2017-2018 Performance Series


Contact: Meggan George
Phone:  (616) 493‐8965; Email:  mgeorge@fhps.net
Download a PDF of this press release:  FHFAC 2017-18 Performance Series

Forest Hills Fine Arts Center Season Goes On Sale
Monday, October 2, 2017 at 9 a.m.

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – August 25, 2017

We are excited to be starting our 14th season with the Forest Hills Fine Arts Center. The 2017-2018 season will bring the rhythm with our professional series, which kicks off on October 30, 2017 and wraps-­up on March 21, 2018. With a line-­up that includes world-­class dance, fan-­favorite music, internationally renowned singers, and a 50th Anniversary tour, you couldn’t ask for anything more.

Season tickets go on sale Monday, October 2nd to the four-­show season package. You can get season tickets by calling 616-­493-­8966 or stop in to see us (and pick out your seats) at 600 Forest Hill Ave. SE. We are open Monday – Thursday from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Season ticket sales will close on Monday, October 30th at 5:00 p.m.

Our subscriber benefits include:
• The opportunity to purchase your tickets early
• The same great seats for all four shows
• The ability to purchase up to two additional single tickets per show
• A discount on overnight accommodations at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Grand Rapids
• Lost ticket insurance
• The Five Year Club
• And additional presale opportunities in 2017-2018

It’s going to be an incredible season and a wonderful 14th year of operations and we are looking forward to sharing it with you!

2017-2018 Season Information
Season ticket go on sale to the public on Monday, October 2, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. and close on Monday, October 30th at 5:00 p.m.

Subscriber Rates for the Four-Show Package:
Area A:  $176
Area B:  $160
Area C:  $146

Purchasing the Four-Show Package:
FHFAC Box Office Hours: Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
FHFAC Box Office Location: 600 Forest Hill Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546
Season ticket order form can be found here.

Season Tickets can be purchased by:
• Calling (616) 493-8966 or (616) 493-8965 during office hours (credit card orders only)
• Stopping in person at the FHFAC Box Office
• Fax the order form in to (616) 493-8969 (credit card orders only)
• Mail the order form in to the FHFAC Box Office

2017-2018 Shows

Irma Thomas, The Blind Boys of Alabama,
and The Preservation Hall Legacy Quintet

Monday, October 30, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $32, $38, $40, $50
Single tickets on sale Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at 9 a.m.

If the French Quarter is the musical heart of New Orleans, then Preservation Hall is its heartbeat. Take a group of long-­time performers from the venerable concert hall, combine them with the Crescent City’s “Soul Queen” Irma Thomas, throw in the spiritual authority of The Blind Boys of Alabama, and you get a very special evening of music that showcases “The Heart and Soul Queen of New Orleans.” Touring together for the first time, "The Heart and Soul Queen of New Orleans" featuring Irma Thomas, The Blind Boys of Alabama, and The Preservation Hall Legacy Quintet, will treat audiences to a special evening filled with musical collaborations and traditional standards.

Tower of Power 50th Anniversary Tour
Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $40, $44, $50, $60
Single tickets on sale Monday, November 6, 2017 at 9 a.m.

For close to 50 years, Tower of Power has been creating their own kind of soul music. Since 1968, Tower of Power has delivered their unique brand of music to their fans, appearing before sold out crowds as they tour the world each year. Tower’s sound can be hard to categorize, but the band's leader and founding member, Emilio Castillo, has labeled their sound as "Urban Soul Music." Tower's rhythm section lays down a groove like no other band. The band’s horn-driven sound is unique, and the way they approach everything, from writing and arranging to mixing and performing, is totally their own. Combine all of that with an outstanding lead vocalist and you have one of the most dynamic groups of musicians to ever hit the stage. Since 1970, although Tower's music has changed and evolved with time, their musical roots and early influences are always evident in their recordings. Blending of soul, funk, jazz, and rock like no other band, Tower of Power has created their own unique genre, not easily fitting into traditionally defined categories. The only thing that sounds better than a Tower of Power album is a live Tower of Power show!

Dublin Irish Dance
Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $28, $30, $34, $40
Single tickets on sale Monday, November 6, 2017 at 9 a.m.

Through favorite Irish melodies, traditional steps and Celtic instrumentals, Dublin Irish Dance’s production of “Stepping Out” tells a story of the Irish immigration to America after the Great Famine of the mid-­1800’s. Greeted by diverse cultures and rich traditions from around the globe, the new Irish emigrants congregate in dance gatherings where ancient Irish melodies fuse with African rhythms, creating American tap dance and early roots music. "Stepping Out" celebrates the incredible evolution of Irish traditional dance and music, showcasing the new pioneers who will define the new standard of traditional Irish music and dance.

An Evening with Bruce Hornsby
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $46, $48, $52, $60
Single tickets on sale Monday, November 6, 2017 at 9 a.m.

