Beginning October 3, Pine Rest will display a collection of John August Swanson serigraphs on loan from the Richard and Helen DeVos collection. The exhibit will be in the Postma Center Leep Art Gallery at Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services, 300 68th Street, SE, Grand Rapids.
Swanson paints in oil, watercolor, acrylic and mixed media, and is a master printmaker of serigraphs, lithographs and etchings. His primary art form is serigraphy, an intricate and complex silk screen process. Using up to 89 color stencils to print a serigraph, Swanson expertly utilizes this medium to create rich, narrative images that are filled with great beauty, mystery and meaning.
Swanson’s serigraphs celebrate the Gospel story and a visual testimony to it’s message of grace, hope and forgiveness. His creative, visual re-telling of these biblical tales enables people to see the stories through new eyes. The art becomes parables of everyday life reminding us to see the sacred in the ordinary and know that God is always there.
Swanson makes his home Los Angeles, California, where he was born in 1938. His art has been displayed in the Smithsonian, The Art Institute of Chicago, London’s Tate Gallery and the Vatican Museum.
Take advantage of this unique opportunity to see this special collection free of charge. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Additional times are available by appointment.
The exhibit at Pine Rest Postma Center, 300 68th Street, SE, Grand Rapids, will run October 3, 2013 until January 2, 2014. For more information, please call 616/222-4530.
About Pine Rest
Pine Rest, one of the five largest free-standing behavioral health providers in the U.S., has served the greater Grand Rapids and national community for more than 100 years. It offers a full continuum of services including inpatient and partial hospitalization, residential and outpatient services, addiction treatment and recovery, extensive child and adolescent programs, senior care services, as well as specialized assessment and treatment clinics. In addition to the main campus in Grand Rapids, Pine Rest also has 15 outpatient locations throughout West Michigan and two in Iowa. For more information, go to www.pinerest.org.