Women's LifeStyle Magazine, August 2018, Express Yourself

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10 Ways to Express Your Inner Artist............................ 10 Forge On.............................................................................................................. 18 Meet Jori Bennett, Executive Director of ArtPrize..................................................22 Saving Gill............................................................................................................ 26


The Art of Mobility....................................................................................24

Style & Beauty

Mixing Metals.................................................................................................. 29 Find Your Personal Style.................................................................. 30 Consignment and Thrift..................................................................... 52


Recipes.................................................................................................................... 32

Jerk Tempeh with Mango Chutney and Blanched Kale........................................................................... 32 Moroccan Tofu over Pearl Couscous..........................32 Sun Basket’s Tondoori-Style Chicken with Bombay Curried Potatoes............................................ 34 Cherry-Glazed Duck Breast Salad..................................... 34

Think Outside the Lunch Box: Bento Boxes....... 36

Learn & Do

Voluntary Re:Action............................................................................................ 6 Find Your Art.......................................................................................................... 12 Art Guide.................................................................................................................. 14 Walk Your Art Out........................................................................................... 16 Emerging Graduate Artists at the UICA................................. 38 Resolve Difficult Issues with Your Partner............................... 40 Practice Mindful Self-Expression.....................................................44 Her Legacy: Gert Van Houten......................................................... 46 GRandJazzFest................................................................................................... 52 August Events...................................................................................................... 48 Pink Arrow Pride................................................................................................. 54 A Night of Couture and Culture with Delasie................. 60 ON THE COVER: Abbey Hunter, Heather Murray, Alaina Clarke and Laurel Mills. PHOTO BY Two Eagles Marcus. THIS PAGE: Alaina Clarke’s earrings in process at The Hot Spot GR. PHOTO BY Two Eagles Marcus


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Letter from the Editor This month, we invite you to participate, support and indulge in the arts. West Michigan plays host to an exceptional community of creatives who are leading the charge for social change within the arts. In Forge On, we bring you into The Hot Spot, a metal arts studio established by Abbey Hunter that operates on a mission of support, accessibility and inclusivity. Along with offering tiers of membership for working metalsmiths, the public studio/gallery welcomes the community to learn about this time-honored craft through classes, workshops and a monthly potluck dubbed “Forge n’ Gorge” (18).

Summer vibes! EasternFloral

Steffanie Rosalez leads Girls Rock! Grand Rapids, a week-long women-run summer camp where girls and gender nonconforming youth aged 8-16 learn selfexpression and leadership while forming their own bands, learning instruments and writing songs. The week concludes with a free showcase at Wealthy Theatre on Aug. 19, during which campers step on stage to rock out original songs (42). On page 26, artist Kim Gill shares her extraordinary story of losing her eldest son and how learning to paint guided her through grief gave and her new life. Gill’s evocative portrait work has garnered her dozens of awards, including the 2016 Paul Collins award. Next month, the city ramps up for ArtPrize 10. Turn to page 22 to read our interview with the organization’s executive director, Jori Bennett, as she reflects on the last decade of one of the largest international art competitions as it continues to evolve to meet the needs of our community. GRandJazzFest returns for the seventh year running to saturate the streets with jazz performed by world-renowned musicians who take the stage at Rosa Parks Circle on Aug. 18 and 19 (52). On Aug. 17, the UICA invites you to experience the Michigan Emerging Graduate Artists (MEGA) reception and marvel at the innovative works of artists currently enrolled in a graduate-level program of a Michigan academic institution (38).

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Finally, we invite you to recognize the artist in you; whether you know it or not, it’s there. Turn to page 12 to learn how to find your art and nurture your creativity. There is an artist in you. Express yourself.

-Elyse Wild, Editor

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Volunteer Spotlight

elcome to our volunteer column sponsored by Grand Rapids Community Foundation. Discover which volunteer position best describes you. Pick a cause and react voluntarily!

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Get a “backstage pass” to this year’s GRandJazzFest as a volunteer! Help set up tables, banners and lights; sell merchandise, distribute T-shirts and coordinate autograph signing; assist artists with load in/out, security checks, meals and anything else they might need throughout the day. Shifts take place in three-hour intervals and each volunteer receives a T-shirt, bottled water and an inside look at this year’s festival. This annual festival is a weekend-long event that presents jazz performers, including many Michigan-based artists. This year’s festival is Aug. 18-19 at Rosa Parks Circle.

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Take Action: Sign up to volunteer at grandjazzfest.org/volunteers.

What’s more fun than volunteering your time to play like a kid? At the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum, there are all kinds of jobs for volunteers from sewing costumes and painting sets to attending field trips and reading stories. The time will fly when you’re having fun! Besides adults, teenagers aged 14-18 can become a youth volunteer and mostly spend time with the museum visitors.

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At the Legal Assistance Center anyone, regardless of income, can receive legal assistance according to the center’s mission of justice for all. There is a unique opportunity to volunteer to assist this hefty operation. Volunteers must be willing to learn basic law and procedure, follow directions and have respect and a desire to work for a diverse population. Some responsibilities include greeting patrons and signing them in, provide information and make referrals to community organizations and communicate basic law, procedure and options.

Take Action: Grab a friend and apply to volunteer at grcm.org/volunteer or in person at the museum.

Take Action: To apply for this opportunity, visit legalassistancecenter.org/volunteer.

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to help them get back on their feet. There are many ways to volunteer for this organization, from helping out in the office to playing with kids. Volunteers can help out one time, once a month, year or even daily, 365 days a year. Other ways to give include being a furniture donation driver, family driver or assisting in special projects. There are even volunteer projects online that families can do together from home.

Homeless families are being helped out of their struggle at Family Promise of Grand Rapids. This community organization provides emergency shelter and basic needs to families with children who are homeless, and then additional resources

Does your organization have a volunteer opportunity that would be perfect for this page or an extraordinary volunteer who we should spotlight? Please email our editor, Elyse Wild, at elyse@womenslifestyle.com.

“We’re on earth for an uncertain amount of time so it is important to us that we do what we can to individually support causes we care deeply about.” - Margarita Chappell

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The people who attend GRandJazzFest are so warm and friendly. It is an event for everyone, and I love helping to make it happen. It’s a great way to give back to the community”

Meet our One Hundred New Philanthropists You don’t need a million dollars to be a philanthropist; you just need heart and an organization to help you move forward. Learn more by contacting Jenine Torres at 616.454.1751 or jtorres@grfoundation.org. Margarita and Jeffrie Chappell, members of 100 New Philanthropists


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Beyond Her Grave Bicycle Tour: The Legacies of Women Buried in Fulton Street and Oakhill Cemeteries Tuesday, August 14, 2018, 6:00 pm Saturday, August 18, 2018, 11:00 am Main Library – 111 Library St NE (meet outside)

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10 ways to express your inner artist in



Creativity is a trait that resides in all of us. Here are 10 ways to tap into your imagination and find your inner artist. BY PEACHES MCCAHILL


Set time aside to daydream.

Travel whenever you can. Different environments provide new perceptions and a sense of magnitude.

Create a vision board..



Buddy up and take an art class with your friends.


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Be humble and ask for feedback.

Work on one idea at a time. Dive into a project and let it have your full attention.


“Take any challenge as a creative opportunity.”

Read. A good book is the best stimulant for your imagination.


—Alexandra Watkins Write a haiku about your day.


Be a patron of the arts in your city.

Pick a new color each week to incorporate into your outfit every day.



ABOUT THE AUTHOR Peaches McCahill is founder and president of The McCahill Group, a leading provider of health, wellness, beauty and talent solutions, and owner of M Power Studio. She has a passion to inspire others with simplistic lifestyle suggestions.

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hen we think of art, many of us think of paintings hanging in the grand hall of a museum; and when we think of artists, we think of tortured individuals whiling away in a dark basement studio toiling over a masterpiece via oil paints. This narrow definition of art limits our potential to experience the world and express ourselves in ways to which we are naturally inclined. With an expanded definition, one can see art everywhere, in everything and recognize one’s own ability to make it. While creativity is innate in all of us, expressing it is good for us. According to the American Journal of Public Health, creative activities decrease stress in a fashion similar to meditation, in turn reducing the risk of diseases such heart disease, Alzheimer’s and depression, and boosts emotional well-being regardless of skill level.


Tapping into your creativity and finding your art is as simple as recognizing it. Think of the activities, however big or small, that you give extra attention to — that you lose yourself in, even for a moment. Do you relish writing notes with beautiful handwriting? Add flourishes to your emails? Is cooking dinner your favorite part of the day? Think about why you give it extra attention and why it gives you pleasure: Do you love forming curves in a certain letter? The way specific paper absorbs ink? Do clever wordings and vivacious verbiage make you light up inside? Does a superb soufflé make your soul sing? Whatever it is, embrace it and start considering it your art.

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If handwriting is your thing, sign up for a calligraphy class; if it’s well-worded emails, join a writing group; if it’s cooking, take a workshop geared toward a specific cuisine. Challenge yourself to learn more, grow your craft and take ownership of the self-expression that comes naturally to you.

Give Yourself Time, Space and Tools

Whether it’s a few minutes in the morning, half an hour during your lunch break or an entire evening, set aside time as frequently as possible to express yourself through your art. Don’t wait for inspiration to strike — just do it. But by all means, when inspiration does come sauntering your way, make sure you have the space and tools to take advantage of it. Pick a spot in your home (a desk for writing, a four-season porch for painting, an empty room for dancing, etc.), pronounce it your creative space and fill it with the tools you need to explore the depths of your expression and create your art.


A study conducted by the American Journal of Public Health found that even observing creativity reduces psychological stress and promotes healing. Now that you have learned to recognize everything around you as art, take it in; you will nurture your creativity and enhance your connection with the world. Watch movies, read books, dine out, get lost in museums, discover art shows, take more classes, attend discussions, enjoy live music; absorbing the creative expressions of others, will, in turn, enrich your own.

After you have recognized your art, sign up for a class to enhance your skills and spend a certain amount of time a week dedicated to learning and practicing.

I think everything in life is art. What you do. How you dress. The way you love someone, and how you talk. Your smile and your personality. What you believe in, and all your dreams. The way you drink your tea. How you decorate your home, or party. Your grocery list. The food you make. How your writing looks. And the way you feel. Life is art.” ­—Helena Bonham Carter 12

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4 Free Apps to Unlock Your Creativity Our phones provide us with access to modern conveniences that have crossed the threshold into necessity: GPS? Check. Text messaging? Check. Email? Check. Camera? Check. Dynamic creative tools? Um, check? If you aren’t already utilizing your mobile device to harness your creativity, here are five apps that will unlock your imagination.




Paper transforms your device into a canvas of possibilities limited only by your imagination. The app provides users with stunning 3D journals in which to sketch, write, diagram, draw, color, insert photos, annotate and more. Users sing Paper’s praises for seamless navigation and intuitive tools that work well with a stylus or just your fingers. An autocorrection feature fixes rough drawings into smooth lines and sharp shapes, and structural tools such as grids, lines and storyboards are available to guide your ideas.

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(iOS, Android, Windows) Do you love logos? Does a fine font make you feel faint? Does beautiful lettering on a sign make you swoon? Behold, Fontli! A social network for typography lovers in which members can share photos of typography from their everyday lives, from stunning signs to lovely letterheads to bold book covers and everything in between. Through a partnership with myfonts.com, users can even tag a photo with thousands of fonts from the library.

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Dubbed the art genome project, Artsy is the world’s most extensive database of contemporary and historical art. With 300,000 works by 40,000 artists, you can view works from every medium imaginable: photography, painting, sculpture, print, film, design, jewelry and more. Complete with comprehensive artist biographies and exhibition histories, you can explore an artist’s entire body of work and even bid on pieces at auctions, purchase works for sale and find information on current exhibitions taking place around the world.

HaikuJAM (iOS, Android) This app beckons you into a world of poetry and collaboration. invites users to add one line to a three-line poem, which when completed is called a “jam.” With writing prompts that range from the broad (memories, purpose, strength) to the very specific (waking up, life on Mars, grandparents) and a required word count for each line, this app accomplishes more than just spurring on your inner poet: It allows you to be as serious or as silly as you’d like. Plus, you can view, like and share other jams and create writing prompts for others jammers to write poetry to.


