Cars and Canvas: Two-Person Exhibition is the Debut of an Unconventional Venue

The Halloween opening coordinated by Kathleen Harrigan was a welcome relief to the paucity of local art events

Pop-Psychedelia: The Steve Leary Show at Holland Area Arts Council

Steve Leary creates paintings that resemble a hybrid of pop art and psychedelic posters. They’re colorful, animated, and slightly disorienting. His deft handling of enamel paint results in surfaces that are hard and shiny as candy. The Steve Leary Show at Holland Area Arts Council includes nearly fifty pieces, over thirty paintings, six painted cabinets, … Continue reading

Outside: Unconventional Interpretations of Nature at 106 Gallery

The evocative potential of the natural world is profound

Introverted and OCD: Artist Mandy Cano Villalobos Turns Curator at Kendall College’s Fed Galleries

Aaminah Shakur The Fed Galleries at Kendall College of Art & Design have announced a new initiative called IGNITE which seeks to offer opportunities to emerging curators to produce a small exhibition in the gallery space. The inaugural exhibition, Introverted and OCD, is curated by local artist Mandy Cano Villalobos and features work by eleven … Continue reading

Drag and Paint: Star Buxom Offers a Spicy Alternative to the Paint and Sip Party

I saw the notification for the first Artsy, Fartsy, Drag and Paint Party on Facebook. These events are coordinated by the Queen of Caffeine Star Buxom, aka Bux, aka Bux Dhyne. I’ve known Bux for years, and asked if I could observe the party scheduled in late June. The venue was a loft on south … Continue reading

Edward S. Curtis the North American Indian, Muskegon Museum of Art

…the exhibition reminded the viewer that he/she is looking at history, “the vanished race”, rather than living Indigenous culture.

Portable Art: Zachary Johnson’s Flex Gallery at UICA

Flex Gallery: A Public Project by Zachary Johnson, can be seen at UICA through August 4, 2017

US IS THEM Asks Hard Questions & Seeks Communal Solutions

by Aaminah Shakur With US IS THEM the Urban Institute for Contemporary Art has brought to Grand Rapids an exhibition that pulls together work from diverse artists, of diverse styles and mediums, the likes of which the city has not hosted before. The show features over sixty works by thirty two contemporary living artists of national and international … Continue reading

Time Passes and the Gulf Water Rises as New Orleans Airlift Rallies a Culture Against an Impending Apocalypse

New Orleans Airlift was founded in 2008 in response to Hurricane Katrina and the effect it had on upon local artists

The Postman rang many, many times at the Holland Area Arts Council

“In an era when e-mail and texting dominates long-distance communication, the nostalgia of ‘snail mail’ art is a welcome diversion.”