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WordView: Art inspiring Art

Schedule of Events


Sunday, Sept 26, 3:00-4:30pm

Host: Gary Eldridge

Featuring: ISEA Members, Haley Joseph and Donna Engstrom

Limited space, registration is encouraged.

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International Society of Experimental Artists: A WordView Panel Discussion


ISEA's mission is to promote public interest in experimental art and encourage and support artists' creative journeys through exhibition, education and communication. Panelists will discuss how text can be used to create powerful, innovative, and impactful works of art. 


Haley Joseph – Haley Joseph is an experimental artist who draws inspiration from nature, literature, and life. As a self-taught artist, she has explored working with resin, watercolor, acrylics, encaustic, print-making, creating jewelry, book making, photography, woodworking, and other mediums. Often, her work is created by combining a few of these elements, as Haley seeks to push against her perceived own limits in order to create something new.  Attempting to bring the invisible forces of emotion and faith into the visible realm is a theme that runs through her work. 


Donna Engstrom – Donna is a mixed media artist living in Michigan. She weaves a visual history by creating a rich multi-layered surface.  Color and texture are integral components of her work; the perfect combination to provide a mysterious and intriguing surface that engages the viewer. Words are especially inspiring to Donna and much of her work is inspired by book passages, quotes, and poetry. She enjoys working in a series to communicate and explore a concept in a variety of ways.

Sunday, Oct 3, 3:00-4:30pm

Hosts: Phillip Sterling and Gary Eldridge

Panelists: Ron and Miriam Pederson, Linda Nemec Foster, Jan Mordenski, Meridith Ridl

Limited space, registration is encouraged.

The Art of Collaboration: A WordView Panel Discussion


Poets and visual artists who have a proven/published history of collaboration with other artists will discuss how such activity may inspire and generate original work.  Panelists will discuss their process for collaboration, talk about the pleasures (and pitfalls) of working with artists in different media, and show examples of completed works. An informal Q & A with members of the audience will follow the presentation.

Sunday, Oct 10, 3:00-4:30pm

Presenter: Chad Pastotnik

Limited space, registration is encouraged.

The Nature of Book Art: A WordView Presentation


Artist Chad Pastotnik will present examples of the fine press books he designs and prints at Deep Wood Press (deepwoodpress.com), in Bellaire, Michigan, and will talk about the process and special considerations one must make in hand-crafting multiple-page works of illustration and text.

Saturday, Oct 16, 3:00-4:30pm

Host: Phillip Sterling

Limited space, registration is encouraged.

Poem or Picture? The Choice of Creative Expression: A WordView Presentation


Many poets find their creative expression is not limited to the literary arts. Join us for a presentation by members of the Poetry Society of Michigan who are also accomplished painters, photographers, musicians, or multi-media artists as they discuss their choice of media in creating original work and share some examples. 

Sunday, Oct 17, 3:00-5:00pm

Instructor: Jennifer Helner

*Registration is required.

Creating Artful Text: A WordView Workshop


Bring your short, original text to this hands-on workshop and bring home a piece of art. You will learn about the different types of hand-scripted lettering and how to enhance the lettering with illustrative designs. Supplies will be provided.

Sunday, jan 9, 2:00-4:00pm

Hosts: Phillip Sterling and Gary Eldridge

Limited space, registration is encouraged.

WordView Exhibition Opening Reception


Join us for a Meet-the-Artists Reception. Short introductions will be made of the artists and writers represented in the exhibition. The jurors for the WordView Exhibition will present awards at 3:00pm. Light refreshments will be served.

Sunday, jan 23, 3:00-4:30pm

Hosts: Phillip Sterling and Gary Eldridge

Limited space, registration is encouraged.

Exploring the WordView Exhibition


This event will feature the work of some of the artists and writers in the exhibition. The jurors will lead a walk-through of the exhibition and comment on the work on display. A select group of writers in the show will be invited to share readings of their Ekphrastic Poetry, and other selected artists will share about their process in creating their work that is in the show.

Past WordView Event

Sunday, Aug 15, 3:00-4:30pm

Host: Gary Eldridge

Featuring: Jennifer Helner, Monica Stegman, Susan Teague

Visual Storytelling: A WordView Presentation


Discover the creative process behind artwork inspired by the written word, featuring artists Jennifer Helner, Monica Stegman, Susan Teague, and hosted by Gary Eldridge. The presenters will share examples of their work and discuss the thought process that goes into combining visuals with text. Come with an open mind and get ideas for your own WordView entry.


