Art Hop

Robbie Feinberg

On October 2nd, singer Dave Menzo will make his way to Kalamazoo and perform at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum as part of Art Hop. Before heading there, though, Menzo performed in the WMUK studios, showing off his guitar melodies that he loops and layers over and over again.

Cheri Williams hangs her work at Studio Grill in Kalamazoo
Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

If you’ve spent more than a few weekends in Kalamazoo, you know how Art Hop works here -- the first Friday of every month, it brings artists into dozens of businesses to create one big night of art and culture. Soon, though, it could spread to another Michigan city: Lansing.

Courtesy Ninth Wave Studio

Quilts probably remind you of the blankets in your grandmother’s house, but a group of ten quilters from Kalamazoo’s Log Cabin Quilters are shaking things up. The group has taken a big, panoramic photo of Bronson Park and divided it up into ten pieces. Over the past nine months, each member has quilted their own individual segment, all with totally unique styles. They’ll all be joined together for the first time tonight for the June Art Hop at Ninth Wave Studio.

Portage Street in the Washington Square area of the Kalamazoo Edison Neighborhood
Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

Since December of last year, the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo has extended Art Hop into the Washington Square area of the Edison neighborhood.

Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

If you weren’t born in the United States, there are several things you have to do to become a U.S. citizen—like carry around a green card for five years and take what’s called a “naturalization test.”

That will make you an American on paper, but what does it take to feel like one?