Just months after the National Museum of African American History finally opened in Washington, D.C., Grand Rapids got its own African American museum in the heart of downtown. George Bayard, owner of Bayard Art Consulting and Frameshop, led the charge on the Grand Rapids African American Museum and Archives (GRAAMA), which has now set up shop in a pop-up gallery space downtown. 

Q&A: Kathy Bechtel, Gallery Manager at Frauenthal Center

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

As the new gallery manager at the Frauenthal Center in Muskegon, Kathy Bechtel hopes to increase daily traffic to the historic theater and for special events. 

Poetry of Content Shines Spotlight on the Un-Abstract

Written by Justine Burdette | Thursday, 01 December 2016 09:00 |

A typical preview of an art exhibition might start out with a Cliffs Notes version of Art History 101 to set the scene.

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.

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.

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. 

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