Since the 1960s, the annual juried exhibition celebrates the talented community of visual artists in the region. Drawing works from 14 counties, an experienced juror chooses artists from more than 300 submitted entries, ranging from paintings, prints, and photos to mosaics, ceramics, jewelry, sculpture, and mixed-media works. Honor the expertise of the mitten state during an opening reception on May 20, 2022.
Kalamazoo Astronomical Society Public Observing Sessions — “The Moon & Star Clusters of Spring,” 9 p.m.–1 a.m. May 7; “Total Lunar Eclipse Watch,” 8 p.m.–3 a.m. May 15; “Galaxies of the Great Bear,” 9 p.m.–1 a.m. May 21, Kalamazoo Nature Center, 7000 N. Westnedge Ave.; register at kasonline.org; sessions will be canceled if the sky is mostly cloudy or overcast; check the website for updates.
Portage Farmers Market — With farmers, vendors and music, 9 a.m.–1 p.m. Sundays, May through October, Portage City Hall, 7900 S. Westnedge Ave., 329-4522. The Portage Farmers Market supports and strengthens opportunities for farmers, local specialty food producers and artisan entrepreneurs, that contribute to the overall health of the community.
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!
Linling Lu: Musical Meditations is an exhibition of recent and new works that continues the artist’s investigations and responses to sound and color. Inspired by various musical genres, such as Johann Sebastian Bach’s cello suites and Japanese Taiko master Eitetsu Hayashi’s drum piece, Fertility of the Sea, Lu channels these musical encounters, creating circular compositions that become physical manifestations of the music playing in her studio.
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.
Hilarity on wheels, Xanadu follows the journey of a magical and beautiful Greek muse, Kira, who descends from the heavens of Mount Olympus to Venice Beach, California in 1980. Her mission is to inspire a struggling artist, Sonny, to achieve the greatest artistic creation of all time - the first ROLLER DISCO!
Presented by Wellspring/Cori Terry & Dancers, May 20–22, Epic Center, 359 S. Kalamazoo Mall, wellspringdance.org, 342-4354. Combining old and new repertoire, Wellspring presents stunning performances of works ranging from 1992 to 2020, featuring the premiere of Planets, a cosmic journey based on celestial imagery, to the music of Urmas Sisask and David Lang, played by the piano duo ZOFO. Also included is the revival of Ms. Terry’s 1992 duet Infolding, danced with great reverence and precision by Alexis Harris and Carolyn Pampalone Rabbers, and the revival of one of Ms. Terry’s most treasured and iconic works, Only In Passing, a rousing piece for the whole company danced with tremendous dynamic range and fresh energy
Doug Martsch formed Built To Spill in 1992. His intention was to sustain a project that would involve a rotating cast of musicians to record albums and tour. The first incarnation of Built To Spill included Doug, Brett Netson, and Ralf (Youtz). Recording in the middle of the night in order to get free studio time, they assembled 1993s Ultimate Alternative Wavers. For a few years and a few records band members came and went.