Artist of the Month

Geoffrey Simmons is only 18, but he’s already well on his way to becoming a full-time artist. It all started about three years ago when he began collecting glass art. That led to glass blowing classes, which led to spray paint, body paint, digital art, and just about everything else. 

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.

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

At the May Kalamazoo Art Hop, artist Cheri Williams is holding a fundraiser for the YWCA shelter at Studio Grill. The shelter acts as a safe house for victims of domestic abuse and their children.

Robbie Feinberg

Michigan artist Jeffrey Evergreen has never been one to leave his pictures alone. He likes to layer images and distort them until they’re nearly unrecognizable, or blow them up to huge sizes. You can see the results of that work in his new exhibit, called “Mind Your Memes,” which premieres tonight at the Kalamazoo Book Arts Center. 

Leslie Dewberry in front of her improvisational quilt
Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

Quilters Shryl Daniel and Leslie Dewberry have been collaborating for almost longer than they can remember. Based on the age of her daughter, Daniel guesses they've been friends about seven or eight years.