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8 Ways To Explore Art In Your Community POTTERY LANE


This dynamic gallery and studio is on a mission to spread a love of ceramics through education, appreciation and access. Pottery Lane holds open studio hours seven days a week. For $20, walk-ins get 2 lbs of clay and 2 hours in the studio with access to tools. Your creation is then bisque fired, and you can glaze it for a nominal fee. Classes, which included Intro to the Pottery Wheel, Hand Building 101, are taught by expert instructors. Students receive access to tools and supplies, custom glazes and a beginners toolkit to take home. They will soon launch intermediate and advanced classes for those seeking to continue down their clay path. More experienced potters have the option of purchasing a monthly membership to the studio, which includes 24/7 access, use of all equipment and tools, a 25 percent discount on all classes, one free event every quarter, special training, and selling privileges in Pottery Lane’s Gallery. Add a creative spin to your event and book a customized pottery experience for your group!

For nearly 50 years, the Grand Rapids Ballet has celebrated the human spirit through the art of dance. Along with staging world-class productions that dazzle audiences, the ballet offers youth and adult dance classes. The Young Dancers Program includes Creative Dance (ages 3—4), Pre-Ballet (ages 5—6) and Elementary Ballet (ages 6—7). Young Dancers develop coordination while learning ballet vocabulary and musicality as they prepare for their very own performance of Petite Nutcracker. Boys Ballet Class is designed for boys aged 5—12 to receive a first-rate dance education as they learn goal-setting and self-discipline, hone flexibility, strength and coordination, creativity and problemsolving. For children aged 8—19, the Grand Rapids Ballet School has a seven-tier program of in-depth dance instruction that cultivates self-expression, technique, poise, grace and a love for the arts. Pricing for classes and programs vary. Interested students are granted one free class, and financial aid and scholarships are available.

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Artists Kate Meyer studied fine art and zoology at Michigan State University, and in her stunning pieces, she marries her passion for visual art and love for science. Her encaustic works are crafted with beeswax, resins, pigments, metal, glass and found objects which yield ravishing imagery and structural depth that draws in viewers. In her artist’s statement, Meyer divulges that her work “examines the intricate relationship between our hearts and our minds.” Her work has been on display in businesses and galleries across Grand Rapids, such a Grand Rapids Brewing Company, Fountain Street Church, One Trick Pony and the Forest Hills Fine Arts Center. To learn more about Kate and view her works, visit katemeyer.art.

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This charming store is the cultivation of owner Anne Mohan’s dream to open a shop where people can admire and purchase products from local artists and vendors. Full of handmade home decor, art and accessories, the store also hosts in-depth workshops which include macramé and succulents, mixed media and sign making, to name a few. For those who feel inspired on the spot, they have Open Studio Time for $10 per person. Book your own private workshop taught by local artists —perfect for your next girl’s night out, baby shower, book club gathering and more.Committed to giving back, My Sweet Peony partners with The Ronald McDonald House of West Michigan, the Children’s Assessment Center and sells products by Duke Cannon Supply Company, which donates a portion of their proceeds to directly support veteran causes.

Hosting both internationally-renowned classical and contemporary musicians, St. Cecilia Music Center (SCMC) has stood as a pillar of music appreciation in West Michigan for more than 100 years. Their tour de force programming includes concerts series Acoustic Cafe (folk), SCMC Jazz Series and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (chamber). The upcoming season kicks off in October with performances by legendary banjo duo Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn, rising jazz vocalist Veronica Swift and the Benny Green Trio, and acclaimed pianist Wu Han. Ticket prices for each performance vary. Ticket holders have the opportunity to attend a post-concert reception with a cash bar to meet the artists and purchase signed CDs.



When this leading-edge facility dedicated to fostering enjoyment of the arts opened its doors the early 2000s, it was among the first of its kind to be certified for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) by the United States Green Building Council. The center’s state of the art auditorium is designed to stunningly showcase concerts and productions for an audience experience like no other. The 2018-19 kicks off in September with iconic headlining acts such a Colin Mochrie and Bard Sherwood (Sept. 16), legendary American funk band WAR (Oct. 19), Tony-award winning musical Cinderella (March 25), beloved Broadway musical comedy Rock of Ages (April 22) and more. Ticket prices vary. Group sales are now available; single tickets go on sale on Aug. 13. Visit fhfineartscenter.com to purchase.

After marveling at the stunning permanent collection and latest exhibitions at the Grand Rapids Art Museum, explore the Museum Store. Affixed to the GRAM, The Museum Store is brimming with one-of-a-kind items from art-centric children’s toys, dazzling home decor, handmade adornments, books, clothing, and more from local and international artists alike. A Herman Miller for the Home retailer, the store also carries furnishings from the iconic furniture manufacturer. GRAM members receive 10 percent off all purchases.

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Grand Rapids is packed to the gills with amazing art, and what better way to see it than to take a walk! This guide will take you from the center of the A B city to the West Side and back again as you marvel at murals, see stunning statues and appreciate how artists work their creations into the city’s natural landscape. POINTER COLLECTION La Grande Vitesse by Alexander Calder Rosa Parks Circle by Maya Lin 525 Ottawa Ave NW A 135 Monroe Center St NW This iconic sculpture was installed in 1969 on the large Not many people know that this beloved community plaza surrounding Grand Rapids City Hall and the Kent spot in the center of the city is actually a functioning County Building. The steel sculpture is 43 feet tall, 54 feet art piece. Rosa Parks Circle was designed by artist long, 30 feet wide and weighs 42 tons. Additionally, it was Maya Lin, who centered the theme of the piece around the first public artwork funded by the Art in Public Places water and named it “Ecliptic.” Lin is also known for program of the National Endowment of the Arts. Calder designing the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, DC. made the sculpture his signature color, red, and named The focal point of the circle is the ice rink, and the it “La Grande Vitesse,” meaning “The Great Swiftness,” three stages of water that are represented are solid, representing the river flowing through the heart of the city. liquid and vapor. Water is also represented in a small pond and a misty vapor pond. The grass mounds are shaped to depict the Grand River and underneath the ice rink’s surface are 166 fiber-optic lights that represent the stars in sky above Grand Rapids on January 1, 2000.



Statue of Nishnabe Gemaw by Tom Hills 220 Front Ave NW Located in Ah-Nab-Awen Park is a statue of a former Native American leader of the local tribe in Grand Rapids, the Anishinaabek. The bronze man is standing on a boulder with his right hand raised in a gesture of peace, and in his left hand rests a peace pipe. He is wearing traditional leggings and his hair is braided with feathers in the back.




Steel Water by Cyril Lixenberg 299 Louis St NW This flowing steel sculpture by the Grand River was created by Dutch artist Cryil Lixenberg. A gift to the city by the Michigan Dental Foundation, the sculpture commemorates Grand Rapids as the first city in the world to add fluoride to its community water supply.



Fish Ladder by Joseph Kinnebrew 606 Front Ave NW What could’ve been a normal fish ladder, turned into a piece of art when artist Joseph Kinnebrew took the reins. The piece is a walkthupon sculpture, where visitors are surrounded by the “white sound of the river and the world of the fish.”

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Imagine That by Tracy Van Duinen 11 Sheldon Ave NE On one of the exterior walls of the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum is a mosaic mural by artist Tracy Van Duinen. The glittering piece of art was made permanent after it won second place in ArtPrize 2009.

Metaphorest by Tracy Van Duinen Fulton Street and Sheldon Avenue Located on the south side of Fulton Street, east of Sheldon Avenue, is another eclectic mural by Van Duinen. The West Michigan Center for Arts & Technology was involved in helping put pieces on this mural, which was intended to be a metaphor for the building power of the arts and local youth.


Grand Rapids Ballet Mural by Louise ‘Ouizi’ Chen 341 Ellsworth Ave SW This mural is yet another ArtPrize entry that became a permanent fixture in our city. The artist was commissioned by the UICA as part of their Exit Space Project for ArtPrize 2017. The large-scale floral design is visible from US 131 and Wealthy Street. The Grand Rapids Ballet was excited to have a piece of art represent the creativity inside the building, and also provide an accessible piece of art to anyone passing by.


Nessie on the Grand by Thomas Birks, David Valdisseri, Joachim Jensen and Richard App 1300 Fulton W This sculpture was created for ArtPrize 2009. Named “Nessie,” it is a striking model of the Loch Ness monster, measuring 20 feet tall and 100 feet long. It was originally installed in the Grand River but was moved to the John Ball Zoo pond later that year.

Kayla Sosa is a multimedia journalism student at GVSU. She’s a local freelance writer and enjoys spending time with her husband, her kitty and her family. When she’s not writing, she likes to go on nature walks, do yoga and paint.

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Abbey Hunter, Heather Murray, Alaina Clarke and Laurel Mills




A group of local women are steadfastly utilizing their skills as metalsmiths to create beautiful wares and a supportive community in which all are welcome to thrive.

nside of a geometrical building perched on a small rise of earth at 1606 Fuller Ave SE are walls lined with pegboards. Dozens of jeweler’s saws hang, along with a smattering of hammers in different sizes, a neat collection of pliers with blue, green, yellow, purple and black rubber handles, and further assemblages of tools. On a countertop rests an anvil, and on the floor are oxygen tanks fitted with wheels that let them glide easily across the floor. Gems, metals, wires, dremels and other jeweler’s tools are scattered over several benches.

the-spot decision to move the group out in 2017.

Heather Murray is sitting at one bench, her glowing red hair tied back as she deftly holds a flame to solder pieces of her latest creation.

“When I think of words associated with The Hot Spot, I think humility, humble and kindness and a willingness to collaborate.

The space is small, but well organized, and it feels like an entire world apart—one teaming with immeasurable possibilities. Welcome to The Hot Spot.


“I fashioned The Hot Spot to be for jewelers and metalsmiths to learn, collaborate and share ideas about running their businesses,” Abbey Hunter, founder and owner, said. Hunter graduated from Grand Valley State University (GVSU) with a degree in metalsmithing. She took out an LLC for The Hot Spot in 2012 with a vision of creating an inclusive, full-service public studio dedicated to allowing metalsmiths to work and connect with the community. Hunter launched the concept at a local makerspace, incubating the group while hosting workshops and meetups, until irreparable differences with the owners of the space caused her to make an on-


Shortly after, Hunter heard from a friend that the unmistakable building on Fuller was for sale, and she put an offer in. “I saw it and said, ‘We have to do this.’” she expressed. “I left my job [as a welding fabricator] at Founders Brewing Co. on a Friday, and I signed the papers for this place the following Monday. It was very serendipitous.”

— Heather Murray

The Hot Spot offers tiers of membership to serve the needs of individuals, from those who would like to utilize space and tools for a few hours at a time to artists who require 24-hour access. Along with offering one-on-one classes and group workshops, they welcome the community with a monthly potluck-style gathering called Forge ‘n’ Gorge, which is open to metalsmiths and non-metalsmiths alike to

learn about the space, share food, work on projects, and discuss ideas. The group’s core members are, Alaina Clarke, Murray, Laurel Mills (who was available for interview). Clarke and Murray also hold degrees in metalsmithing from GVSU and testify to how these monthly gatherings embody a primary component of The HotSpot’s mission: to build a culture of inclusivity in a creative space. “During Forge ‘n’ Gorge, you can really see that community building,” Clarke reflected. “We are very friendly and open and general, and we want to keep building on that culture. Patience is a trait a lot of metalsmiths have, because you have to have it… there is a deep empathy among the four of us that we really understand within each other.” Murray adds that, due to the tool investment, metalsmithing is not an inherently accessible craft. She emphasizes that humility is of the utmost importance as The Hot Spot continues to establish itself in the community and extend access to individuals who face barriers. “When I think of words associated with The Hot Spot, I think humility, kindness and a willingness to collaborate,” Murray expressed. “Working with fine art and metals is a privilege in itself. We are very happy and proud of our work because it will last for a very long time, but we also want other people to experience creating something with their hands and working with these tools that have been around for centuries.” Hunter nods in agreement. (Continued on page 20)

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“That’s what I really wanted to harness in The Hot Spot,” she added.


