Three new exhibitions announced for the Holland Arts Council

HOLLAND – The Holland Arts Council has announced three new exhibitions on display in downtown Holland.

The first, “To Have and To Hold”, highlights the creations of Elliot Johnson. The exhibition is already on display in the Lievense gallery and will remain there until Sunday, February 27.

Johnson was born in Muskegon and works primarily in knitting and printmaking. Her art focuses on her individual experience of being queer and transgender, the Holland Arts Council wrote in a statement, and captures the essence of her identity as well as feelings of deep love for those around her.

by Elliot Johnson "three kings"

The second exhibition, “Pop Metaphorically”, presents the works of Erica Kuhl in the Padnos gallery. This exhibition is also already on display and will remain until Saturday, March 12. Kuhl is an artist, designer, and longtime resident of West Michigan. She graduated from Kendall College of Art and Design in 1991 and spent the next 25 years running a design and print business.

At Erica Kuhl's

“Symbols and words can have different meanings depending on the observer,” Kuhl said. “In my pre-painting research, I merge icons and construct patterns to develop an assemblage-based narrative that is as compelling to me as its execution.”

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The latest exhibition, “Stories Without Words (Thoughts Without Stories),” features the paintings of Chris Protas at the Armstrong Gallery. The display launched on Thursday, February 3 and will remain until Monday March. 28. Protas grew up in Vermont and lived in New York for many years before moving to West Michigan.

Protas served as co-director of the Fire Barn Gallery in Grand Haven for four years, exhibiting local, regional, and international artwork, and has collaborated with many Michigan art institutions.

Chris Prota's

Two receptions are planned for the new exhibitions. The first, for “To Have and To Hold,” will be from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 10. The second, for “Pop Metaphorically,” will be from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 10. 17. Both will take place at the Holland Arts Council, 150 E. Eighth St.

Gallery hours are currently 10:30am-12:30pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays, as well as 6-7:30pm on Thursdays and 10am-2pm on Saturdays. Learn more about

Julia P. Cluff