||"Demon Masks and Timelines" Art Exhibit
||Location: Rankin Art Gallery
Retired Big Rapids High School art teacher James MaloneBeach will exhibit his work titled "Demon Masks and Timelines" at the Rankin Center Art Gallery. The February 16 reception will feature remarks by the artist and refreshments.
Created by pressing stoneware clay into a stylized plaster mold of the artist's face, each series of mask collections in the exhibit represents a timeline of MaloneBeach's personal response to a family, local or national event.
MaloneBeach's work has been shown at numerous venues in the United States and Portugal, with permanent collections of his work in the Newark Museum, the Swedish Royal Cabinet of Coins and Medals, the British Museum and the National Museum of the Netherlands.
Contact the Rankin Center Art Gallery at (231) 591-2536 for more information.
||Introductory Welding for the Artist or Hobbyist
||Location: Swan Building Welding Lab 116 (parking without permit is available directly south of the building, off of Ives St.)
Ferris State's Welding program offers this popular series demonstrating various welding and cutting processes. A great opportunity for artists and hobbyists with little or no welding experience to develop their skills, this workshop will feature such processes as oxyacetylene, gas metal arc and resistance welding, as well as plasma arc cutting.
Participants will learn proper techniques and have the opportunity to make their own simple metal sculptures under the instruction of associate professor David Murray of Ferris' Welding Engineering Technology department.
Pre-register for free admittance by calling (231) 591-2536 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org; class size is limited to 20 participants. All supplies donated by the Ferris Welding program. Safety gear will be available for purchase at the first class for approximately $25.
||Taste of Mecosta
||This is a chance for all of us in Mecosta County to come out, celebrate Fat Tuesday and enjoy food from the county's finest eating and catering establishments. Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door. Children 3-8 years are $5 and children 2 and younger are free. For more information please call the Mecosta County Area Chamber of Commerce at 231-796-7649.