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OAC: Artist Neil W. Ahrens

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August 4, 2016
8:00 am - 5:00 pm


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Oliver Art Center is pleased to exhibit the work of Neil W. Ahrens from August 12 through September 9, 2016. We will host an opening reception, free and open to the public, on Friday August 12, 5pm to 7pm. Neil will present an Artist Talk on Sunday August 28, at 2pm, also free and open to the public.

Neil is an artist living in the Northern Lower Peninsula of Michigan, within 500 feet of Lake Michigan. He summered in Northern Michigan in his early years, earned his BFA at MSU and his MFA at Cranbrook Academy of Art. All of his compulsions and obsessions of his art-making are tied into the natural world surrounding him.

Lake Michigan, and the lakes of Northern Michigan in general, have had a great influence on his artwork. The horizon line of a lake or land feature shows up as a design thread throughout his work. It plays into his work with thoughts on Life/Death, Yours/Mine, Above/Below, Drawing & Composition, and other dualities. For this exhibit he will be completing canvasses that are among the largest he’s ever worked on. He will be pushing to a new level of experimentation to take full advantage of the space available to him at Oliver Art Center.

Neil did a tour with the Navy in his early twenties. While serving in the Mediterranean as a Boatswain’s Mate Third Class Petty Officer, he was part of a historic covert mission called “Operation Goldenrod” that took place on the ship the USS Butte (AE-27) in 1987. Neil writes “Operation Goldenrod is a legal linchpin in the war on terror, and the first use of ‘Rendition’ that is the cause for detainees at Guantanamo Bay today. I enjoy the history of the facility at Oliver Art Center; I will be exhibiting my work in halls other Petty Officers once walked!”

This exhibit is sponsored by Cooley Contracting of Traverse City.

Parking at Oliver Art Center is limited. Overflow parking can be found along the east side of Second Street, which leads to Oliver Art Center, as well as on Main Street. Parking is prohibited in the adjacent lots of Harbor Lights, The United States Coast Guard Station, and at other condominiums.

The Oliver Art Center exhibit is open to the public Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and Sun. 12 p.m. -4 p.m.  Please visit www.oliverartcenterfrankfort.org or contact 231-352-4151 for more information.