Community Press Release – Free to See at Buchanan Art Center

Free Upcoming Art Exhibitions, Receptions, and Performances at Buchanan Art Center

Submitted by Jan Wiezorek, BAC Marketing Volunteer

Emergence 2022 Exhibit

Spring brings a new season of the arts to southwestern Michigan’s Buchanan Art Center. On Sun., May 15, BAC will host the Area Artists Association’s Emergence 2022 Exhibit and Reception, with works by 20 artists in BAC’s Roti Roti and Showplace galleries. The exhibition runs from May 11 to June 5, and the featured artworks are available for purchase.

Area Artists Association, Emergence 2022 Exhibit, Buchanan Art Center

The May 15 Emergence reception, from 2 to 4 p.m., is free to the public, and hors d’oeuvres and wine will be served. The reception will enable gallery goers to meet the artists and discuss their work. The Area Artists Association is a nonprofit group of professional artists affiliated with The Lubeznik Center for the Arts in Michigan City, Ind. The association offers art exhibitions and artist development for the area’s regional artists.

Stand With Ukraine:  New Exhibition

Two Buchanan Art Center instructors—Vasilisa Kiselevich and Olga Orlovksa-Soaltys use art to protest the Russian invasion of Ukraine in a new exhibition titled Stand With Ukraine. The exhibition in BAC’s Hess Gallery runs from May 11 through June 5, and a public reception will be held Sun., May 15 from 2 to 4 p.m.

Taking the importance of international news to the local level, Buchanan Art Center’s upcoming Stand With Ukraine exhibition highlights both the protest and the pain of war.

​The Stand With Ukraine exhibition features paintings and photographs by four artists: Vasilisa Kiselevich, Olga Orlovksa-Soaltys, Sandy Williams and Jeff Matejovsky. 

​Kiselevich and Orlovksa-Soaltys are two Buchanan Art Center instructors who use their art to protest the Russian invasion of Ukraine. They have participated in demonstrations in Chicago to help keep the war and the need for America’s assistance to Ukraine top of mind. 

“Dark Days” by Sandy Williams, Stand with Ukraine exhibit, Buchanan Art Center

These artists have amassed a collection of photographic and other images that shows the determination and passion of Ukrainians and sympathetic Americans who protest the Russian invasion. Also, the artists are assisting Ukrainians who wish to keep in touch with their American relatives.

​Joining Kiselevich and Orlovksa-Soaltys are artists SandyWilliams and Jeff Matejovsky. In one painting titled Dark Days,Williams and Matejovsky use their own creativity to tell of the emotional impact of war on Ukraine’s citizens. Matejovsky’s background for the work sets a tone that suggests the horrors of war. Williams painted the war’s refugees with hearts that nearly flicker in the colors of the Ukrainian flag.

​Buchanan Art Center is located at 117 W. Front St., Buchanan, Mich. BAC features exhibitions, art classes for all ages, a gift shop and library. It boasts one of the largest potterystudios in southwestern Michigan. For more information about membership, classes or purchasing artworks for sale, call BAC at 269-697-4005. Also, the public can easily register for classes at

BAC’s Board of Directors encourages the public to support the art center by selecting “Support” at

Dark Days, by Sandy Williams, will be among the works featured in Buchanan Art Center’s Stand With Ukraine exhibition that runs from May 11 to June 5. A public reception is set for May 15 from 2 to 4 p.m.

Free Summer Concert Series Dates: Classical Music in an Artistic Setting

When Founder and Artistic Director Geena Kam first visited Buchanan Art Center, she was amazed by the Prairie-style building’s exquisite acoustics—so much so that she began in earnest to showcase music and the visual arts together as part of a Summer Concert Series at BAC in the Roti Roti Gallery.

The free 2022 Summer Concert Series begins Sun., June 26, with a second concert Sat. July 23 and a third on Sun., Aug. 21.  All performances begin at 2 p.m. More details about musicians and concert programs are forthcoming. 

Dr. Geena Kam is on the piano music faculty at St. Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Indiana.

About Buchanan Art Center: The mission of the Buchanan Art Center is to provide a place in our community dedicated to nurturing the arts by providing a quality educational program for all ages, as well as gallery exhibits, sales opportunities, and a gift shop that are supportive of class offerings and local artists, thereby enabling the Center to creatively enlist the power of the arts in promoting positive social change.

  • Hours:
    • Wed-Sun ~ Noon-6
    • Mon-Tue ~ Closed (Classes Only)

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