US IS THEM Asks Hard Questions & Seeks Communal Solutions

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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

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

Mailed Art: Delivery System, Holland Area Arts Council.  Photo Credit, Colette Finney

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

Tea and Talk with the Talented Featuring Pam Kravetz

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“I make art all the time and then sometimes I don’t. When I am not physically creating, it is living in my head, sometimes for months. When I start to make art, get out of my way!…I make a huge mess, I move from one thing to the next and from the outside it looks like…making madness.”

The Boundless Creativity of Chloe Viening-Butler

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Chloe Viening-Butler is a poet, artist, caregiver, and advocate for the disabled. Her aesthetic practice and life are intermeshed more seamlessly than any artist I’ve encountered. Because her days are spent tending to the needs of her family clan, pets, and homestead, Viening-Butler typically works at night. Her studio is located above the garage in … Continue reading

Tea & Talk With the Talented: Lee Ann Frame

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“I tend to reflect on life and roll-around ideas for some time before putting them to print. Ideas and the possibilities are motivating in themselves.”

Science and Semiotics: The Pop Surrealist paintings of Eric Kuhl at MercuryHead Gallery

If Hieronymus Bosch, Kenny Scharf, and Mark Ryden made an art baby together, it would look like Eric Kuhl.

Mark Mothersbaugh: Freedom from Propriety

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“Subversion changes things.”

Tea and Talk with the Talented: Featuring Anne Corlett

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“There is nothing like ‘doing’ as a way to improve. There’s opportunity out there if you’re open to it. Take the gift of one day at a time and just keep going.”

Current Exhibition at 337 Project Space Features Expressive Abstract Paintings

Matthew Wolcott, Random Edits, oil on canvas, 42"x42", 2015
Gone Swimming: Abstraction at 337

This little exhibit is a gem of painterly expression.

Reckless Wanderer Paints a Tantalizing Tale: Anne Corlett at Saugatuck Center for the Arts

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“Anne’s sense of adventure, her energy, her courage, and above all, her creative passion and her dedication to her art are an inspiration.”
Jacqueline Carey