Muskegon Museum of Art

Muskegon, MI



Watercolors by Jack R. Brouwer and Mark Mehaffey

A variety of works by two nationally recognized Michigan watercolor painters, Jack R. Brouwer and Mark Mehaffey, will be exhibited at the Muskegon Museum of Art through October l, 2000.

Brouwer is a native of Grand Rapids and a regular exhibitor in the MMA's annual Regional Exhibition. This year's juror chose Brouwer's painting, Out to Pasture, for the Tri-Cities Chautauqua Award. A self-taught artist, Brouwer was an advertising illustrator, graphic designer, art director, and owner of his own agency. In 1987, he took up painting full-time. He now has achieved signature memberships in the four most important national societies for the medium -- the American Watercolor Society, the National Watercolor Society, Watercolor West, and the Midwest Watercolor Society -- and has exhibited in numerous national and regional exhibitions throughout the nation, including the prestigious "Art for the Parks" annual competition. Brouwer's work depicts landscapes, and people and places from around the world in a painterly but realistic style. (left: Jack R. Brouwer, New England Fall, watercolor, 29 x 39 inches)

Mark Mehaffey has been an art instructor with the Lansing Public Schools since 1974, just after his graduation with a B.F.A from Michigan State University. His paintings have been featured in national watercolor exhibitions since 1986, and in 1999 he was awarded the Skyledge Award (Best of Show) in the Midwest Watercolor Society's national exhibition, the 12th year he had been juried into the show and his fifth award. His work has been featured in seven Michigan Watercolor Society annual exhibitions. In addition, he has achieved signature status in the American and National Watercolor Societies and signature life member status for the Louisiana Watercolor Society and Watercolor West. In 1996, one of Mehaffey's paintings was chosen as the cover image for the book, Creative Wulercolor, by Mary Arm Beckwith. Mehaffey's style often combines abstract and realistic images with lush color. (left: Mark Mehaffey, Mayan Legacy 2, watercolor, 35 x 27 inches)

This exhibition has been undervritten in memory of Virginia H. Gerber.

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