2022 Gilmore International Piano Festival

2022 Gilmore International Piano Festival — A festival celebrating diversity of the piano repertoire and featuring world-class musicians, April 8–May 15, various area locations, 342-1166; see thegilmore.org for full schedule.

Young Artists of Kalamazoo County & High School Area Show

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts 314 S. Park St., Kalamazoo, MI

Young Artists of Kalamazoo County & High School Area Show — Works by youth from Kalamazoo County schools and works by high school students from Southwest Michigan, April 9–May 22.

Memoir

Kalamazoo Book Arts Center 326 W. Kalamazoo Ave., Ste 103A, Kalamazoo

Memoir — Exhibition of two book-art projects by Mary Proenza: Truth Comes Slowly and her memoir in progress, through May 27, Kalamazoo Book Arts Center, 326 W. Kalamazoo Ave., Suite 103A, 373-4938, kalbookarts.org.

Westminster Art Festival: A Certain Slant of Light

Westminster Presbyterian Church 1515 Helen Ave., Portage, MI

Westminster Art Festival: A Certain Slant of Light — Annual exhibition combining visual arts and poetry, April 30–June 15, Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1515 Helen Ave., Portage, westminsterartfestival.org.

Kalamazoo Bicycle Club Camp

Portage Senior Center 320 Library Ln., Portage, MI

Kalamazoo Bicycle Club Camp — A training program for beginners and those desiring to get back into the sport, for ages 12 and up, May 5–21, Portage Senior Center, 320 Library Lane; register at kalamazoobicycleclub.org/events/bike-camp.

Community Shred Day

Comstock Township Library 6130 King Highway, Comstock, MI

Community Shred Day — Comstock residents may bring up to five banker-style boxes of materials to be shredded, with all shredding done in the parking lot, 9 a.m.–noon May 14.

Huge Outdoor White Elephant Sale

People's Church of Kalamazoo 1758 N. 10th St., Kalamazoo, MI

Huge Outdoor White Elephant Sale, Sat., May 14, 9am to 2pm, Kalamazoo (rain date May 21, same hours), People's Church, 1758 N. 10th St., Kalamazoo, just north of W. Main St., near 131 exit. 50 percent of proceeds to benefit Afghan refugee families recently settled in the local area. Vast selection of used, high-quality household decor, kitchen items, small furnishings, toys, books and more.

Boats At The Barns

Gilmore Car Museum 6865 Hickory Road, Hickory Corners, MI

Boats at the Barns — Antique and classic boats and engines, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. May 14; tickets available online. Open to all types, styles and sizes with a focus on antique & classic boats and engines - wooden, metal and fiberglass. Show off your pride and joy, project restoration or barn find. If your boat is over 25 years old, we want to see it.

Vintage Travel Trailer Rally

Gilmore Car Museum 6865 Hickory Road, Hickory Corners, MI

Vintage Travel Trailer Rally — Display and camp overnight in your vintage (25 years old or older) travel trailer or RV on the main show fields or camp overnight in a modern trailer or RV in a separate area on the museum grounds; trailers available for spectator viewing 9 a.m.–4 p.m. May 14; registration required for participants and tickets for spectators.

The Forgotten Fights of the Kalamazoo Boxing Academy

Kalamazoo Valley Museum 230 N. Rose St., Kalamazoo, MI

Traces the history of the academy while focusing on fighters who recount their personal experiences, Feb. 5–Sept. 18.

Broken into 12 “rounds” in tribute to the structure of a boxing match, the exhibit will trace the history of the Kalamazoo Boxing Academy while focusing on fighters who recount their personal experiences there. Details about the gym and the communal living space at the house will be uncovered, along with stories about the fighting techniques and philosophies of the trainers that made the gym in Kalamazoo unique and successful.

Unveiling American Genius

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts 314 S. Park St., Kalamazoo, MI

This reimagining of the KIA permanent collection will illuminate the ingenuity and innovation that arise from all corners of American society. Unveiling American Genius demonstrates our commitment to an increasingly more inclusive and diverse representation of American artists within our holdings. The exhibition will explore key stories that women, African Americans, Latinx and other artists have told about our culture, art, and history.

Within this unique long-term presentation, viewers will see abstract and contemporary works, and reflections on traditional genres of painting, such as landscapes, still-lifes, and portraiture.

Colors! Shapes! Patterns!

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts 314 S. Park St., Kalamazoo, MI

The Upjohn Mason Grandchildren’s Gallery is awash in vivid colors, fun shapes, and interesting patterns – some of the fundamental building blocks of art. Let’s explore how artists have used these elements in different and unique ways. Do any of these shapes surprise you? Can simple colors make a realistic picture? Can a pattern evoke a feeling? Consider these elements and then see if you can identify them in our other galleries or even outside of the KIA!

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