IRON MOUNTAIN - The art department at Bay West College in Iron Mountain continues its schedule of art exhibitions with its latest installment featuring illustrator Michelle Hunt of Norway.
Hunt's exhibition is open to the public. Many of her works and limited edition prints will be available for purchase. The show will be held from May 18 to June 19 in the main entry of Bay West College on North U.S. 2 in Iron Mountain.
A reception with live music and refreshments, along with an opportunity to meet and greet the artist, will be held on Monday, May 21, at Bay West from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Hunt recently graduated from Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids with a bachelor of fine arts degree in illustration. Her mediums of choice are watercolor and cut paper, but she dabbles in oil and graphite as well.
Hunt's love of nature and her "northwoods" home is prominent in many of her works.
In the future, she hopes to do freelance work as well as illustrate storybooks. She is currently working on writing and illustrating her own children's book.
Her show, entitled "Upon the Earth, Below the Sea," is a collection of artwork that centers around figures and character types from fairy tales, legends, and myths.
"I have always had a fascination for both the forest and the sea, and the unseen things that dwell within these mystical places," said Hunt. "With characters as varied as Mermaids and Faeries, Selkies and Elves, these characters, their stories, and the places they inhabit have been an endless source of inspiration for generations."
They reflect both the highest points and lowest points of the human condition: love, revenge, tragedy, betrayal, hope, perseverance, and always, the power of good.
"This show is just a slice of the worlds, characters, and themes that have been played and replayed throughout literature," she says. "But I hope that they are a small encouragement to you. I hope that it encourages you to look deep down and find your inner child."
"I hope that it encourages you to wonder at the simple things in life; to look for magic in a world of science and fact. Because that part of our hearts that still dares to hope, to love, to dream, to seek adventure and to do what's right: that is what makes us who we are," she adds.