Making A Mark: Signature Gallery annually supports local artists

Written by Jane Simons | Thursday, 01 December 2016 09:00 |

Holiday parades and pre-Black Friday sales signal the start of the holiday shopping season. But for people who seek locally made works of art, the opening of Signature Gallery in Kalamazoo is their sign.

Muskegon Museum of Art’s winter exhibits explore expressions of faith

Written by Marla R. Miller | Thursday, 01 December 2016 09:00 |

Their faces, rich with expressions of struggle, joy and faithful devotion, tell the story of an enduring human spirit without saying a word.

When budget cuts hit schools, the axe falls first on anything that’s not considered a “core subject.” For many school administrators, music education falls into the category of a luxury, rather than a necessity. In fact, the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) put math, reading, science and social studies above all else. The arts simply weren’t considered essential to being “career ready.”

At first glance, the soft, subtly shifting hues in artist Mary Brodbeck’s Japanese woodblock prints take on the look of a painting. 
But there is a much more labor-intensive process that goes on behind-the-scenes, one that she explores in the documentary “Becoming Made.” It can take months to find the right imagery and inspiration, then sketch, carve, paint and create one print.

Local actress, comedian advocates for those who need theater the most

Written by Kayla Tucker | Thursday, 17 November 2016 12:53 |

If you perform theater or comedy in Grand Rapids and don’t know Eirann Betka, you may be missing out. 

The 30-year-old child at heart has a full schedule by choice, working as the outreach specialist at the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre, director of Comedy Outlet Mondays, and as a comedian and actress at Funny Girls.

Tanglefoot artists celebrate 25 Years of the Open Studio Event

Written by Justine Burdette | Thursday, 17 November 2016 12:38 |

The artists of the Tanglefoot Building in Grand Rapids aim to keep a tradition of 25 years going this month. For the past quarter century, the first of its kind studio in Grand Rapids has hosted the Open Studio event on the weekend before Thanksgiving. The event has gone beyond an exhibition and sale, as the public is invited to observe and interact with artists in their unique studio spaces.

Not Your Grandmother's Quilt

Written by Marla R. Miller | Monday, 03 October 2016 09:30 |

After forming a relationship with legendary fine art quiltmaker Nancy Crow and hosting a solo exhibition of her work, Muskegon Museum of Art agreed to help develop and debut an invitational exhibition of colorful, circular abstractions that push the envelope of quiltmaking.

Couture Curation

Written by Missy Black | Monday, 03 October 2016 09:30 |

As our wardrobes change along with the seasons, it’s only fitting to view fashionable frocks and runway designs in a fresh light.

Chronicling Empires: Q&A with Ryan Spencer Reed

Written by Ameera Chaudhry | Monday, 03 October 2016 09:30 |

Ryan Spencer Reed just wants to change the world. In 2004, the Calvin College alum sparked a national conversation on the War in Darfur with his photography, taking the exhibit on a university tour across the U.S. Since then, he’s worked as a photojournalist around the world. 

Phillips brings humor, passion to community theater as a playwright

Written by Kayla Tucker | Monday, 03 October 2016 09:30 |

To playwright Scott Phillips, life is meant to be funny, even when it doesn’t seem like it.

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