A new exhibit titled, “Pictures of 1000 Words: Meaning Beyond the Details,” by local artist Don Teachout, opens at the Leep Art Gallery on July 5 at the Postma Center on the Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services campus in Grand Rapids.
The pieces in this show combine representational art with the written word to create works that have multiple levels of meaning. Long fascinated by the disparate realms of visual and verbal communication, Teachout has found great personal satisfaction in merging the two forms of expression into the singular form of art he calls “Pictures of 1000 Words.”
“I love the beauty and genius that pervades nature, and I am in a perpetual state of awe and appreciation for the design and detail that is so evident in God’s creations,” says Teachout. “It is my hope that as you see the images in this show, you will discover new ways of seeing things and that you will develop a deeper awareness of the reality that underpins our very existence.”
Teachout was born in Africa, grew up across three countries and two continents, and was exposed to a wide diversity of cultures throughout his childhood. His life experiences have given him an appreciation of perspective and an awareness of its importance in the process of communication.
He graduated from BBC in Clarks Summit, Pa., in 1989 with an Associate of Arts degree and went on to work for a number of years at Children’s Bible Hour in the technical capacity of data management and graphic design. He began creating his art out of words in 2010. He has had his work shown in the Colors of Community Art Festival sponsored by LifeSpring Church in Allendale and the Celebration of the Arts Festival at the First United Methodist Church in Grand Rapids. He has also participated in the annual Art Prize event in Grand Rapids since 2013. He has received a number of awards for his art, including several People’s Choice Awards and Most Inspiring of Show. He is a member of the Grand Valley Artists Association. He is currently working in Grand Rapids, where he lives with his wife Ramona.
The exhibit will be on display at Pine Rest Postma Center located at 300 68th Street, SE, Grand Rapids, Mich., from July 5 until October 3, 2017. The Leep Art Gallery is open Monday through Friday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and is free and open to the public. For more information, please call 616.222.4530 or go to www.pinerest.org/events.