Visual Arts Season Preview, 2019-2020

Written by Dana Casadei | Thursday, 29 August 2019 09:00 |

A complete preview of art exhibitions and events in West Michigan for the 2019-2020 season.

Being entrusted with a legacy is no small weight. When Joel Wabeke and Sarah Wepman bought Marie Catrib’s from the late owner’s son, they knew they were entering a sacred space.

The hype surrounding Grand Rapids casts a length that stretches counties long. It is the Cool City. It has the Hot Eats. And have you heard? It has Beer. I read so on a billboard. 

Lee & Birch: On The Move

Written by Missy Black | Tuesday, 27 August 2019 10:21 |

Lee & Birch was just voted Best Women’s Clothing store in Revue’s Best of the West, as well as another local publication. Two major wins means you’ve got to give the people what they want: More Lee & Birch. Founding owner/president Nikki Gillette and co-owner Kristin Nipke are doing just that, adding another location to their already bustling businesses. 

After finding out you had secured a landmark exhibition for your museum, simply displaying it would’ve been enough for some. Not for the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, though.

At Experience Live Art, two individuals are bringing the appreciation and education of art to West Michigan residents and students.

Pioneering the Project: Project 1 reinvents the ArtPrize model

Written by John Kissane | Tuesday, 27 August 2019 10:11 |

For its 10th anniversary, ArtPrize is reinventing itself. The Grand Rapids-based art festival, if not moldering, had started to show its age. Last year, MLive reported that registration for public voting numbered only 32,613 people, the lowest total in the festival’s history.

Girl Powered: Grand Rapids celebrates Rad American Women with electrical boxes

Written by Elma Talundzic | Tuesday, 27 August 2019 10:08 |

You might have noticed some familiar faces floating around Grand Rapids this summer.

Back in March, The Rad Women Art Initiative took over electrical boxes across the city, launching in celebration of International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month. 

Randi Ford: Going with the flow

Written by Josh Veal | Monday, 26 August 2019 16:39 |

Inspired by the beauty and movement of nature, Randi Ford has made a career of her “flow” paintings.

Andrew Kline: Man of steel

Written by Josh Veal | Monday, 26 August 2019 16:21 |

Given that Grand Rapids’ iconic symbol, La Grand Vitesse, is a sculpture, it should come as no surprise that a sculptor can thrive here. 

That’s especially true if you’re Andrew Kline and you get to work at the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. As preparator and assistant conservator, Kline helps install and maintain the sculptures at what he calls a “gem of the U.S.” He also maintains the downtown LOVE sculpture by Robert Indiana.

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