Arts & More

An old photo of Bob Rowe performing for seniors in Calhoun County
courtesy of Bob Rowe

Longtime singer-songwriter Bob Rowe has finished his first folk album in over a decade. It’s called “Higher Ground" and it’s a return to Rowe’s roots after almost 30 years of playing country and gospel - and running his own non-profit. 


Lee Stalsworth, Fine Art through Photography, LLC (Courtesy American Federation of Arts)

In April, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City announced that it would put its Native American art collections in the same wing as other American art. At first, it sounds obvious - of course they would put American art with other American art - but until a few years ago, this was a revolutionary idea. 


Back in the early 1970s, the “Planet of the Apes” films were far more popular with moviegoers than they were with critics. Looking back, it’s not difficult to see why. The original “Planet of the Apes,” starring Charlton Heston, at least had novelty value, a certain kind of eeriness and a satiric edge, qualities that quickly disappeared as Twentieth Century Fox cranked out sequel after sequel. 


If you’re one of the dozen or so people in the world that has been eagerly hoping for a mash-up of a superhero movie and “Diary of a Wimpy Kid,” the benevolent genies of Hollywood have made your dream come true. 


Retired graphic designers Barbara Loveland (left) and Linda Powell (right) hold up a banner Western Michigan University students made for an art festival in Kalamazoo in 1971.
Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

Do you know who designed your chair? How about the utensils in your kitchen? Or the ads in your favorite magazine? We rarely think about the people behind the everyday things we use or view. So you might not know that - before computers became popular - West Michigan was something of a graphic design hub. 


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