While Hunter, Clarke and Murray all work in the same medium (Murray and Clarke make jewelry, while Hunter now focuses on large-scale works), their work is vastly distinct. “We are still coming together and working,” Clarke commented. “But our motivations are different. We help each other out and we ask each other for advice and critiques. We really work together.” Murray’s voice is celestial, a quality infused into her earthly works that reflect a deep reverence for nature. Listening to her excavate the details of her craft and the intentions she brings to it is enchanting. “My work is definitely inspired by the forest and the outdoors,” Murray expressed. “I am inspired by things that grow in the dark and things that flourish in the light.” She currently creates jewelry for a line dubbed Forest Emporium, an apt moniker for her wares, which look as though they were plucked from the depths of the earth as relics of a far gone culture profoundly connected to the natural world: thick-banded rings with textures that mimic moss, lichen and leaves, upon which are striking candy-colored gems. In college, Murray was originally a biology major before she decided to explore the arts and gravitated toward metal work. “Metalworking was so therapeutic when I was feeling down because I could create these tiny, beautiful, precious things, but the process isn’t tiny and beautiful,” she reflected. “It’s a lot of hammering and loud noises and fire. It was something that really helped me through an emotional rut.” While Murray’s work is bohemian, Clarke’s is contemporary, demonstrating her affinity for geometric shapes, sharp edges, structure and routine. She describes her process as “production-base” as opposed to outwardly conceptual. “I love working with metal because there is such a process to it,” Clare expressed. “You have to do one

thing before the other, and I am very process oriented.” She sells her jewelry under A. Clarke Metalsmith. The first collection is a line called Trixie and Stella, and it includes pieces for working mothers and contemporary lifestyles. “My pieces start off with a shape and who I am designing for.” she described. “I think of what the price point is because I want it to be an everyday wear.” Like Murray, Clarke finds solace in the metalsmithing process. “I love being able to come in and know exactly what I am doing,” she said. “It’s healing and therapeutic. It’s very cut and dry; it either works or it doesn’t.” When Hunter creates, she is led not by a clear vision of an end product, but rather by what she is feeling in the moment.

“I base a lot of my work on what I am feeling. It’s like an emotional exhale.” —Abbey Hunter

“I base a lot of my work on what I am feeling,” she expressed. “It’s like an emotional exhale for me. It’s like purging demons.” Hunter found metalsmithing while attending GVSU as she worked toward an art degree, unsure of her focus until a lecture on metal arts illuminated her path. “I am all over the board creatively, and I saw these metal pieces with fabric and stone and ceramic,” Hunter explained. “I just thought, ‘Oh my God.’ It had everything I could ever be interested in.” The functionality of metalsmithing appealed to her. “I struggle with painting something pretty just to stick on a wall,” Hunter added. “What sold me on it is that I could make something that has a function or personal meaning. You can imbue it with this meaning and hold it close to you.” After graduating, Hunter was working as a janitor at Founders Brewing Co., when she was asked by the lead welder to lend a hand on a particularly busy day. “He said, ‘You have a metalsmithing degree and I will teach you welding,’” Hunter laughed. “I have been running with it ever since.”




Hunter’s work has evolved from jewelry to largerscale sculptural pieces, both of which have elements of Gothic architecture and dystopian structures.

the expectations of others and began harnessing metalsmithing as a means of self-expression. “I put heart, soul and emotion into what I really love to do, instead of what the community wanted or what the price points would be,” she described. “I started making larger pieces and doing whatever the hell I wanted. That was a pretty big emotional exhale and self-discovery.” Hunter’s pieces from that period were showcased during ArtPrize 9 at the Grand Rapids Art Museum. “Now I know what kind of artist I am,” Hunter said. “I know this is what I need to do, and I need to keep going with this.”


Hunter, Clarke and Murray agree that the metalsmithing community is uniquely supportive, a quality they continue to cultivate and embody with The Hot Spot. “One of the things that is very apparent in the metalsmithing community is that if you are willing to give to others, they will also give to you,” Murray said. “Because the knowledge isn’t widespread, it is precious. If you are willing to open up and teach others what you know, they will do the same.” Metalsmithing is nearly allegorical to life itself; the most beautiful things are born from pressure, sharp edges, hammering and fire, and as one continues to create, learn and share, identities are forged. “We all talk about going through life, jobs and families,” Clarke reflected. “But when you are able to express these things and work in a culture of lifting people up, especially women, you really start to learn who you are instead of who other people want you to be.” When she is not editing for WLM, Elyse enjoys traveling to far off lands, taking photos, listening to live music and spinning records.

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n June, ArtPrize announced the most significant shift in their programming yet: The international art competition will take place every other year, and in the interim years (called Projects years) the organization will collaborate with selected artists to facilitate a large-scale, multi-sited outdoor installation designed to deeply engage the community. In this interview, ArtPrize Executive Director Jori Bennett shares the thought process behind Project years, what she loves about her role and what she is looking forward to as the organization evolves.

Women's LifeStyle Magazine: Tell us about your background. What brought you to ArtPrize? Jori Bennett: I went to Savannah College of Art Design. It's a magical place. I got a design degree there, and then I got a job at a school with an experiential marketing agency. I was doing a lot of live events and creative development for Fortune 100 companies, traveling around and having a lot of fun. Through that job, I lived in a couple of different places (Atlanta and Long Beach, California), and eventually was searching for a mid-sized city with my husband. We had just had our daughter at the time, and we stumbled upon Grand Rapids by chance. My husband happened to be in Grand Rapids, checking it out to see if it was a place we would want to live. I'll never forget when he called me and said, “Jori, there's art everywhere, and there's no traffic! We should move here.” And it just so happened to be ArtPrize. So really, ArtPrize is what moved us to Grand Rapids. I was able to work out of my home here for about three years for the same agency I was working for in California.


or student; the list goes on. The biggest challenge is making sure that you're setting up the organizations, the city and the event to continue to thrive and be in tune with the community's needs and wants. WLM: Can you expand upon staying in tune with the community and how that relates to the ArtPrize scheduling change that was recently announced? JB: When ArtPrize started in 2009, it was an experiment, and that has been instilled in how we think about ourselves as an organization; we are an evolving experiment. It's upon us to keep the event exciting and delightful for visitors but also to create a fantastic experience for venues and artists. Now, heading into our 10th year, it's a really great time for us to make a pivot into the next ten years. We've made some pretty significant changes to the structure over the years to keep things exciting. One of those big changes was to add the parallel award structure where not only did we have a public vote award, which was the case in the first year, but then we added the jury several years later; that created this really interesting tension between what the public thinks is good and what the experts think is good. That was a big organizational shift which ultimately made it what it is today, which I think is integral to ArtPrize and the conversation it has generated.

All along, there have been minor and major changes, but we always thought it through very strategically. Every year, people start expecting those changes and shifts; ArtPrize is something people expect to evolve. With nine years of groundwork laid as we head toward year ten, this was a really good time to announce the next big change. Project One by ArtPrize will kick off in 2019 in the fall and is our next step to take events to the next level by creating a new format and experience for people. Project One will be a large-scale outdoor multi-sited city-wide art installation. This is the fun pivot: Instead of awarding money like we do in ArtPrize at the end of the event, we are going to take that funding and award it to an artist or a handful of artists in advance of Project One to pay for their commission and the production of this large-scale project. Rather than be the referees like we are in the ArtPrize years, in Project years we are going to collaborate with the artists and the city in a very deep way. We are going to be working through things like: What are the sites that are going to be populated around the city? How is the artist engaging the community with their artistic vision? Ultimately, we will be supporting the artist and the installation and making sure that all of that can come together. It will be a magnificent outdoor show that will take place for six to eight weeks. People will be

I went to several ArtPrize events as a visitor and met some of the team, and the rest is history. I started with ArtPrize as the director of business development in 2015. After three years in that role, I accepted the interim executive director position in January and officially accepted the full-time position in April. WLM: What is the most rewarding part of your job? JB: One of the things I love about ArtPrize is the ownership the community takes. It started as an experiment, and over the years has grown into something the community truly feels is their own. The power of that is so cool because anyone I talk to has their own personal connection to it, and their own story. Hearing people’s memories and interactions and how it has impacted their lives is so rewarding. It’s truly transcended what we do here in the office on a day-to-day basis. WLM: What is the most challenging part of your role? JB: The challenge is making sure you're doing right by the community by the way you're steering the organization and making decisions that are thoughtful toward all the different stakeholders that are engaged with the event. There are so many stakeholders, all with very different perspectives on how they experience the event, whether they are an artist, visitor



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able to come out and explore the city and the different sites. We want to encourage people to slow down and take their time with the art, whereas with ArtPrize, the beauty of it is that you can see so much; a lot of people take it upon themselves to go to every single venue. In Project years, we encourage people to take their time and consider the artist and what they're trying to say, all while exploring the city in a different way. I think our visitors are ready for this; they are ready for deeper engagement. WLM: What is the vetting process like for artists in Project years? And is there a stipulation that artists have to be a local or is global participation encouraged, like in ArtPrize years? JB: We are assembling a curatorial advisory committee that will be made up of national experts from the art world. That advisory team will help us select the artists. Our team here, led by artistic director Kevin Buist, will be selecting the artist or artists for Project One. As opposed to ArtPrize where people enter and find a venue, we will be reaching out to artists and asking them to participate. It's exciting for our team to get to be collaborators. To your question about national and international artists— they could be from anywhere. We plan to announce who the artist or artists are in early 2019. WLM: ArtPrize 2018 is right around the corner. What are you most looking forward to this year, for yourself and the community? JB: It's such a great time to reflect on the past ten years; it's a big deal for us and the community.

What I am most looking forward to is having all of our live-broadcast events in Rosa Parks Circle. We made a very strategic decision to move all of our production and events into the circle, because it’s the epicenter of the city, in order to welcome more people to our events. Typically, our critical discourse series and our awards have been at different venues around the city with limited space. It felt important to put it all in a public space in order for it to feel celebratory and welcoming for everyone. Pretty much every night for the 19 days of ArtPrize, something will be happening on the main stage. It's going to be very energetic. The city has been fantastic and is helping us fund a large tent structure that will span over the top of the center stage area, so we can be protected from the elements.

It's upon us to keep the event exciting and delightful for visitors but also to create a fantastic experience for venues and artists.”

We are also putting shipping containers in Rosa Parks Circle. One will be an educational experience where people can pop in to do art-making activities, and the other shipping container will host our visitor services. I am very excited about that. In addition to that, we have invited back all of our Grand Prize winning artists to be special guests during ArtPrize. Ran Ortner, who was the Grand Prize winner in 2009, is coming for the second week of ArtPrize and is also going to be a Grand Prize Juror. We'd love for him to give a talk about his career and how it has launched since that first year of ArtPrize. I think people will be excited to welcome back the Grand Prize winners and celebrate with them. The third thing I am excited about (there's a lot!) is our story campaign (stories.artprize.org), which we launched a few weeks ago. Anyone can visit the website to share their ArtPrize memory, and we will display those live. We are also curating stories from artists, volunteers, jurors and venues. That goes back to my favorite part of my job: hearing people’s stories. I hear a new one every week and I hope people will enjoy reading each other’s experiences because it is really fun to see how ArtPrize has impacted people. ArtPrize 10 takes place from Sept. 19—Oct. 7. For information on artists, jurors and venues, visit artprize.org.

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aybe you’ve heard the term “mobility” in regards to exercise thrown out there by a few friends. You’ve seen foam rollers and massage balls at the gym. Perhaps you’ve seen a few crazy exercises and stretches from some of your fitness friends on Instagram. But what is mobility, and do you need it (whatever it is)? We all need mobility: It’s not just for athletes or your crazy friend who does boot camp seven days a week. Tom Sullivan, certified CrossFit Level 1 and Level 2, Olympic Weightlifting Level 1 coach and Functional Range Conditioning Mobility Specialist, describes mobility as “teaching the joints to move through a full, natural, range of motion under tension.” Using joints under tension essentially means loading the muscles around the joint. For example: bending over and picking a bag of dog food off the ground in a safe, stable position so you don’t injure yourself. This is something everyone needs in a different way—it all depends on what you do, whether that’s sitting at a desk, doing yard work or high levels of exercise. When it comes to mobility, just remember if you don’t use it, you lose it. Tom broke down simple exercises we can all take 5 minutes to complete before a workout or right out of bed.


“You’re going to have tight hamstrings,” Sullivan explained. “If you sit for 6-8 hours, and even if you get up for short breaks in between, you will still battle your hamstrings and hip flexors being short.” A great exercise is to kneel on one knee with the other foot on the floor in front of you. Reach back and pull your heel to your seat. Release your grip and try to hold your heel to your seat as long as you can and repeat.



When it comes to running, almost all injuries and pain come from the hips. “A short muscle is a weak muscle,” Sullivan said. “When you run, you rotate the hip in one direction which results in iliotibial band, knee and low back pain.” A helpful exercise is the 90/90 drill. Sitting on the floor, place one leg in front at a 90-degree angle and the other off to the side (off your hip) at 90 degrees. Move between leaning forward without your hands on the floor and twisting back to your back leg. Then, with your heels in the ground, rotate to the other side and repeat.


