visual art

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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Culture
10:57 am
Fri December 14, 2012

"Land of the Rising Sun" exhibits Japanese culture

South Haven Center for the Arts' Melissa Warner-Talcott holds up a basket of the cherry blossom origami they've made so far.
Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

Every few years, the South Haven Center for the Arts has a cultural exhibit. This year, the center will turn into a little slice of Japan.

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Fine Art
10:27 am
Thu November 29, 2012

What do you do with an old billboard? Jewelry artists reuse it as part of green practices

Kara Aubin filing down a metal pendant.
Credit Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

What do you do with a 14 by 48 foot, vinyl billboard? That’s what Kara Aubin and her husband Daniel Juzwiak of Kara-Daniel Jewelry had to figure out after the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts selected their art for the 2012 Billboard Art Contest. 

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