the Edge Center for the Arts


The “Permanent Collection” in the Edge Center Gallery

Because there are fewer visitors and many volunteers are unavailable during the winter months, the Edge Center Gallery is not open regular hours. However, the permanent collection may be viewed during other Edge Center events.

What is the permanent collection? This is artwork owned by the Gallery and displayed when the walls would otherwise be bare. Three new pieces of art have been added this year. You may have seen the two pieces of Bigfork resident David Richter’s work that were in his exhibit last August. “Marigold” and “Dr. Pepper” now belong to the Gallery. Although colored pencil work is usually called “drawing”, Richter prefers to call his art “painting” for two reasons. His color is intense and it is hard to tell it from a work using paint. Also, he often uses mineral spirits along with colored pencils to turn colored pencil beautifully fluid, making his work look more painterly. These works add wonderful color to the collection.

The other new acquisition is a mobile donated to the Edge Center Gallery by the Reif Arts Council. This predominately blue mobile is part of a project hosted by the Reif Arts Council in 2016. It is one of 40 mobiles created during a “Mobilizing the Arts” residency. The Reif invited actor, designer, and visual artist Kevin Reese to visit Grand Rapids for a 7-week artist residency. Reese worked with over 1000 students in area schools in designing small mobiles. Later Reese worked with students to create full-sized unique mobiles like the one that the Edge Center now owns.

The Edge Center is very grateful to the generosity of those who have created the Gallery Permanent Collection. Notice the interesting variety of art on display this winter when you attend a play, movie or musical performance. The gallery will have monthly changing exhibits again in the spring.