Coming Home: The Return of Filmmaking in West Michigan

Written by Zachary Avery | Monday, 19 September 2022 11:41 |

The Grand Rapids Film Festival is back. After a short hiatus due to the COVID-19 Pandemic and a scaled-down appearance at last year’s ArtPrize, the folks at GRFF are excited to continue providing a necessary launchpad for artists and filmmakers in West Michigan, and one that they’ve been hosting now for over a decade.

Artist Feature: Elliot Chaltry

Written by Josh Veal | Monday, 12 September 2022 09:51 |

Not only is Elliot Chaltry’s art boldly unique, but his journey isn’t exactly typical either.

Artist Feature: Jeff Ham

Written by Josh Veal | Tuesday, 06 September 2022 09:15 |

Jeff Ham didn’t grow up with pottery, but it’s been his professional life for the last five years.

Spaces for Discovery: Art Along the Lakeshore

Written by Michaela Stock | Monday, 20 June 2022 12:26 |

Whether you consider yourself an artist or not, being creative can be an intimidating process. Saugatuck Center for the Arts is working to change this narrative through their latest community exhibition, Spaces for Discovery.

The 49507 Project: 'Reclamation and Liberation'

Written by Michaela Stock | Monday, 11 April 2022 12:42 |

Art for the people, by the people – that’s what The 49507 Project is all about. Lead by Black, Brown and queer artists and youth, this public art initiative seeks to shift power dynamics in under-resourced areas, specifically in Southeast Grand Rapid’s 49507 zip code.

In Dialogue at the GRAM

Written by John Kissane | Monday, 31 January 2022 11:50 |

David Edward Smikle was born in 1953 in Queens, some three thousand miles from Portland, OR, where, that same year, Carrie Mae Weems came into the world. Both had an artistic bent: Smikle gravitated toward music; Weems to street theater and dance. The two wouldn’t meet until 1977, by which point Smikle had changed his name to Dawoud Bey. 

Warm Hearts

Written by Michaela Stock | Sunday, 03 October 2021 19:41 |

Storytelling has the power to bring people from opposite ends of the earth into a space of empathy. Saugatuck Center for the Art newest exhibit, HAS HEART | 50 States, does just that. 

Reimagining Nature

Written by Josh Veal | Sunday, 03 October 2021 19:37 |

Art has the ability to recontextualize our reality — reframing, recreating and reimagining.

Children’s Healing Center Provides Normalcy and Community

Written by John Kissane | Monday, 30 August 2021 12:00 |

When Amanda Barbour was looking for a table, she wanted it to come from someone local. She wasn’t buying it for herself; Barbour, the founder and executive director of Children’s Healing Center, was buying it for the center.

Artist Profile: Maddison Chaffer

Written by Josh Veal | Monday, 30 August 2021 11:41 |

Maddison Chaffer is an illustrator — but not only.

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