art department on the first floor of the main building as part of Night of the Arts, an evening celebrating music and arts at Silver Lake College. The public is welcome to meet the artists and enjoy refreshments. Live music will be provided by Silver Lake College students Michael Stearns, Hanna Stolper, Jonathan McConnell, Benjamin Karnitz and Benjamin Johnston.
Varshavski & Shapiro Piano Duo
The Night of the Arts will conclude with a performance by the Varshavski & Shapiro Piano Duo at 7 p.m. on Nov. 10 at the Franciscan Center for Music Education and Performance on campus.
The duo is made up of Dr. Diana Shapiro, assistant professor of piano and undergraduate music department chair, and Silver Lake College adjunct music faculty member Dr. Stanislava Varshavski.
Both Russian natives, they met at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, where they were encouraged to play as a piano duo.
They have captured top prizes at numerous national and international competitions, including the Murray Dranoff International Piano Competition in Miami, the most prestigious competition for piano duos. In 2012, they were invited to join the distinguished Astral Artists after winning the organization’s national audition in Philadelphia.
Tickets are $15 for adults, $13 for seniors (55 and older) and $5 per ticket for students (ages 5-18).
For ticket information, call 920-686-6274 or visit sl.edu/tickets.
PHOTOS: Mixed media by Jody Kuchar (top) and the Varshavski & Shapiro Piano Duo (center). Submitted