Artist-in-Residence Exhibit Program

The Forest Hills Fine Arts Center Artist-in-Residence (AIR) program offers selected local and regional artists a unique opportunity to share their work and talent with students and art-lovers in the Forest Hills area through short-term residencies. Each residency will be launched with a public reception to introduce the artist to the community and unveil an exhibition of their work in the Center gallery. During the period “in residence,” each artist will enjoy use of the resources of the Fine Arts Center studio and provide a variety of interactive presentations and demonstrations for Forest Hills students.

Each year, a committee of art educators, local artists, and community members will identify potential artists in a variety of media and invite them to apply to the program. Five or six residencies will be awarded annually and presented to the community as a series. Selections are made based on the art form and the artist’s scope of experience, body of work, and demonstrated ability to work effectively with community members and students. Information about the AIR Program can be obtained by contacting the Forest Hills Fine Arts Center.

The Fine Arts Center’s AIR/Exhibit Program is fully funded through the generosity of Centennial Securities Company.

Viewing the Exhibits

All exhibits at the Forest Hills Fine Arts Center are held in the lobby and are free to the public.

Exhibit Hours
9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday – Friday (excluding holidays when schools are closed)

Summer Exhibit Hours
9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday – Thursday (excluding holidays)

Artist Receptions
6 p.m. to 7 p.m., the day of the reception, in the FAC Lobby

Everyone Welcome!

Barbara Schilling

September 4, 2018 - September 26, 2018

Barbara Schilling’s paintings of still life and landscape feature thick juicy textures. Her bold brushwork and strong saturated colors are vibrant and full of life!

Visit the artist's website!

Barbara Schilling Artist Reception

September 13, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Come meet the artist. FREE EVENT Everyone welcome!

Doug McPherson

October 1, 2018 - October 31, 2018

Doug McPherson, a local artist from Saranac, is best known for artistically designed custom woodworking. While he has constructed pieces in many styles, his preference is to create artistic, elegant, functional furniture that is influenced by nature.

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Doug McPherson Artist Reception

October 11, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Come meet the artist. FREE EVENT Everyone welcome!

FHPS Staff & Community Exhibit

November 12, 2018 - December 19, 2018

Wietze Adema

January 9, 2019 - February 1, 2019

Wietz Adema’s creative process is a search for clarity,
from the chaos around him. He turns to landscape and
urbanscape as metaphor, using photos, sketches or
memory. His hope is to give a personal expression that
is both powerful and revealing.

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Wietze Adema Artist Reception

January 17 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Come meet the artist! FREE EVENT Everyone welcome

Stephen Schousen

February 7, 2019 - February 28, 2019

After three decades of teaching art at Aquinas College, Steve Schousen now focuses on working in his etching studio and drawings created in the field. Inspired by close study of area landscape, Steve creates spare compositions in pencil and in a variety of intaglio media.

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Stephen Schousen Artist Reception

February 13 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Come Meet the artist FREE EVENT Everyone welcome

Maggie Bandstra

March 6, 2019 - March 26, 2019

Maggie Bandstra loves to play with bright, happy colors in her paintings. She abstracts images of nature, finding exciting shapes in the shadows.

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Maggie Bandstra Artist Reception

March 12 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Come meet the artist FREE EVENT Everyone welcome

FHPS Student Exhibit

April 11, 2019 - May 17, 2019

Donna Lutz VanderPlas

May 28, 2019 - June 21, 2019

Donna Lutz VanderPlas’ work is concentrated in watercolor
painting and graphite drawing. Throughout her career
as an artist, she has received awards from various art
competitions and exhibits with work in private collections
in the US and the Caribbean.

Donna Lutz VanderPlas Artist Reception

June 13 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Come meet the artist FREE EVENT Everyone welcome

Julie Quinn

June 27, 2019 - July 26, 2019

Julie Quinn’s dreamy abstracts are a visual representation
of her spiritual journey through life. Her self taught,
unique technique uses clayboard that is multi-layered
with a variety of paint mediums.

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Julie Quinn Artist Reception

July 11 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Come meet the artist FREE EVENT Everyone welcome