KCC students participate in Battle Creek’s Spring Into the Arts

Art instructors and students from Kellogg Community College yesterday installed at least 100 works of art from approximately 25 students in the front of the building at 50 W. Michigan Ave. for the May 18 Spring Into the Arts event in downtown Battle Creek.

The free event is billed by organizers as “A collective experience, coordinated by area art organizations, downtown businesses, and art patrons” during which one can “enjoy art, wine, music, and more along a route of artist receptions hosted by downtown businesses.”

Click here for more information about the event from the Spring Into the Arts Facebook page.

Kellogg Community College students on hand to install the art Monday included photography and graphic design student Malia Scott and photography student Nadine Weisser.

Scott submitted two macrophotography pieces for the event from a set of photos she took of dragon sculptures for her final studio project.

“My final goal with that project was to make them look like living, breathing things,” Scott said. “It worked.”

Weisser, a retired physician who said she’s taking photography classes at KCC for fun, submitted three pieces for the event, including a digital photograph of a flower, a digital landscape and a large-format photograph of a barn.

“I enjoy trying to see something in nature that’s beautiful and trying to recreate that for the viewer,” Weisser said.

Art instructors on hand for the installation included Ryan Flathau and Vicki VanAmeyden, the latter of whom also has had student work — in the form of 3- by 5-foot “text portraits” — installed in the front windows of the building at 17 W. Michigan Ave. for the Spring Into the Arts event.

Pictured above, from left, a handful of text portraits created by Kellogg Community College students hang at 17 W. Michigan Ave.; art instructors Vicki VanAmeyden and Ryan Flathau and students Malia Scott (sitting in the foreground) and Nadine Weisser wait to install art in the building at 50 W. Michigan Ave.; and artwork created by KCC art students waits to be installed at 50 W. Michigan Ave.

For more information about the art program at Kellogg Community College, visit www.kellogg.edu/artscomm/art.html.