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New Pastels Exhibit To Showcase At Pine Rest Leep Gallery

Beginning April 3, Pine Rest will exhibit “Pastels and Pastors” by local artist Joe Brown. The exhibit will be in the Postma Center Leep Art Gallery at Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services.

“I love art, both creating and appreciating it,” says Joe Brown. “My goal is to give people a sense of ‘goodness,’ to create a place that’s somewhere you’d want to visit or that reminds you of a place or time you have already experienced. The world can be harsh and to counter the assault on our senses from crime, violence, bigotry and hate I create places that are wholesome and safe. The world from which Joe Brown’s art emerges is one of all things good.”

Joe Brown has been an artist as long as he can remember. His career started in freelance cartooning; an area he found suited his personality and abilities. He was successful in this endeavor becoming one of the top freelance cartoonists in the country. He has been published in newspapers, magazines, and books.

He eventually decided to make a go at “finer” art and found a love for pastel painting. His work has developed into what has been defined as “imaginative realism.”

The exhibit at the Pine Rest Postma Center, 300 68th Street, SE, Grand Rapids, will run April 3 to June 30, 2014. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday through Friday and additional times are available by appointment. Admission is free of charge. 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 19 outpatient locations throughout West Michigan and two in Iowa. For more information, go to