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Grand Haven Community Center set to kick off monthlong art exhibit on slavery

GRAND HAVEN, Michigan -- Jon McDonald, a noted regional painter who specializes in watercolor and oils, will join visitors to his Grand Haven exhibition entitled Slavery’s Chill during a special reception and a “Walk Through the Paintings” lecture. McDonald’s exhibit showcases 12 portraits depicting the history and emotion of slavery.

The program on Wednesday, November 3, will begin with a reception at 6:00 p.m. McDonald’s lecture will be held in the auditorium at 7:00 p.m. This program is free and open to the othe public includes light refreshments.

According to the artist, Jon McDonald, it is important that we acknowledge slavery and the impact is has on the strained relationship between blacks and whites today. 

“I feel the paintings can be used to understand who we really are.  This will assist in the healing among the races,” said McDonald.

The Grand Haven Schools Foundation will induct Professor Jon McDonald (Grand Haven High School Class of ’65) into its 2010 Hall of Fame later this month. As a Professor of Art at Kendall, McDonald has taught courses in illustration, painting, and rendering for twenty-nine years.

His artwork depicts such themes as the extinction of the American Indian, slavery, and blues and jazz music. His mural work can be viewed locally in the Grand Haven High School Field House and at the Muskegon Airport.

McDonald received an Illustrator’s Certificate from Kendall College in 1969, and in 1972, earned a MFA in painting with a drawing minor from the San Francisco Art Institute. Currently, he is a professor of art at Kendall College of Art and Design. The artist has had several one-man exhibits throughout the country.

The portraits will be displayed in the Grand Haven Community Center located at 410 Columbus Avenue through November. Visitor and handicapped parking is available in the Fulton Street Lot and visitor parking is also in the Fulton Street and Columbus Avenue Lots.

This event is sponsored by the Loutit District Library, Grand Haven Arts Council and City of Grand Haven. For more information, contact the Loutit District Library at 616-842-5560, ext. 222.

Loutit District Library is located at 407 Columbus Avenue in Grand Haven, Michigan. The library serves 35,510 residents of the City of Grand Haven, the City of Ferrysburg, Grand Haven Charter Township, Robinson Township and that part of Port Sheldon Township in the Grand Haven Area Public Schools' area. For more information visit the LDL Website at www.loutitlibrary.org.