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Flex Gallery and The Power of Art

by (zacharytrebellas)

Submitted 05-20-2019 under LOCAL LIFE

Created to provide greater access to public art, Flex Gallery is a wearable, rotating exhibition space located on curator Zachary Trebellas' left arm. The mobile art space has to date hosted twenty-one custom armbands created by local, regional...

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Vault of Midnight puts local creators on the shelves

by (woodsara)

Submitted 03-13-2018 under LOCAL LIFE

The store’s name conjures images of superhero comics and vintage detective serials, but Vault of Midnight is not a typical comic book store. “There's historically been a mainstream stigma against comic books and the shops that sell...

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Stay motivated to create this summer with Workshop Wednesdays

by (DwellingPlaceCo...)

Submitted 07-18-2017 under PLACE-MATTERS

If you are an artist or a writer, you’ve probably heard this one piece of advice from a mentor at some point in your life: find a community. What people don’t always tell you is how to find that community. It can be a daunting process to...

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New show at GRAM succeeds in honoring women's work, ordinary objects

by (Holly)

Submitted 06-02-2016 under OPINION

There are too many details to share about Maureen Nollette's new show at the Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM), "Honorable Ordinaries." How do I explain this newest in the GRAM's "Michigan Artists Series?" I could tell you...

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Local artists seek to break down barriers through art, conversation during Art.Downtown.

by (DwellingPlaceCo...)

Submitted 03-29-2016 under PLACE-MATTERS

Have Company, the UICA, and Kate Lewis are working to champion art as an outlet to build involvement and spark conversations. As we see the continued growth of local artists coming together to support each other, the growth of exhibitions and...

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Giving great: Take gifts beyond average by supporting local, handmade this year

by (DwellingPlaceCo...)

Submitted 12-08-2015 under PLACE-MATTERS

Want to feel extra good about your holiday shopping this year? What if a perfect, one-of-a-kind gift was easy to find, would support the local community, and created a charitable ripple effect that will reach throughout the year? Here are a few...

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Placemaking gone digital: Local library assistant turns Eastown into video game

by (Elizabeth Roger...)

Submitted 11-03-2015 under LOCAL LIFE

Drew Damron is a Grand Rapids history and video game enthusiast. He’s also a local cartoonist, and a library assistant at the Grand Rapids Public Library. This past summer, Damron released a video game, The GRpg, Chapter 1, at the Grand Rapids...

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Spreading the Woosah: one print at a time

by (Gabi Brown)

Submitted 08-25-2015 under INNOVATION-SPOTLIGHT

Relax, breathe, live in the moment and be at peace: that’s "woosah." With Woosah Apparel and Print shop, you can wear woosah, drink water out of it or hang it on your wall. Erica Lang is the founder and artist of Woosah Apparel and...

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First annual Art Outdoor Project draws attention to Grand Rapids with local art

by (Gabi Brown)

Submitted 07-28-2015 under NEWS

Five local artists have been selected to have their work displayed on billboards along state highways this summer, from June 29 until October 3, for a new project developed by Experience Grand Rapids. The Art Outdoor Project aims to use ...

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Past the gallery doors: Alternative spaces to find art

by (Gabi Brown)

Submitted 07-21-2015 under LOCAL LIFE

Whether it be stopping at the stand of a jewelry maker at the farmers market, taking a minute to check out the name of the artists whose painting is hanging on your local coffee shop’s wall, or heading downtown for First Fridays for an entire...

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