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Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp free class and auditions Jan. 19

Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp free class and auditions Jan. 19

ADA, Mich.--Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp will host a free dance master class and summer camp dance scholarship auditions on Sunday, January 19, 2014, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The class and auditions will take place at West Michigan Youth Ballet, 6086 Rippling, in Ada. Students should arrive 30 minutes early and bring a photo of themselves in first arabesque position.

For more information, call Blue Lake at 800-221-3796, or log on to www.bluelake.org.

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park adds award-winning piece to collection

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park adds award-winning piece to collection

GRAND RAPIDS TOWNSHIP, Mich.—Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park has picked the winner of the 2013 Ray and Nancy Loeschner Annual Art Competition.

New England landscape artist Dianne Shullenberger took the title with her entry, “Fall Brambles.”  The artwork is a landscape created through colored pencil on black paper.

Shullenberger is a Maine native who now works in Vermont.  Most of her drawings are inspired by nature and the outdoors.   In addition to the $3,000 prize, Shullenberger’s painting will become a part of Meijer Gardens’ permanent collection.

The next Ray and Nancy Leschner Annual Art Competition will begin this fall, but artists are encouraged to work on their entry anytime during the year.  Submissions are due Nov. 1, 2014.

Glass sculpture exhibition open for final days

Glass sculpture exhibition open for final days
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - A glass sculpture exhibition at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in western Michigan is in its final days. The group exhibition titled "Shattered: Contemporary Sculpture in Glass" features about two-dozen sculptures and is on display until Sunday. The show featuring works from artists across North America, Europe and Asia explores creative, conceptual and formal aspects of glass sculpture.

Kent District Library putting the 'pub' back in public library

Kent District Library putting the 'pub' back in public library

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—The Kent District Library is putting the “pub” in public library starting next month.

With the growing popularity of the craft beer industry in West Michigan, KDL decided to begin offering free home brewing classes, brewery tours, brewery book discussions and beer tastings in January and February 2014. 

For more information and to register for certain programs, visit the library website here or call (616) 784-2007.

Rockford Brewing Co. Tour

Get a "backstage pass" and see how Rockford Brewing Co. makes its signature beers such as Rogue River Brown, Sheehan's Irish Stout and Hoplust IPA. After the tour, show your library card to get a special deal on beer tasting and learn about KDL materials for loan that focus on beer and home brewing. Tour and talk will be held at Rockford Brewing Co., 12 E. Bridge St. on Jan. 15 and Feb. 19 at 6:30 p.m.

 

Experience Grand Rapids launches personalized travel planning website

Experience Grand Rapids launches personalized travel planning website

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.---Experience Grand Rapids, the official destination marketing organization for Kent County, recently announced the launch of its new personalized travel planning website, www.GRCityTwist.com.

The new interactive website targets 18 different interests, from “art lovers” to “thrill seekers”, allowing the visitor to customize their trip.  For example, craft beer enthusiasts can find breweries to explore, activities and nightlife related to craft beer, and accommodations for the weekend.

EXGR launched the new, mobile-friendly website on Dec. 17 at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park with the hospitality community, business and political leaders, and its Certified Tourism Ambassadors.

Meijer Great Choices Student Film Festival accepting submissions

Meijer Great Choices Student Film Festival accepting submissions

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Time is running out to register for the upcoming Meijer Great Choices Student Film Festival.

The competition is designed for Michigan high school student filmmakers to showcase their talents.  Students are asked to produce a 30 second public service announcement promoting building character, healthy lifestyles or celebrating diversity.  Filmmakers are asked to target one of two audiences: kindergarten through 6th grade students or 7th through 12th grade students.  The winning work will be used in classrooms.

The deadline for submitting a PSA is Feb. 7, 2014 with a $10 registration fee; students who submit an entry by Jan. 17 pay only $5 for registration.  For more information on the Meijer Great Choices Student Film Festival, visit the competition website here.

UPDATE: Proposed Ada Township business to 'paint it forward'

UPDATE: Proposed Ada Township business to 'paint it forward'

UPDATE: Ada Township Clerk Susan Burton says the Township Board approved a liquor license for Arts & Carafes Studio during its Dec. 9 meeting.

Burton says the owners of Arts & Carafes Studio are now considering two possible locations on East Fulton Street for their business-- the space that was once home to Jay's Consignment, and another spot farther east.

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ADA TOWNSHIP, Mich.---  A new business aimed at uncorking the community’s creativity is in the works for Ada Township.

Arts & Carafes Studio has a tentative agreement to rent the space that was once home to Jay’s Consignment, on East Fulton Street.  The family-owned business is also applying for a license to serve liquor, which the Township Board will weigh in on during its regular meeting Dec. 9.