“If you’re doing anything that is core rotational or core bracing, breathing and learning how to pull air and create pressure in the abdomen and get stable is important,” Sullivan advised. Try this drill to focus on your breathing before your next paddle. Laying on the floor, elevate your feet to the wall in front of you until you create 90 degrees with your legs. Place your hands on your mid-section and feel your breath go into your belly (hands rise) and back out as you actively press your back into the floor.


If you work hard in the gym at boot camp, kickboxing or lifting weights, focus in on your thoracic spine (area between shoulder blades). A great exercise is spinal waving.

“Anyone can do this with zero equipment,” Sullivan said. “It’s especially great for mothers who have breast fed and have upper back issues.” Spinal waving is exactly what it sounds like: Standing tall, do the “wave” with your back, moving through full range of motion.


“As we grow older, it’s all about maintaining whatever strength and mobility already exists,” Sullivan expressed. “The first thing you do after getting out of bed in the morning is taking every joint in your body through a full range of motion. Just move every join. Our body and our neurological system will keep that joint more mobile if we use it every day. That goes for both young and old. If you continue to move it, your brain will make the connection with that joint and allow it to continue to move.” Sullivan’s best advice is to put a little work in every day to prevent long-term injury or disability. This is important for people of all ages and athletic abilities. That includes expecting mothers! While you don’t need tools to get started, the MOBI Performance Tool from Train Out Pain is an excellent piece of equipment that provides acute pressure. Or, try a rolling pin or PVC pipe at home. Use them to relax a muscle and then move into stretching and stabilizing.

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hen Kim Gill lost her 18-year-old son Patrick to a fatal car accident in 1999, she felt lost and confused. As any parent would, she was trying to cope with the loss of her first child while also attempting to hold the family together with her then 10-year-old son. About a year after Patrick’s accident, Gill’s friend took her to an art therapy session. That experience would change her life. “What came out of me was very personal, very raw and it was, I think, my grief bubbling over,” Gill said. “It was then I realized, I want more of this.”

The family moved from Adrian to Grand Rapids, where Gill was able to find more creatives to be influenced by, and where she gained her momentum as an artist. Gill saw an article in the Grand Rapids Press about a local watercolor painter, Loretta Sailors, who did a painting in honor of her daughter who also died at 18. Gill saw the similarities and got in touch with her.

“Being creative enriches your life in so many, often unexpected, ways. It brings me joy, and I trust that. “Loretta really led me on my journey,” Gill expressed. “She was the catalyst to get things going for me, and she’s taught me so much more than art. She knew that creating art was something that could help me, so I’m forever grateful for her that she came into my life.” Gill grew up in Grand Rapids. She attended Aquinas College where she got a degree in business administration. Over the years, she worked in the


banking industry and was a substitute teacher. When her family moved back to GR, her sole focus was raising her youngest son, Christopher. For many years, Gill took classes from Loretta, but she also attended community classes at Kendall College of Art and Design. “I had no art background,” Gill said. But that wasn’t going to stop her from realizing her talent. While she did all kinds of painting, she found that she was always “drawn to the face” — portrait work. “That’s my passion,” Gill divulged. Her works typically have a social justice orientation, with an emphasis on women and children in developing countries. “Some of my work can be hard; it can be raw, because I might capture their despair," she said. “I also try to capture hope. I think as I wrestle, almost 20 years later, you have that despair, the grief that I did have; I never gave up hope.”

Just like Gill never gave up hope, she never gave up Patrick’s spirit. His passion for the arts still lives through her and her other son, Christopher, who is a photographer. “He was a very talented man, as his brother is,” Gill said. “He was a writer — he loved to write poetry. He also was a ceramic artist … and he also was a photographer.” Gill described him as an old soul—a deep thinker. “I remember him sitting with me one day and saying, ‘Mom, you know, you can’t possibly know joy without knowing sadness. You can’t know hope without knowing despair,’” Gill remembered. “I think about that a lot.” While Gill started creating art as an outlet for her grief, she has turned it into a passion and a career. She has had a piece in ArtPrize for nine years, and in 2016 won the Paul Collins award for her painting “Still Silence, Still Missing.” That painting was a powerful piece

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dedicated to the Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped in 2015 by the Boko Haram. Gill has continued to focus on women and children, especially girls in countries where education is limited or prohibited.

Gill’s work hangs at Flatriver Gallery in Lowell (219 W Main St).

“Whether I’m expressing an emotion of despair, hope, sadness, or joy in my portrait work, what’s most important to me is to capture the strength and dignity of the women and children I paint,” Gill said. “I want the viewer to connect with this. We are all faced with challenges in our life, sometimes horrific, but no matter who we are, where we live, or what we’ve endured, it’s my subconscious message to suggest that we all have the strength within us to ultimately heal and make a difference even when life seems hopeless.” Gill is also a member of an artist cooperative in Lowell, called Flat River Gallery. The cooperative means that the business is a non-profit and paid for by the artists who fund it together. For the future, Gill would like to do a solo showcase of her own works and expand her portfolio for future shows. “The most significant goal, however, is to inspire others to embrace their own creativity and express it no matter what their age or skill level is,” Gill said. “Being creative enriches your life in so many, often unexpected, ways. It brings me joy, and I trust that.”

Kayla Sosa is a multimedia journalism student at GVSU. She’s a local freelance writer and enjoys spending time with her husband, her kitty and her family. When she’s not writing, she likes to go on nature walks, do yoga and paint.

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ixing metals and elements in your accessories is a fun concept that adds excitement to your wardrobe routine. Combining silver, gold and rose gold,wood, rubber and more creates playful tones and an artistic look that is all yours. Here are some simple tips to get started: •

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hen it comes to interior design, having a curated and well-defined aesthetic is a challenge for almost everyone. Knowing where to begin doesn’t have to be overwhelming and can make the process much more enjoyable. Infusing your personal design style into your home should be fun!

The most critical step is to decide how you want the room to feel. Your surroundings directly impact the way you feel, and in turn, the way you live in your home. The look should be more about a feeling than a design theme; don’t get trapped into a theme. For example, if you like a Mediterranean style, think about why you like it: Is it the warm earthy tones? Or do you like the vibrant blues and yellows? Do you like homes that feel cozy and warm, or are you drawn more toward moody and dramatic interiors? So, how do you decide what you want the feel of your room to be? Collect images. Browse the internet for pictures of homes that inspire you, cut images out of magazines, visit stores and take pictures of the things you like. Once you have a good number of images collected, start looking for common themes. Does everything have a common color or texture? There might be a pattern or style that pulls you in. Another exercise includes taking inventory of the things you have. Take a look around your home: Are there things that you like and reflect your style? Edit out the items you don’t like. If an item no longer resonates with you, it’s time to donate it. Mood boards or collages are another excellent way to hone in on common looks that you like. Use those cutouts and print your photos to mix and match images, textures and patterns in a way that is complementary and reflects the feeling that you would like to cultivate in your home. Still stuck? Don’t worry! Interior designers have been trained to be able to help you define your design aesthetic amongst other things and can usually help you come up with a plan for your space for a modest investment. Remember, your style is unique to you. Once you’ve been able to personalize your design style you can truly appreciate the feeling of being home.


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Jerk Tempeh with Mango Chutney and Blanched Kale Makes 3-4 entrees

Mango Chutney

1 large, ripe mango, cut into chunks juice of 1 lime 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger

3/4 teaspoon dried parsley 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1 8-ounce package tempeh, cut into 8 triangles Add all ingredients to a mixing bowl and whisk to combine well.

Add all ingredients to a food processor or blender. Pulse ingredients together until chunky, but not pureed. Set in refrigerator until ready to serve.

Heat a generous amount of oil in a sauté pan and sear tempeh on both sides. Coat tempeh on both sides with jerk seasoning mix.

Jerk Seasoned Tempeh

6 cups de-stemmed kale Diced green onion for garnish

2 tablespoons coconut sugar 1/2 teaspoon onion powder 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 1/2 teaspoon cayenne, to spice preference 1/4 teaspoon red chili flake 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika 1/2 teaspoon allspice 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon black pepper 3/4 teaspoon thyme


Bring a large pot water to a boil. Once boiling, submerge kale for 3 minutes, until bright green and tender. Strain and divide between dinner plates. Place seasoned tempeh triangles on kale. Garnish with mango chutney and green onions.

Moroccan Tofu Over Jeweled Pearl Couscous Makes 4 entrees

Jeweled Couscous

4 cups prepared pearl couscous 1/2 cup diced, dried apricots 1/4 cup dried cranberries 1/4 cup diced fresh parsley, plus more for garnish slivered almonds Gently stir apricot, cranberry, and parsley into prepared couscous. Divide amongst dinner plates

Moroccan Tofu

1 1/4 cups fresh orange juice (4-5 large oranges) 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice (about 2 lemons) 1/3 cup maple syrup 1/2 teaspoon coriander 1/4 teaspoon clove 1/2 teaspoon cumin 2 tablespoons paprika 1 tablespoon oregano 1 tablespoon turmeric 2 teaspoons thyme 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1 teaspoon cayenne 1/2 teaspoon allspice 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon black pepper 4 garlic cloves 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger 1 pound extra firm tofu, drained and cut into large squares


2 red bell peppers, cut into 1-inch pieces 1 large zucchini, cut into half moon shaped pieces Add orange juice, lemon juice, maple syrup, all spices, garlic and ginger to a high speed blender. Blend on high until completely pureed. Set aside. Heat a generous amount of oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add tofu to pan and allow to sear and brown before turning. Gently turn onto each side and allow to sear and brown before turning again. Sear all sides of tofu. In a separate pan, heat a small amount of oil and saute bell pepper and zucchini until tender. Stir vegetables into tofu. Turn heat to low, pour Moroccan sauce into pan with tofu and veggies, and heat until just simmering. Spoon over jeweled pearl couscous and garnish with fresh parsley, slivered almonds, and more dried fruits to taste.

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Sun Basket’s Tandoori-Style Chicken with Bombay Curried Potatoes Courtesy of Brandpoint | makes 2-4 servings

2 to 4 boneless skinless chicken thighs Tandoori spice blend 1 onion potatoes 4 sprigs of fresh cilantro 1 teaspoon curry powder 1 cup vegetable broth 1/2 cup diced tomatoes 2/3 cup peas 1 1/2 ounces baby greens Preheat oven to 425 F. Pat the chicken dry with a paper towel. Season generously with salt, pepper and the tandoori spice blend. Place the chicken on a pan lined with foil and roast at 425 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes. Halfway through, turn it over. Chop 3/4 cup of onions. Scrub potatoes and cut into 1/2-inch by 1/2inch pieces.

Coarsely chop the cilantro for garnish. In a large frying pan warm 2 to 3 teaspoons oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion, season with salt and pepper, and cook until starting to soften. Stir in the curry powder and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the potatoes, vegetable broth and tomatoes. Bring to a boil, reduce to a vigorous simmer, cover and cook between five and seven minutes. Uncover and cook until the liquid has thickened and the potatoes are tender. Stir in the peas and cook for about two minutes. Stir in the greens and cook until just wilted. Transfer the chicken and Bombay potatoes to individual plates, garnish with the cilantro. Serve and enjoy!

