Art Gallery

A ministry of Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids

Art Gallery


Color and Light


By Kathleen Kalinowski, American Impressionist – Paintings in Oil and Pastel.

Exhibiting September – October 2014

Artist Reception: 
Sunday, October 12 • 1:00 – 4:00 pm

The Artist’s reception, which is open to the public, will be on the lower level of Dominican Center at Marywood



           Inspired to capture the quiet miracle of the land around us, Kathleen explores the nuances of nature in her artwork. Working both en plein air and in the studio, she is absorbed with the sensations of light, atmosphere, mood and color within the landscape. As a fine artist, she says finding the perfect composition in a scene isn’t necessary; she often adjusts what she sees, editing and enhancing in a way that makes it even more pleasing to the eye.
Known for her vibrant impressionistic landscapes, Kalinowski searches for scenes that spark her interest, usually ones that present a challenge or a visual problem to solve. Although she enjoys broad vistas like the Lake Michigan shoreline, she also explores rural settings with fields, rivers and forests. She strives to depict a mood that is uncomplicated, peaceful and joyful with a feel good quality.
Her creative process usually starts with plein air studies of a location. The plein air work is either in oil or pastel. In the studio she uses a combination of studies, her memories and photos for reference. “Before I touch the paper or canvas, I like to have the finished painting in mind,” she says. Years of painting outdoors has trained her to stay focused on her original concept. Also, the composition of the painting must be worked out yet remain somewhat flexible to change as the painting progresses. The composition is an integral part of keeping the viewer’s eye engaged within the painting.
Kathleen started painting with oils about 25 years ago, and later was introduced to pastels. “I love the vibrant color of pastels,” she says. “It’s an immediate, tactile medium, just a softness between you and the paper.” She now works in both oil and pastel and loves both mediums equally.With every brush stroke and pastel mark, Kalinowski’s art is a celebration of life. “My hope is that people who view my work will want to step into the paintings to be in that place that I have created.”Kathleen is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America, a member of the Oil Painters of America and other area artist organizations. Her award-winning work has been accepted into prestigious regional and national juried exhibitions and is represented in numerous private and corporate collections. Kathleen’s work and story has been published in several magazines, and her work has been published in the recent book, Art of Sleeping Bear Dune and on the cover of the Manitou Magazine.
The Dominican Center Marywood Gallery is a space reserved by Dominican Center for the purpose of exhibiting art created by West Michigan Artists. Dominican Center appreciates and supports the Arts and desires to empower local artists in their creative works. The gallery is located in the Ground Floor Main Lobby of Dominican Center at Marywood.
For map of DCM Parking lot area, CLICK HERE . Francetta McCann, OP, is the gallery curator.
If you are a West Michigan artist interested in exhibiting your work at DCM, please email: