art hop http://wmuk.org en What does becoming an American feel like? See Artist of the Month Ally Pye's Work http://wmuk.org/post/what-does-becoming-american-feel-see-artist-month-ally-pyes-work <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">If you weren’t born in the United States, there are several things you have to do to </span><a href="http://www.uscis.gov/us-citizenship" style="line-height: 1.5;">become a U.S. citizen</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">—like carry around a green card for five years and take what’s called a “naturalization test.”</span></p><p>That will make you an American on paper, but what does it take to feel like one?</p> Thu, 01 May 2014 18:01:49 +0000 Rebecca Thiele 14030 at http://wmuk.org What does becoming an American feel like? See Artist of the Month Ally Pye's Work Artist of the Month: Animal From Binder Park Zoo Creates Paintings http://wmuk.org/post/artist-month-animal-binder-park-zoo-creates-paintings <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">What's got four legs, a hard shell, and an affinity for bright colors?</span></p><p>It's Ellie, a two-year old tortoise who lives at the <a href="http://www.binderparkzoo.org/">Binder Park Zoo in Battle Creek</a>. She's quite the painter.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">That's right - painter.</span></p><p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 21:50:34 +0000 Erin Williams 12738 at http://wmuk.org Artist of the Month: Animal From Binder Park Zoo Creates Paintings After Funding Cuts, Art Hop Still Plans To Keep The Party Going http://wmuk.org/post/after-funding-cuts-art-hop-still-plans-keep-party-going <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Quick - it's 5:30 p.m. on the first Friday of the month - what are your plans for the night?</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Maybe you're going to have a casual dinner with friends, or catch up on a few errands, or settle in with a good book - but if you are within the Kalamazoo region, there's a strong change you'll be lured out to make an appearance at </span><a href="http://www.kalamazooarts.org/org/detail/2003/Art_Hop" style="line-height: 1.5;">Art Hop</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, the monthly showcase where local galleries and business open welcome in the community for a few snacks, great conversation, and, of course, to buy some art.</span></p><p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 16:49:32 +0000 Erin Williams 12614 at http://wmuk.org After Funding Cuts, Art Hop Still Plans To Keep The Party Going Artist of the Month: Justin David Gustafson Debuts Latest Oil Painting Series At Art Hop http://wmuk.org/post/artist-month-justin-david-gustafson-debuts-latest-oil-painting-series-art-hop <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For some, taking a walk is the perfect remedy to clear your head. But for artist </span><a href="http://www.jdgus.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Justin David Gustafson</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, it's the perfect time to fill his mind with inspiration.</span></p><p>"I just like to get out and move my feet. I take my camera with me and I snap photos of whatever reaches me on any level," says Gustafson. "I have a file cabinet full of the old-timey little 3x5 photographs. I'll either remember something or come up with an idea for a series or just sometimes rifle through my old photos and see what strikes me."</p><p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 23:30:45 +0000 Erin Williams 12152 at http://wmuk.org Artist of the Month: Justin David Gustafson Debuts Latest Oil Painting Series At Art Hop December Art Hop extends outside downtown http://wmuk.org/post/december-art-hop-extends-outside-downtown <p></p><p></p><p>This weekend’s Art Hop in Kalamazoo will include displays outside of the central downtown area. It will include the Washington Square area in Kalamazoo’s Edison neighborhood.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 06 Dec 2013 05:01:00 +0000 Gordon Evans 10824 at http://wmuk.org December Art Hop extends outside downtown