The Art of Curating: Context Matters

Written by Kerri VanderHoff | Monday, 25 August 2014 12:59 |

Picture this: you just bought the latest release from your favorite band. You can’t wait to listen to it from start to finish, to really let it unfold, to go back and give it another go after the first run through. Now imagine, would you do this on your tiny little laptop in a crowded space with lots of noise all around?

ArtPrize By the Years: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

Written by Cathryn Smits | Monday, 25 August 2014 12:57 |

What makes ArtPrize successful is its ability to polarize the community. Is it legitimate art if anyone can enter? Just because the public likes the piece the most, does it actually make it the best? And why are there so many big-ass pieces of art? Like any big event, there are the hits, the misses and the things that just make you laugh out loud. We've found some of the best.

Linking community through art and networking

Written by Kerri VanderHoff | Friday, 25 July 2014 14:13 |

 You may have noticed, and perhaps participated in, First Friday events held in cities across the country: Albany, Anchorage, Bellingham, Chicago, Denver, Kalamazoo, Scranton, Phoenix, Tallahassee and many more. On the first Friday of each month, galleries and artists’ studios open their doors and encourage the public to explore the diverse offerings. Many are clustered within walking distance of each other. Sometimes there’s a trolley making the hop between arts areas and downtown hotels.

Fred and Lena: A passion for art and a love of nature

Written by Kerri VanderHoff | Tuesday, 17 June 2014 15:55 |

A remarkable exhibition, David Nash: From Kew Gardens to Meijer Gardens, is currently on view at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. The exhibition hosts more than 25 works by this internationally renowned British sculptor. In addition, Nash will be creating and installing several new works at Meijer Gardens.

Prisoner Creative Arts Project: Perspective

Written by Kerri VanderHoff | Tuesday, 27 May 2014 09:07 |

Many of us strive to be more compassionate, sympathetic human beings, yet true understanding and empathy can be elusive; walking a mile in someone else’s shoes is easier said than done.

Quintessentially Michigan: Michigan Modern at GRAM

Written by Kerri VanderHoff | Wednesday, 23 April 2014 13:04 |

At the turn of the 20th century, a debate was happening in the art world among scholars and crafts persons: are applied arts, handicrafts and crafts included in the visual arts?

Feel the Vibe: The Artist Studio as Gathering Space

Written by Kerri VanderHoff | Wednesday, 19 March 2014 16:38 |

One of the ways to really get to know a city’s vibe is to find the arts district and spend a little time hanging out. Art tells stories of time and place, even while being timeless and universal. Artists reveal truths about humankind within the context of their cultural and historical setting.

If glitter is to gaudy as milk is to the nectar of life, it's a safe bet that the Glitter Milk Gallery will showcase only the loudest and most dazzling lowbrow and pop-surrealism works that you'll find in Grand Rapids. The gallery is currently under construction on Alpine Avenue and if all goes as planned, will have its first show on April 5. The gallery will feature contemporary works of illustration, graphic design, sculpture, and a wide range of eclectic styles.

Digging Out of the Polar Vortex

Written by Kerri VanderHoff | Friday, 21 February 2014 14:11 |

Winter in Michigan, especially the one we just experienced, leaves quite an impression. While beautiful outside, it tends to encourage a bit of hibernation in us as well, a yin to summer's yang. It influences who we are and what we do, creating a particular rhythm in the Midwestern way of life, a common bond among us. LaFontsee Galleries took note and decided to organize an exhibition around this very theme.

Black Eagle Press Finds New Home in Downtown Grand Rapids

Written by Erica Horoky | Tuesday, 11 February 2014 13:01 |

Black Eagle Press, a local screen-printing operation, has made itself at home on Jefferson Avenue with the opening of Black Eagle Trading Post. The eclectic store features locally handcrafted goods, an impressive collection of antiques, custom clothing reminiscent of a traditional "Sailor Jerry" style, and a screen-printing station in the back.

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