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.

Puppets Exposed

Written by Allison Parker | Monday, 24 February 2014 11:47 |

For more than 50 years, The Jim Henson Company has brought us characters that have become some of America's most heartwarming, hilarious and—let's be honest—grotesque celebrities. While Kermie and Miss Piggy may be household names by now, there actually are still a few things we don't know about them. Indeed, our ability to believe and enjoy most puppet shows hinges on one big mystery—the hidden actions of the puppeteers.

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.

Sister Act's Spectacle Is Second to Nun

Written by Allison Parker | Monday, 27 January 2014 11:24 |

Back when crop tops were going through their first wave of cool and rollerblades were the rage, a lounge singer became a nun. Not a real-life lounge singer, but Sister Act's Deloris, who discovered that a wimple is a slammin' good witness protection disguise.

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."

Starcatcher's Pan Never Gets Old

Written by Allison Parker | Friday, 27 December 2013 12:15 |

It's no secret that children are wizards capable of transforming even the most mundane objects into portals of extraordinary adventure. Building on this idea, the Peter Pan prequel, Peter and the Starcatcher, uses a minimalistic collection of everyday objects to transport audiences to a land where children and make-believe never grow old.

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.

WEEKEND WARRIOR: A rundown of the weekend for theater nerds

Written by Barbara Jandernoa | Thursday, 05 December 2013 17:52 |

This week, Barbara the web minion is focusing in on all the great theater action going on around West Michigan. Whether you want to get into the Christmas spirit, or just enjoy some classical performances, she has you covered.

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