GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) A new exhibit recently opened at the Grand Rapids Public Museum. “Through the Eyes of Weidenaar” commemorates the works of local artist and internationally renowned printmaker, Reynold Weidenaar. The exhibition celebrates what would have been his 100th birthday and showcases a large portion of his prints, plates, tools, and personal belongings.
The majority of the collection was donated by Jay and Betty Van Andel, and speaks to the history of Grand Rapids from Weindenaar’s point of view.
Weidenaar was a master of a technique known as intaglio printing. The artist uses special tools to etch an image into a metal plate. The plate is then coated with ink, a piece of paper is placed on top, and the whole thing is run through a printing press, which transfers the image to the paper. In order for the image to come out correctly, the artist must etch everything into the metal plate backwards. This is especially impressive when you consider the detail and complexity present in many of Weidenaar’s prints.
“Through the Eyes of Weidenaar” is free with general admission to the museum.
While you’re at the museum, step into an out-of-this-world experience! The Roger B. Chaffee Planetarium lets you get up close with the whole galaxy in the most comfortable seat in the house. There are daily shows in the state-of-the-art facility that was recently updated with the latest technology and surround sound. Admission to the planetarium is $4 with general admission or $5 for admission to just the planetarium. Check the GRPM website for shows and times.