Art Beat

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Art Beat: Metal Bird

Feb 20, 2020
Carolyn Fink

Carolyn Fink’s married name comes from the German word for finch. Her maiden name is Robinson. As she has honed her skill as an artist working with metal, Fink finds that her trademark has become a little bird made of metal.


Jutta Wilberding / Cutler Valley Photography

It’s Valentine’s Day and you’re thinking about immortalizing your big love with a tattoo on your arm. A bit scary, but hey, it’s BIG love. Forever. What next? Where do you go and how is it done?


John Halaka

Gardeners and farmers are already thinking about the seeds they will plant in spring. They also think about those seeds throughout the winter, planning each crop and each garden row with care.


Steve Bennett / Real Big Marketing LLC

As the U.S. population ages, we’re hearing more about dementia. New Friends and Vibrant Life co-founder and music director Dean Solden has come up with a unique approach to improving the quality of life for the dementia patients at his assisted living facilities. He does it with music.


Francesca Jasinski

Jarrod Napierkowski spent years pouring cold beer as a bartender, and then manager, of Founders Brewing Company and Creston Brewery in Grand Rapids. But he had another interest. Now, Napierkowski works full-time at his own business: Brambles Woodwork in Grand Rapids.


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