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MCC features inmate artists in ‘Art From the Inside Out’ exhibit


 A piece made from recycled paper materials, “Jonny’s Wagon” by Danny Johns, is priced at $25 as part of the “Art From the Inside Out” exhibit in the Instruction North Art Gallery on MCC’s Sidney campus.

A piece made from recycled paper materials, “Jonny’s Wagon” by Danny Johns, is priced at $25 as part of the “Art From the Inside Out” exhibit in the Instruction North Art Gallery on MCC’s Sidney campus.

SIDNEY – Montcalm Community College’s “Art From the Inside Out” exhibit features artwork created by inmates in Michigan correctional facilities. Located in MCC’s Instruction North Building Art Gallery on the college’s Sidney campus, the display is open Mondays through Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., now through March 27.

Having another inmate art show at MCC “fulfills MCC’s mission” and “provides a window into a part of humanity that few of us are in contact with,” according to MCC Visual Arts Coordinator Carolyn Johnson and Visual Arts Instructor Debbie Bell. “MCC is a liaison to link both worlds together to learn. Inmates can learn from our feedback while students and those in our community have the opportunity to analyze artwork and its content from someone in a restricted environment.”

Jonathan Chapman, an inmate sculptor whose work is included in the show, creates his pieces from whatever materials he can salvage, buy or recycle within a maximum security prison. In a letter Chapman submitted with his artwork he wrote, “I want to spend my idle time doing something positive that can help others.”

Chapman, who goes by Danny Johns as an artist, created “Jonny’s Wagon,” a red wagon made out of recycled paper materials, which resembles a small version of a childhood toy, and “Time Consuming Keepsake Box,” a gazebo-like piece made out of paper.

“I know I am getting better with every project I do,” wrote Chapman, “by the instant reaction I get from those that know what I have to work with and where I’m at.”

His artwork is among about 100 pieces created by inmates that are displayed in cases or line the walls of the art gallery. Some show struggle and confinement, but they are all beautiful and full of vibrant creativity.

“Journey Down the River” by R. Petush, is a watercolor piece that is available for $60 at MCC’s “Art From the Inside Out” exhibit.

“Journey Down the River” by R. Petush, is a watercolor piece that is available for $60 at MCC’s “Art From the Inside Out” exhibit.

Regardless of the emotion portrayed within the artwork, there is a lot of value for both the creator and the viewer, Johnson and Bell said.

“The value for the inmates is the fact that it gives them the ability to have a positive outlet as they have so much time on their hands,” they said. “They are able to release pent-up expressions through a creative process and stay busy practicing, which leads to the improvement of their skills, even with limited resources. The artists are also able to receive feedback from reflective papers written by our students. This will help them to improve and see how others may be observing/interpreting their artwork.”

As for the students, “It promotes great discussions psychologically and artistically,” they added. “Students really enjoy trying to interpret the art by finding the meaning or message within it.”

Community members also can reflect on the display.

“The community is able to compare art by inmates with art by free artists. We have a great deal of judgment and criticism against people in prison. This exhibit helps to put a vulnerable human face on this often shunned group of our own culture,” Johnson and Bell said. Many of the displayed creations capture an outdoor scene, with or without various animals, or a person who seems to be on the “outside.” Ducks, skulls, and pairs of various kinds are also repeated throughout the artwork, even though the artists are all different. Most of the artwork is available for sale, but some pieces are already sold. The prices range from $5 to $195, based on the piece’s size and the artist’s experience. There are four poems on display, as well, but they are not for sale. Once a piece is taken out of the prison, it cannot be returned to the artist.

Visit MCC’s Instruction North Art Gallery on the college’s Sidney campus to view and/or purchase pieces. A ballot box in the Art Gallery allows visitors to vote for their favorite artwork, and People’s Choice Awards will be given to the artists receiving the most votes at the end of the show.

Contact MCC Visual Arts Coordinator Carolyn Johnson at cjohnson@montcalm.edu or 989-328-1248 for more information.

 

 

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Holiday Happenings 2013


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CEDAR SPRINGS

Red Flannel Christmas – Come Mingle with Kris Kringle

Dec. 7: Come celebrate the kick off to the Christmas season with a Red Flannel Town Christmas, presented by the Cedar Springs Area Chamber of Commerce.  Creative Technologies Academy will have an arts and crafts fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; local businesses will be open and running specials beginning at 10 a.m.; and the Cedar Springs Historical Museum will do Christmas crafts from noon to 3 p.m. New this year is the Red Flannel Town Christmas Parade, with registration at 4:30 p.m., and parade at 5 p.m. Following the parade will be a live nativity scene, tree lighting, caroling, and mingling with Kris Kringle at the corner of Main Street and Ash. Bring the whole family out for a fun, old-fashioned, red flannel town Christmas celebration.

Second annual Christmas concert at the Kent

Dec. 14: The Cedar Springs Area Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a Christmas Concert at the Kent Theatre on Saturday, December 14, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. The Cedar View Choir will perform this year, along with some performers from last year and more. Bring the family and have some fun. Admission is $5, and free for kids under age 5.

