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KIA Art Fair Brings Variety Of Artists To Bronson Park

Jun 16, 2016
Ryan Skryd

It’s a sunny June day in Kalamazoo and Bronson Park is filled with music from the stage. Hundreds of square white tents crowd the grass and underneath each of them are original paintings, jewelry, photography, woodwork, and more. Both locals and out-of-towners are selling beautiful art pieces at the fair.


Thomas Allen's "Bearing," 2012
Thomas Allen

Flip through some of today’s popular magazines and you’ll likely spot artist and freelance illustrator Thomas Allen’s work. He’s famous for making pop-up book like cutouts using thrift store novels - and then photographing them. He’ll teach a workshop at Kalamazoo Institute of Arts June 10th through June 12th.


Filmmaker Tom Ludwig
Tom Ludwig

This summer, the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts is showing movies by local and regional filmmakers. Tom Ludwig will show some of his short films on Thursday, June 9th. Chicago filmmaker Chris Hefner’s movie The Poisoner will screen on July 14th. Both films start at 6:30 p.m.


Courtesy KIA

About five years ago, the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts took on an ambitious goal: to create a tour within the museum that was accessible to those who are visually impaired. This was tricky for a number of reasons. The most pressing issue was that the KIA specializes in visual art. So how do you take an visual medium, and bring it alive for someone who can’t see it? KIA docents Frank Wolf and Tracy Klinesteker will give a talk on March 22nd explaining how the museum did it.


Back in August, the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts brought in "Common Ground," a joint exhibit from art museums in Kalamazoo, Muskegon and Flint featuring centuries of African-American art. On February 4th -- almost six months later -- the KIA is putting on a new event, called “Common Threads," where activists, musicians and poets will gather together to perform a kind of “call and response” to the “Common Ground” exhibit and explore how its themes still resonate today. 


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