Former SMC Professor to Be Featured in Michigan City Art Exhibit – Leader Publications

Former SMC professor to be featured in Michigan City art exhibit

Posted at 4:44 p.m. on Wednesday, September 28, 2022

MICHIGAN CITY, IN. — A former resident of Dowagiac will exhibit his works of art.

David Baker, an artist and teacher from St. Joseph, will exhibit a new body of work at the SFC Gallery in Michigan City, Indiana. The exhibition opens with an artists reception from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (CDT) on Friday, October 7 and runs through October 31.

The exhibit, titled Faerie Rings, features 15 watercolors of tiny sculptures and monuments discovered on the beaches of Benton Harbor, Michigan. The artist recorded these structures, making precise drawings on the spot. Later, in the studio, full-spectrum color edits were added to the designs. The small structures are probably the work of children.

“For The Faerie Rings, I researched tiny sculptures that looked like they were created by children,” he said. “In nature, circular mushroom growths are called fairy rings. While science has an explanation for this phenomenon, folklore in many places around the world attributes these rings to fairies who danced in a circle at night. It was believed as very unlucky for humans to enter the ring. But the kids seem to know the circles. They gravitate towards them in their

games and their art. Like the builders of prehistoric monuments, they seem to understand the magic of the circle.

“So I draw their sculptures on the spot, exactly as they were created. Then I take them home to the studio and add some magic to them.

The SFC Gallery is located at 607 Franklin Street in Michigan City. The October 7 reception is part of the monthly Art After Hours art walk in the Uptown Arts District. David Baker holds an MFA from Indiana State University. Baker lived in Dowagiac for 33 years, where he served as professor emeritus at Southwestern Michigan College for 36 years. He continues a 44-year teaching career, with teaching workshops at the Ox-Bow School of Art, the Krasl Art Center and the Box Factory. for the Arts. He has mounted over 40 personal exhibitions of his work. To learn more about the artist, visit www.dbakerart.com.

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