Painting by Karen VanDam Michmerhuizen

Holland artist’s paintings featured until March 3rd

at the Van Singel Fine Arts Center Gallery.


 Paintings of “Mostly Michigan” by Holland (Michigan) artist, Karen VanDam Michmerhuizen, is the current art exhibit at the Van Singel Fine Arts Center Art Gallery. The exhibit runs through March 3rd highlighted with an artist reception on Sunday, March 3rd from 2:00 to 3:30 pm. The public is encouraged to attend the artist reception.

Born in the lush, gently rolling farmlands of West Michigan, VanDam Michmerhuizen was aware at a young age of the constant inter-play of light and shadow caused by the clouds which continually form and drift ashore along the vast expanse of Lake Michigan.  The vivid richness of Michigan’s four distinct seasons formed a lavish palette that delighted her senses and called her to brush and canvas.  But it was only after raising four children and leaving a career as an academic secretary that she began devoting full time to her artistic endeavors.  Today, she and her husband plan their travels to specific painting locations, and in-between she spends much time outdoors either in her spectacular garden or various close-to-home scenic locales, capturing the lights and colors she so admired as a child.

 She has attended several workshops, including the Plein Air Painters of America Workshop in Old Lyme, Connecticut in 2003. There she worked with Matt Smith, Lynn Gertenbach and Kevin MacPherson. Workshops in Michigan include instruction with Ken Cadwallader, Oxbow School of Art on the Meadow with James Brandess, class instruction with Bruce McCombs at Hope College and seminars with Diane VanNoord and Pierre Bittar.  In October of 07 Karen participated in a workshop with Albert Handell and the Putney Painters in Putney, Vermont, which included a day with Richard Schmid. In August 2008 she attended a workshop with Camille Prezwodek in Easton, Maryland and in January 2010 attended a three-day workshop with Roger Dale Brown at the Palette and Chisel Academy in Chicago. Karen will be returning in July for a fifth year as an Artist-in-Residence to the Terrace Inn in Bay View, MI.  She was also featured in the 2011 Grand Rapids ArtPrize.

Recently this Michigan native has joined a group, Plein Air Artists of West Michigan, who meet to paint on sanctuary land or preserves twice a month throughout the year. Karen has chosen to use her maiden name, "VanDam," as her artistic signature.

VanDam Michmerhuizen states, “We live in a beautiful world and as an artist I see endless and challenging venues to paint.  Many of my inspirations come from the ordinary and everyday. Shorelines, country scenes, and gardens are some of my favorite subjects. I like to observe light and shadow, color, and shape at varying times of the day for the best light for plein air painting. Using both brushes and palette knife has given me new excitement and artistic opportunities for putting oil on canvas. When painting, my ideal is to make the viewer feel he or she has also been or would like to be at the same spot, to feel the sun, hear the waves, or smell the flowers.”

The gallery is open Monday through Friday, 12 to 5 pm.


September 14 - October 14, 2018


Printmaking and Collage by Maddison Nicole May
Reception: Sunday, October 14, 2018 2:00 – 3:30pm
October 16 –November 21, 2018

“Unparalleled: A Conversation

between two Artists”

by Barbara Hoffman (Oil and Cold Wax) and Nora Faber (Clay board, Acrylics and Oil)
Reception, Sunday, November 11, 2:00 – 3:30pm
November 26, 2018-January 11, 2019
Byron Center Public School Artists

Mixed Media

Artist Reception: Monday, December 17, 5-6 pm
January 14 – March 3, 2019

“Mostly Michigan”

Paintings by Karen Vandam Michmerh
Reception : Sunday, March 3, 2:00 – 3:30pm


March 5 – April 14, 2019


Photography by Dianne Carroll Burdick, Leslie Lundquist – Victor, Sean Lancaster, Erika Townsley And Matthew Provoast
Reception , Sunday, April 14 2:00 – 3:30pm


April 16 – June 2, 2019

“Walk on the Wild Side”

Mixed Media by Hana Girdvainis Sawyer
Reception: Sunday, June 2, 2:00 – 3:30pm

ART GALLERY OPEN Monday-Friday, 12 to 5 pm