Make a gingerbread house

Dec. 14: Calling all Kids to decorate a Gingerbread House at the Cedar Springs Public Library. Sign up for one of three sessions: 10 a.m., 11 a.m., or 12 p.m. All ages welcome, preschoolers must have parent present. Stop by the library to register or call 616-696-1910.

Christmas Dance Extravaganza at the Kent

Dec. 15: The Cedar Springs Area Chamber of Commerce will host a Christmas Dance Extravaganza at the Kent on Sunday, December 15, from 3 to 5 p.m. They have a variety of dance styles lined up to perform. Bring out the family and have some fun. Tickets are $10, and free for those under age 5.

GREENVILLE

Hometown Christmas

Dec. 6: Come and celebrate “A Hometown Christmas” in beautiful Historic, downtown Greenville. It’s so much more than just a parade. Events start with a Santa park party from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at Lafayette Park (next to the bakery). Santa will visit with children, and pose for photos with kids; there will be face painting, live Christmas music, hot cocoa and cookies, and plenty of holiday merriment. The tree lighting ceremony begins at 5:45 p.m. at Lafayette Park. Santa will do the honors and light the tree. The parade follows at 6 p.m., and then kids can visit with Santa at the Flat River Museum immediately following the parade until 8 p.m.

Heritage Holiday Village

Dec. 8: 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Montcalm Community College. Free. Enjoy an old-fashioned holiday in the village, including caroling, crafts, photos with an 0ld-fashioned St. Nicholas, and more. 2800 College Drive, Sidney, Michigan 48885.

Tree of Lights Celebration

Dec. 8, 17: On Sunday, December 8, the Spectrum Health Foundation United & Kelsey Hospitals will hold its annual Tree of Lights celebration at 4 p.m. at United Hospital in Greenville. On Tuesday, December 17 at 6:30 p.m. the Tree of Love celebration will be held at United Church of Christ, 115 W Fifth Street in Lakeview. Funds raised from this year’s Tree of Lights and Tree of Love will help purchase a video laryngoscope for both United and Kelsey Hospitals. A laryngoscope is a lifesaving medical device used to place breathing tubes in a patient who is unable to breathe on his or her own. Enjoy the musical sounds of the season, delicious refreshments and listen as the names of those who are read.

SAND LAKE

Polar Express Party

Dec. 11: All aboard! Hop on the Polar Express and enjoy a magical storytime train ride at the Sand Lake/Nelson Township Library at 6:30 p.m. Play games, make a reindeer ornament, enjoy an edible train and more at this cozy holiday party. For all ages. The library is located at 88 Eighth Street.

Christmas with Santa

Dec. 14: Santa will be at the Sand Lake/Nelson Township Library from 10 a.m. to Noon a.m. on Saturday, December 8. Visit with Santa and enjoy crafts and treats. Gifts aplenty for the first 200 children! Prize drawings will be held. For all ages.

SPARTA

Pet night with Santa 

Dec. 12: 6-8 pm in Santa House, 94 N. Union. Bring your furry friends to visit with Santa! Photo with $3.00 donation or pet food or blanket donation to go to the Humane Society.

Santa Train visits Sparta

Dec. 14: The Santa Train will visit Sparta at approximately 10 a.m. (visit www.spartachamber.com for exact time.) Follow Santa in the kid’s parade to the Santa House and visit Santa until 1 p.m. Boy Scout Troop 280 will serve hot cocoa, and the Coffee Stop will give out free samples of gourmet coffee. Find Bruce the chestnut grower and try a free roasted chestnut. There will also be free horse and trolley rides until 2 p.m.

Santa in Santa house

Dec. 19 and 21: Santa will be in the Santa house (94 N. Union) on Thursday, Dec. 19 from 6-8 p.m., and on Saturday, December 21, from 11 to1 p.m. Bring your own camera.

Living Nativity

Dec. 21-Dec. 24: The Ballard Church of Christ, 1633 10 Mile Road, presents “The Living Nativity” from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Dec. 21-24.

Horse drawn trolley rides

Dec. 24: Horse drawn trolley rides from 6-9 p.m. Loading area and treats at Sparta Fire Department.

SPENCER TOWNSHIP

Gingerbread Lane

December 5: Stroll down Gingerbread Lane at the Spencer Township Library and enjoy tasty gingerbread stories from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Each child will make a simple gingerbread house. Pre-registration is required and participant spots are limited. For all ages. Arts and crafts.

 

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Northern Mohican performer Bill Miller to appear at MCC on Nov. 7


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Northern Mohican Musician, performer, songwriter and painter Bill Miller offers two presentations Nov. 7 at Montcalm Community College.

At noon in rooms D303-305 in MCC’s Beatrice E. Doser Building, Miller offers reflections and a musical presentation to students, faculty, staff and community members. Lunch is provided for students with a current MCC ID and is $2 for all others.

At 7 p.m., Miller performs his music in MCC’s Barn Theater. Admission is free.