Bruce Hornsby has built one of the most diverse, collaborative and adventurous careers in contemporary music. Drawing from a vast wellspring of American musical traditions, the singer/pianist/composer/bandleader has created a large and accomplished body of work and employed a vast array of stylistic approaches. His work displays a creative iconoclasm that’s been a constant in the artist’s two and a half decade recording career. His commercial stock soared early on, when “The Way It Is” the title track of his 1986 debut album became one of the most popular songs on American radio. Despite his early mainstream successes, Hornsby has pursued a more personal, idiosyncratic musical path, focusing on projects that sparked his creative interest, including collaborations with the Grateful Dead, Spike Lee, Ricky Skaggs, Don Henley, Ornette Coleman, Bob Dylan, Bela Fleck, Bonnie Raitt, Pat Metheny, and Robbie Robertson. Hornsby’s performance will offer a glimpse of a restless spirit who continues to push forward into exciting new musical terrain.

The Fine Arts Center’s Professional Season is funded through season ticket sales, sponsorships, and advertisers.

Bruce Hornsby

2017-2018 Artist-in-Residence
and Exhibit Series


Contact: Meggan George
Phone:  (616) 493‐8965; Email:  mgeorge@fhps.net

Forest Hills Fine Arts Center Announces
2017-2018 Exhibit Schedule

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – August 25, 2017

Welcome to our 14th season of entertainment and exhibits at the FHFAC! 2017-18 is the start of another great year in West Michigan and we are looking forward to sharing it with you!

The 2017-2018 Exhibit Season

Carmella Loftis
August 24– September 22, 2017
Reception: Thursday, September 7, 2017, 6 p.m. - 7 p.m.

In the year 2000 Carmella was given the gift of a box of paints, a handful of brushes, and a stack of plywood boards, with the simple instructions to “paint some pictures.” Without any formal art training, she began her adventure as a painter. The process has lead her through many series of paintings. These series have highlighted women, native cultures, wild flowers, pop culture, whimsical messages, and emotional expression. Each painting is uniquely inspired by found and reclaimed materials that she incorporates into her work.

Mike Bryant
September 28 – October 21, 2017
Reception: Thursday, October 5, 2017, 6 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Mike considers himself fortunate to be a clay artist and is indebted to those who traveled these roads before him. "More than 10,000 years of clayworks provide a glorious and endless pool of influence in which to swim," states Mike. "A theme that has long entertained me is that of ritual. The inevitable void that all humans face instills in most a need for connection, not only with each other in the tangible world, but also with others in the beyond, past, and future." Mike's newest work includes tiles, orbs, and masks. He has been expanding his ‘painterly’ skills while involving other disciplines including design balance and color management.

Forest Hills Staff and Community Exhibit
November 28 – December 15, 2017
Reception: Thursday, December 7, 6 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Join staff members from the Forest Hills Public Schools’ staff, as well as community members who are part of the Community Enrichment program through FHPS, as they present a variety of works.

Anne Berends
January 10 – February 2, 2018
Reception: Thursday, January 18, 2018, 6 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Working freelance as a fine artist and a teaching artist with a concentration in works on paper, Anne Berends frequently uses gouache, charcoal, conté, ink, and pastels. Her work is process oriented, an approach that results in both abstraction and representational imagery. The subject matter is often a bowl, a vessel, or a landscape that evolves into large cavernous holes, an abyss, or an ellipse of some sort. The work focuses on expressive multi-layered lines in an attempt to make the purpose more visible and illuminated. By working with the inherently pure form, Anne is looking to show what speaks beyond the subject itself.

Linda Walburn
February 8 – 27, 2018
Reception: Thursday, February 15, 2018, 6 p.m. - 7 p.m.

For many years, Linda Taft Walburn focused her award-winning fiber-art career on a commercial market. Longing to create art for art sake, she currently lives her passion. Her love of nature and the abstract expressionist style are expressed through dynamic design and vibrant color. Using various printing methods, fabric dye, white cloth and a very nice sewing machine, her art is a visual dance of color, design, nature, and cloth.

Bill Hosterman & Ed Wong-Ligda
March 2 – 23, 2018
Reception: Wednesday, March 7, 2018, 6 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Bill and Ed's work features historic artistic techniques and thematic landscape elements. Bill's work interprets how human desires and the human form affect landscapes. Ed's work reflects his interests in literary pacing and theatrical choreography. The merging of their bodies of work supports a juxtaposition of historical and philosophical ideas interpreted in two separate, yet overlapping manners.

Bill states, "I create artwork about relationships between land and water, and between nature
and human progress. Through direct experience and research about the habitat,
landscape, and the human history of an area, I make images that relate the
manner in which nature defines humans and in turn, humans define nature. I see
my work as being a combination of physical forms and cultural ideas. Ultimately,
I am interested in investigating the seemingly divergent paths of the natural
world and human need defined by modern society."

Ed states, "As a young man I appreciated literature and the theater more than the visual arts, so when painting became my focus I naturally transferred many literary and theatrical
interests to painting. While my new body of work is landscape I’m still choreographing rather than composing.

