local art

GRAM unveils ArtPrize exhibit "[DIS]Comfort Zones"

by (erictank)

Submitted 09-18-2014 under NEWS

The Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM)'s Artprize exhibition "[DIS]Comfort Zones" displays tension themed pieces for the viewer to reflect upon. Covering topics such as war, religion, bodies and food, the GRAM seeks to bring a "...

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ArtPrize continues "Entry for Sale" feature to help move visitors from enjoying to collecting

by (Elizabeth Roger...)

Submitted 09-16-2014 under NEWS

ArtPrize, for all its success, has seen some critique in the past over whether it was actually helping the showcased artists sell their artwork. Last year, a new feature was added to their website and signage to help people easily move from just...

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Sustaining a vibrant art community

by (DwellingPlace)

Submitted 09-16-2014 under PLACE-MATTERS

It's easy to see that the art community in downtown Grand Rapids is quickly expanding. Events like Art.Downtown., First Fridays, and ArtPrize have captured the attention of people from near and far to visit downtown and experience art. As...

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"The Drunken Retort" Songwriter-Comedian-Poetry Open Mic

by (FableTellsTruth)

Submitted 05-18-2014 under

If you come once, You might just get hooked! This is a variety open mic! The first if it's kind in Grand Rapids, Mi! Bring your talents, We have a ton of Singer Songwriters, Poets, Comics, and Story Tellers! Every Monday at Stella's Lounge!!! FREE...

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LaFontsee Gallery to exhibit new artwork "Out of the Polar Vortex"

by (erictank)

Submitted 03-04-2014 under NEWS

LaFontsee Galleries presents a new exhibition titled "Out of the Polar Vortex" on March 7 from 5-8 p.m. at the East Hills location. Over 30 artists, both current and some new to LaFontsee, will be featured in the gallery. New artists...

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UICA's Live Coverage invites audience to watch artists work, raises funds for art center

by (dansteenwyk)

Submitted 02-24-2014 under LOCAL LIFE

Over 30 artists used a variety of mediums to create works of art for an audience of 320 attendees at Urban Institute for Contemporary Art (UICA)’s 13th annual Live Coverage event and fundraiser last Friday night. Along with artists working...

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UICA to offer opportunity to watch as artists create

by (dansteenwyk)

Submitted 02-19-2014 under NEWS

Usually an art audience sees only the final product of an artist’s labors. However, at UICA’s Live Coverage, observers watch as artists channel the muse. The 13th incarnation of the annual event and fundraiser will take place at the...

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Can art actually save cities?

by (RickBeerhorst)

Submitted 09-30-2013 under OPINION

"Can Art Save Cities" was the title of the ArtPrize panel discussion recently at the Ladies Literary Club. This discussion was between the three guest jurors, Manon Sloan of No Longer Empty, Anne Pasternak of Creative Time and Artist and...

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ArtPrize 2013: Nichole Riley on art and empathy

by (KHolton)

Submitted 09-28-2013 under LOCAL LIFE

Fall is here and so is ArtPrize 2013: nineteen exciting days for Grand Rapids with seasoned and new ArtPrize contestants displaying their work side by side. For some, like Nichole Riley, ArtPrize 2013 will be the first time they display their art in...

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Sanctuary Folk Art Gallery nurtures local art and places

by (empichot)

Submitted 09-17-2013 under PLACE-MATTERS

Sanctuary Folk Art has been on South Division for 14 years. It opened up at 140 South Division in 1999 when there were no retail businesses along the street. Husband and wife Reb Roberts and Carmella Loftis own the gallery and manage it. The name...

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