visual art

Fine Art
5:38 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Painted Chair Affair brings out the artist in crafters

Friday night about a hundred chairs will fill the Battle Creek Country Club. But not just any chairs; each one is a unique piece of art. Every year artists and first-timers alike paint old chairs and enter them in the Painted Chair Affair, where they’ll be auctioned off to benefit the Woman’s Co-op. The auction starts at 6 p.m. on Friday.

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Fine Art
10:09 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Artist uses words, symbols to put out positive messages

Susan Caulfield working on a piece in her 'Flow' series at the Park Trades Center in Kalamazoo
Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

It’s the bright colored, almost tye-dyed fabric that draws you in to Susan Caulfield’s work, but it’s the messages that hold you there. Caulfield's work will be on display at Friday's Kalamazoo Art Hop.

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Fine Art
6:25 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

Allegan artist's masks show serenity and humor

Jen Lawson-Steeves works on one of her moon-like masks at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts studio.
Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

Allegan ceramic artist Jen Lawson-Steeves is obsessed with noses. Lawson-Steeves’ masks will be on display at Fancy Pants Theater during the Kalamazoo Art Hop on Friday.

“Honestly I love looking at people’s faces, and noses are my inspiration. It’s so funny to say that, but I love noses. And that’s how I start every single mask is with a nose. And that really is what actually draws out what the mask becomes.”  

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Fine Art
5:48 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Artist Willie Cole experiments with shoes, steam irons

This work is part of Willie Cole's 'Virgin' series.
Credit www.williecole.com

At the age of 58, Willie Cole may be best known for using household items and found objects in his art. His large wall sculpture, called With a Heart of Gold is part of the exhibition now on display at the Richmond Center for Visual Arts on Western Michigan University's campus.

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Fine Art
3:21 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Diversity Art Contest paints a picture of world peace

Brandi Smith describes her favorite bird out of the many depicted in her drawings.
Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

The contest only has one rule: you have to tell the judges how your art shows diversity. In Kellogg Community College student Brandi Smith’s drawing, bird-like people sit gracefully on clouds.

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