FEBRUARY 14, 2007

Hello everyone! Welcome to a beautiful Valentines Day! I hope that you have a great day with those you love or like a lot and that the weather brings good cheer. This week there are some interesting things going on and I think that Friday will be prime time for getting out and enjoying some shows, especially on the Avenue for the Arts.

Here is the Word on the Street for February 14, 2007


At 1 Pm today (Wednesday) you can check out “When the Levee’s Break” as part of the film series happening at Heartside Ministries this month, this movie is a look at the race oil and political issues surrounding the Katrina Catastrophe, it is a Spike lee documentary and it is free, 54 S. Division

Tonight at the UICA (Vday!) you can check out 4 Eyed Monsters, the movie is being released all across the country tonight in over 30 cities, Gr is one of them. The movie is based on a relationship between a guy and a girl who decide at the onset of their relationship not to talk, only to relate to each other through video, text messages, writing artwork ect. And this is what happens. The movie is playing at 7 Pm and 9 Pm only! George will be there! will you?



On Thursday night the DAAC is rocking its socks off with “Chin up Chin up”, ‘Someone still loves you Boris Yeltsen” and “Jes Kramer”. The show starts at 8:30 good times, good times.

On Thursday night check out “Roger met an Iranian”, “the Crowned virgin”, “Angelic Vomit”, “Winter Sets Fire”, “Time of Plague”, “Mental Infestation” and ‘Humantara” Doors at 6 Pm


On Friday the 16th there are a bunch of cool shows on South Division including:

106 S. Division the Calvin Gallery is showing the work of Eugene Dening, from 7-10 Pm Peter Brant (of Ben and Bruno fame) will be playing at 8 and the show title is being called “Crossing the River”. According the Eugene the work includes paintings, Drawings, and instillations surrounding the ideas of coming of age the land the sky violence and sexuality. Side note: Eugene is from Northern Canada, I have never been to northern Canada before. I would like to go.

Sanctuary Folk Art will be showing new work by David Warmenhoven. I think Dave’s stuff is pretty rad, he uses popular and nostalgic images, and his work of late has had a nice abstracted quality to it. So this Friday from 6-11 you can stop by and check out uRBAN cATTLE and OTHER oDDITTIES, Sanctuary is located at 140 S. Division.

Also on the Avenue for the Arts on Friday from 6-11Pm check out the work of Colleen O’Rourke at Capsule gallery, there are bead paintings and new oil paintings, I have no idea what her oil paintings are like but there is this super intense small sculpture in the front window of capsule and it is a female figure who looks like a pregnant Phoebe (from FRIENDS Tv show) and it is so cool, I have stared at it many times. The space is 136 s. Division and the opening is from 6-11 Pm.

On Friday night at Skelletones check out “HIV”, “Courtesy Flush”, “the double Whammy”, ‘City train & A time bomb”, and “National Cadaver.”

Just up the way on Division, there is Friday night the Gram has a “Feast You Eyes on the Arts” From 5-830 get in listen to live music from Paul Sherwood & the Rhythm Section Jazz Band there is a little noshing, and a cash bar. Admission is only $3.00.

This Friday night Black Hills Theater is presenting two short plays, the Zoo Story and Radio GaGa, they will be performing in Studio A in the Wealthy Theater Annex at 1110 Wealthy, there is parking available and the show starts at 8 pm. It is 7$ at the door.

This weekend is THE weekend for the Vagina Monologues, there are tickets available for this thing all over place, at Tickets Plus, the GVSU box office, the GVSU 20/20 info desk and at the downtown campus as well as at Meijer, the show is February the 18th at 2 Pm, the $$$ goes towards Women’s shelters and organizations. The show is at the Wealthy Theater and if you want more info call 459 4788 ext, 2 or call 331 2748.


I thought this looked pretty interesting the MOMIX “Opus Cactus” will be taking place at the campus of Calvin College, it is hard to tell but it sounds like a dance/ theater performance that “celebrates the beauty of the Sonoran desert of Arizona, and includes performances by “dancer illusionists” and it is also called a “mesmerizing whirlwind of Movement.” Whatever all of that means it sounds cool and you can get tickets by calling the box office at 616 526 6282, the show starts at 8PM on Saturday.

Then on Saturday night check out the “ACACIA STRAIN”, “Job for a Cowboy’, “Daath” “Psvopus” and “See you next Tuesday” the doors are ay 6 and tickets are $10 and on Sale now!

Ohhh… on Saturday it looks like a pretty cool show at the DAAC I know Outobul is excited about it. Performers include “Yip Yip” “The Show is the Rainbow” “the Mighty Narwhale” and “Mr. Squid” show at 8:30


Sunday February 18 Celebrate some Mardi Gras with the “Big Easy” Super Happy Funtime Burlesque this weekend! Sazerac Lounge located at 1418 Plainfield, Its 7$ in the door, 9:00. There are drafts for $1.50 and of course all of the Funtime variety acts, carnival acts, game show skits, dancing girls, and live music, Good times! Good times!

