visual art

Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

“As an adult, that feeling that I had as a child has escaped me. That comfort and the security and safety of home," says Kalamazoo artist Bonnie Pfingst. "That I’ve just now recently purchased my own home here in Kalamazoo and I’m loving it. Every day I can’t wait to get home and build a fire. And sit on the couch with my son and just enjoy life, just be.”

Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

Plainwell multi-media artist Crystal Overhuel, also known as Dupri Mangeldoft, says she was always taught to color (or paint) outside the lines. 


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.

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.

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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