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Slow down for 'Slow Art' and Lunch with guest Artprize Artists Jill Rowan and Mary Reusch

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Slow down, Enjoy the Art, Meet the Artist and Have Some Lunch!

Sometimes, people feel like they just don't have enough time during ArtPrize to 'slow down and enjoy the art'.  Well have I got an idea for you.  It's called 'Slow Art' at the Catholic Information Center, located at the Cathedral Square Showcase Venue in the Downtown-Heartside district of Grand Rapids.  'Slow Art' is a movement that has been promoted by such experts as Michael Kimmelman, chief art critic and columnist for the New York Times.  The idea is for the viewer to slow down, relax and appreciate the art work instead of quickly running through an art venue without giving themselves time to reflect on what the art is saying.

'Slow Art' at the Catholic Information Center has the added bonus of allowing participants to meet with the guest artist and hear their thoughts as well as share in a group discussion.  Lunch is provided.  Reservations are required and a $5 (or more) donation is requested. 

There are 2 featured artists this year.  Jill Rowan with her piece called 'Conform'.  Rowan holds a Master of Fine Arts Degree from Cranbrook Academy of Art.  She studied in Syria through the Fullbright Program.  Her work was on display at the Mustafa Ali Gallery in Damascus in 2011.  Rowan's 'Slow Art' program is scheduled for Thursday, September 19th from 11:00 to 1:00pm.    Then on Tuesday, September 24th, from 11:00 to 1:00pm the featured artist will be Mary Reusch with her piece called 'Emergence'.  Reusch graduated with BA in Fine Art from Aquinas College.  Her work can be seen in galleries across the midwest.

To reserve a spot at either of these events, contact  the Catholic Information Center at 616-459-7267 or go to


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