Art Beat

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

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Courtesy Jeanne Hess

People may know Jeanne Hess as the winning volleyball coach at Kalamazoo College. Or as a new Kalamazoo City commissioner. But Hess is also an author. Her newest book is MaxAbility: Who Are You? What Are You Here For? (2019) It’s the story of a 13-year-old boy adopted from Russia who is on the Autism spectrum.

Courtesy Kalamazoo Poetry Festival

The Kalamazoo Poetry Festival, a gathering of poets and poetry lovers, is in its seventh year. The festival takes place each year during National Poetry Month.

Binta Epelly / AP Photo

What did you have for breakfast this morning? Was there a strip of bacon beside your eggs? A sausage patty on your biscuit? Jonathan Safran Foer says that matters for the future of our planet.

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?