Every fall the city of Grand Rapids, Michigan transforms into an art paradise for artists and art lovers. It’s all because of ArtPrize — an open competition for artists to submit their work and have the opportunity to win more than $500,000 worth of prizes. Artists’ works are displayed throughout the city, and the venues are open to the public for free. The artists connect through the official ArtPrize website.
Here is the mission statement: “ArtPrize is an international art competition and festival open to all and determined equally by public vote and expert jury. ArtPrize encourages critical discourse, celebrates artists, transforms urban space and promotes cultural understanding.”
This is the eighth year, and I’m proud to announce that two of my friends are part of the 2016 ArtPrize competition.
Janet Kelman’s glass sculptures are spectacular and the piece “Oracle” (above) is no exception. The aqua hues are breath taking.
Photographer Gene Meadows does not disappoint with his edgy work “de-con-struct,” which is below. Although I also like his traditional photos of home interiors along with his beautiful series of Cranbrook in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.
The Detroit Free Press included Janet and Gene in an article highlighting metro Detroit artists at ArtPrize.
Photo: James Whatling/Splash News
The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, recently wore a blue fitted dress. The dress is named the Detroit dress and is from LK Bennett, a London clothier with many stores in the U. S. Kate always looks stunning. There is a site chronicling her fashions — whatkatewore.com and you can see her wearing this dress in many photos.
The Detroit Free Press reported this as well and noted that the dress sells for $395. The dress from the LK Bennett website is below.
In this instance, the color is truly royal blue!
Check out the blog readthespirit.com
It’s an online magazine, a blog, a bookstore, and more.
This expanded blog is innovative, fresh and cross-cultural. All faiths are explored.
I stumbled upon it after, my Linkedin connection Bobbie Lewis wrote about it. Bobbie has a new interactive section on this blog called Feed the Spirit.
Veteran journalist David Crumm is a co-founder. He’s the former religion columnist at the Detroit Free Press. I used to read his columns religiously! Another personal connection is Lynne Meredith Golodner, a former colleague from our days at Renaissance Media and the Detroit Jewish News. She is the author (shown) of Flavors of Faith: Holy Breads, published by Read the Spirit Books. Golodner weaves interesting stories in between recipes for challah, hot-cross buns and Native American cornbread. Faith and food intersect in delightful way.
Flavors of the Faith is first in a series “to inspire and nourish readers with real-life stories and cross-cultural traditions.”
I look forward to more soulful recipes and food stories.
“A loaf of bread, a jug of wine, and thou.” – Omar Khayyam