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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.

Style Notes: The Language of Jewelry

Written by Missy Black | Tuesday, 01 November 2016 10:52 |

Sure, jewelry is fun — but can it tell the world who you are? Pieces of Me thinks so. The jewelry company creates cuff bracelets and earrings that empower people by building their self-confidence. With 30 different icon designs each representing a specific personality trait, “you see the icons and they are a reminder of your strengths. It’s a boost of positivity,” said Elsa Vogel, founder of the company. 

Get the scoop on these items and more locally made jewelry.

Will Oltman might seem to be an unlikely person to get on a stage and perform. He’s quiet, keeps to himself, and doesn’t look to be the center of attention.

“In real life, I’m an introvert,” Oltman said. But once he’s on stage and all eyes are on him, he’s a different person. 

Randy and Mr. Lahey bring the ‘Trailer Park’ to Kalamazoo

Written by Eric Mitts | Friday, 28 October 2016 10:40 |

When you have Canadian actor John Dunsworth on the phone with friend and fellow actor Pat Roach, don’t expect to get in too many serious questions. The Trailer Park Boys duo talk about their tour in and out of character — all while bantering back and forth with each other like they have for 11 seasons. Here’s just some of our conversation, discussing drinking, legalizing marijuana and even this month’s election.

Hayley Hungerford: Flora, femme and found objects

Written by Audria Larsen | Wednesday, 05 October 2016 09:07 |

Hayley Hungerford is a self-described “floral stylist, illustrator, photographer, writer, stone collector, and musician that likes lighting candles and looking for the moon.” I first met her when we found ourselves figure modeling together at Kendall College of Art and Design. That day, I caught a glimpse of the eclectic life she leads, and the unique and compelling art she creates. I sat down with Hayley to discuss her artistic approach, life philosophy and plans for the future.

In 1989, River Phoenix walked into a bar in Gainesville, Fla. and ordered a beer. He was 19 years old, but famous enough to skirt the state’s drinking age of 21.

Talk to anyone who spent time in that Florida college town in the late ’80s and they have a River Phoenix story, mostly involving an intense guy who played in a local college jam band called Aleka’s Attic, lived on a 17-acre compound with his family in nearby Micanopy. Music was his first love, but his second job, being a Hollywood celebrity, had him often commuting to movie sets.

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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