Fountain Street Church offers a rich art and architectural history to its congregation and the greater West Michigan community. The Art Committee is the conservator of this heritage. It builds on Fountain Street's tradition of nurture and appreciation for the artistic, cultural, and intellectual fruits of the human spirit in concert with the mission and vision of our church. The Committee stages art exhibits in the Keeler Gallery by artists in a variety of media. the objective is to enlighten the spirits of our diverse congregation and serve as an outreach to the greater West Michigan community.
Torn Paper Collage, Sewn Collage, and Seed Bead Embroidery by E. Lynne O'Rourke and Colleen O'Rourke
Exhibit Dates: March 5th - April 30th
During March and April, the Keeler Gallery will be filled with the work of Lynne and Colleen O'Rourke, well-known local Artists. While both work in collage, mother, (Lynne), and daughter, (Colleen), pursue their artistic visions with strikingly different techniques. Each of Lynne's torn paper collages has a life of its own, delicately crafted and painstakingly detailed. Viewers who invest time in the works are rewarded by recognition of hidden elements not noticed with just a quick glance. Lynne creates images with nothing but paper and glue - no paint, no pen, no pencil, no scissors. Every part of each work is painstakingly built, tiny piece upon tiny piece, sometimes in as many as 14 layers. Colleen's recent work is sewn paper collage made of vintage sheet music. The subtle colors of aged paper combine with portions of musical score, drawings, and song lyrics to evoke memories of life before the reign of digital media.