Art Beat

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

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Courtesy Mindi Bagnall

What first catches the eye on artist Mindi Bagnall’s Instagram page is an installation piece she calls “World Wide Web.”

Leonard Swanson

It's hard to miss the bright and colorful art of Ellen Nelson. It’s big. So, you’ve probably seen her murals in and on the outside of buildings throughout Kalamazoo.

Art Beat: Half

Jul 30, 2020
Sara Cramer

What's it like to be an identical twin, so close that you share almost every thought and emotion? That’s the subject of Michigan native Sharon Harrigan’s debut novel, Half (University of Wisconsin Press, 2020).

Courtesy Ellen VanderMyde

For a young artist, Ellen VanderMyde has acquired an impressive list of experiences.

Courtesy Denise Lisiecki

She is the director of the Kirk Newman Art School at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. But Denise Lisiecki did not start her career in the arts.