“After Dark” exhibit at Collins Art Gallery

“After Dark” exhibit at Collins Art Gallery

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By Jeff Armstrong Grand Rapids in Black & White

By Tara Woods

The Collins Art Gallery at Grand Rapids Community College opened its “After Dark” exhibit on Monday. The exhibit gives GRCC students the opportunity to display their artwork.

The display includes art in all forms, from photography to painting to even live art.

Walking into the GRCC Collins Art Gallery was like a scene out of a movie. Twinkling edison lights hung from the ceiling, tapestries were draped above the door, and in the middle was a lime green couch adorned with mandala designed pillows. Looking around the gallery the art adorning the walls could only be described as engaging, adding to the mood.  I looked around until I found someone who looked in charge.

The people who put on this show were the President and Vice President of the Art Club, Makayla Haag and Tessa Dearth, along with Tessa’s sister, Trista. 

Trista Dearth spoke about what they were trying to accomplish.

“We really wanted to decorate the gallery differently,” Dearth said. “We wanted it seem like an actual artist’s studio that they live in. So we kinda gave it that dark, city-studio vibe.”

The three girls agreed, and Haag elaborated on the overall effect.

“We wanted it to be like an overall experience for a person,” she said.

When asked how many submissions they got, eyes turned to Haag, who was in charge of the submissions email.

“About… 45,” Haag said, “We tried to choose pieces that were closer to our theme, more moody and dark type of feel.”

“After Dark” will be showcased in the Collins Art Gallery from Jan. 15 to 19, from 10:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Editors Note: The spelling of Haag’s name was corrected as well as giving her higher credit for curating the show.

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