visual art

Brianne Larissa Charon holds the toast that her father was making the day he passed away from a heart attack
Brianne Larissa Charon

We all have regrets. Things we should have done or said - and sometimes things we shouldn’t. It’s a part of life that we usually avoid talking about. Recent Western Michigan University grad Brianne Larissa Charon is breaking the silence with her photo series The Regrets of Twenty-Somethings.


'Yer Out' by Fletcher Ransom
Robert Edward Auctions

Earlier this summer, a baseball painting by a Michigan artist sold for 48 thousand dollars at auction. The 1915 painting “Yer Out” by Fletcher Ransom shows a player for the Pittsburgh Pirates trying to steal home plate, but the New York Giants’ catcher is too quick and tags the runner out. 


Courtesy Aurore Munyabera

On April 1st, artist and poet Aurore Uwase Munyabera will present a large exhibition of her work called "Iwacu," meaning "home", at Kalamazoo's Black Arts & Cultural Center. The work reflects Munyabera's childhood as a survivor of horrific genocide in her native Rwanda. But now, through her art, Munyabera displays the beauty and nature of the country that she left more than two decades ago.


Courtesy Abigail Southworth

Nearly every part of Abigail Southworth’s life is devoted to art. She teaches it at Kalamazoo Valley Community College's Center for New Media. She designs logos and brochures for organizations like Kellogg and the United Way. But at night, Southworth leaves behind the work and designs her own, very personal art, touching on topics like sexual orientation and mental illness. In her latest exhibit, "Superheroines," Southworth chooses to highlight several women who inspire her -- women who history has forgotten or overlooked.


Gloria Badiner (left) and David Smallcombe help customer Lisa Huff check out at the counter at the Signature Artist Gallery. The gallery is only open during the month of December.
Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

At some point in their lives, every artist has probably heard someone say something like, “That’s a nice hobby, but you’ll never make a living.” Sometimes they’re right - with lots of competition and not as much financial support for artists, it can be hard to make ends meet. 

But that’s not necessarily true for members of the Signature Artist Cooperative. Artists in the group teach each other the business of selling art.


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