"I am attempting to relearn how to see and think about painting in order to make 19th Century decisions in relationship to significance, artistic convention, and purpose. Within this context I am focusing on incidents: a gust of wind that scatters loose pine needles, cloud shadows moving over a valley, a bird alighting on a dead branch, or the moment a volcano plume takes a certain shape. To accomplish the desirable feel of the work, my painting process begins with objectivity, which is then transformed with a combination of misinformation, fiction, and 19th Century subjectivity, hopefully resulting in melodrama."

Forest Hills Public Schools Student Exhibit
April 12 – May 11, 2018
Reception: Tuesday, April 17, 2018, 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Forest Hills Public Schools’ art instructors select student works to be included in this annual exhibit displaying works from grades K-12.

Jillian Dickson
May 25 - June 22, 2018
Reception: Wednesday, June 6, 2018, 6 p.m. - 7 p.m.

The ancient female experience of pregnancy and delivery was highly transformative in understanding the female body and it's relationship to the natural world. Jillian created a series of drawings to examine the forgotten and neglected connection between the female tactile body and wild mother nature. To accomplish this, Jillian fuses images of human organs with budding flowers, ribbons and butterflies to appear as a singular functioning unit.

Artist and art educator Jillian Dickson hails originally from Darien, Illinois. Her work has been exhibited internationally, notably in Venice and Paris, as well as throughout the United States. Jillian has taught at Elon University, Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis, Baylor University, Texas State University, The Art Institute of Austin, Clemson University, and Interlochen Center for the Arts.

Kate Meyer
June 29 - July 27, 2018
Reception: Thursday, July 12, 2018, 6 p.m. - 7 p.m.

"My ongoing body of work examines the intricate relationship between our heart and our minds. Memories, experiences, and feelings shape the paths of our life, yet how we analyze and react to those experiences can alter that path dramatically," states Kate.

Kate's medium of choice is encaustic – a luminous mixture of beeswax, resin, and pigment that allows her to create both visual and structural depth. It also allows her to embed objects into the wax, carve out textures, and even transfer images. Building layer upon layer, sometimes digging back into time that has already passed to create the appearance of beauty on the surface, is what draws her to encaustics.

Kate Meyer has degrees in zoology and fine art from Michigan State University and Lansing Community College, respectively. Her work has been exhibited in Grand Rapids and Lansing, Michigan. She also has taught classes in the area as well.

Beibei & Leilei Chen
August 3 - 24, 2018
Reception: Thursday, August 9, 2018, 6 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Leilei Chen and Beibei Chen are twin sisters from China, and have worked collaboratively together in creating the series of paintings and ceramics in their exhibit. They received their graduate degrees from the top and best ranking universities in China. Within their fields of expertise, they teach both undergraduate and graduate students at Liaoning University of Technology in China.

Leilei received her BFA in studio oil-painting from China’s top fine arts school, Luxun Academy of Fine Arts in 2002, and in 2007, she received her graduate degree in art history from Academy of Art & Design at Tsinghua University, where culture, history, and art are emphasized.

Beibei Chen received her BFA from College of Art Design & Architecture, Liaoning University of Technology and in 2008, she received her graduate degree from School of Arts Peking University, the top and best ranking university in China. Her fields of expertise include Chinese and western art, as well as art-based research methodologies and theories.

"Being Chinese artists residing and studying in the United States, our work is heavily influenced by Chinese culture, aesthetics, and philosophy. We have always been interested in engaging with environmental and cultural issues through ceramics and painting," states the sisters.

2017-2018 Artists-in-Residence and Exhibit Series Sponsors

We want to thank the following exhibit series sponsors for their generosity and support. Our exhibit series is made possible through partnerships and relationships with these wonderful companies and we encourage you to let them know how appreciated they are, if you get the chance.

The Forest Hills Fine Arts Center’s AIR/Exhibit Program is generously sponsored by Centennial Securities Company.

Additional Support:
• D&W Fresh Market
• Daylily Floral & Gifts
• Schuil Coffee
• AT Media Studio

Exhibit Hours: Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Exhibits are free to the public.

Mike Bryant

The Forest Hills Fine Arts Center

The Forest Hills Fine Arts Center celebrated its grand opening in April of 2004 with a debut season that featured singer Kenny Rogers. With a 1,200 seat theater, gallery, lobby, classrooms, and video/audio production facility, over 2,500 people use the Center weekly.

Each performance season, the Fine Arts center offers a diverse assortment of entertainment. Nationally known singers and musicians, comedians, theatrical performances, acrobats, dance troupes, and more grace our stage to the delight of enthusiastic audiences.

Owned and operated by Forest Hills Public Schools, this state-of-the-art performance venue also hosts conferences, trade shows, banquets, and touring art exhibits — and is home to a diverse roster of arts enrichment classes and programs, including the 2017-2018 Artist-in-Residence series.

For additional information, please call the Fine Arts Center at 616.493.8965.

Forest Hills Fine Arts Center
600 Forest Hill Avenue SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49546

Voice: 616.493.8965  Box Office: 616.493.8966  Fax: 616.493.8969
Web: www.fhfineartscenter.com