visual art

Jerry Givens

Remember all of those old AOL discs you used to get in the mail? Artist Jerry Givens wishes he had more of them. Givens makes mosaics out of cut up CDs. At today’s Kalamazoo Art Hop, his art will be at Sangha Yoga where Givens is general manager.

Ed Williams

This year’s ArtPrize is in full swing in downtown Grand Rapids. At the Western Michigan University Conference Center in Grand Rapids, a piece called “Didactic Revolvers” hangs in a room with an installation made out of plastic bags, what looks like a rotating broken canoe, and a huge uprooted tree.

Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

“You’re crazy.” Those words might not hurt you, but to someone with a mental illness or disability it’s a phrase they have to deal with all too often. Artist Patrick Hershberger, also known as Bonus Saves, has collaborated with a youth group to create art that stresses how important language can be in mental health. It will be in the Park Trades Center’s Saniwax Gallery. The main reception is on Friday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

One of Shohaku Yufu's baskets
Kalamazoo Institute of Arts

You might have stopped by the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts this summer and seen the exhibit on contemporary Japanese bamboo art. It’ll be at the KIA until September 15th. One of the artists, Shohaku Yufu, gave a demonstration Wednesday.

Handmade paper by Joan Khaled
Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

Though we’ve become a digital society, there’s still probably at least a few pieces of paper in your desk or a receipt in your car. In some ways, paper reminds us of the drudgery of daily life: memos, school papers, to-do lists. But spend just a few minutes with The Paper Guild in Kalamazoo and paper might amaze you.

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