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Natural Splendor

Natural Splendor:
Ottawa County Outdoor Art

On Display February 24, 2024 to August 11, 2024

Ottawa County’s beautiful scenery inspires local artists - from the coast of Lake Michigan and the banks of the Grand River to the woods and fields of the county’s interior. Some scenes have become iconic, such as the Grand Haven Lighthouse, the Musical Fountain, and Windmill Island Gardens. Others, though less well-known, are no less delightful for residents and visitors to the area. These scenes are brought to life by the artists of a local group: Ottawa County Outdoor Art. The artists of OCOA have taken in the rich diversity of scenes available in Ottawa County and portrayed those views that inspired them the most. We invite you to enjoy the natural splendor on display in these works and to explore Ottawa County to find the scenes that inspire you.

About Ottawa County Outdoor Art

Ottawa County Outdoor Art is a group of artists in Ottawa County, Michigan, who enjoy creating art depicting the natural beauty of our county through various artistic mediums, including painting, sketching and photography. We host outdoor painting events within our county periodically throughout the spring, summer and fall, at which artists and photographers of all skill levels are welcome to participate free of charge. We offer a Show & Tell time at the conclusion of each creative event, which allows for positive and encouraging feedback. 

jAlida's Gallery Blog Post announcing 'Natural Splendor' exhibit

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Education Programs for Natural Splendor

TCHM offers engaging programs - tied to our exhibits - that invite kids and adults to explore more deeply the Tri-Cities history on display.

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Natural Splendor: Wonder Walk​

March 6, 2024 | 10:00 am

Children under five and their adult will enjoy an exploration of color, shapes, and textures, plus a wonder walk through the Natural Splendor exhibit. It's not just a story's a discovery hour! Join us!

Fee: $0 includes all materials

No RSVP required.

Tots at Tri-Cities is our first program series for preschool-aged explorers. Come play with us as we dive into books, materials, and the Museum itself. On the first Wednesday of the month we will have a new theme to set your wheels of curiosity in motion. Please drop in to any of the scheduled storytimes--no RSVP needed!

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Natural Splendor: Mini Makers

April 6, 2024 | 1:00 pm

School-aged children will create an art piece inspired by the Natural Splendor exhibit. Adults may stay for the class or drop off.

Fee: $25 includes all materials

Registration is open through 4/2/24. We may cancel this program if enrollment is low. We may also add additional dates if interest is high. 

Our Mini Makers programs are designed to inspire kids ages 8-15 with exploration and creation. 

Natural Splendor: Paint and Pour

June 21, 2024 | 1-4:30pm

Grownups with or without a gift for painting will enjoy this evening with wine (pour) and an instructor guiding you in the creation of your own canvas (paint). 

Fee: $50 includes all 'paint' and 'pour' materials

RSVP is required by 6/1/24. Over 21 only and must show valid ID at the door.

We may cancel this program if enrollment is low.

Paint and Pour is great for anyone interested in nature, painting, or wine! An instructor will lead participants in painting a nature scene. 21 and over only. 

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