Brenda Sipe, an artist living in Grand Rapids, combines inspiration from nature with her background in fiber and three-dimensional design to create artwork that is literally woven from nature.
Sipe will showcase her work in an exhibition titled “Migrate” at Alma College’s Flora Kirsch Beck Gallery beginning Monday, Feb. 10 and ending Thursday, March 13.
Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. There will be a closing reception on March 13 from 7 to 9 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.
Sipe works in multiple media to explore themes of flight and seasonal migration using images of birds and nests. In addition to using fiber and three-dimensional design to create her artwork, she also is experienced in using materials like paint, canvas and paper in addition to the materials she uses that are directly from nature, such as tree branches.
“Brenda Sipe asks you to step into her shoes and see the world the way she does,” says Daniel Connolly, gallery director. “Looking at an artist’s vision of the world offers a different perspective on the world we live in.”
The director of continuing studies at Kendall College of Art and Design, Sipe has been a part of numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout the Midwest. She also has traveled to Romania, where her paintings and sculptures were installed in a group exhibition, Dreschideti, USA.