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Brian Kelly Laugh Fest

Laughter Portraits Opening Gallery Reception

Sunday, March 13
3—4 p.m.
Fifth-Third Bank Lobby (111 Lyon St. NW #1)

You are cordially invited to attend an Opening Gallery Reception in honor of Brian Kelly, official photographer of LaughFest, and to view his exhibit Laughter Portraits! The exibit features some familiar faces in amusing and unexpected scenes to celebrate the first Gilda's LaughFest.

The exhibit is located in the Fifth-Third Bank Lobby on 111 Lyon St. NW, and opens on Sunday, March 13 from 3 to 4 p.m.

Cupcakes, refreshments and coffee will be served.

The exhibit presented by Fifth-Third Bank and Warner, Norcross and Judd, LLP. Framing and installation is being donated by LaFontsee Galleries / Underground Studio.


Carl Forslund Terryberry

Carl Forslund to exhibit at Terryberry Gallery

February 2011 • Artist Reception on Friday, February 11, 2011, 5-7:30 p.m.

LaFontsee Galleries artist Carl Forslund's work will be on display at the Terryberry Gallery inside the St. Cecilia Music Center during the month of February. The gallery is located on the lower level of the St. Cecilia Music Center building and is open to the public 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. An artist reception will be held on Friday, February 11 from 5 to 7:30 pm.

Opened in 1986, the Terryberry Gallery exhibits local and international art throughout the St. Cecilia Music Center’s season. It is named after long-time supporters Parker and Mary (Monty) Montgomery Terryberry and it is truly a delightful accent with its varied exhibits to the already beautiful appointed building it is housed in and the music it is immersed in.

Carl Forslund PSA has been exhibiting and competing since 1942. Immediately after graduating from high school in 1945, Carl enlisted in the army, ending up with the 20th Air Force stationed on Guam. There he became staff artist for the 20th. Discharged in 1947, Carl attended the University of Michigan and graduated in 1950. Over the next 40 years, Carl was deeply involved in art, the community, raising a family, all the while working in the family furniture business. Upon his retirement, Carl discovered soft pastels and since then has worked exclusively in this medium, receiving numerous awards in national and international competitions.

Carl is a long time signature member of the Pastel Society of America (PSA). In 2005, he was one of the original eight artists inducted into the prestigious MASTERS CIRCLE by the International Association of Pastel Societies.


Did you miss it?

The Dufala Brothers' ArtPrize Toilet Tricycle Race at LaFontsee Galleries was a complete success!



We've won an award!

"With a dizzying array of local art on display and top-notch framing services, LaFontsee Galleries is an A+ in arts showmanship. Coupled with the unique gift offerings in its Underground Studio, it's a destination worth visiting."

We were voted Best Art Gallery in Grand Rapids for On-the-Town Magazine's 2008 Townie Awards. Thank you for your support and nominating us for this award for the 14th year!

Dr. Seuss Artwork at The Pinnacle Center

The Underground Studio is excited to announce a special touring exhibition of the works from Dr. Seuss at the Pinnacle Center celebrating the 100th Seussentenial festivities. Rare early works of art, poetry, the Secret Art, and never-before-seen works are available for viewing and purchase.

The Underground Studio is proud to be the framer of all the Dr. Seuss art in this exhibition.

Shelly Klein Featured on Rapid Growth Media Website

Shelly Klein, the "Queen of Pillows", was featured in an article on the Rapid Growth Media website. Read more about one of LaFontsee Galleries' artists. Klein's original paintings and textile art is sold at LaFontsee Galleries - Underground Studio.

David Huang

David Huang Featured in Book:
500 Metal Vessels

David Huang was recently published in the book: 500 Metal Vessels. Huang is also for sale and on display at LaFontsee Galleries' "Luminosity" exhibition with Carolyn Fehsenfeld.

We've won an award

Best of WM

LaFontsee Galleries is happy to announce that we've been selected Best of West Michigan by Cosmopolitan Home for Home Accents. What did they say about the value we provide our clients? "In a nutshell, it's all here."

12 Time winner On-The-Town Magazine for Best Art Gallery

3 Time winner Best of West Michigan Award for Best Art Gallery.

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Gallery holds an event for SVI

LaFontsee Galleries is hosting a special event for the Social Venture Investors. Social Venture Investors pool their $2,000.00 charitable gifts to fund innovative nonprofit programs that improve the quality of life in greater Grand Rapids in conjuction with the Grand Rapids Community Foundation.

Learn more about SVI
Gallery Rental is available at LaFontsee Galleries for events. Please call 616.451.3850

20 Years

LaFontsee Gallery Marks 20 Years Promoting Art

The Grand Rapids Press published an article about the gallery turning twenty and the upcoming events that accompany this special year. There was a mix up made regarding the opening date for the event. It is on Friday, October 26th.


LaFontsee Galleries in On-The-Town

20 Years at LaFontsee Galleries

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Rapid Growth Article

LaFontsee Galleries Featured on Rapid Growth Media's Website

LaFontsee Galleries was featured on the Rapid Growth Media website. The article discusses the twenty year old successful art gallery in the Monroe North district of Grand Rapids. Scott and Linda discuss highlights of the last twenty years as well as parts of their art and business philosophy. Read the article.

All photography by Brian Kelly

Article by Tonya Schafer

Rapid Growth Media

LaFontsee Galleries in On-The-Town Magazine 2007 Season Sampler

Artists' portraits from LaFontsee Galleries featured on the cover and throughout magazine. Season Sampler includes an article about the gallery and upcoming events. Read article here.

2007 Season Sampler On-The-Town Magazine

Lauire Pruitt Art

Laurie Pruitt Interview

Laurie Pruitt was interviewed by On-The Town Magazine. Learn about Laurie Pruitt, her unique photo process, and LaFontsee Galleries. Read article.

Other gallery artist artcles:

Brook Marks-Swanson
Lynn Strough
Saul Gray-Hildenbrand
Shelly Klein

NorthWest Airlines

LaFontsee Galleries Featured in NorthWest Airlines Travel Journal

LaFontsee Galleries and a few other local businesses are featured in the June Travel Magazine for NorthWest Airlines.

Read the feature here.

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Lynn Strough in Grand Rapids Magazine

Lynn Strough is featured in Grand Rapids Magazine for her hiking and painting trip to England. Strough will sleep in farmhouses and hostels and walk about 12 miles a day, stopping to paint with watercolors and to sketch with graphite, ink, and pixels.

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Michael Schaeffer's work in Cosmopoilitan Home Magazine

Michael Schaeffer

Michael Schaeffer paintings in a West Michigan home, Ligaya, meaning "joy. " Interior designer, Tylor Devereaux helped furnish the home with fine art from LaFontsee Galleries. Read article

10th Townie Award!

On-the-town cover LaFontsee Galleries is proud to receive our 10th Townie Award for Best Gallery. Congratulations to all the winners.

LaFontsee Art In Better Homes and Gardens

LaFontsee ArtThe work of Linda LaFontsee and other items carried by the gallery can be seen in the April 2007 Issue of Better Homes and Gardens magazine. The 1930s Tudor cottage of designer, Kathryn Chaplow, was featured in the article displaying her spicy mix of style and color.



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Kathryn Chaplow website

2007-c in Grand Rapids Press

2007-c GRPress LaFontsee Galleries 2007-c Exhibition shows landscapes by Andy Krino, Nela Solomon, and Judith Tummino. The Grand Rapids Press described the exhibition as being magical and mystical.

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Brooke Marks-Swanson Featured in American Craft

Brooke Marks-Swanson

Brooke Marks-Swanson was featured in the Winter 2007 American Craft Magazine. Read Article

We've Won! Best Art Gallery in the Best of GR Annual Reader Poll

Best of GR Voted as the best art gallery by Grand Rapids Magazine Readers for best of 2006.


Grand Rapids Magazine Reflects on Duck Duck Box

Duck Duck BoxGrand Rapids Magazine highlighted LaFontsee Galleries' Duck Duck Box Event to benefit Gilda's Club in their February issue. About 250 people attended the event and helped raise $10,000 for Gilda's Club to support those living with cancer. This new event at LaFontsee Galleries has proven to be a great success for Gilda's Club Grand Rapids and our community. You can read the article from the magazine here.

Photo: Linda LaFontsee and Laura McElwee at the duck pond.

Link to Grand Rapids Magazine

Saul Gray-Hildenbrand in On-the-Town

Best of GR

Saul Gray-Hildenbrand and Lafontsee Galleries' 2007-a show featured in On-the-Town Magazine. Read the article here.

Link to On-the-Town

Duck Duck Box in Grand Rapids Magazine

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Read the whole article here (printable .pdf)

Duck Duck Box Event in the Grand Rapids Press

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James Karsina on the cover of On-The-Town Magazine


Solo exhibition for James Karsina at LaFontsee Galleries October 20th through November 24th. Opening Reception is October 20th, 5:00 - 8:30pm

Everyone is welcome to view the show
daily at LaFontsee Galleries.

Title: Dune South of Empire
Acrylic on paper, 38" x 58"

Artist's Work in Print


Saul Gray-Hildenbrand's work can be viewed on the cover of Ink Collective magazine. InkCollective is a quarterly literary journal that knits together disparate voices on a central theme. Copies can be ordered online at





LaFontsee Galleries featured in West Michigan write-up

We're pleased to be featured in the March/April 2006 edition of Odyssey Couleur. The article expounds upon the growing arts community in Grand Rapids and make mention of some of our finest artists. We're also featured in a write-up by Shirley Fong-Torres at

Palm Beach International Sculpture Biennale

The work of LaFontsee Galleries artist, Brian Alexander, has recently been jury selected for the2006 Palm Beach International Sculpture Biennale. Congratulations to Brian. Read more...

