visual art

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.

Gloria Badiner at her glass art studio in Mattawan
Nancy Camden

When Gloria Badiner of Mattawan saw some glass art, she instantly fell in love. She was a working scientist at the time.

“Glass is a material that has a scientific component to it,” Badiner says, “so, it just fit really well for me.” 

One of artist Peter Czuk's benches
Peter Czuk

Earlier this month Kendall artist Peter Czuk was in Kalamazoo’s Bronson Park, building his booth for the KIA Art Fair. Czuk will repeat this setting-up process at many other art fairs this year from Washington and California to the East Coast. He says it’s a way to get his work in front of potential customers.

Doet Boersma's print of an Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake
Lorraine Caron

The Pierce Cedar Creek Institute in Hastings has a mission to “promote environmental education, research, preservation and appreciation.” It sits in Barry County on 661 acres of wetlands, prairies and woodlands.

Art Center of Battle Creek

The Michigan Artist Competition will be on display at the Art Center of Battle Creek June 2 through June 29, with an opening artists’ reception on Sunday, June 2, from 2 to 4 p.m.

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