On Sunday Chiaroscuro film series, this Sunday at 2:30 they are showing a free screening of Ha- kala Ha-Surit or the Syrian Bride. It is “about a family trying to cope with its ability to draw boundaries and deal with them” I would also say from the description it also looks at boundaries created by cultural construct. It is subtitled, for more info check out the website at (oh and these things usually have food from san chez as well as a panel discussion afterwards. www.chiaroscurofilms.com Somehow last week I listed this I apologize for the inconvenience.

The Lowell West Michigan Regional opens with a public reception from 2 until 4 pm on Sunday the 18th, I am proud to say that Grand Rapid’s own Christopher Hicks, has received this years Honorable Mention, you may know Chris from Kendall, or the Children’s Museum or around town, he has a remarkably nice shade of reddish blond hair and so if you run into him be sure to pass on the congratulations. So the show is up and open check it out, the LAAC is located at 149 S. Hudson, in of course, Lowell. (Just get on Fulton and keep driving, until you run into a town. Call 897 8545 if you get lost.


The Noir gallery is announcing their arrival on the Grand Rapids Art scene and is looking for professional artists of all mediums to submit8-10 images (prints, CDs or jpg) that show a range of work, include a description of the piece including title, medium and size, and be sure to include a current resume, artist statement and any other bio info. Shows will run 6-8 weeks with a catered opening. I would get up on this now because they are looking for individuals ASAP, and will be accepting info on an ongoing basis. Send submissions to NOIR c/o JynnaVyne Bruntmeyer, Curator, 1439 Laughlin NW Grand Rapids Mi 49504 or email her at jynnavyveart@gmail.com call 856 0366 for more info.

The KAI is taking submissions this Saturday (the 17th) for their West Michigan Area Show the juror is from the University of Michigan School of Art and Design. And eligible works include 2-3 d form the last 2 years, of course there is a $15 entry fee per piece, and you can get their entry form off of the website www.kiarts.org/museum/exhibitions.shtmlI suggest Googleing the KAI before you head down, it is easy to find but getting out of Kalamazoo is a trip !

Last I thought this was pretty cool, the Saginaw art museum is putting out their feelers and looking for Artist to possibly donate work to their collection or participate in up coming shows, they are looking to find out more about you and I think the cool thing is you could have work in the Saginaw archives, and end up in a show similar to the GRAM. The submission is non returnable and they are looking for 5-10 images slides photographs, or CD ROMs, with name title, year size medium and arrow up. They would like a complete resume, artist’s statement, any significant reviews or academic analysis of your work, show announcements. Then it gets really intense they also want, copies or correspondence, obits, manuscripts, and family photos, as well as Catalogues, photos of you and your studio and nothing can be larger then 81/2 by 11. They keep it all on file, and then look it over for ideas and as proposals for exhibitions, which they plan 3 years in advance! Oh the crazy Bearuacracy! So of you are totally confused now you can contact Michael S. Bell at mbell@saginawartmuseum.org, or #989-754-2491 x204, or by mail to: 1126 N. Michigan Saginaw, MI 48602.

Looking to get away? Here are 3 different residencies to apply for.

If you are looking foe some southern hospitality check out Amistad National Recreation Area, it is open to Artists of all media, submission deadline is March 1-31 the residencies are up to 4 weeks and happen in the fall, winter and spring, do you think it is too hot in the summer? Anyhow, if you want more information check out AIR Coordinator at 830-775-7491 ext. 211 MST or eric_finkelstein@nps.gov or www.nps.gov/amis/supportyourpark/air.htm or write: Artist-In-Residence Program, 4121 Veterans Blvd., Del Rio, Texas USA 78840

The next one takes place in Montana, also open to all media, the application deadline is March 1st, and they last about 2 weeks over the course of the summer, again if you are interested in Contact: Artist-In-Residence Coordinator at 406-888-7942 MST or matt_graves@nps.gov for additional information, write: Artist-In-Residence Program, Glacier National Park, P.O. Box 128, West Glacier, Montana USA 59936

October thru April you could be hanging out in the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, (I think this one might be one of the national parks featured on the PBS Train special) they have residencies that are six to eight weeks, and applications are accepted year round. You can contact: David Eslinger at 907-983-9221 or david_eslinger@nps.gov or write: Artist-In-Residence Program, Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, PO Box 517, Skagway, Alaska USA 99840

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Posted by jenn at 9:30 AM.

December 26, 2007


I was laid off as Curator at the Saginaw Art Museum in April 2006.

Since then, I have retired after 30+ years service to art museums.

Thank you for mentioning what we tried to accomplish for Michigan artists between 2003-06.

It is my sincere hope that their museum will continue that pursuit while and long after the current administration is in power.

Warm regards,
Michael S. Bell, Curator (retired)
Joplin, MO

- Michael S. Bell | December 26, 2007 2:45 PM

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