visual art

Courtesy Kalamazoo Institute of Arts

Seventy years ago, Nina Belle Ward was a big deal in Kalamazoo. Ward was one of the founders of the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts back in 1924, and she served as the museum’s first and only teacher for nearly two decades. But once Ward passed away in 1944, her works were spread out across the country. Now, with the help of one of Ward’s relatives, the KIA has reconstructed her legacy in a brand new exhibit, called "Rediscovering Nina Belle Ward."


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.

Tracy Bell holding her bells made out of vintage silverware handles
Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

The e-commerce website Etsy—which specializes in handmade and vintage goods—has come a long way since it started in 2005. The site now has over one million shops. But not all artists are happy with how the company has grown.

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