Cherry-Glazed Duck Breast Salad

Recipe courtesy of Chef Ted Cizma on behalf of Maple Leaf Farms Makes 4 servings

2 cups dried cherries, divided 3 cups hot water 1/3 cup raspberry vinegar 1 cup extra-virgin olive oil salt, to taste freshly ground black pepper, to taste 2 Maple Leaf Farms Boneless Duck Breasts 6 cups loosely packed baby spinach leaves 2 cups blue cheese 2 cups slivered almonds

Cherry Vinaigrette

In small saucepan over low heat, cover 1 cup cherries with water. Bring to simmer, cover pan and remove from heat. Let cherries soak in hot water 15-20 minutes. Strain cherries and reserve liquid. In food processor or blender, puree cherries until smooth, adding reserved liquid as necessary. Add raspberry vinegar to cherry mixture. With blender or food processor on low, slowly add olive oil, reserving about 2 tablespoons. Season mixture, to taste, with salt and pepper. Set aside Cherry Vinaigrette. Heat grill to medium heat. Remove skin from duck breasts. Rub with


remaining olive oil and season liberally with salt and pepper. Pour some Cherry Vinaigrette into separate container to use as glaze; reserve remaining for dressing. Using pastry brush, coat duck breasts with Cherry Vinaigrette. Cook duck until crisp and dark brown (about 5-6 minutes), turn over and recoat with Cherry Vinaigrette. Continue cooking until second side is crisp and brown, brushing with vinaigrette as needed, about 4 minutes, or until internal temperature reaches 155 F. Remove to cutting board and let rest at least 5 minutes. Place spinach in mixing bowl. Toss spinach with enough dressing to coat leaves. Add blue cheese, almonds and most of remaining dried cherries, reserving some of each for garnish. Season with salt and pepper. Divide spinach mixture among four bowls. Slice duck breast thinly on bias, starting at one end of each breast with knife at 45-degree angle. Fan slices of duck on top of each salad. Sprinkle each salad with crumbled blue cheese, almonds and dried cherries

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THINK Outside THE LUNCHBOX: Meet the Japanese Bento Box,Your Creative Lunch On-the-Go


BY SAMANTHA SUAREZ | PHOTOGRAPHY BY DAVID SPECHT f you’ve ever eaten at a Japanese restaurant, you’ll know that presentation is a huge part of Japanese cuisine, and the bento box is no exception.

Simply speaking, a bento box is a Japanese lunch box that comes with many small compartments. The term “bento” apparently derives from a Chinese word meaning “convenient,” which is appropriate since bentos can carry a variety of food in one chic rectangular container you can bring on-the-go. Beyond the aesthetic of the box itself, what differentiates the bento from just bringing a PB&J sandwich to work with you in a Batman lunch box is the artistic preparation and the sectioned-off balance of ingredients. A proper bento is crafted with care and should contain a complete, single-serving meal with a variety of tastes, colors, textures, and food groups. The most traditional setup holds rice or noodles, some form of protein (usually fish or meat), and pickled and/or cooked vegetables, all in one lovely container. These containers can range from disposable and mass-

produced to stylish, reusable, handcrafted containers made of bamboo, lacquered wood, or some other material.

WHAT’S IN THE (BENTO) BOX?! Bento boxes have recently become a culinary fascination in the United States, and it’s easy to understand why.

A proper bento is crafted with care and should contain a complete, singleserving meal with a variety of tastes, colors, textures, and food groups.”

For health-conscious eaters, they are a form of portion control that is pleasing to the eye, since the different compartments facilitate a balance of food groups. For foodies, they are a fun way to indulge in Japanese culture. For the everyday person, they are an eco-friendly and cost-effective way to pack a pretty lunch without resorting to anything unhealthy, like heating instant mac and cheese in the office microwave. The most colorful foods, after all, are usually fruits and vegetables!


Jordan Han, manager of Jaku Sushi & Grill on the East Beltline, is no stranger to bento boxes, both in the premises of his restaurant and in the comfort of his home. “I have my own bento lunch boxes that I bought from Amazon,” he told Women’s LifeStyle. “I like when my food is clean cut and perfectly sectioned off. It helps me stay organized and encourages me to not overeat.” Unlike most other Japanese restaurants in town, Jaku Sushi offers their bento boxes all day long, not just for lunch. “We have an Unagi Bento, which has grilled eel, rice, tempura and edamame, and comes with a soup or salad,” Han said. “Many of our other bentos are of a similar format, but with a different meat, like our Bulgogi Bento, which is marinated Korean beef. There’s also the Tonkatsu Bento, which is a Japanese breaded pork cutlet. Our Sushi Bento probably has the most variety. It comes with salmon and tuna nigiri, a sushi roll, edamame, gyoza, and salad.”


While enjoying an authentic, delicious bento at a Japanese restaurant is a wonderful experience, you can also enjoy a Japanese-style lunch by traveling to your kitchen! “In America, you mostly see bento boxes in restaurants, but in Japan, they are a prominent part of everyday life,” Han explained. “There are different bento boxes for specific situations. School-specific bentos for kids, for example, usually have things like hot dogs or eggs.”

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“Sometimes, the food is even designed to look like anime characters or animals! children by decorating the food into cute characters, flowers and other pretty arrangements. They became all the rage with the youngsters, and soon moms all over Japan were under pressure to make cuter and more elaborate bentos. Today, there are even national Kyaraben competitions in Japan.


Most of us don’t have time to prepare something as fancy and complicated as Kyaraben on a daily basis. We barely have the energy to make that sad sandwich packed in a zip-close bag as it is! Fortunately, there are simple tips and tricks you can apply to make your DIY bento both balanced and attractive to the eye, such as:

There are also bento boxes specific to convenience stores, train stations, airports and even supermarkets. It is not uncommon for an office worker in Japan to bring their own homemade bento to work. “Sometimes, the food is even designed to look like anime characters or animals!” Han added. The art of making bento box lunches look cute is called “Kyaraben” in Japan. It started out with homemakers wanting to make their food more appealing to their

4) Write notes and messages with a food marker, say on the outside of a banana. 5) Arrange fruits or vegetables into cute shapes, like a smiley face made of grapes or a flower made of broccoli. The most important things to remember when preparing your own bento is to ensure the presence of different food groups, textures and colors. Keep this in mind, and you’ll be able to apply your own “Instagrammable” creative twists on this time-honored Japanese tradition. Putting anything in a bento box looks pretty anyway, so long as you organize the foods by compartment. We hope we were able to convince you to give bento boxes a try, whether it’s out at a restaurant or through a packed lunch at work. Perhaps next time you decide to buy something for yourself or a friend, you’ll consider an elegant bento box! Who says kids get to have all the fun with their colorful lunch boxes, right?

1) Use a cookie cutter to make star or heart-shaped foods. 2) Roll up different lunch meats, like salami. 3) Make decorative skewers out of ingredients, such eggs, meats, figs, olives or cheeses.

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e’ve all been there: You’re enjoying a wonderful day with your significant other, and just when you think things couldn’t possibly get any better, an issue arises. The butterflies and rainbows turn sour, and you are faced with taking one of two paths: to argue or not to argue. It’s inevitable. Couples argue from time to time, which is a healthy behavior as long as both parties meet a productive conclusion. In the moment, it may seem more productive to ignore issues for the sake of not arguing, but rest assured those difficult conversations are worth it. Avoiding the issues altogether can be all the more troublesome to long-term relationships as the uncomfortable feelings may turn to anger, and even resentment, over time.

Use “I” Statements

Hearing the word “you” can often put people on the defensive as it can often come off as an attack. Once your partner feels attacked, it’s unlikely they will hear the actual words and even the message you are trying to communicate. If you say, “I am feeling as though I am not being heard,” as opposed to, “You never pay attention to me,” you will be more likely to have a productive conversation. Your partner will think about how you are feeling and abstractly consider how they may be able to help you.

Keep it Positive

When raising an issue from a positive place, your partner will be more likely to respond positively toward it. Instead of saying “Do NOT put the baby down like that,” try, “I would love for you to try


putting the baby down like this.” The positive suggestion can avoid a heated confrontation that may end up in calamity.

Make an Appointment

Some people will go on the defensive if they are surprised with an issue their partner has had time to consider. Instead of raising an issue out of the blue, tell your partner that you would like to discuss something that has been bothering you; for it to be as productive as possible, you would like to present the issue today, and perhaps have the discussion tomorrow. Your partner won’t feel ambushed and will be more likely to hear your concern and seek a positive solution.

Teamwork Makes the Dream Work

Attacking the problem with a team approach will strengthen your relationship. Discuss any previous attempts that were made to solve a problem and examine why they were unsuccessful. Use this time to agree upon possible solutions; as a team, you can choose to implement one of the solutions and give it an honest try for at least a month. If the things don’t improve, go back to your list of possible resolutions for another option.

Look for Non-Verbal Cues

Regardless of your partner’s signal, don’t ignore them. Gently touch your partner on the arm so as to gain their attention and let them know you are concerned that they are not entirely happy with what is being discussed and that you would love to hear what they might be feeling in that moment.

Feelings Can’t Be Wrong

Bear in mind that these difficult conversations will bring up some hard emotions, and that is OK. Everyone is entitled to their feelings, even if you don’t agree with them. Even though you are in a partnership, you will likely have different feelings about various issues. A healthy relationship is marked by the way a couple resolves these varying emotions. Remember, you love your partner, and the goal of raising difficult issues is to reach a solution that will work for both of you. Stay on topic and keep any and all hurtful words out of the conversation. If the discussion becomes too heated, take a break! It’s perfectly alright to sleep on an issue and revisit it at a later date.

Kerry Hart, LLMFT is a couple and family therapist in private practice. For more information, visit kerryhartcounseling.com

There may be times when you pick up on the fact that your partner is saying one thing while meaning another. Perhaps you are tipped off by a look in their eyes or telltale body language.

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teffanie Rosalez is an advocate for selfexpression and community, and she has successfully created a space where young women can discover themselves and a passion for music. Originally from Honolulu, Rosalez graduated from Hope College with a degree in art and communications. Now, she works as program director of the Cook Arts Center (644 Grandville Ave. SW) and Girls Rock! Grand Rapids (GR!GR), a local branch of the Girls Rock Camp Alliance, an international membership network of arts and social justice organizations geared toward young girls and nongender conforming youth. A musician herself, she was inspired to start GR!GR after she continually found music communities populated by the male ego. “There were moments when I was putting together my rig for a performance, and then this person running sound would come up and ask my [male] band mate instead of me about the rig I was putting together,” Rosalez expressed. She quickly found herself in a space where she felt overwhelmed by the nature of the music scene and sought to cultivate a community where music was about self-expression and not competition. When Rosalez discovered a Girls Rock! camp in Chicago, she was encouraged to bring the community to Grand Rapids; she launched GR!GR




as a program of the Grandville Avenue for the Arts & Humanities in 2013. Campers aged 8-16 who join the program connect to each other and express themselves by creating their own bands over the course of a week. Each band is supervised by a volunteer or band manager as campers work together to create a band logo, write lyrics, learn their instruments and participate in activities that promote body positivity and self-esteem. At the end of the week, GR!GR hosts a showcase during which each band performs an original song in front of a live audience at Wealthy Theatre, taking place this year on Aug. 19 at 3 p.m. The impact of GR!GR doesn’t end there; the program often receives requests for campers to perform after the week concludes, and many have played for Ladyfest GR, William Kelley Marks Lucy Foundation and more. “It’s a huge change both for music and the environments in which we create and talk about music,” Rosalez said. "The first year we did it, I was blown away by how different it was because most of the times I’ve been creating music or shows it’s so male-dominated. Taking out that element completely changed the way I saw myself.” Rosalez witnesses a huge shift in the GR!GR campers from the first year they came to camp; shy children find leadership positions and are free to express emotions and ask difficult questions. While the camp encourages students to lead, support others and find their strengths, the program also allows them to express what society is conditioned to see as weaknesses: talking about

feelings, asking questions and seeking help. While GR!GR primary focus is on creating a woman and girl-run community, men are welcome to work behind the scenes. Rosalez emphasizes that it is important that campers be allowed to take the lead in order to develop communication skills and grow. While space is limited, GR!GR is open to all girls and gender non-conforming youth who want to participate and offers a sliding scale to eliminate any financial barriers for campers and their families. The program even offers support to girls who want to continue learning their instruments after camp concludes with the opportunity to receive scholarships to go toward year-round music education. Elizabeth Grathwol is the volunteer coordinator for GR!GR, and credits Rosalez with the success of the program. “Steff is an amazing person," Grathwol commented. "Girls Rock was really her idea, it’s her baby. She’s so committed and organized. We have so many volunteers to train, she’s our anchor.”

To volunteer for this year’s GR!GR, taking place from Aug. 13—17, visit girlsrockgr.org. The Sixth Annual GR!GR showcase takes place on Aug. 19 at 3 p.m. at Wealthy Theatre. Admission is free.

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n a world full of carefully curated social media images, we can easily fall into the trap of thinking everyone else has it all figured out. These images represent a skewed reality, in which the chaos of real life resides just outside of the frame. Knowing that everyone has a messy story reminds us that we too can be brave enough to show our true selves to the world.

Self-Expression: Beyond the Illusion

Writing was my solace in a world suddenly ripped by tremendous loss and grief. When presented with the exciting opportunity to write for this column, I leapt at the chance. My heart wants to tell you that a symphony of characters naturally spilled out of me, landing on the page in perfect composition. The reality? It was a choppy mess. Feeling defeated, I succumbed to the deadline looming over me and disappointedly submitted the article I initially wrote. The irony wasn’t lost on me that I couldn’t adequately express myself while writing about self-expression. I had placed a massive amount of expectation on this debut article, with persistent thoughts on what it should look like and how it would be received. The truth remains that when we become so wrapped up in the thoughts of others, even unintentionally, our authentic selves become lost. I could not hear my genuine voice in that first draft, so I chose to begin again. Then it happened.

