Alice Powell is well-known around Cedar Springs, especially as an antique dealer and appraiser. But this Saturday, we will get to see a different side of the 86-year-old resident who is still young at heart—her artistic side.
This Saturday, April 20, from 4-7 p.m., a reception and exhibit for her paintings will be held at The Studio, at 90 N. Main in Cedar Springs. Her friends and neighbors, Claudia Mabie and Denise Beatty, are putting together the show.
“Alice was a well known antique dealer and collector for a number of years, but people may not be aware that she has this talent,” explained Claudia, about why she wanted to put on the show. She said she’s known Alice for 25 years.
Alice lives in Solon Township, and she’s lived in the greater Cedar Springs area since she was five or six years old. She said she’s always liked to paint, even as a child. But she’s only been painting in earnest since the late 1960s. And she said she’s learned from some wonderful teachers, including Prof. Mast, from Michigan State, and Hazel Palmer, right here in Cedar Springs.
Acrylic is the medium she uses to paint with, though at one time she also used oils.
Alice calls her style contemporary—out of the box. She said she developed this new style when her husband of 61 years, Marvin, passed away five years ago. “I call it ‘circles of eternity,’ she explained.
Alice said she paints for herself, and often doesn’t know what she’s going to do when she starts. But she usually likes the way it turns out. “I paint to Bob Dylan,” she remarked. “I’ve always liked Bob Dylan.”
She’s entered her art in several juried shows, and one of them, titled “Oh Pharaoh, you ain’t seen nothing yet” won at a show in Lansing, and will be on display this Saturday. She will have over 30 pieces on display and for sale at the exhibition.
Stop in and see Alice and her work this Saturday. You won’t want to miss it!