visual art

Is It Art? You Decide At The Weylan Dowd Exhibit

Apr 5, 2018
This crying clown is painted on velvet. Weyland Dowd says the colors really pop under an ultraviolet light.
Rebecca Thiele/WMUK

“Is it art?” It’s a question you’ve probably heard before, even if you don’t hang around in galleries. As part of Friday's Kalamazoo Art Hop, mysterious kitsch collector known as Weylan Dowd — who looks a lot like local artist Steve Curl — poses this question to viewers at his exhibit at Diekema-Hamann Architecture


Crown Tree by Sniedze Janson-Runģis. Runģis says humans are supposed to be the crown of civilization — but if we are to become that, we have to be much more benevolent. She found a root that she thought looked a lot like a crown and that was the basis.
Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

This November, Latvia will celebrate its 100th year as a country. To honor that anniversary, Western Michigan University’s Richmond Center for Visual Arts has two exhibits by Latvian-American artists. 


Nonprofit To Beautify South Haven With Murals

Dec 21, 2017
The artists of the South Haven Area Mural Project (Sh-amp) stand in front of their first completed mural at Rock 'N' Road Cycle. From left to right: Kayla Wyszynski-Ridley, Sam Dustin, and Kelly Gleeson.
Rebecca Thiele/WMUK

Earlier this month, South Haven artists unveiled the first of many murals that are meant to help beautify the city. It’s part of a nonprofit that started last year called Sh-amp — South Haven Area Mural Project. 


Scribbling And Poetry Come Together In New Exhibit

Nov 2, 2017
Kathy Jennings (left) reads her poem inspired by Michael Dunn's (right) drawing that he's holding
Rebecca Thiele/WMUK

“I sit in waiting rooms of doctor’s offices and airports - and whenever normally you’re getting impatient or frustrated, I’m drawing,” says Kalamazoo architect and artist Michael Dunn.

Dunn’s drawings are layered with many images, popping out at you from a fog of scribbles. They’re part of a new exhibit at the Kalamazoo Book Arts Center called “Drawing on Words” - which will have its opening reception during Friday's Art Hop.


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.


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