Best of The West: Cultural Arts Winners

Written by Josh Veal | Friday, 26 July 2019 11:15 |

Last year, we removed the whole Cultural Arts category with the idea of doing an extended Best of the West that was JUST for arts organizations. Only flaw in the plan: We never ended up doing that. Oops! 

Getting GIFfy With It: Behind the scenes with illustrator Libby VanderPloeg

Written by Marla R. Miller | Wednesday, 26 June 2019 15:19 |

Grand Haven native Libby VanderPloeg praises her Grand Rapids Community College experience and offers this bit of wisdom when it comes to making it in a creative field: “Don’t wait for work to come to you. Opportunity awaits those who seek it out! And if you want to get better at what you do, do it every single day.”

Show Your Work: SC4A’s Storied Drawing presents the artistic process

Written by Marla R. Miller | Wednesday, 26 June 2019 15:15 |

In a world of immediacy and information overload, it’s easy to lose sight of the time and talent that goes into the stories we see and read every day.

Mitten-Made: UICA focuses on artists from around the state in summer

Written by Dana Casadei | Wednesday, 26 June 2019 15:06 |

If you go to the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts this month, you might see a familiar name or two.

A natural oasis for summer art students, Ox-Bow School of Art’s secluded campus on the shores of Lake Michigan has drawn artists for a century.

Inspired by nature and water, artist and designer Maya Lin makes thoughtful sculpture that asks viewers to look at their environment in an entirely new way. 

Picture Perfect: MMA showcases decades of iconic West Michigan concerts

Written by Marla R. Miller | Wednesday, 24 April 2019 13:10 |

A great concert combines artistry, entertainment and energy to the fullest effect — some might even say it’s magical. 

Art Amplification: Inaugural prize for female figurative painters debuts at MMA

Written by Marla R. Miller | Wednesday, 24 April 2019 12:57 |

As avid collectors of figurative paintings, Steven Bennett and Dr. Elaine Schmidt wanted to learn more about the artists they were collecting.

Human Canvas: The story of a West Michigan bodypainter

Written by John Kissane | Wednesday, 27 February 2019 14:31 |

Liz Snyder needed money. A single mother, newly divorced, she cast around for options. She came across body painting at an Art Hop event. "You could do this," a friend nudged.

Celebrating the spirit of adventure and the art of film, Mountainfilm on Tour: Saugatuck continues to grow with a weekend of film screenings, art, music and family fun.

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