Gallery hosts visiting, regional artists for exhibit and talks

KALEVA — The Provincial will present two exhibitions, Violet Pines and Rock Cashmere Sweater.

The public can view the exhibitions and meet the artists at a free reception from 2-5 p.m. on Sunday at The Provincial, located at 7325 Chief Road, Kaleva.

Holly Wren Spaulding is a poet and visiting curator at The Provincial. (Holly Wren Spaulding/Courtesy photo)

Holly Wren Spaulding is a poet and visiting curator at The Provincial. (Holly Wren Spaulding/Courtesy photo)

The visiting artists and the local artists will present talks. This free event is the first of a two-part summer series of exhibitions that will be held at The Provincial.

The Provincial is a platform organized by husband and wife artists Melanie Parke and Richard Kooyman, who are dedicated to supporting artists doing new and experimental work. Their project space hosts exhibitions, studio visits, visiting artists, performances, occasional dinners and talks.

Opening their home and private spaces to the public, hospitality is at the center of their mission. Guests attending events are welcome to view a private art collection and tour the multi-studio property. The Provincial offers visitors the experience of art in an intimate and welcoming environment. Visit and https:// for more information on programming, artists and exhibition views.

Violet Pines is a three person exhibition by visiting Brooklyn, N.Y., artists Talia Shulze, Katrina Fimmel, and Pamela Sabroso. Shulze will show a series of intimate watercolor paintings along side Fimmel’s large scale acrylic and Sabroso’s glass and neon sculptural work. Shulze and Sabroso will be present.

Rock Cashmere Sweater is a presentation of new collaborations by regional artists Carol C. Spaulding and Angela Saxon.

Spaulding and Saxon, well known painters from Leelanau and Grand Traverse counties, began their collaboration two years ago with a mutual interest in exploring three dimensional work. Their process includes the use of materials as diverse as recycled cardboard, found objects, rocks and small swatches of glittery fabrics. Spaulding and Saxon will be in conversation about their explorations and unconventional processes moderated by Richard Kooyman.

The Provincial is open for special events during exhibitions and by appointment. Guests are welcomed with tea and rural hospitality.

For more information, contact Melanie Parke at (231) 633-8772 or

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