The Shiawassee Arts Center opens a new exhibit featuring artwork by Tatsuki Hakoyama of Grand Rapids, Barbara Walworth of Saginaw, Robert Evans of Okemos. The exhibit, which runs January 30 through March 10, is sponsored by Nancy Friday Foundation. The public is welcome to attend the ‘Meet the Artists’ reception Sunday, February 4, 1-3pm.
Tatsuki Hakoyama is a Japanese artist who currently lives and works in Grand Rapids, MI.Having experienced lifestyles in Japan, Samoa, and the United States, his work often reflects on how culture, community, and environment impact our identity and values. He received his Master of Fine Arts in Painting from Kendall College of Art & Design of Ferris State University(KCAD) in Grand Rapids, MI. Hakoyama has exhibited his work nationally in numerous solo and group exhibitions and has received various recognition including Director’s Purchase Prize at 2023 West Michigan Area Show in Kalamazoo, MI, and 1st Place Juror’s Award at 2021 ArtWalk Central in Mt. Pleasant, MI. In addition to his professional studio practice, he currently teaches at KCAD and Grand Rapids Community College.
Barbara Walworth is a lifelong resident of Michigan and enjoyed her roles as wife, mother, nurse, horsewoman and traveler. Her love for watercolor grew as she attended workshops and classes conducted by accomplished artists. Barbara has gravitated from realism to nonrepresentational work over the past ten years. Barbara enjoys experimenting with new techniques and materials. As she explains: “The creative process is challenging; it forces one to stretch the imagination to conceive of an outcome. At the same time, it provokes the use of skill, with design, technique and color, to align with the concept and bring it to completion. Whatever the process, the result should be interesting and entertaining for the artist and the viewer.”
Robert grew up in California where he became interested in photography after watching his Father take pictures with an old German fold-out camera. He took his first photography class in the seventh grade and has been an avid and mostly self-taught photography enthusiast ever since. After graduating from San Diego State University with a degree in Operations Management, he worked at a variety of job sites throughout the southeastern part of the country before moving to Michigan in 2012. Robert retired in 2019 and later that year he took up painting, discovering many parallels with photography. He also found his photography becoming a bit more painterly, which inspired him to experiment with varnishing his digital prints and mounting them in a float frame as one would mount a painting.
The Shiawassee Arts Center, celebrating its 52nd anniversary in 2024, is located at 206 Curwood Castle Drive in Owosso and is open to the public free of charge, Monday through Friday 10-5pm, weekends 12-3pm. The Arts Center features the artwork of local and statewide artists in eight galleries including the Frieseke Gallery and a specialty Gift Shop. SAC is a non-profit organization whose mission is to encourage participation and appreciation of the arts. For more information 989.723.8354 or visit www.shiawasseearts.org.