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  • Don't Miss ArtPrize Eight: What to See, Where to Start

    If you’ve been to ArtPrize before, you know it’s smart to wear good walking shoes, and this year is no exception. With over 1,400 works of art featured in 170 venues, you’ll get your steps in as you attempt to see as much of the radically open art competition as possible. From the bigger venues, like the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum and DeVos Place, to public parks, lobbies, bars, and more, ...

  • Grand Rapids, The Music City of the Midwest?

    Two years ago I moved to Grand Rapids after 9 years in Nashville, Tennessee.  Nashville is home to “The Grand Ole Opry,” the longest running radio broadcast in music history.  When I first moved to Nashville, which they call “Music City USA”, I asked some of the old timers around town, “How did Nashville become music city?”  They all had an answer.  “Because we had the tallest radio tower.”  Gra...

  • Exclusive Fashion Exhibit Comes to Grand Rapids Art Museum in October

    Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM) welcomes Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion October 23, 2016 – January 15, 2017, to Grand Rapids. The exhibit features 45 haute couture outfits from the Dutch fashion designer, a selection of her shoe designs, and 27 pieces from van Herpen’s solo exhibition at the Groninger Museum, Netherlands. Known for her combination of traditional craftsmanship and futuristic...

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  • Grand Rapids Comic-Con: A Complete Guide

    In 2006 Mark Hodges had an idea to create an event in Grand Rapids that would encourage attendees to embrace their inner Avenger, Jedi, Ninja Turtle, Power Ranger or Pokémon trainer. Fast forward to 2013 and the first Grand Rapids Comic-Con took place at the Home School Building, located in Wyoming. Hodges said he and his wife, Jennifer Hodges, both co-owners of the event, only expected a few tho...

  • ArtPrize Song Competition & Blue Bridge Music Festival

    Music at ArtPrize Well it’s here and I don’t have to tell you that!  ArtPrize, the international art competition recognized as “the most attended public art event on the planet” according to The Art Newspaper, hits Grand Rapids for the 8th year from September 21 - October 9. Visitors from all over will come see art in many, many, different forms and I’m thrilled to say this year we will make sur...

  • Grand Rapids Welcomes Circus XTREME to ArtPrize

    Ladies and Gentlemen, boys and girls, get excited for the return of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey as their new show, Circus XTREME, comes to Van Andel Arena this fall! From September 29th to October 2nd, check out one of Circus XTREME's five performances taking place during ArtPrize, one of Grand Rapids' largest annual celebrations. Circus XTREME has all of the jaw-dropping stunts you ...

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  • New for ArtPrize Eight: Preview Week

    If, like most people, you can’t wait for the start of ArtPrize Eight, here’s a treat: it’s the newest ArtPrize addition and it’s called ArtPrize Preview Week. 2013 ArtPrize Entry Simone Crestani (Molvena, Italy) – Bonsai Group, 2013. Borosilicate glass flameworked If you’re wondering what exactly ArtPrize Preview Week is, you’re not alone! It’s a brand-new feature this year, presented by Edwar...

  • New Places to Hear Music in Grand Rapids

    New Places to Hear Live Music in Grand Rapids Grand Rapids already has many places to hear live music - but did you know that Blandford Nature Center and VanderMill Cider were just added to that list?  On GR Live, I featured performances from two new live music location in Grand Rapids. Blandford Nature Center The Blandford Nature Center is an independent, charitable non-profit organization tha...

  • Art Outdoor Project 2016: Karin Nelson

    Self-taught artist Karin Nelson has been painting for about seven years. One of her pieces, Edge of Light, was recently selected as one of five winners, from more than 20 entries, in this year’s Art Outdoor Project.  Held in conjunctions with UICA, the Art Outdoor Project encourages artists with ties to Grand Rapids to submit artwork that represents the area. The works of the 5 selected artists ar...

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