NOVEMBER 17, 2005

Hello everyone!,
Sorry I am late this week….. it was all that snow… snowing…I wanted to thank everyone who wrote letters last week to Michael P. Flanagan, the superintendent for Public Instruction. Look at the bottom of the page cause there is some info about the Fellowship opportunity… I am going to keep including these opportunities… at least until someone tells me that they got a fellowship or job out of it… and then I will probably keep doing it anyway….ENOUGH OF THIS CHIT CHAT LETS GET TO THE GOOD STUFF!

Here is the Word on the Street for November 16, 2005

I know it is a drive, but remember the last time you went to a show ans it was packed and the artist was all wired up? Think of the Great thing this does for an artist who is just graduating… and then drive to Grand Valley on Thursday, November 17 from 5:00 - 7:00 pm to the University Gallery in Performing Art Center, Allendale and check out Christie Beckwith (Daining), illustration, Andrew Near, metals , Alicia St. Germain, metals, Nate Tobaben, illustration

Thursday, November 17, 2005 Tonight! Tributary and all of the Division Avenue Gallerys are starting an art hop…. So tonight at Tributray come and check out "Northern Lights mystical watercolor paintings of the
Aurora Borealis” by Jon Bouck. The event runs from 6-9pm

Friday night start early, Check out “Chrysalis” Graduates, Chrysalis Sculptor Joel Addis, Sculptor Ryan Hafer and Illustrator Caroline Hardy. These guys have moved it DOWNTOWN, this space is going to be hot over the next few weeks so I encourage you to check it out while it is here. The opening is only from 5-7….so there is plenty of time to check out some the other goings on. 441 443 Division Ave. S. Grand Rapids Mi ( head away form downtown, across Wealthy, past the Shell station on the left side between McConnel and Logan)

Tanglefoot is having their annual Studio Show which starts Friday and runs all weekend. The hours are Friday, November 18 5-8pm, Saturday, November 19, 12-5pm and Sunday, November 20, 12-5pm So for any one who hasn’t been to Tanglefoot Warehouse Studio yet it is located on 314 Straight Street SW Door K (between West Fulton and Wealthy) And get this they take VISA and MasterCard so that excuse of, “Oh I ran out of cash” it doesn’t work here

Friday November 18th, this is one of those for the first time in Grand Rapids things, Check out “Wild Americans” a reception for a collaborative show of work by Melissa Duimstra and Tom d. at Sanctuary Folk Art… Also while you are there you can check out some of Reb’s work and the other people that he represents. The reception runs from 6-11, In case you are wondering where Sanctuary Folk Art is it is on Division, at 140 S. Division.

Alright someone explain to me who is running 280 Studios? I am so curious… well whomever it is working with the UICA to do Art Battle 5 on Friday yep and there is a 1,000$ prize for whatever happy soul wins… so if you forgot to register as an artist or you feel like to flexing some American Style Democratic choice, stop by the UICA from 8-11 pay 10$ to eat, booze, and VOTE for your friends…. ( or people you think are good) there are also a bunch of bands that were going to play at the DAAC that are now playing at the UICA…

November 18th, 2005 if you are more in the mood for some music check out Draggin’ Anchors w/ Nobodys Darlin’ at Jukes… I Think the inside of Jukes is great, lots of Album covers in Frames, and as a music Geek Friend Pointed out none of them are bad albums, and most are the music geek classic..… last time I went the opening band was great but the second was LOUD… so be prepared….
I also saw the owner out and about like three times last week… so that must mean something…?

November 19th, 2005Why not get up a bit early on Saturday and go… Shopping! This weekend begins all of the sales around town… this one is called the BLUE HOUSE BAZZAR and it runs from 9-3 they are selling jewelry knit goods, cloths, dog treats, note cards, and a white elephant. The Blue House Bazaar is located at 231 Ball Park Blvd GR Sat

Saturday the 19th form 6 till later Mezze is hosting a show with Ideal Collective, called Gala-Muziq What is Gala-Muziq? I have no idea but I do know that it is gonna be a good time with Food, Fashion and Art….Yep and it is 20$ to get in but…. Like I said food, fashion, and art…..i think there might be some music… and booze is optional but… if I must….what can I say? So I will be there and if you wanna go then you need to call Alyssa, at MEZZE 616 776 6950… as always ideal is on the web at

As we all know, the Arts are alive in Michigan but is a constant fight to keep them alive in our public schools, to provide and educate the public about creative thought, and there is no where to start then the bottom up I did a bit of research and found a few links about how the arts encourage growth in children and was pointed to a few sites by Beth L. So I wanted to thank her and pass those on. If you have not written a letter yet, please take a few moments to drop a line in of support mandatory art in the public schools, the address you need to send it to is
Michael P. Flanagan
Superintendent for Public Instruction
Michigan Department of Education
Post Office Box 30008
Lansing Mi 48909
If you need some more encouragement please check out

Hey Just in case you had forgotten, it is not to late to participate in World AIDS Day, 2005 put on by The Sexual Health Awareness Coalition of Kent County, 'Artist Express AIDS---III. Is looking for just a few more local artist to be part of The December 1st show. Please visit for information on deadlines, the event, and a bit of Awareness. Or e-mail Rachael at or call (616)-331-7220.

Did the Art Train ever come to your home town when you were little? It came to mine and I wish I still had the shirt…. But if it did, and you have always dreamed of hopping the Att Train and spreading art to all the little boys and girls of the US… well now is your chance…. The rest of this I didn’t write… because I wanted it to be true to form so…….. Apply for the Maggie & Bob Allesee Fellowship Program Fellows continue to develop their professional and artistic skills, while broadening their knowledge of the arts, arts administration, curatorial and conservation practices. The Fellowship is open to those who have graduated from a fine arts, art history, museum studies or arts administration program within the last 3 years, have an overall GPA of 2.5 or above and are at least 21 years old at the start of the Fellowship. The ideal candidate will be looking for a unique experience, enjoy traveling and have an interest in community education and public service.
Allesee Fellows will travel from approximately January to June 2006. Dependent upon the tour schedule, the Allesee Fellowship period may be subject to change.
The Fellowship is a paid position that includes housing and a daily per diem. Please visit our website at to download the Fellowship application and guidelines.
For more information:
Artrain USA
1100 North Main Street, Suite 106
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

DID I MENTION I LOVE THE ART TRAIN? You can get a similar job driving the Oscar Meyer Weinermobile around but that doesn’t have anything to do with art…..

Hey, G-Rad has Stickers now.. they have squirrels on them….. The Word on The Street is stored online at and the best part is that you can post comments and all that good stuff so check out G-rad Check out the Word on the Street, tell me what you think. If you know of something interesting going on in the area, or have a review of and event that you attended and want to share it, drop me an email at or
Thanks for reading all the way to the bottom

Posted by jenn at 1:53 PM.

Is there provision for sending stickers to someone who's keeping up w/ his hometown via this blog?

Thanks for any info, and for the great work yr doing.

- evan | November 17, 2005 5:21 PM

I think we could figure something out.. i will get some stickers from george and you send me your address via my email address ( at the bottom of any entry) and i will send them out ASAP.
Where are you liveing now and how does it compare to GR.... how amny stickers do you want?

- jenn | November 17, 2005 5:39 PM

man my spelling sucks

- jenn | November 17, 2005 5:40 PM

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