The Body

My shoulders dropped, my breathing became fuller, and my heart calmed, almost immediately after making the decision to start over. My body, realizing that I was now being true to myself, physically responded. This is what happens when you are in alignment with your true self. Your body will clue you in, sometimes much faster than your mind will catch on. Do you notice that? Even at this very moment, do you notice what your shoulders are doing? This awareness of the


present moment, without judgment, is the practice of mindfulness. While my mind still had its hesitations, the relaxing of my physical body confirmed that starting over was the right choice to make.

The Mind

What happens to a baby when you play bouncy music around them? They bounce! As adults, the firm grip of shame can make it feel near impossible to express ourselves in that childlike, unbridled manner. When expression is tied to an end result, a preconceived image, or other peoples’ perceptions of us, it will manifest itself into false thoughts like: I can’t because I don’t have enough talent. I can’t because I don’t look a certain way. I can’t because people will judge me.

into the second part of the practice. Carve five minutes out of your day to dedicate to expressing yourself in a creative manner. No seriously, set your timer for five minutes; you are worthy of this gift of time devoted solely to yourself. This can be anything that your heart feels compelled to do. Turn a song you love way up in the car and sing as loud as you can possibly muster. Pull out some paper along with your favorite writing utensil (I’m partial to fine-line Sharpies), and begin doodling. My personal favorite, put on your favorite tunes and dance! Do something physical that expresses a vulnerable part of you. Now, here’s the important part. Once you have completed one of these activities, pause. Become aware. What is your heart doing? Is it beating heavily? What is your mind saying? What thoughts are coming up? How do you actually feel? Simply notice, without judgment.

The Practice of Being You Creativity is how I share my soul with the world.” —Brene Brown The Heart: A Challenge

Knowing that these thoughts exist, I will challenge you to a practice of mindful self-expression. Begin by selecting a descriptive word you have difficulty believing about yourself, but which you desire to be. Then, speak the statement “I am (fill in the blank with your chosen description)”. Literally say it out loud. There is great power to speaking words aloud into existence. How did it feel, physically and emotionally, when you said those words? Simply notice, without judgment. Repeat the statement, again out loud. Is it feeling different? Repeat it one more time. Now, hold this intentional statement in your mind as you move

The answers that come up when you partake in this simple yet profound mindfulness practice are not always easy to face, but doing the work enables you to choose actions that truly reflect the authentic you, which in turn, allows space for others to freely express themselves. Give yourself full permission to be yourself, and notice how that changes how you show up in this world. I bet it is glorious. Dedicated in loving memory to Raheeq “Kiko” Alzaidan, who always found creative ways to express her true self.

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Relax at Rosa lunchtime concerts. Pair music with your lunch hour by heading to the heart of Downtown GR and enjoying a live performance by a local band, and grab an afternoon bite at one of the several food trucks onsite during the concerts. Rosa Parks Circle. Noon-1:30 pm. Full line-up at downtowngr.org

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(Continued from page 48) the human body through interactive and engaging exhibits. Grand Rapids Public Museum. Exhibit runs until Sept. 2. Hours at grpm.org. Grand Rapids Public Library. GR Reads: Summer Reading All Grown Up. The Grand Rapids Public Library has once again partnered with area organizations to present GR Reads, a summer reading program designed for adults. Come discover the ten interesting books that our smart staff have selected, and join your neighbors for fun, informative programs that are inspired by the books. All locations. Through August 31. grpl.org

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Beibei & Leilei Chen Exhibit. Leilei Chen and Beibei Chen are twin sisters from China, and have worked collaboratively together in creating the series of paintings and ceramics in their exhibit. This exhibit runs till August 22. Forest Hills Fine Arts Center. More info at fhfineartscenter.com.

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School of Rock (SRTI Youth Musical). Rock out in this theatrical adaptation of the movie where hopes-to-be rockstar, Dewy Finn, makes a band with the students in his substitute class to compete in the upcoming Battle of the Bands competition. Grand Rapids

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Be sure to catch Euge Groove’s headliner performance on Saturday night (8 p.m.) for an irresistible saxophone sunset. Euge Groove (a pseudonym for Steve Grove) is classically trained and contemporarily successful, having played with notable bands and musicians such as Huey Lewis and the News, Joe Cocker, Elton John and Tina Turner. He’s had multiple solo studio successes, including House of Groove (2012) and Got 2 B Groovin (2014). From Latin jazz to free jazz, performers such as John Gist, Grupo Ayé and Oli Silk will share their unique styles to keep you on your toes with your ears perked.

“Brass” yourself for two days of tunes amid 10 talented jazz musicians and the Grand Rapids community. Bring a lawn chair, the kids, and your dancing shoes to the 7th annual GRandJazzFest! For schedule, transportation suggestions, and further information about performers, visit grandjazzfest.org.

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(Continued on page 50) Tickets at grsymphony.org. Join the GRPM’s Chaffee Planetarium for a special evening for the full astronaut experience! Start the evening in the planetarium watching Space School, a new documentary based show, to learn the incredible story of how astronauts train underwater to live and work in space. Missions will be given to participants to see if they can complete the tasks and reach their destination! grpm.org Join Grand Rapids Public Library for a Writing Workshop with Shani Womack. Flint native Shani Womack brings her love of community and storytelling in this writing workshop for teens ages 11-18. 3 pm. Main Library. grpl.org.

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August 2 & 16

Intro to GROW. Get information on programs and services GROW offers for business starters. Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women. Noon-1 pm and 6-7 pm. growbusiness.org

August 3-24

Beibei & Leilei Chen Exhibit. Check out this paintings and ceramics exhibit by twin sisters from China whose art is influenced by Chinese culture, aesthetics and philosophy. Forest Hills Fine Arts Center (600 Forest Hill Avenue SE). fhfineartscenter.com

August 3

First Fridays Gallery Hop. Avenue for the Arts welcomes you to a night of gallery going as artwork and handmade goods by local artists take over gallery and building spaces along the corridor. Exclusive food and drink specials, offered by local businesses, make for an exciting evening of culture and libations. South Division. 6-9 pm. avenueforthearts.com

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D&W Fresh Market Picnic Pops presents Ben Folds. Summer’s premium concert experience on the ski hill wraps up with an unforgettable performance by Ben Folds accompanied by the live orchestral talent of the GR Symphony. Cannonsburg Ski Hill. 7:30 pm. Tickets at grsymphony.org. Movies on Monroe: Shrek and Hidden Figures. Enjoy an outdoor screening of a blockbuster movie on GR’s giant movie screen. Attendees are permitted to bring their own snacks and beverages (alcohol restricted to beer and wine only). North Monroe Parking Lot (across from SpeakEZ). 6:30 pm (movies begin at 7:30 pm). Full line-up at downtowngr.org.

August 5

Chain making workshop. 2+ hour workshop that covers using the acetylene torch and how to make jumps rings out of wire and solder them individually to make a chain. Materials include copper wire and a 1 foot length of sterling silver wire. Different kinds of chain will be taught and will also cover finishing and clasp techniques. Please wear closed toe shoes and have hair tied back for safety. The Hot Spot GR. 10-11 am. Register at thehotspotgr.com.

August 6

Jazz in the Park presents Mary Rademacher. Ah-Nab-Awen Park. 6:30-8:30 pm. wmichjazz.org Summer Concerts at the Gardens presents Vince Gill. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 7 pm. Tickets at meijergardens.org. Lindsey Stirling: Brave Enough concert. DeVos Performance Hall. 8 pm. Tickets at devosperformancehall.com. Watercolor Painting. In this fourday workshop, students with some experience in watercolor will paint their own subjects and determine what kind of skills and subject matters they want to learn more about. LowellArts (223 W Main Street). 6:30-9pm. Purchase tickets ($105) at lowellartsmi.org.

August 7 & 8

Grand Rapids public Library invites you to the Summer Reading Celebration. Join us for a fun celebration at your favorite GRPL location! Enjoy crafts and refreshments, and be sure to pick up your finisher swag bag and T-shirt. 10:30 am (Main Library) 2 pm (Madison Square Branch), August 8, 10:30 am (Main Library), 3 pm (Ottawa Hill Branch), 6:30 pm (Main Library). grpl.org

August 7

Slayer feat. Lamb of God, Anthrax, Testament and Napalm Death. Van Andel Arena. 5 pm. Tickets at vanandelarena.com. Kokedama (Moss Ball). Take a crack at assembling this Japanese Bonsai plant and learn how to take care of it at home. Light Gallery + Studio (317 Division Avenue South). 7-8 pm Purchase tickets ($25) at lightgallerygr.com. “Live from Dhaka” Screening + Panel Talk. Head over to the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts for a one-night-only screening of this film focused on Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh. Afterwards, there will be a panel discussion about the film, contemporary life in Dhaka, immigration and women’s rights. UICA (2 Fulton Street W). 7 pm-pm. Tickets are $8 and more information can be found at uica.org.

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Beer Run. Get into the running game the Beer City way by joining runners of all levels on a 3-5 mile course in the hosting neighborhood followed by beer, snacks, door prizes and fun with the people of the GR Marathon. New Holland: The Knickerbocker. 6:30 pm. Full schedule at grandrapidsmarathon.com. Tuesday Evening Music Club presents Nessa and The Moxie Strings. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 7 pm. Full line-up at meijergardens.org. Wealthy Street Theatre presents GR Reads: The Movies - Total Recall. Based on the Philip K. Dick novel We Can Remember It for You Wholesale. Tickets are $3 with valid GRPL library card. 8:00 pm. grpl.org

August 8

Free Student Heart Screenings. Students entering 9th grade to 12th graders are invited to a free heart screening session including a blood pressure check, 12-lead EKG, physician exam and an echocardiogram if needed. Mercy Health (Hackley Campus). Schedule at mercyhealth.com/studentheart. Modern Calligraphy + Sign. Take a beginner’s workshop in the basics calligraphy. Optional: Stay an hour later and create a reusable sign to take home. Light Gallery + Studio (317 Division Avenue South). 6 -8 pm. August 8. Purchase tickets ($35) at lightgallerygr.com. 97LAV Summertime Blues Concert Series: Wayne Baker Brooks DeltaPlex. 6 pm. deltaplex.com David Byrne American Utopia concert. The rock legend performs songs from his new album along with classics from his solo career and as the front-man of the band Talking Heads. DeVos Performance Hall. 8-11 pm. Tickets at devosperformancehall.com. The Cheese Lady is hosting Cheese 101. Learn the basic process of how cheese is made, learn and taste the differences between Raw and Pasteurized, Sheep, Cow, and Goat, and many different families of cheese from around the globe. Many cheese samples and appropriate pairings are included. The Cheese Lady Grand Rapids. 6:30- 7:30 pm. Get more info at thecheeselady.net Local First’s 15th Birthday Party. Local First invites everyone in our West Michigan community to our 15th Birthday Party. This fundraising event will celebrate our members, our achievements, and everything we’ve done together to put local first. Founders Brewing Company. 6 pm. localfirst.com Community Dog Walk. Join Nature of the Dog -GR Dog Walking Company for a community dog walk.

Paddock Place. 6:00-7:00 pm. uptowngr.com

August 9

Relax at Rosa lunchtime concerts presents Cabildo (world/Latin). Rosa Parks Circle. Noon-1:30 pm. Full lineup at downtowngr.org. Artist’s Reception for Beibei and Leilei Chen. Forest Hills Fine Arts Center. 6-7 pm. fhfineartscenter.com Kids Creative Art Class. Kids and parents are invited to make art in a new way using sticks, leaves and more of nature’s media. Blandford Nature Center. 6-7:30 pm. Register at blandfordnaturecenter.org. Wall Tapestry Weaving. Using a loom, needle, yarn and wool, learn how to weave your own tapestry and complete a wall hanging to take home. Light Gallery + Studio (317 Division Avenue South). 6– 9 pm. Purchase tickets ($35) at lightgallerygr.com. Lowell Sizzlin’ Summer Concerts presents Go to the Fair. Riverwalk Plaza. 7-9 pm. Full line-up at discoverlowell.org. Beibei & Leilei Chen Exhibit Reception. Check out this paintings and ceramics exhibit by twin sisters from China whose art is influenced by Chinese culture, aesthetics and philosophy. Forest Hills Fine Arts Center (600 Forest Hill Avenue SE). 6-7 pm. fhfineartscenter.com Science on Tap: Exploring the Ecology of the Great Lakes. Join Dr. Mark Luttenton from GVSU for a deep dive into the ecology of the Great Lakes. When the Europeans first arrived, the Great Lakes ecosystem had been evolving into a diverse and stable ecosystem. Grand rapids Public Library. 8-10 pm. grpl.org

August 9-11

The B.O.B presents Michael Palascak. Fueled by original, personal point of views about living at home with his parents, Michael made appearances on both The Late Show with David Letterman and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno within six months of each other—a feat rarely achieved by a new comic. Michael finished in the Top 5 on “Last Comic Standing” and went on a 75 city tour with the other Top 5 contestants cementing his place in the show’s storied history of talented comics. Purchase tickets at thebob.com.

