“I was interested in art since I was very young. It was my passion. I just wasn’t brave enough to follow through with it when I was younger. There was a constant reminder that other things were more practical and that art could always be a hobby. I chose to take what I was told was the most practical route.”
In response to a lack of public art opportunities during winter, on January 11th, I launched Flex Gallery, a mobile public art space located on my left arm… For the past week and a half, I have been wearing the work of Madison May, a local printmaking and sculpture artist and recent graduate of Kendall College. I spoke with her last week to learn more about her work and her creative process.
This Friday Night, Experience Fire in the Dunes of Saugatuck. Studios Are Open at Ox-Bow Five Fridays This Summer.
Between Lake Michigan and the Kalamazoo River, guarded by the heights of Mount Baldhead, a sand mountain, Ox-Bow has given artists a place to retreat to the summer woods to practice their arts for more than a century. Fire is present at several Ox-Bow studios, including metal working, art glass and ceramics. The print studio, the … Continue reading
“Anne’s sense of adventure, her energy, her courage, and above all, her creative passion and her dedication to her art are an inspiration.”
Finger On the Pulse of the Criminal Mystique, ArtPrize 2012 Although it is fashionable to critique ArtPrize as an upstart, one cannot question one success of the festival that returns this fall for its eighth celebration. A generation of artists has been activated and nurtured by its annual demands. The proof of this proposition can be … Continue reading
Maggie Clifford-Bandstra experienced what sounds like a religious experience during summer classes at Ox-Bow, the secretive art school nestled in the dunes of Saugatuck, north of Mount Baldy and tucked in between the channel and Lake Michigan. Clifford-Bandstra came down from the dunes with a vision to give away art to all by installing pop up … Continue reading
Living near Grand Haven, the pleasure of watching a short list of local artists develop has kept my eye engaged for almost nine years. This watch moves me as much as watching the Spartans in March Madness, although the action is subtle and unfolds show by show. I discovered the art work of Chicago-based talent … Continue reading
Saturday, I drove by the old location of the Muskegon Farmer’s Market and all buildings and shelters had been knocked flat. It might seem like a silly objection and yet it should be said. The out building where the market master worked had several murals of moderate accomplishment. Were reference pictures at least taken? I … Continue reading
“I wanted to do something meaningful with my opportunity to curate this space. I set out to create an example of what a diverse art show would look like, and this project helped me to achieve that vision.”