Exhibitions Celebrate Growth, Nature & Collaboration

The first exhibition of the 20th Anniversary year at the Saugatuck Center for the Arts (SCA) opens January 21, on display through June 3. This three-layer exhibition focuses on GROWTH – both mentally and physically.

here, within. | woven worlds

The main gallery will take its cues from nature, featuring West Michigan-based weaver Rachel Hefferan whose exhibition here within. | woven worlds highlights the elegant connections between art and science. Rachel’s work explores the unseen and often hidden perspective of microscopic organisms through the art of weaving. Viewers will be invited to explore their own rootedness and connection to nature through the lens of fermentation, fungi, and the fundamental components that make up our world.

As a weaver, Rachel views the loom as a tool for discovery and play; she structures her approach to making with science practices that allow for constant revision and learning. Hand spinning, crochet, natural dyes, recycled mill ends or discarded yarns, are all important parts of her studio practice.

Lettuce Grow

Step back from the microscope and immerse yourself in a hands-on gardening experience with our Lettuce Grow Farmstands that are growing throughout the SCA all year long. These vertical gardens will help nourish our community from the ground up. Founded by actress Zooey Deschanel and Jacob Pechenik, Lettuce Grow Farmstands (made with recycled ocean plastics) aim to create a more sustainable alternative for growing fresh, clean, and unprocessed food options.

Throughout the course of the year, the SCA will collaborate with local chefs who will utilize the food grown in our Farmstands to create edible art – or guests can come to the SCA and harvest some greens themselves!

Scotty Jacobs

Lettuce Grow Farmstands will be managed and cared for by Horticultural Enthusiast and 2022 Artist in Residency, Scotty Jacobs of Specialty Gardens.

Scotty Jacobs

Scotty will be offering workshops, garden tours, and even his own expression of Garden Meditations, which will be on display as the Corridor Exhibition through June 3. Similar to a piece of artwork, the art of gardening unearths ideas, reflections and connections that slowly reveal themselves through time spent tending and cultivating growth. Garden Meditations helps us dig deeper and draw parallels between the tools designed to propel garden growth and how they can be applied to personal growth.

In the spirit of creating community and collaborative relationships, the SCA has linked these artists, products, and ideas together to create inspirational programming for all ages. In 2022, the SCA is leaning into our collective rootedness through the creative medium of plants, fungi and constellations and unearthing refreshing perspectives. Throughout the course of the year, the exhibitions invite us to discover we are all gardeners tending to our own lives and sharing in the wonders of our amazing world.

February 17 | Tasting Textiles Workshop | Thursday 6:30-8:30pm
March 24 | Pop-Up Shop at Mountainfilm on Tour | Friday 5-10pm
March 25 | Live Demonstrations at Mountainfilm on Tour | Saturday 11:30am, 2pm, 6pm in the SCA Lobby
April 21 | Garden Meditations, Motivations & Manifestations | Thursday 6:30-8:30pm
May 19 | Indigo Tote Bag Workshop | Thursday 6:30 – 8:30pm
Plus more programming coming this summer!

Our exhibitions are proudly sponsored by the Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts. Scotty’s residency is generously supported by Vicky & Dan Bischoff.