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Art Beat

A weekly look at creativity, arts, and culture in southwest Michigan, hosted by Zinta Aistars.

Fridays in Morning Edition at 7:50am and at 4:20pm during All Things Considered.

Christopher Deau Photography

The journey artist Ashley Carlson has chosen to travel is lined by flowers. Blossoms of every kind are a frequent topic of her art. 

Anna Barnhart

Anna Barnhart uses more than just brush strokes when she paints. She uses cotton swabs. She uses bubble wrap. She uses found objects – just to see what they can do. 

Matt Bird

Ever thought about joining the circus? Librarian Betsy Bird didn’t have to look far to find an entertaining topic for her historical young adult novel, Long Road to the Circus (Penguin Random House, 2021), illustrated by David Small.

Zinta Aistars

In August 2021, a tiny shop opened its doors in downtown Otsego, Michigan. Opening the doors of ALICE is a little like falling into a rabbit hole – a technicolor journey into art in myriad forms.

Michigan State University Press

First, our eyes are drawn to the gorgeous cover and illustrations by Glenn Wolff. Soon, we want to look below the surface and begin to turn the pages. In her new book, The Accidental Reef and Other Ecological Odysseys in the Great Lakes(Michigan State University Press, 2021), author Lynne Heasley beckons us to look below the surface of the Great Lakes.