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Balancing the Cosmos: Evening with Li Hongwei

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

Update Due to travel restrictions from his home in Beijing, Li Hongwei will be virtually joining us during an Evening with Li Hongwei on July 7. His event on July 3 is canceled.   The sculptures of Li Hongwei represent balance: between tradition and innovation, between fragility and strength, between realism and abstraction. His use…

Art Detectives: Out of this World

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

Let’s create fantastic creatures after reading about the Surrealist artist Leonara Carrington. Art Detectives will use a combination game to design an out-of-this-world animal and then create a 3-D version of it! Reserve Your Ticket

ARTbreak: Mary Hatch – How I Found My Muse Hiding in Plain Sight

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

Paul Cezanne, reputed to be the father of Modern Art, believed the source of his creativity came from within, by way of his senses, his inner self & his unconscious mind. And George Sakkal makes a compelling case in his book Cuvism: Cognitive Unconscious Visual Creativity that scientific studies show our unconscious mind is the…

Member Class Registration Opens

314 S Park St, Kalamazoo, MI

Class registration opens Monday, July 25 at 8 a.m. for members only. Take advantage of your member discount and enroll in a Kirk Newman Art School class. The school offers classes and workshops from beginner to advanced levels in a variety of categories.

ARTbreak: Art of Healing – Using Art Therapeutically

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

Art is a powerful tool for self-expression, self-reflection, communication, stress reduction, and healing. Gay Walker is an artist, art therapist, and retired Professor and Coordinator of Holistic Health and Wellness at Western Michigan University. She taught classes in expressive arts, illness/end of life, and holistic methods at WMU. She has focused on using art therapy…

Sunday Drop-In Tour

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

Surrealish: The Absurd and Unexpected

Nonmember Class Registration Opens

314 S Park St, Kalamazoo, MI

Class registration opens Monday, August 1 at 8 a.m. for nonmembers. The Kirk Newman Art School offers classes and workshops from beginner to advanced levels in a variety of categories.

ARTbreak: Jennifer Zona and Danny Giancaspro

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

Jennifer Zona deviates from the traditional methods of weaving, but still uses the roots of this ancient craft. Zona will discuss her methods, challenges, and how her use of recycled materials evolved into part of Alternative Grid #1. Alternative Grid #1 is a compilation of lines of sustainably sourced materials that were going to be…

Art Detectives: Shaped by her Hands – Potter Maria Martinez

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

Art Detectives will read Shaped by her Hands: Potter Maria Martinez by Anna Harber Freeman and Barbara Gonzalez, before making a craft with Arty Mouse. The most renowned Native American Indian potter of her time, Maria Povika Martinez learned pottery as a child under the guiding hands of her ko-ōo, her aunt. She grew up to…

Unreeled: Movie Night

314 S Park St, Kalamazoo, MI

Get to know more about artist Bill Traylor beyond seeing his work in Black Refractions: Highlights from The Studio Museum in Harlem with Bill Traylor: Chasing Ghosts. Born enslaved on an Alabama plantation, Traylor witnessed major changes during his lifetime that influenced his artistic process. Traylor is regarded as one of the greatest self-taught artists…