Celebrating the works of Armand Merizon

Wednesday, January 24th at 12:30 pm

Venue Details

Baker Book House I 2768 East Paris Ave SE. Grand Rapids, MI 49546 I (616) 957-3110

Free
Armand merizon

Venue Details

Baker Book House I 2768 East Paris Ave SE. Grand Rapids, MI 49546 I (616) 957-3110

Free

Event Details

Muriel Zandstra will be in store to talk about her book Merizon: His Life and Works and we will also be showing the 2005 documentary ARMAND.

Armand Merizon was an Internationally renowned 20th century American painter. Lake Michigan, trains, horses, old buildings, friends, idyllic scenes, and political commentary were all fair game to be put under Armand’s microscope—a tube of paint and a brush. He went from realism to abstract, not missing a beat.

The book Armand Merizon: His Life and Art is a well-researched, scholarly, museum quality book that is extremely valuable as a study tool for art instructors and museums, a cultural experience in beauty for the general public, and an inspiration to people suffering with Macular Degeneration. Interspersed with over 200 high quality images of his paintings throughout his entire life, the story is filled with triumph and hope, including overcoming childhood seizures and late life macular degeneration.

Muriel Zandstra began assisting the Merizon family in 1963 and kept a close friendship with them for the next 47 years. Realizing what a significant artist he was, she began documenting Armand’s life in 1997 and his artistic career and spiritual journey in 2004.

In 2005 a documentary, ARMAND, was created by Hollywood writer Jennifer Dornbush and Muriel Zandstra. After viewing it on TV and in film festivals, people requested to see more artwork, prompting Zandstra to create this book.

The book was skillfully put together by talented individuals including University of Chicago graduate Jan Keessen, University of Iowa Writers Workshop graduate Randall VanderMey, professional editor Elizabeth Stolarek, and expert art book designer, Rinck Heule.