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ARTbreak: The “Fertile Soil” Project

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

Doet Boersma is a Dutch visual artist and educator living and working in The Netherlands. Her current work explores themes of ecology, environmental justice, and the natural landscape. In her presentation, Boersma will provide insight into the processes and methods of her current “Fertile Soil” project. By showing sources of inspiration, the working processes, and…

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…

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…

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…

ARTbreak: Inja Cho and Madeline Kaczmarczyk

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

The second WMAS ARTbreak will feature painter Inja Cho and 3-D artist Madeline Kaczmarczyk. Inja Cho’s art is about gratitude, appreciating all that has found her in her life and demonstrating gratitude the best way she knows. In Cho’s paintings, she tries to capture a sense of fluidity and of the transitory nature of life…

ARTbreak: Kristin Casaletto and Kae Pershon

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

For the final 2022 WMAS ARTbreak, printmaker Kristin Casaletto and photographer Kae Pershon will present their works. Kristin Casaletto’s art centers on socio-political challenges of 21st century life in a superpower nation, addressing power imbalances (racial, economic, gender) or perilous trends (nationalism, complacency) as she perceives them from within a working-class, mixed-race family. The work…

ARTbreak: Conceptual Realism

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts 314 S Park St, Kalamazoo, MI
Virtual Event Hybrid Event

Douglas Dykehouse will show his paintings and discuss Conceptual Realism, a term used in philosophy and in art to describe how reality is perceived. It’s also a label for a conscious or unconscious approach to painting. Dykehouse’s career as a fine art and commercial art instructor influences what he creates. His painting Obsession, from the…

ARTbreak: Contemporary Ceramics and the Chinese Worldview with Dr. Andrew Maske

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts 314 S Park St, Kalamazoo, MI
Virtual Event Hybrid Event

China is the origin of most of the world’s most important historical ceramic advancements. Blessed with a wide range of outstanding raw materials, Chinese craftspeople developed the technical abilities to produce beautiful functional ceramics that were prized around the world. Beginning in the 19th century, however, Chinese dominance in ceramics was challenged by advancements in…

ARTbreak: Emmy Kastner

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts 314 S Park St, Kalamazoo, MI
Virtual Event Hybrid Event

Emmy Kastner is an author/illustrator of children’s books, including A Very Big Fall and the Nerdy Babies series. She is a former high school teacher and co-founder of the youth writing center Read and Write Kalamazoo. Kastner is excited to bring a discussion of picture books as an art form to ARTbreak, celebrating art and…