Presenter Bios

Jennifer Helner – Jennifer Helner is a Michigan realist watercolor artist, painter of flowers, landscapes, and creative lettering. Her studio, Scripted Expressions Studio is located in Lowell, Michigan where she creates art, custom frames art, and educates art students. Classes and workshops are offered at her studio as well as at the Northville Art House and LowellArts. In addition, Jennifer serves as a Juror for the Arts at the Kent County Youth Fair and is the Artist Chair for LowellArts’ annual Fallasburg Art Festival. www.scriptedexpressions.com

Monica Stegman – Monica Stegeman creates artwork under the name, Little Shrines. Her mixed media technique using vintage items and ephemera in both 2D and 3D allow her to create new worlds and visual stories that strive to answer universal questions. They invite the viewer to merge these worlds with their own interpretations. www.mylittleshrines.com

Susan Teague – Susan Teague is a professional mural painter and fine artist in the Southwest Michigan area for the past 40 years. She teaches art at Kalamazoo Valley Community College, facilitates art workshops and creative reTREATS combining the playfulness of art, music, and writing. SusanTeagueArt.com

Past WordView Event

Sunday, Aug 29, 3:00-4:30pm

Host: Phillip Sterling


Featuring: Gary Eldridge, Tim Foley, Laurie Sienkowski, and Bettie's Pages

Exploring Illustration: A WordView Panel Discussion


Explore how to create art to illustrate text. Panelists will represent different kinds of illustration including children’s literature, book cover art, and art that accompanies other written texts. Also, discuss how computer-generated art has impacted the industry of illustration.

Presenter Bios

Tim Foley – Tim attended Kendall School of Art in Grand Rapids and set out on his own as a freelance illustrator in 1989. Over the past quarter century, his clients had included national and international magazines, book publishers and advertising agencies including The Wall Street Journal, Cricket Magazine, Barrons, New York Newsday, LA Weekly, Penguin Books, Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine and the Chronicle of Higher Education. www.timfoleyillustration.com

Laurie Sienkowski – Laurie's first job as an artist was designing greeting cards at Hallmark in Kansas City. After that, she spent a number of years illustrating for the advertising market. Her clients have included: Steelcase, Consumers Energy, Dow Chemical, Wolverine Worldwide, and Herman Miller. More recently, she has focused her energy on editorial and publishing projects. www.lauriesienkowskiart.com

Gary Eldridge – Gary Eldridge has worked as an illustrator since his graduation from Kendall College of Art & Design in 1974. He established his illustration studio in West Michigan, where his unique combination of printmaking and dimensional object constructions attracted the attention of artists’ agents in both New York City and Seattle. Together these two firms represented Eldridge for over 20 years, bringing assignments both nationally and internationally from clients such as Prudential Investments, Harza Engineering of Chicago, Eli Lilly and Co., The LA Times, Forbes Magazine, Ernst and Young, University of Miami School of Medicine, UCLA Medical School, CEO Magazine, United States Federal Reserve, Washingtonian Magazine, Rutgers University, GE Capital, National Geographic Magazine, and AT&T. He has won recognition for both his illustrations and his fine art, including awards from the Dimensional Illustrators in NYC and the Los Angeles Society of Illustrators. In 2001 he was a member of the New York Society of Illustrators' 9/11 Memorial Exhibition: Prevailing Human Spirit, a fundraiser for NYC First Responders. Gary has also served as Chairperson of LowellArts Board of Directors and as Co-Chair of the Moving To Main Campaign, a $1.25 million fund-raising campaign to relocate LowellArts in the city's downtown area, which was realized in 2017. Gary maintains his studio in the City of Lowell, where he and  his wife Tricia have lived for many years, raising their three children.

Past WordView Event

Sunday, Sept 12, 3:00-5:00pm

Instructor: Elizabeth Kerlikowske

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Writing Poetry Inspired by Art: A WordView Workshop


Join us for a workshop on Ekphrastic poetry. From the Greek for “descriptive,” ekphrasis means using one art form to comment on another. In this instance, using writing to comment on works of visual art. Participants look at a few examples of ekphrastic poetry, discuss different approaches, and then apply those approaches to works exhibited in the Gallery. It will be a hands-on, collaborative class, in which participants will be encouraged to draft poems of their own.

Instructor Bio

Elizabeth Kerlikowske is the author of 8 chapbooks and a larger book, "Art Speaks", with painter Mary Hatch.  She is the past president of Kalamazoo's Friends of Poetry and currently the president of  The Poetry Society of Michigan.  She is president usually because she is the tallest. She was awarded the Community Medal for the Arts in 2017. She is madly in love with the three deer who live in her yard, even though they eat all her plants.


WordView is made possible in part by:


a grant from the Michigan Humanities, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.


WordView is presented in Partnership with:


the International Society of Experimental Artists and the Poetry Society of Michigan.