Shelly Klein in January 2006 "On-the-town"

"Textiles and painting, artist Shelly Klein moves effortlessly between two mediums."

Read the Article

Lindsay Feuer in Dec 05-Jan 06 Craft

From the article: "Drawing on the parallels to be found among all living organisms, I utilize porcelain to manipulate animal, botanical and cellular imagery into 'hybrid' forms that blur the line between fantasy and reality. These works are intended to convey the delicate mass, rich fluidity and diverse activity of organic life and, in so doing, evoke curiosity and visual delight."

Lindsay Feuer Feature

Exclusive gallery artist, Lindsay Feuer, has been featured in American Craft Magazine's December 2005-January 2006 edition. Lindsay Feuer artwork will be featured in LaFontsee Galleries' exhibition, FIVE, opening March 31, 2006.

(American Craft Council, 2005 Baltimore Craft Show received Award of Excellence: Ceramic Sculpture)

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LaFontsee Galleries is very proud to be the exclusive representative of the sculpture work of internationally renouned German artist, Dietrich Klinge. Klinge is one of today's most innovative and original sculptors, drawing on early twentieth century tradition to produce beautiful images of strength, dynamism, and pensive silence.

Linda LaFontsee honored with YWCA TRIBUTE! Award for Business!

GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN – Linda LaFontsee, co-owner of LaFontsee Galleries, is honored with the YWCA TRIBUTE! Awards in the category of Business/Management/Industry/Labor.

One of the most prestigious award programs in our community, the YWCA TRIBUTE! Awards honor women for their efforts, perseverance and commitment to making our community a better place to live. The candidates are chosen for their individual achievements in the various categories.

Linda LaFontsee was chosen from a pool of candidates nominated by the community at large, to be presented with the Business, Management, Industry, and Labor award for exhibiting her superior abilities and accomplishments in her business at LaFontsee Galleries, and in the local arts community as a whole.

The YWCA TRIBUTE! Awards luncheon is scheduled for November 3rd, 2005 where the honorees will receive their awards.

More information about Linda LaFontsee or LaFontsee Galleries can be found here or by calling Marlene Guter at 616-451-9820.

Shelly Klein featured in The New York Times

Inset... "SIGHTINGS: Porcelain lamps, top, by Jeremy Cole. From left, Shelly Klein with felt pillows; Shawn Littrell with sofa for Bernhardt; Angela Adams in front of Boo Boo's Dream; David Pierce of Ohio design with Sophia chest."

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Lindsay Feurer featured in American Craft Magazine June/July '05 Issue.

Feature Page Text:
Show Exhibitors Honored
At the American Craft Council's Baltimore retail show, held February 25-27 at the Baltimore Convention Center, MD, Awards of Achievement were presented to Stuart Cathey of New York, NY, Lindsay Feuer of Norristown, PA, Ewa Kielczewska of Santa Fe, NM, Jack and Alice McLean of Johnsburg, IL, Lynn Whipple of Winter Park, FL and Christian Burchard of Ashland, OR, who were among 708 exhibitors.

LINDSAY FEUER - Little Beastie No. 21, handbuilt porcelain, 6½" by 6" by 6". Photo by John Carlano.

David Huang featured in American Craft Magazine April/May '05 Issue

Feature Page Text:
"With these vessels I concentrate on form, color and texture, while engaging in a dialogue with the materials. As I hammer, the metal suggests forms and directions to try. I strive for objects with personality that beg to be held." Born 1971, in Grand Rapids, MI. Lives in Sand Lake, MI, where he maintains a studio and teaches at Grand Rapids Community College. Attended Savannah College of Art and Design, GA (1989-1991}, Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI (B.F.A. metalsmithing 2001). Top and Bottom: Both works are 2004, copper, sterling silver, 23K gold leaf - Luminosity #342, 4½" by 3¾" by 3¾ inches; Red Tea #343, 4 by 7½ by 4¾ inches.

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LaFontsee Galleries wins 2004 ArtServe Michigan Govenor's Award

November 18, 2004— ArtServe, Michigan Governor's Awards for Arts & Culture is a statewide event that showcases and celebrates Michigan artists, arts in education, arts organizations, civic leaders in the arts and business support of the arts. Winners are selected in 7 categories — International Achievement, Arts in Education, Michigan Artist, Emerging Artist, Business Honor Roll, Cultural Organization, and Civic Leader. A selection committee composed of citizens from throughout the state chooses the winners.

LaFontsee Galleries is honored to be awarded the Business Honor Roll award.

LaFontsee Galleries Artists Featured in Grand Rapids Magazine, November '04 Issue

LaFontsee Galleries has feature articles in this month's issue of Grand Rapids Magazine. Check out the articles at the links below .

Art Works: Local Talent, National Attention

A Harvest of Creativity and Diversity