Ramsdell Center Features 17 Onekama Artists

The Ramsdell Regional Center for Arts in Manistee recently renovated Hardy Hall so that local artists could have a space to showcase their work.

Seventeen artists from the village of Onekama are being featured in one room for the first time for what they’re calling the “Sno Snake Sho.”

One of the artists being featured, Bill Hattendorf says, “None of these artists have shown together, I mean Art Snake, but that’s miles apart sometimes, now you get to come to one room and visit all of the artists at once. And snake around this room.”

From prints to oils and sculptures, the village has a vast variety of talent to showcase.

Xavier Verna, executive director at the Ramsdell Regional Center for Arts, says, “The respect that we can pay for artists and to kind of keep that going for us in our community, which seems to be going really well as you look around the room.”

Philip Joseph won his first art prize in this room when he was just 12 years old. Now he’s back featuring a few of his paintings.

“I love painting the landscape and I like painting places where I actually like to walk into,” Joseph says.

Joseph likes working with light and shadow, while paying close attention to detail.

“All of those things are part of what makes a painting interesting and real and authentic,” he says. “And of course, the challenge and the fun of painting it.”

A room filled with beauty right in your backyard.

Hattendorf says, “For some reason we’ve been gathering in Onekama for a hundred years.”

The exhibit is free and open to the public until Saturday, Dec. 21.

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