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Book Discussion: Clara and Mr. Tiffany

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

Book Discussion Leader: Shannon Karol, Director of Museum Education and Community Engagement From the publisher: It’s 1893, and at the Chicago World’s Fair, Louis Comfort Tiffany makes his debut with a luminous exhibition of innovative stained-glass windows that he hopes will earn him a place on the international artistic stage. But behind the scenes in his…

Clara Driscoll and Tiffany Lamps

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

Thanks to a cache of personal letters uncovered in 2009, it is now known that iconic Tiffany lamps such as “Wisteria” and “Dragonflies” were designed by Clara Driscoll and the female colleagues she managed in the women’s division of the Tiffany Glass Company of Manhattan. Historian Renée Sentilles will contextualize the designs and life decisions…

ARTbreak: Profound Possibilities of Papier-Mâché

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

Visual artist and art educator Gayle Swank Reyes has instructed students of all ages for the past 20 years. She earned her BFA in Metals/Jewelry and continued her education by earning her Master’s Degree in Education from GVSU.  Her teaching experience includes serving in community programs for youth, as well as teaching art for Kalamazoo…

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…

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

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…