August 9-11, 15-19 & 22-25

Leading Ladies. Follow the hilarity that ensues when two actors disguise themselves as an old woman’s nieces, hoping to get the large fortune she leaves behind in her passing. Circle Theatre. Tickets and showtimes at circletheatre.org.

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August 10

Volunteer Education session. Those interested in becoming a volunteer tutor are invited to a free information session that teaches attendees more about the center’s programs. Literacy Center of West Michigan. 2-3 pm. literacycenterwm.org Abstract Wall Hanging. Start with a blank canvas and spend the night creating a wooden dowel hanging tapestry to decorate your home or gift a friend. Light Gallery + Studio (317 Division Avenue South). 6 -8 pm. Purchase tickets ($45) at lightgallerygr.com. Sugarland Feat. Frankie Ballard & Lindsay Ell concert. Van Andel Arena. 7 pm. Tickets at vanandelarena.com. Genealogy Lock-In. Come to the Grand Rapids History and Special Collections Department for a free afterhours program just for genealogists. Learn how to use the library databases, newspaper microfilm and other resources, and take advantage of free copying and printing during the event. Grand Rapids Public Library. 6-10 pm. grpl.org

August 11

Grand Rapids Public Library presents Lawn Party Extravaganza. Celebrate summer and all things Alice with giant lawn games, Wonderland crafts, and tasty treats. Dress as your favorite

character and be prepared to have so much fun you will leave grinning like a Cheshire Cat. 10 am-noon. Riverside Park. grpl.org.

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Art on Center. Join LaFontsee Galleries for this monthly local art gallery stroll in Douglas, MI. LaFontsee Galleries. 6-8 pm. Admission is free. lafontsee.us

Grand Rapids Public Library. Introduction to Zentangle. Come discover the wonderful benefits of the Zentangle® Drawing Method! The Zentangle Method is a fun,relaxing and easy-to-learn way of creating beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. 6:30 pm. Main Library. grpl.org

Product Photography. Whether you have a smartphone or a DSLR, join this workshop to learn tips and tricks on product photography, from placement to lighting. Light Gallery + Studio (317 Division Avenue South). 10 am – 12 pm. Purchase tickets ($40) at lightgallerygr.com.

August 12

The Vintage Street Market. Enjoy shopping through vintage clothes, jewelry and trinkets among the market vendors. The Downtown Market. 10 -4 pm. vintagestreetmarket.com Summer Concerts at the Gardens presents The Taj Mahal & Keb’ Mo’ Band. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 7 pm. Tickets at meijergardens.org. Enamel Workshop. Learn how to take powdered glass and layer it on copper for a fun enamel finish. Students will have made a pair of earrings or a couple pendants by the end of the 2+ hour class. Materials included. Please wear closed toe shoes and keep hair

August 13 & 16

August 13

Jazz in the Park presents Organissimo. Ah-Nab-Awen Park. 6:30-8:30 pm. wmichjazz.org Circle Summer Concerts presents Broadway Babes. Fall in love all over again with the songs of the legendary ladies to take the Broadway stage like Ethel Merman, Bernadette Peters and Sutton Foster. Circle Theatre. 7 pm. Tickets at circletheatre.org. Watercolor Painting. In this fourday workshop, students with some experience in watercolor will paint their own subjects and determine what kind of skills and subject matters they want to learn more about. LowellArts. 6:30-9 pm. Purchase tickets ($105) at lowellartsmi.org.

August 14 & 18

Grand Rapids Public Library presents Beyond Her Grave Bicycle Tour: The Legacies of Women Buried in Fulton

Street and Oakhill Cemeteries. She Rides Her Own Way and the Greater Grand Rapids Women’s History Council will host a one-of-a-kind bicycle cemetery tour highlighting notable women of the past. 6 pm. Tuesday, 11 am Saturday. Main Library. grpl.org.

August 14

Tuesday Evening Music Club presents Franklin Park and Six Pak. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 7 pm. Full line-up at meijergardens.org. Encaustic Painting for Beginners. Learn the brief history of this unique painting style that uses melted and pigmented beeswax as its medium, and also learn how to create works of art using this medium and how to add other media like paper and thread. Light Gallery + Studio (317 Division Avenue South). 6-9 pm. Purchase tickets ($35) at lightgallerygr.com. Photo Walk. Photo-lovers should bring a tripod, lenses and gear to this photowalk focusing on urban environments in downtown Lowell. LowellArts (223 W Main Street). 6 -9 pm. Purchase tickets ($30) at lowellartsmi.org.

August 15

97LAV Summertime Blues Concert Series: Walter Trout. DeltaPlex. 6 pm. deltaplex.com.

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A week later, trek to the Red Arrow Memorial Stadium to experience the origins of Pink Arrow Pride as the LHS varsity football team kicks off the evening in honor of those who have battled cancer in a game against Rockford High School on Aug. 30 at 7 p.m. Prepare for an energetic, packed stadium swarming with pink and positive vibes from the community. If running for charity is more your style, don’t miss the Quiver 5K Run and Family Walk held in downtown Lowell on September 8. All tickets, merchandise, and sponsorships contribute to Pink Arrow Pride fundraising! Amaranth, rose, magenta — whatever your favorite shade is — sport it proudly as you join the Lowell community’s 11th annual Pink Arrow Pride event. Wear this year’s pink arrow shirt; it’s your ticket into the all day events soccer , volleyball and football To register for the Quiver 5K Run, donate and learn more about the series of celebrations, visit pinkarrowpride.org.

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Help us continue to build minds through play. Join us for dinner during ArtPrize as we celebrate turning 21. Spend your day enjoying art and evening with adults on our block at 11 Sheldon Avenue.

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Botanical Screen Printing. Learn the basics of screen printing with Michelle Faser, and then screen print your own fun, contemporary plant illustrations onto different types of paper and fabric. Light Gallery + Studio (317 Division Avenue South). 6 pm– 9 pm Purchase tickets ($35) at lightgallerygr.com. Grand Rapids Public Library presents Resiliency and Perseverance: An Evening with Pastor Troy Evans. Pastor Troy Evans started out a lot like Robert Peace—a young black man growing up in the inner city. Join us for a conversation centered around resilience and perseverance and its impact on the lives of urban youth. 6:30 pm. Main Library. grpl.org

August 16

Relax at Rosa lunchtime concerts presents Melophobix (reggae/funk). Rosa Parks Circle. Noon-1:30 pm. Full line-up at downtowngr.org. Punch Needle Embroidery. Learn the fundamentals of punch needle embroidery with Erika Townsley, who will leave attendees with the knowledge and supplies to do wall hangings, pillows and rugs. Light Gallery + Studio (317 Division Avenue South). 6 - 9 pm. Purchase tickets ($45) at lightgallerygr.com. Yoga at GRAM. Stretch into Triangle pose and admire GRAM’s beautiful architecture surrounding this Vinyasastyle yoga class. Grand Rapids Art Museum. 5:45-6:45 pm. artmuseumgr.org Lowell Sizzlin’ Summer Concerts presents Luke Winslow-King. Riverwalk Plaza. 7-9 pm. Full line-up at discoverlowell.org.

with closed toe shoes and hair tied back. 10 am-noon. The Hot Spot GR. hotspotgr.com

August 17

Movies on Monroe: Wonder Woman and The Black Panther. North Monroe Parking Lot. 6:30 pm (movies begin at 7:30 pm). downtowngr.org Mounted Staghorn Fern. Learn about this unique plant, how to mount it and take care of it at home. Light Gallery + Studio (317 Division Avenue South). 7-8 pm. Purchase tickets ($40) at lightgallerygr.com.

August 18

Urban Gardening Workshop: Pickling & Fermenting. Learn tried and true methods of food preservation and the health benefits of eating foods from your garden during this cooking class that lets you make-and-take delicious foods. Grand Rapids Public Museum. 11 am-12:30 pm. Register at grpm.org. The Riley Trails Marathon and Marathon Relay. All runners will start and finish on Benjamin’s Hope’s property Address: 15468 Riley St, Holland. (1.1 Miles away from Riley Trials.) 7:30 am. Prices vary. gazellesports.com.

August 18-19

Grand Rapids Mini Maker Faire. A family-friendly celebration featuring rockets and robots, DIY science and technology, urban farming and sustainability, alternative energy, unique hand-made crafts, local food, and more! Grand Rapids Public Museum. grandrapids.makerfaire.com

August 19

Run GR and Gazelle Sports: Kids Adventure Challenge. 2600 Wilson Avenue. Youth costs: $15. Adults are Free. gazellesports.com

Summer Concerts at the Gardens presents Toad the Wet Sprocket & The Verve Pipe. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 6:30 pm. Tickets at meijergardens.org.

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August 20

The B.O.B presents Keith Alberstadt. Whether it’s his sarcastic approach, his playful attitude, or his good oldfashioned southern charm, Keith makes his comedy relatable and approachable. He has been seen on “Late Show with David Letterman,” “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” “Last Comic Standing,” “Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update” (contributing writer), “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” (contributing writer), and “Comics Unleashed. Purchase tickets at thebob.com. Pendant Cutout Workshop Learn how make pendants using a coping saw. Skills learned will be how to pierce, saw, apply texture and finishing techniques. Students are encouraged to have designs in mind and bring printouts of them on computer paper. Designs should be 1-inch or roughly pendant size. Materials included are copper and a 1-inch piece of silver. No torches will be used but general safety is required

FRIDAY, AUGUST 24 11 AM - 11 PM AFTERNOON Dave Slivinski’s Noteables NIGHT Gerry Kaminski’s Polka Network Tri-City Drive Polka Band from Chicago, IL

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Greg The Polski Chix Polka Band along with the Watkoski’s (Ray & Julie)


Children’s Activities Authentic Polish Food Vendors & Souvenirs Varsovia Catering Services PRCUA Malbork Dance Ensemble Knights of Columbus-Basilica of St Adalberts Polish Cultural Displays Diamond Hall-St. Isidore’s Benevolent Society Polish Cooking Demos and More!

Jazz in the Park presents Bob NixonGRJO. Ah-Nab-Awen Park. 6:30-8:30 pm. wmichjazz.org Watercolor Painting. In this fourday workshop, students with some experience in watercolor will paint their own subjects and determine what kind of skills and subject matters they want to learn more about. LowellArts. 6:30-9 pm. Purchase tickets ($105) at lowellartsmi.org.

August 21

Tuesday Evening Music Club presents Watching for Foxes and Desmond Jones. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 7 pm. Full line-up at meijergardens.org. Kokedama (Moss Ball). Assemble this Japanese Bonsai plant and learn how to take care of it at home. Light Gallery + Studio (317 Division Avenue South). 7 -8 pm. Purchase tickets ($25) at lightgallerygr.com.

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(Continue from page 59) Forge n’ Gorge. Once a month is a gathering of metalsmiths, makers, and anyone interested in what we do. This is an open studio with access to our tools, so come with a project or an open mind. We only ask that you bring a dish to pass or throw some cash our way (it helps us get sweet new tools in). What we do at these events are: make introductions talk about shows, art fairs, events, exhibitions, work on projects (forge) eat and network (gorge). 6:30-9 pm. hotspotgr.com Panel Talk: The Impact of Photojournalism and Contemporary Fine Art Photography on Society. Hear a panel of experts discuss fine art and photo journalism and how it’s involved in Bangladesh’s shifting social and political reform and photography’s role in 21st century activism on a global scale. The photographs referenced are from the UICA’s exhibit “Transitions: New Photography from Bangladesh.” UICA (2 Fulton Street W). 7 pm. Tickets are $5 and more information can be found at uica.org.

