Artisans

Photographer of the Month: Dare'l McMillian

by Dr. Jessie Voigts / Feb 23, 2019 /
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We first met our Photographer of the Month, Dare'l McMillian, at a Western Michigan University press event for Phantom of the Opera.

Art, Memories, and Poetry: La Bolsa–The Purse

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I’ve recently been lucky enough to pore over a gorgeous book filled with art, memories, and poetry. La Bolsa–The Purse was written and illustrated by one of our featured artists, Sonya Gonzalez. Of all the beautiful, bilingual poems and paintings, my favorite is Pasteles con amor-Pies made with love. It’s gorgeous, loving, and delicious.
 

Photographer of the Month: Larry Prosor

by Dr. Jessie Voigts / Dec 16, 2018 /
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Did you ever run across photos that captured you instantly? That took you to a place, and got you dreaming? Such is the case with our featured photographer this month, Larry Prosor. With photos from New Zealand's North Island and Northern California for this feature, he takes us to two very different locations—and gives us a true sense of place.

Artist of the Month: Czech This Out with Petra and David Bachron

by Dr. Jessie Voigts / Dec 02, 2018 /
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Gorgeous. That's the word I use (usually out loud, in an exclamatory fashion) whenever I see our featured artist this month, Czech This Out (Petra and David Bachron), on instagram. I love their work, separately and combined. I love their story, and I love their passion for art, and life. 

Artist of the Month: Nayda Collazo-Llorens

by Dr. Jessie Voigts / Nov 01, 2018 /
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Nayda Collazo-Llorens, born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, is an interdisciplinary visual artist working in multiple mediums including works on paper and canvas, video, installation works, printmedia and public interventions, among others. Through her practice, she examines how our minds perceive the world around us, dealing with concepts of navigation and mapping. 

Photographer of the Month: Scott Drummond

by Dr. Jessie Voigts / Oct 16, 2018 /
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Just wait until you see the photos from our featured photographer this month, Scott Drummond. They are incredibly beautiful, and truly capture the essence of this extraordinary landscape.

View from Dynjandi - Wild Westfjords 4 Day Tour
View from Dynjandi - Wild Westfjords 4 Day Tour 

Artist of the Month: Bridget Fox

by Dr. Jessie Voigts / Sep 06, 2018 /
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I feel so lucky to live in Kalamazoo. This town is rife with creativity! Such is the case with our featured artist this month, Bridget Fox. She's just lovely in person, and her art? Well, it brings such joy. I especially love her paintings of water - they call to me, and soothe the soul. 

I love where I live!  Artist Bridget Fox
I love where I live!  

Photographer of the Month: Gregory Bozik

by Dr. Jessie Voigts / Aug 16, 2018 /
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It was the lighthouse, of course, that caught my attention. Those important beacons of light work even through the internet, apparently. I saw one of Gregory Bozik's photos, and was drawn in immediately. A Michigan photographer, he's got an incredible eye for sharing the beauty of our state - and, of course, of our deep love of the Great Lakes. 

Artist of the Month: Crystal Shaulis, Lake Michigan Book Press

by Dr. Jessie Voigts / Aug 02, 2018 /
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There is nothing more intriguing - and beautiful - than a handmade book. Created with care and skill, it invites endless possibilities...poems, stories, musings, sketches, watercolors - things that capture a moment. 

Imagine my pure delight at finding a bookbinding artist, Crystal Shaulis, here in Kalamazoo - through Instagram! I immediately fell in love with her work, vision, and dedication to her art.

Photographer of the Month: Nic Sagodic

by Dr. Jessie Voigts / Jul 15, 2018 /
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Nic Sagodic has been running his own landscaping business for about 5 years now. In his free time, Nic likes to skateboard, hike, hammock, and anything that has to do with the outdoors. Photography has given Nic many opportunities to meet new people, explore our beautiful country, and to make a living, too. 

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