Miller’s motivating and spiritual music was shaped by an astonishing life. Born of German-Mohican blood, Miller grew up in and around Northern Wisconsin on a reservation. His struggle against cultural and family tragedies became the backbone of his faith-enriched work.

Shortly after leaving the reservation, Miller’s turning point came when he attended a Pete Seeger concert. He then studied art at the Layton School of Art and Design in Milwaukee, Wis., and pursued a career as a singer and songwriter. From the beginning, he faced cultural racism, but Miller continues to escalate as a singer and songwriter.

It was through life experiences that Miller used his talents to overcome battles that fell in his path and continue living in a positive, inspirational way. In a story on his Web site, Miller said, “I see things as rivers, creeks and rainstorms as the liquid layer of my life.”

Miller has recorded several albums that have brought great success to his life, including “Loon Mountain and Moon,” “Red Road,” “Reservation Road, and Raven In The Snow,” “The Art of Survival,” and one that brought great attention to him at the American Music Awards, “Ghost Dance,” which earned him nine Nammys. Miller most recently released the albums “Chronicles of Hope” and “Spirit Wind North.”

Ken DeLong, MCC’s Native American Club advisor, has seen Miller’s performances and he described them as, “excellent, and powerful. It’s hard to put a label on his music because his lyrics are inspired by personal experiences.”

“Miller is excellent on the guitar, and he sucks you in,” DeLong said.

November is Native American recognition month and DeLong said he hopes Miller’s performance will “bring folks to campus, and broaden their horizon. It’s a chance for the community to hear and see things they wouldn’t normally experience.”

Miller is “not pretentious, he’s a good guy and he can really connect with his audience,” DeLong said.

Contact DeLong by e-mail at kend@montcalm.edu or call him at (989) 328-1258 for more information.

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MCC drama class performs Nov. 9 and 10


ENT--MCC-Play-photo-11-1-13Montcalm Community College’s Drama Class presents “The Absolute Most Cliched Elevator Play in the History of the Entire Universe,” by Werner Trieschmann, on Nov. 9 and 10 at the Barn Theater on the college’s Sidney campus.

When a crowded elevator becomes stuck, one of the passengers, a playwriting instructor, thinks that everybody is in fact trapped in a cliched play by an inexperienced playwright. After all, the elevator does contain a quick-tempered biker, a spaced-out new age woman, and an agitated pregnant woman. But when the instructor goes searching for the playwright, the elevator expands to include even more stereotypes including over-eager cheerleaders, a Goth kid who writes bad poetry and, of course, a clown. Will the instructor find the playwright before the cliches become out of control?

Performances are at 2 p.m. on Nov. 9 and 2 and 4 p.m. on Nov. 10 at MCC’s Barn Theater. Admission is free.

Area schools and other groups may book private performances in November and December by contacting Performing Arts Coordinator Val Vander Mark at valv@montcalm.edu or 989-328-1218. The cost is $75 per performance.

 

 

 

 

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Learn how to shoot trap and skeet


Learn how to shoot trap and skeet at the Flat River Conservation Club this summer.

Montcalm Community College offers “Introduction to Trap & Skeet,” which is taught by club members who are certified coaches, instructors or competitors in the disciplines of range safety, equipment needed and successful techniques to break clay targets. Hands-on instruction is provided in these disciplines. Participants are responsible for the cost of ammunition and eye and ear protection.

The cost is $5 per person. Call 616-754-7706 or 877-328-2111, Ext. 610, to register and schedule the dates and times for your course. The Flat River Conservation Club is eight miles north of Greenville on M-91.

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Study abroad in China


Learn how you can immerse yourself in the rich culture of China and discover this country of more than one billion people during Montcalm Community College’s eight-day study abroad trip from June 20-28, 2013. In partnership with EF Educational Tours, MCC offers this trip to its students as well as community members not enrolled at MCC. An informational meeting is April 10 at noon in room D308 in MCC’s Beatrice E. Doser Building in Sidney. The trip is led by MCC Performing Arts Coordinator Val Vander Mark and MCC Psychology Instructor Jessica Snyder. Contact Vander Mark at valv@montcalm.edu or 989-328-1218, or Snyder at jessicas@montcalm.edu or 989-328-1229 or visit www.montcalm.edu/studyabroad.aspx for more information.

 

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“Old Macbeth had a farm”


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Montcalm Community College’s drama class presents public performances of “Old Macbeth Had a Farm” on Nov. 12 at 2 p.m., and Nov. 13 at 2 and 4 p.m. in the Barn Theater. Admission is free. In this spoof on Shakespeare’s classic story adapted by Tim Kochenderfer, Mr. Macbeth has a bright future at Colonel Duncan’s Chicken Shack—especially after murdering the CEO, seizing the reins of the company, killing off his colleagues, and being assured by a coven of witches that he can’t be harmed. What could possibly go wrong?
Area schools and other groups may book private performances for the months of November and December by contacting Performing Arts Coordinator Val Vander Mark at valv@montcalm.edu or 989-328-1218.  The cost per private performance is $75.

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