visual art

Erin Williams

What's got four legs, a hard shell, and an affinity for bright colors?

It's Ellie, a two-year old tortoise who lives at the Binder Park Zoo in Battle Creek. She's quite the painter.

That's right - painter.

Nancy Camden

Jackson, Michigan is the site of one of the most unique re-purposed buildings in the country—from prison to armory to 62 artist-friendly apartments.

Erin Williams

Traditionally, quilts can be found draped across beds or chairs, or as historical and artistic markers that are framed and hung in museums.

But in Vicksburg, a small village just south of Kalamazoo, 24 colorful plywood quilts hang proudly on sides of barns and buildings for all to see.

Erin Williams

For some, taking a walk is the perfect remedy to clear your head. But for artist Justin David Gustafson, it's the perfect time to fill his mind with inspiration.

"I just like to get out and move my feet. I take my camera with me and I snap photos of whatever reaches me on any level," says Gustafson. "I have a file cabinet full of the old-timey little 3x5 photographs. I'll either remember something or come up with an idea for a series or just sometimes rifle through my old photos and see what strikes me."

Kalamazoo weaver Nancy Crampton has at least six looms in her home studio. When she and her husband got married a loom was one of the only things they had.

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