MUSKEGON — Works by a retired Hope College professor are being featured in a West Michigan art gallery for the next two months. 
Bruce McCombs retired from Hope College in 2021 after more than 50 years teaching art. Watercolors by McCombs are the subject of “City Journeys,” which opened at the Muskegon Museum of Art on Thursday, Sept. 8. 
“The paintings for this show were begun during my last year or so at Hope along with starting on new, large format paintings,” McCombs wrote in an email. “I continued to work on the paintings. Their size required much more work and effort to finish because they are unusually large for watercolor paintings: 40 inches by 60 inches.” 
Paintings in the exhibit are inspired by photographs taken during McCombs’ travels. 
“Bruce McCombs documents the soaring geometries, transparent glass and reflected colors of the cityscapes in his highly rendered watercolor paintings,” the museum wrote in a description of the exhibit. “Inspired by photographs taken during his travels, these works reveal McCombs’ eye for the expressive possibilities found in everyday moments, using space and light to create elements of exploration and surprise.”
The “City Journeys” exhibit will continue through Sunday, Nov. 6. The museum, located at 296 W. Webster Ave. in Muskegon, is open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursdays. 
Admission is free on Thursdays and $10 for adults the rest of the week. There are discounts for students and seniors and admission is free for children under 16.
McCombs, a Cleveland native, holds a BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art and an MFA from Tulane University.  He started at Hope College in 1969. Over his five decades there, he taught courses in drawing, watercolor painting, printmaking and photography. 
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Early in his career, McCombs focused on etching and printmaking. In the 1990s, he transitioned to photorealistic watercolors.
At the time of his retirement from Hope, McCombs had works in the permanent collections at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Fort Wayne Museum of Art — among others.
— Contact reporter Mitchell Boatman at Follow him on Twitter @SentinelMitch.


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