Arts & More

Renee Stout and Hand Print Workshop International, Alexandria, VA

If you’ve been to the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts this summer, you might have seen the exhibit by Washington D.C. artist Renee Stout called Tales of the Conjure Woman. It’s like stepping into the home of a Hoodoo fortune teller. There are altars with bottles upon bottles of herbs and potions, next to journal entries on how to ensnare a love interest.

But what is Hoodoo exactly? Western Michigan University cultural anthropologist Kristina Wirtz will talk about Hoodoo and Santeria in the context the exhibit September 29th at 6:30 p.m. . 

On the third Thursday of every other month the Society for History and Racial Equity(SHARE) hosts the Race Initiative Book Club. The book club formed out of a touring exhibit on race that had completed its run at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum in 2011. The purpose was to keep the dialogue going. 

Allen Buhl (left) helps to flatten out the bottom of a glass pumpkin that Philip Dawson (right) is making at Glass Art Kalamazoo in 2015.
Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

The West Michigan Glass Art Center has been closed for about a year to settle its roughly $60,000 debt. Starting next week it will reopen to the public - with a new name and a new look. But the recently renamed Glass Art Kalamazoo still has an uncertain future. 

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If you've noticed increased community collaborations, youth programming and involvement of local artists at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, it's been intentional. Belinda Tate marks her second-year anniversary as the organization's executive director next month. She says she's sought to make the KIA a "community resource" and a center of creativity. The KIA also has extended hours, and now is open at every Art Hop

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Frank Lloyd Wright liked mahogany, and on a bright day it’s easy to see why. The wood shimmers and glows yellow-orange in the sun. Wright used lots of mahogany on the Galesburg house he custom-designed for Curtis and Lillian Meyer in 1948.

A few years ago though, the wood on the house’s outside would not have looked so nice.