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Top 10 ArtPrize Winner has ties to Cascade

One of the Top 10 ArtPrize artists has ties to Cascade.  Paul Baliker sculpture called “A Matter of Time” explores man’s relationship to earth.  It is 13 feet in diameter and features animals, reptiles, fish and more.  The sculpture is on display along the Grand River at the Grand Rapids Public Museum through October 10.

Baliker has two permanent sculptures in the Grand Rapids area.  “Fish Story” is located at Lesslie E. Tassell Park on the Thornapple River in Cascade and “Lion Around” is at the Meijer Sculpture Garden.  Baliker has been creating sculptures for public display and corporate collections for 35 years.

FHPS Fine Arts Center artist reception- Abigail Bradley

From: http://www.fhfineartscenter.com

Abigail Bradley:  Painting and Mixed Media
October 1 - 26, 2010
Reception: Thursday, October 7, 2010, 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. in the lobby. Brandon Muske performing. Everyone is welcome!

Abigail Bradley’s evolution mirrors the changing skyline of Grand Rapids; refreshed and renewed, she uses photographic transfer and oil paint to create story springboards that invite others to invent their own narratives.

“Several years ago, when I looked around the city, I was struck by its evolution and the resulting excitement in the air,” she says. “I realized it signified changes I’d been feeling personally that were beginning to show in my art.” Initially trained as a figurative and impressionistic landscape painter, Bradley had the sense that her work was losing its energy.

Forest Hill Central Ranger Marching band presents "Quidam"

From: http://www.fhps.us/

Forest Hills Central Marching Band With Special Guest Artists The Aerial Angels Presents BANDTASIA 2010 –Quidam
October 19th and 21st at 7:00 PM at the Fine Arts Center

The Forest Hill Central Ranger Marching band presents "Quidam". Come join the Ranger Marching Band and special guest artist the Aerial Angels as we present "Quidam" the story of a young girls escape into a world of imagination. The entire show is imagined by a young girl named Zoé, a sad and forlorn girl who is alienated and ignored by her parents. She dreams up the whimsical world of Quidam in an attempt to escape her sadness. Our special guests are The Aerial Angels, a company of 15 entertainers based out of Kalamazoo Michigan and started August of 2003.

FHPS Fine Arts Center presents "Wild Woodwinds"

From: http://www.fhfineartscenter.com

David Lockington Conducts the First Concert of the DTE Energy Foundation Family Series at the Fine Arts Center  
Date: Sunday, October 17, 2010:  Performance at 3:00 p.m.
Tickets: For tickets, call the GRS Box Office at 616.454.9451, Ext. 4, or visit their Web site, www.grsymphony.org.
The Grand Rapids Symphony’s 2010-11 DTE Energy Foundation Family Series will feature two concerts: “Wild Woodwinds” on October 17, 2010 at 3:00 p.m. and “Battle of the Brass” on February 20, 2011 at 3:00 p.m. at the Fine Arts Center.  These one-hour Sunday afternoon concerts include a full orchestra and are perfect for kids ages 7-12 and their families.

Two Forest Hills Schools Participate in ArtPrize

From: http://www.fhps.us

Students from two Forest Hills Schools will have their works displayed in this years ArtPrize festival.
During the 2009-2010 school year, fifth grade students at Goodwillie Environmental School constructed a 24' birch bark voyageur style canoe with Native American consultant Kevin Finney. Using primitive tools, students fashioned the canoe out of birch bark and split cedar logs, and used spruce roots to bind it together.

South East YMCA to offer Log Rolling

Fast, Fun and Easy to learn the sport of Log Rolling opens a new fall schedule at the South East YMCA on Forest Hills Rd. Saturday the 18th at 11 am. 
Learn more about the work-a-day lumberjacks skills steeped richly in West Michigan's history and how the practice is now a highly competitive fast moving sport requiring balance, agility, and endurance. Lumberjacks and Jills meet weekly for seven weeks. Sign-up today!


The Kent District Library Presents an Evening with David Baldacci

KENT COUNTY, MI—The Kent District Library presents A Novel Experience: An Evening with David Baldacci on Tuesday, September 28 at 7:30 p.m. at the Forest Hills Fine Arts Center, 600 Forest Hill Ave., Grand Rapids. David Baldacci, the internationally-acclaimed author of 19 bestselling novels, will present “Why Read?” with a book-signing to follow.

Tickets are $15, and can be purchased at www.kdl.org, any KDL branch location or any Grand Rapids area Schuler Books & Music location. Presented by the KDL Fund, proceeds from this event will support KDL’s literacy programs for young children.

A Novel Experience is underwritten through the generosity of many community businesses and organizations.  Huntington Bank is recognized as the Novel Experience Premier Sponsor.

A special Author Reception will be held at 5:30 p.m.