An artist meet & greet with Hatch & Rzoska, light refreshments, and live music from local musician John Otto of Vin Sincere & Audio Beach Studio from 4-6 pm on Saturday, October 9 at the J. Petter Galleries.

Mary Hatch’s work has been shown in over 30 one-person exhibits in as many years and is included in more than 300 public and private collections throughout the US and Canada. Hatch’s work begins with little forgotten fragments of life unintentionally stored in our memories. These insignificant remembrances are explored in her paintings forming familiar narratives as if they have always existed. The main subject is apparent. The subtle stroke of the brush brings out the hidden intuitive past and blends it to form a statement. Hatch has been painting for many years and has developed a style that is very recognizable and sought after. Her ability is to tell a story with her imagery in a style reminiscent of dreams. She paints as a novelist might start their story. She often starts with a Figure, who then develops a personality. That personality dictates what happens next.

Linda Rzoska is an artist and teacher. Her work focuses on relaying the voice of the landscape. She strives to create imagery that moves the viewer to re-establish their ancient connection with nature and the earth. Rzoksa’s inspiration comes from her relationship and experiences with nature and her desire to share how she perceives the essence of the natural world. At a very early age, she felt a spiritual connection with the ways of the landscape. As a child Rzoska would go to nature to seek comfort and solitude, there was a ‘spiritual connection’ there. Having reverence for nature was her first step toward a sense of spiritual connection with the life-giving force of this universe. She was educated as a fine artist using traditional media for painting and drawing, later working as a graphic designer and illustrator, she became involved in digital media. She joined the faculty at Kalamazoo Valley Community College in 2000 as a founding member of KVCC's academic unit the Center for New Media teaching design and illustration classes. In April 2016 she was granted the title of Professor Emeritus.

Rzoska continued with her fine art career while teaching, her work is inspired by her interest and research in nature, folklore, mythology, and comparative religion. Before joining KVCC she worked in the corporate/private sector as a graphic designer and illustrator. Rzoska has received a number of awards for her illustration and fine art; notable are two International Awards of Excellence from the Society of Technical Communications, Best of Show in the 2016 Carnegie Center for the Arts Juried Regional Fine Arts Competition, and Second Place in the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts 2016 West Michigan Area Show. Rzoska's artwork has been selected for numerous juried shows and is represented in many private collections. A few of her most prominent solo exhibitions were in It Skildershuis Atelier in Leeuwarden, The Netherlands, The Burren College of Art, Ireland, and Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Linda’s latest work includes 'An Ever-Changing Constant' which was created in response to an invitation to participate in an exhibition curated by Southwest Michigan artists, Anna Z ILL and Maryellen Hains: The Equinox Exhibition. Her piece was awarded the Signature Artists, LLC Award for outstanding work.

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