GRAM on Sunday

 

February in Michigan can be brutal. We are usually knee deep in snow (as we are now) and the sight of sunshine is scarce. Today we decided to make a family trip to get some some fresh, chilled air and to visit the Grand Rapids Art Museum. It actually was sunny today, and it felt great to break up the routine.

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For those who don’t know, I work full-time doing design work for a cool, locally owned company here in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It was for that reason that I was excited to see that the current exhibit at GRAM is Graphic Design – Now in Production with an accompanying exhibit Stephen Frykholm: Herman Miller Picnic Posters. My husband worked for Herman Miller in the Graphic Printing Arts Department from 1986-1992 as the Senior Graphic Typographer. He has stories about his experiences working with Frykholm, so this was a pretty cool exhibit for him to attend as well. Our daughter tagged along, and I’m pretty sure she was just thrilled to be out of the house after a week-long illness.

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I recommend the current exhibit at the GRAM. I believe that the Frykholm exhibit absolutely outshines the Graphic Design exhibit though. The graphic design exhibit was informative, but not particularly inspiring. Frykholm used this 20 year long poster project as an outlet for his creativity. I particularly enjoyed looking at the posters chronologically to see how they built upon each other to create a whole body of work.

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Sundays at the GRAM are great. If you arrive right when they open at noon, you pretty much have the place to yourself. There is also a live concert series that runs every Sunday from 2-3p.m. The best kept secret is that if you are an early bird as we were, you can listen to the musicians warm up and practice as if it is your own personal performance. It is a cool thing to experience is such a great space.

This family had a great afternoon out enjoying one of the many things our fair city has to offer.

 

 

 

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A Summer Evening Remembered

I found this pic today from a visit to Chicago back in August. We happened upon a neighborhood festival in Rogers Park. It was such a fun evening. I took this photo of the kids cheering on the dancing kitten puppet show.

This puppet show is actually a booth attached to a bike. To better see what I’m talking about, visit http://www.puppetbike.com.

Visiting THE HUB – ArtPrize 2012

I stopped by the HUB today to pick up my artist name badge and swag bag. This is the second year that this building has been the HUB, but this year they have added an entire outdoor lounge where the street normally is. This is the center of all things ArtPrize. You register to vote here, shop for all of your ArtPrize goodies here, and also this is where they display the winning piece of art from last year. Let the fun begin. It is ArtPrize again. I can seriously feel the buzz of energy in this fine city of Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Post 97, Ladies Literary Club, continued…

I want to apologize to all of my blog land buddies for my absence. I have been trying to juggle a whole lot of craziness lately. I thought today I’d post another photo from the Ladies Literary Club I took back at the end of May. The first photo got a very positive response from all of you. I hope, hope, hope to get out more in the next week or so to resume my daily(ish) posting from around my fair city of Grand Rapids.

Also, we are only 3 more posts away from my 100th blog posting! That means you still have time to leave me a like or a comment on any of my pages (facebook, twitter, wordpress, tumblr, web site) and I’ll enter you in a chance to win one of my photographer’s field notebooks and a set of my snazzy fabrikate pin trios. If you haven’t yet seen these items, check out my web site at http://www.fabrikateshop.com. The winner will be announced at the beginning of my 100th blog posting.