Our network

Arts & Culture

Jason Quigno: Harmony in Stone Opens October 31

Jason Quigno: Harmony in Stone Opens October 31

 

 

The Muskegon Museum of Art will present Harmony in Stone, recent works by Michigan sculptor Jason Quigno, this winter. The exhibition is part of the MMA’s Made in Michigan Artists series and builds upon the MMA’s longstanding tradition of featuring some of the finest creations in visual media by contemporary Michigan artists. The exhibition opens on October 31, 2013 and will run Through January 19, 2014. The public is invited to meet the artist at a reception on Thursday, November 7 at 5:30 pm. Quigno will give a talk at 7:00 pm. The event is free.   Quigno works in a wide variety of stone, transforming rough stone blocks into fluid, graceful forms. His work emphasizes the creation of harmonious, balanced objects that convey a sense of movement, belying their nature as stone.

Mona Shores Singing Christmas Tree to compete on the Travel Channel

Mona Shores Singing Christmas Tree to compete on the Travel Channel

MUSKEGON, Mich.-- Ready for the ultimate holiday mash-up of Christmas tree show downs from across America?

The Travel Channel has crossed the country in search of the most awesome Christmas celebrations and they have selected the best of the best. Now it is time for them to go head to head and the public gets the final say  on who takes home the prize. So the holiday rumble begins, for this is “Jingle Brawls.”

The Mona Shores High School Singing Christmas Tree will take on the Lobster Trap Tree in Rockland, Maine on the Travel Channel's “Jingle Brawls” Sunday, Dec. 8 at 7 p.m.

Marching Band Invitational at East Kentwood High School October 19

Marching Band Invitational at East Kentwood High School October 19

KENTWOOD, Mich.-- Here is your chance to see and hear several different marching bands from around the state at the beautiful East Kentwood High School stadium.

Twenty-two bands from around the state will be performing shows in the competition on Saturday, October 19.  The evening will be capped off with an exhibition performance by the East Kentwood Marching Band. 

The public is welcome and encouraged to attend.  Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for students/seniors (62+), and children under age five are free.  The concession stand will be open and serving lots of delicious food like pizza, burgers, hot dogs, etc.  The proceeds will go to Kentwood Band & Orchestra Boosters. 

Gates open at 2 p.m., with the first band taking the field at 3 p.m.  The final exhibition by the East Kentwood High School Marching Band will begin at  9:15 p.m.  The EKHS Band's performance features the music of Motown;

Philosophy is on Tap at Hennessy’s Irish Pub October 23

Philosophy is on Tap at Hennessy’s Irish Pub October 23

The 2013 Muskegon Area  Arts and Humanities Festival invites the whole community to participate in a new event, Philosophy on Tap, on Wednesday October 23 at 7:00 pm at Hennessy’s Irish Pub in downtown Muskegon. 

Conor Roddy, philosophy professor at Muskegon Community College, will lead a discussion in the front room at Hennessy’s about themes and ideas related to the 2013 festival theme, “Faith and Reason”, over food and drink, which will be available for purchase from the restaurant all evening.

The event is informal, and is “modeled after the tradition of some of the world’s greatest philosophers, writers, and theologians, who have gathered to discuss ideas over food and drink for as long as history has kept records,” says festival co-chair, Katie Trzaska.  

Philosophy on Tap is informal, says Trzaska.  “Come and participate with gusto, or come and listen and learn.  It’s all about simply starting a discussion

ART IN 8 Competition Returns to Old Bank Building Downtown on October 26

ART IN 8 Competition Returns to Old Bank Building Downtown on October 26

The Muskegon Area Arts and Humanities Festival (ahFest) is pleased to announce the return of ART IN 8, a day of creativity where eight artists will have eight hours to create a brand new piece of art based on the theme of the festival, “Faith and Reason”.

Established last year in 2012, over 400 individuals observed the eight participating artists create new work throughout the day and voted for their favorite piece.  Artist Chip VanderWier took home the People’s Choice Award statue with his rotating sculpture that allowed visitors to peer “into The Future”—as “The Future” was the theme of the 2012 festival.

The event takes place at the Old Muskegon Savings Bank Building on the corner of Western Avenue and 2nd Street in downtown Muskegon from 10:30 am-6:30 pm.  Port City Construction and Development Services, the owner of the building, the Muskegon Museum of Art, and Habitat for Humanity ReStore have partnered with ahFest as sponsors of the e

The Muskegon Area Arts and Humanities Festival is back for October 2013

The Muskegon Area Arts and Humanities Festival is back for October 2013

The Muskegon Area Arts and Humanities Festival (ahFest) is back for the whole month of October 2013.  Celebrating the theme of “Faith and Reason”, ahFest, as a month-long “exploration”, brings together over 15 different area arts and humanities groups to examine more closely what the arts and humanities mean to the wider community in Muskegon County.  Events during the month range from art exhibits to theater productions to educational opportunities specifically for kids.  All the events, members, and information on the festival can be found at the festival website, www.ahfest.org.

Celebrating the great offerings in the arts in humanities, the festival began in 2001 under the leadership of Richard Charles Ford, an ardent advocate for recognition of the benefits of having an active arts and humanities community in Muskegon County.  Since 2001, the festival has explored a theme each year chosen by committee; some of which have included

ArtWalk entries the focus of First Friday Gallery Walk October 4

ArtWalk entries the focus of First Friday Gallery Walk October 4

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.—C2C Gallery will feature ArtWalk 2013 artists during its First Friday Gallery Walk Friday, October 4.

Muskegon sculpture artist Lee Brown, Ohio painter Kevin Collander and Grand Haven photographer Bob Walma will be on hand to meet community members and talk about their work from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.  Visitors can also check out other artwork on display and for sale.

Walma’s entry, titled “Anthem to the Anthem” is a tribute to New York City student poet Camille Johnson, who wrote “Anthem to the Artists.” Walma also teamed up with Brown to create an interactive ArtWalk entry focused on Grand Haven’s Coal Tipple.

Collander created a moonscape street scene on Washington Avenue, as tribute to the city where he was stationed while in the Coast Guard.