art hop

Artist of the Month
2:01 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

What does becoming an American feel like? See Artist of the Month Ally Pye's Work

Alessandra Pye stands next to the last piece in her series
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?

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Arts & More
4:50 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Artist of the Month: Animal From Binder Park Zoo Creates Paintings

Ellie the tortoise gets started creating her masterpiece. Her feet are dipped in non-toxip paint, and she is allowed to roam across the canvas.
Erin Williams

What's got four legs, a hard shell, and an affinity for bright colors?

It's Ellie, a two-year old tortoise who lives at the Binder Park Zoo in Battle Creek. She's quite the painter.

That's right - painter.

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Arts & More
11:49 am
Fri February 28, 2014

After Funding Cuts, Art Hop Still Plans To Keep The Party Going

Lotsa LIttle Things is an art gallery and co-op located on Westnedge Avenue. Proprietor Mary Heynig is a strong supporter of Art Hop, and participates every month.
Erin Williams

Quick - it's 5:30 p.m. on the first Friday of the month - what are your plans for the night?

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 Art Hop, 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.

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12:31 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Art Hop Organizers Consider Changes With Less Funding

Lead in text: 
Budget cuts have forced Downtown Kalamazoo Incorporated to reduce its financial support for monthly events
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI -- The future of one of downtown Kalamazoo's "signature" events could look very different after this year. Once a month, typically on the first Friday of the month, downtown Kalamazoo businesses and organizations use their space to display the work of local artists for Art Hop.
Arts & More
6:30 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Artist of the Month: Justin David Gustafson Debuts Latest Oil Painting Series At Art Hop

Gustafson at work on his series 'If You Lived Here You'd Be Home Now.' The collection is inspired by the unique aspects of houses and residential buildings in the Midwest.
Erin Williams

For some, taking a walk is the perfect remedy to clear your head. But for artist Justin David Gustafson, it's the perfect time to fill his mind with inspiration.

"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."

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