The photography of Emily Hilgendorf is on display in the East Hallway of Gallery 194 in Downtown Lapeer. The emerging artist’s work will be on display through Saturday, March 22.
Hilgendorf is the first artist this year to be featured in Gallery 194’s East Hallway, also known as their emerging artist hallway.
“This is an area of the gallery where we like to showcase up and coming artists, students, or artists that might not have a large enough body of work to fill the main gallery space,” said gallery director James Alt. “Emily is a perfect choice to start the year with, she has a great photographic eye and she is also a previous Gallery 194 student who studied in our Getting to Know your Digital Camera Class with popular local photographer Dale Vronch.” Hilgendorf credits Vronch’s class for opening her eyes to how much can be conveyed through a simple photograph.
As an amateur photographer, Hilgendorf shoots primarily around Lapeer; however, she takes her camera with her wherever she goes and has captured amazing shots while in California and North Carolina. Her subject of choice is anything in nature that she finds remotely interesting.
“Photography has taught me that there is beauty in anything – sometimes it just takes a lens to show it,” said Hilgendorf.
While visiting Gallery 194 to see the great works of art on display, it’s a great time to take note of their current class offerings. With the new year comes new classes and the return of some past favorites.
Starting in February the gallery will once again be offering its popular Getting to Know your Digital Camera class taught by Dale Vronch. In this beginner to intermediate level class, students will learn to use their camera as a creative tool for expression in a small group setting alongside one of the area’s top photographers. The class runs for six sessions and will cost $80 with the first class taking place February 4 at Gallery 194.
Next up is something for younger artists. The gallery is once again offering their popular Youth Art Saturdays. This is a perfect opportunity for young artists in the second to fifth grades to learn how to express their creative ideas while being guided by local art educators Marianna Fiedor and Nick Lange. This popular class will meet every other Saturday at Gallery 194 starting February 8 for four sessions. Tuition is just $40 and includes all the supplies the young artists will need.
The gallery will also be offering a new class this year, a Watercolor Sculpture Book workshop designed and taught by Marianna Fiedor. In this two session workshop for adults, Marianna will teach students how to create their own unique watercolor sculpture book that opens up to reveal a beautiful splash of color and texture. This workshop will take place on February 1 and 2 and will cost students $60. It is a great way for artists of all levels to learn new techniques and create a striking piece of art for you or to give as a gift.
The gallery has a lot more classes in the works for 2014 including more watercolor classes, drawing and painting classes, and even music classes that teach Mountain Dulcimer and Guitar.
Advance registration is required for all of the classes at Gallery 194 and registration can be done by visiting the gallery or by calling 810-667-1495. Gallery 194 is located at the corner of Court and West Nepessing Streets in downtown Lapeer next to the historic Pix Theatre. Gallery 194 is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and admission is always free and open to the public. For more information log onto www.gallery194.com, or LIKE Gallery 194 on Face Book.