I’ll Tell You A Story

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The Reflection Gallery in the Jutila Center is now home to over 50 stores and the small gallery space is crammed with beauty.

“Every piece of art tells a story,” says Natalie House, Reflection Gallery Director, “Not only of the piece itself, but also about the artist—like a beautiful dialogue.”

Just about every month, the Reflection Gallery features either a theme/call for entry or a particular artist. It features students, faculty, members of the community, and other artists willing to come to this community. The Tell Me A Story idea came up when Sascha Hirzel, a senior in the Art and Design program, had quoted professor Yueh-Mei Cheng. She had always told her students to tell her a story through their artwork. The topic was broad enough to include anyone, and that’s exactly what they wanted. The Reflection Gallery board members are very proud of this show and have received a lot of good feedback.

“It’s one of the most outstanding shows with excellent student work; we really should have more of these,” said Robert Grame, a professor of Graphic Design.

With well over 30 attendants, the show’s opening was a success. Excitement clung to the air as people tried to maneuver around each other to gaze upon the art. Everyone had something positive to say.

“There are so many people,” Dawn Hilts, graphic design senior said. “It’s hotter than the devil’s drawers in here!”

This show has been a way for everyone—Finlandia and community members alike, to be featured in a gallery. Despite all the different styles and mediums, the pieces didn’t clash, but rather came together in a symphony for the eyes. The Tell Me A Story exhibit also included literature as the RG board members feel that literature is also a work of art. With over 25 artists, this has been one of the most diverse shows.

“It’s weird. I’m a psych major. It’s strange for people to be seeing my artwork at all, let alone in a galley,” said Jason Cleveland, a student of Finlandia.

Editor’s Note: The Tell Me A Story exhibit at the Reflection Gallery was open from February 7th through 28th, 2013. For more pictures from the event, and to learn about the reflection gallery, find them on Facebook at: Finlandia Reflection Gallery.

The Reflection Gallery is located on the second level of Finlandia’s Jutila Center campus, 200 Michigan Street, Hancock, Michigan. For more information about the Reflection Gallery, call 906-487-7500 or email

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2 Responses to I’ll Tell You A Story

  1. Brittany Cummings Reply

    March 24, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    They should have more of these exhibits. It’s exciting to see all the different stories from such a range of individuals– from faculty to non-art majors. Good reporting, Hailey! 😉

    • Chelsea Archambeau Reply

      April 25, 2013 at 3:53 pm

      The Reflection Gallery has a call for entries exhibit planned for this coming October. There will be more concrete information available in the Fall Semester.

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