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.

Raymond Harvey has led the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra for 18 years, but at the end of the 2016-2017 season, someone else will take the stand.

It depends on who you ask, but Gustave Flaubert’s literary masterpiece “Madame Bovary” is about either a hapless dreamer or an adulterous drama queen.

When patrons visit National Parks, they expect to hear the wild sounds of nature — the wolves howling, geysers churning and insects humming, but perhaps not plucked spines of an amplified cactus.

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