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.

Living with Art: The Legacy of an American Collector

Written by Kerri VanderHoff | Thursday, 23 January 2014 16:57 |

A quote by Emily Fisher Landau provides a little insight into the mind and motivation of one of the preeminent collectors of post-war American art in the United States: "Never stop learning. Never stop looking. Art is the greatest teacher."

A Legacy Discovered and Defined

Written by Kerri VanderHoff | Friday, 27 December 2013 10:12 |

A peculiar opportunity can sometimes find a perfect fit at smaller arts organizations in West Michigan. Just such an opportunity arose recently at Saugatuck Center for the Arts (SCA), according to Executive Director Kristin Jass Armstrong.

Local artists band together for typhoon relief

Written by Nolan Krebs | Wednesday, 11 December 2013 12:37 |

It’s been more than a month since Typhoon Haiyan made landfall in the Philippines, claiming the lives of more than 5,600 people and displacing an estimated 4.4 million.

Grand Rapids Public Museum Plays With LEGOs This Spring

Written by Barbara Jandernoa | Wednesday, 04 December 2013 12:30 |

The Grand Rapids Public Museum will be opening a new exhibit on March 1, 2014, called Dream it, Build it: A LEGO Certified Professional Exhibit.

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