The Art of Place

Written by Alexandra Fluegel | Thursday, 20 June 2013 12:11 |

Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park transforms into Chinese Contemporary artist Zhang Huan's world throughout the end of summer, featuring a diverse body of work that contrasts and blends two sides of the globe.

"Looking East, Facing West: The World of Zhang Huan" is now on display at the Gardens and will run through Aug. 25. The retrospective explores the work of Huan both thematically and artistically through his sculptures, photography and installations, and is the first of its kind in the American Midwest.

Grand Rapids Civic Goes Blonde

Written by Allison Parker | Thursday, 23 May 2013 12:27 |

A big personality is coming to the Grand Rapids Civic, and she's bold, beautiful and blond — very blonde.

Devoted slave to everything pretty, pricey and pink, Legally Blonde's Elle Woods is a celebratory spoof of all things young and girly. Accessorized by catchy pop tunes, bubblegum-colored sets and a divalicious Chihuahua, Elle couldn't be happier with her life as a sorority queen bee.

GR Ballet Presents Passionate Romeo & Juliet Update

Written by Allison Parker | Friday, 26 April 2013 10:46 |

From the iconic 'wherefore art thou' to the dagger's final plunge, William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet delivers enthralling moments that continue to captivate audiences worldwide. This classic tale of forbidden passion returns once again with Grand Rapids Ballet's season finale, Romeo & Juliet.

Hop Into Art

Written by Alexandra Fluegel | Friday, 26 April 2013 09:54 |

Discovering an area's artful offerings can be challenging, whether you're a first-time visitor or a longtime resident. Questions of where to go and what to see abound, but there's one type of event that can easily help provide some answers: a gallery hop.

Miller Auditorium Announces 2012/2013 Season

Written by Audrey Sochor | Tuesday, 23 April 2013 11:36 |

Western Michigan University's Miller Auditorium announced its 2013-14 lineup and made season subscriptions available. Here is a rundown of the season.

Art.Downtown. Returns to Connect Community with Art

Written by Audrey Sochor | Thursday, 04 April 2013 17:15 |

Lasting one night only April 12 from 6-11 p.m., Art.Downtown. has more than 30 downtown venues featuring more than 300 artists. A broad range of artwork is displayed, including ceramics, painting, photo, performance, music, film and more.

"I think that the thing to know about the event as a whole is that it's very eclectic," said Jenn Schaub, coordinator for Avenue for the Arts.

Miller Offers a Wicked Good Show

Written by Allison Parker | Friday, 22 March 2013 10:18 |

There's no hero more unlikely than the Wicked Witch of the West, who is arguably one of the most epic villains ever. This iconic baddie arrives at the Miller Auditorium to tell her TRUE story in the smash hit musical Wicked, Broadway's highest-grossing show for an unprecedented eight consecutive years.

Disabling Disabilities

Written by Alexandra Fluegel | Friday, 22 March 2013 10:10 |

The abilities of art are endless. It can teach, inspire, challenge, and in the case of local organization Artists Creating Together (ACT), it can heal. ACT has been bringing art to children, youth and adults with disabilities since 1986 and is the largest organization of its kind in Michigan.

Broadway Grand Rapids Announces 2012-2013 Season

Written by Lindsay Patton | Friday, 15 March 2013 17:13 |

For years, Broadway Grand Rapids has given us New York-quality shows right in Grand Rapids. The company's 2012-2013 season – announced today – shows the commitment to quality and buzz-worthy shows.

Warning: Graphic Content

Written by Alexandra Fluegel | Thursday, 21 February 2013 10:05 |

Graphic design gives shape to the thousands of messages we encounter every day — from soup can labels to your favorite online news source. A genre that often goes overlooked in the art world is getting this special treatment this month in a collaborative exhibition between two well-established Grand Rapids arts institutions.

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