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hat began as one girl and a sewing machine has transformed into a full-fledged fashion brand making waves in West Michigan. Rhoda Klomega, founder of Delasie, is proud to invite you to the Delasie Night of Couture and Culture at the Goei Center (818 Butterworth St SW) on Aug.16th at 6:30 p.m. Step into the Goei Center and feast your eyes on a venue transformed into a celebratory African oasis. The theme of the night is inspired by the film “Coming to America,” and you are invited to immerse yourself and dress head-totoe in your best Royal African look. If you’re short on supplies, Delasie has got you covered: with the purchase of a head wrap, stylists will wrap you up on the spot, creating the perfect crown for your night of fun. The best-dressed attendee will receive an award at the end of the night. Watch the fashion show with designs from Delasie, MeIX Fashion., the Kyra Danaya Collection and Bel Ren Couture Clothing. Enjoy traditional African dance and afrobeat dance performances throughout the night; take notes because you will have the opportunity to hit the dance floor,too, and test out your own moves.


Indulge in traditional West African cuisine from Brandy Sims of Essence of Thyme, including jollof rice, baked plantains and suya chicken skewers. Hit up the cash bar and sip as you shop for clothes, accessories and body products from a variety of local vendors. Feel free to fall in love with the Delasie fashion you find on the runway, because after the show it will be available for purchase. All Delasie merchandise will be on sale for $30 or less and 100 percent of the proceeds go toward local non-profit groups Arbor Circle and PanAfrican Millennials. At the end of the night, Klomega hopes that you walk away with an understanding and appreciation for the fashion, maybe some new items for your wardrobe and memories of a night filled with laughter, dancing and fun. For tickets, go to eventbrite.com and search Delasie. Learn more about the fashion brand and view designs at delasie.com.

What: Delasie Night of Couture and Culture Where: Goei Center (818 Butterworth St. SW) When: Aug. 16, 6:30 p.m. Cost: $25

Free Student Heart Screenings. Students entering 9th grade to 12thgraders are invited to a free heart screening session. Mercy Health (Hackley Campus). Schedule at mercyhealth.com/studentheart. Modern Calligraphy + Sign. Take a beginner’s workshop in the basics calligraphy. Optional: Stay an hour later and create a reusable sign to take home. Light Gallery + Studio (317 Division Avenue South). 6 —8 pm. August 22. Purchase tickets ($35) at lightgallerygr.com. 97LAV Summertime Blues Concert Series: Nick Moss. DeltaPlex. 6 pm. deltaplex.com Summer Concerts at the Gardens presents Trombone Shorty’s Voodoo Threauxdown. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 6 pm. Tickets at meijergardens.org. Join Grand Rapids Public Library for Protecting and Restoring the Great Lakes. Emily Finnell, Chief Strategist of the Michigan Office of the Great Lakes, will share past and ongoing efforts to protect and restore our Great Lakes. Main Library. 7 pm. grpl.org

August 23

Relax at Rosa lunchtime concerts presents Last Gasp Collective (funk/ hip hop). Rosa Parks Circle. Noon-1:30 pm. Full line-up at downtowngr.org Landscape Painting. Learn how to draw stunning landscapes during this outdoor drawing class led by one of Blandford’s creative staff members. Blandford Nature Center. 6-7:30 pm. Register at blandfordnaturecenter.org.

Lowell Sizzlin’ Summer Concerts presents May Erlewine and The Motivations. Riverwalk Plaza. 7-9 pm. Full line-up at discoverlowell.org. Summer Concerts at the Gardens presents Alabama fundraising show. Proceeds from ticket sales for tonight’s performance benefit the Welcoming the World campaign. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 7 pm. Tickets at meijergardens.org. Happy Cat Cafe invites you to join the Pieology Fundraiser for Carol’s Ferals. You can eat in or take out (you can order online) Anytime between 4 pm and 8 pm, stop in and try some great pizza or salads. Happycatcompany.com. Wall Tapestry Weaving. Using a loom, needle, yarn and wool, learn how to weave your own tapestry and complete a wall hanging to take home. Light Gallery + Studio. 6—9pm. Purchase tickets ($35) at lightgallerygr.com.

August 23-25

The B.O.B presents Nikki Glaser. Nikki Glaser is one of the most sought after young comedians and actors in the comedy world today. She was recently seen as the creator, executive producer, and star of the popular Comedy Central series “Not Safe w/ Nikki Glaser.” She has also made memorable appearances on Comedy Central’s “@midnight with Chris Hardwick,” “Inside Amy Schumer,” and has had multiple appearances on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.” Purchase tickets at thebob.com.

August 24

Summer Concerts at the Gardens presents TOTO. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 7 pm. Tickets at meijergardens.org.

August 25

Made in MI Pop-up Market. Stock up on Mitten pride with Michigan-made jewelry, clothing, housewares and homemade treats. The Downtown Market. 9-4 pm. mipopup.com. Portrait Photography. Matthew Provoast will teach a hands-on workshop to those with DSLR and mirrorless cameras on how to shoot compelling portrait photography. Light Gallery + Studio. 10 am – 1 pm August 25. Purchase tickets ($60) at lightgallerygr.com.

August 26

Summer Concerts at the Gardens presents O.A.R. with Matt Nathanson. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 6:30 pm. Tickets at meijergardens.org.

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their own subjects and determine what kind of skills and subject matters they want to learn more about. LowellArts (223 W Main Street). 6:30 —9pm. Purchase tickets ($105) at lowellartsmi.org.

Join the West Michigan Jazz Society for Jazz in the Park at Ah-NabAwen Park on August 6, 13 and 20.

August 28

Tuesday Evening Music Club presents Ralston & Friends. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 7 pm. Full line-up at meijergardens.org. Encaustic Painting for Beginners. Learn the brief history of this unique painting style that uses melted and pigmented beeswax as its medium, and also learn how to create works of art using this medium and how to add other media like paper and thread. Light Gallery + Studio (317 Division Avenue South). 6 9pm. August 28. Purchase tickets ($35) at lightgallerygr.com.

Ring Stack Workshop. Learn how to form wire and solder with an acetylene torch in this fun workshop! Copper and silver wire is included. Course is 2+ hours long and will also cover hammering and finishing techniques. Student will have five rings (or more) by the end of the class! The Hot Spot GR. 10am—12pm. hotspotgr.com

August 27

Summer Concerts at the Gardens presents Lyle Lovett and his Large Band. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 7 pm. Tickets at meijergardens.org. Watercolor Painting. In this fourday workshop, students with some experience in watercolor will paint

Crash’s Landing and Big Sid’s Sanctuary – Scoopsgiving. This is our second year hosting our favorite non-profits for Scoopsgiving. Stop in and help us give back. 20% of all sales on this day will be donated to Crash’s Landing and Big Sid’s Sanctuary. Furniture City Creamery. Noon— 10:00 pm. uptowngr.com.

August 29

Ceramic Spoon and Pinch Bowl. Join Eliza Fernand in creating your own

spoons and pinch bowls out of clay. Light Gallery + Studio (317 Division Avenue South). 7—8:30 pm. Purchase tickets ($45) at lightgallerygr.com.

August 30

Relax at Rosa lunchtime concerts presents AfroZuma (afro-beat/world). Rosa Parks Circle. Noon—1:30 pm. Full line-up at downtowngr.org Punch Needle Embroidery. Learn the fundamentals of punch needle embroidery with Erika Townsley, who will leave attendees with the knowledge and supplies to do wall hangings, pillows and rugs. Light Gallery + Studio (317 Division Avenue South). 6—9pm. Purchase tickets ($45) at lightgallerygr.com. Summer Concerts at the Gardens presents Lake Street Dive. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 7 pm. Tickets at meijergardens.org.

August 30-September 1

The B.O.B presents Aj Finney. AJ’s organic approach is refreshing and his poetic stream of consciousness style makes for a colorful and unforgettable comedic experience. In 2014 AJ was crowned “Best of the Midwest” winner at Gilda’s LaughFest in Grand Rapids, was featured on the FOX television show Laughs, and was one of the 100 performers chosen for Season 8 of NBC’s “Last Comic Standing.” Purchase tickets at thebob.com.

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What We Can Learn from the Honey Bees with Anne Marie Fauvel



t has been said that the most fortunate people in life are those that have found their calling. Sitting in Anne Marie Fauvel’s office inside The Apiary (a collection of beehives) at the Meijer Campus in Holland, sipping coffee sweetened with honey (of course), watching as she lights up discussing the intricate details of honeybees, it’s clear that Fauvel has found hers. Full of passion, insight and knowledge, she brazenly shares her ardor for these tiny buzzing beings and her understanding of their world. Women’s Lifestyle Magazine: What’s your job title and what do you do?

Anne Marie Fauvel: I formerly was an affiliate professor at Grand Valley State University. I taught in the Biology Department, the Liberal Studies Department as well as the Environmental Studies Department. I was Anne Marie Fauvel teaching on environmental issues focusing on food systems, and then I fell in love with bees. I brought an apiary here to campus and started doing undergraduate research projects with my students. I collaborated with other universities and programs around the nation. One of them in particular was the Bee Informed Partnership.

AMF: It’s a very complex issue. We haven't figured it all out yet. There is a lot of pressure on bees right now; they are trucked all throughout the US to do pollination events where every single beehive in the US goes into the almond groves (or another crop), and then they split up to go across the rest of the country to either do another pollination event or produce honey in the north. Bees are transported very long distances. They fly for a long time and by the time they find something to eat, often times it has been sprayed with pesticides or fungicides They gather some of those chemicals and fly all the way back to the hive and get sick. The pressure on the bees is so high that they tend to get sick easier. They have less habitat to forage on and less good nutrition. They have all these pesticides to deal with and chemicals to clean out of their body, and they have all these diseases that they're having a hard time fighting. According to the National Colony survey, we lose an average of 35 percent of our hives here in the US.

WLM: What is the Bee Informed Partnership? AMF: It is a nonprofit organization under the umbrella of the University of Maryland. We work with commercial beekeepers and agricultural entities like the Almond Board, or any kind of other crops that need pollination from bees. We work with a experts and do trials. We service commercial beekeepers, but what we mainly do is collect data to look at trends over time of colony loss, colony health, best management practices and more. WLM: What started your love of bees? AMF: As an ecologist, I was working a lot with the environment and the natural world, and I became really interested in food systems. A lot of people were talking about food at the time, and a huge pillar of our food system is our bees. I went to a neighbor who took a class and started a beehive. I told her I was interested in bees and asked if she would take me into the hive. She took me in. I lifted the cover of the beehive, and I looked in there and fell in love; there's an entire world in that box that you know nothing about. Ten years later, I'm still in love with them, and I still don't understand everything. They baffle me and keep me on my toes on a daily basis. They make me really appreciate the world around me. WLM: What is affecting the bee population right now?


“I lifted the cover of the beehive and I looked in there and fell in love.” WLM: What can people do to help? AMF: Plant trees. Maples and willows are sources of pollen for bees, and one American beech tree can feed an entire colony of bees. You will have more of an impact planting trees than you would have planting flowers. WLM: What about at-home beekeepers? AMF: There's a huge resurgence right now of hobby beekeepers, and it’s a wonderful thing to see people so interested in bees. Keeping bees is not an easy hobby, but if you want to have them in your yard

to pollinate your own garden, it’s great. It’s really important for hobby beekeepers to get educated, find a mentor, regularly attend to local club meetings, go to conferences and read as much as they can read because there is steep learning curve. WLM: What is something you wish people knew? AMF: Honeybees are essential to our food supply. One out of every three bites we take is directly related to the honey bee. As a consumer, you have an impact on the bees with what you eat. Eat less processed food; eat locally-grown food if that's possible for you. WLM: What do you hope to be the greater impact of your work? AMF: We can learn a lesson from the bees; they are highly collaborative. They have one queen that lays a bunch of eggs and makes worker bees. The worker bees are the ones that make all the decisions and work hard for the good of the colony. I think that a lot of us in the world are collaborating now instead of staying in our labs doing our own thing. We’re really starting to understand that the only way to solve this complex issue is to work together. If I can do anything to help in this collaboration, I would hope that it would have a communal impact. All I want to be is a worker bee, foraging as much as I can and trying to provide for my colony. I want to be part of that solution instead of just watching it go by.

Sarah shuffles between editorial support, content production and advertising sales at WLM. She loves her job so much, and isn’t just saying that to impress her boss.

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