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Arts at Noon features faculty member’s saxophone quartet

The Donald Sinta Quartet incorporated the historical and fresh sounds of the saxophone during their performance at the Cook-Dewitt Center on the Grand Valley State University Allendale campus. The concert was held on Oct. 10 as a part of GVSU’s Arts at Noon program.   The quartet is comprised of GVSU Saxophone Professor Dan Graser, as well as Joe Girard, Danny Hawthorne-Foss and Zach Stern. The saxophonists were united as students at the University of Michigan in November 2010 when they were chosen as the featured saxophone quartet on the Michigan Symphony’s tour of China. The choice of featuring a saxophone quartet on the tour was prompted by the 50-year anniversary of the Michigan Symphony’s tour of The Soviet Union, which featured Donald Sinta, the quartet’s professor and namesake. 

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“Plastination—The Art of Preservation” exhibit to embody GVSU’s plastination efforts

Grand Valley State University is currently showcasing an ongoing exhibit to start a conversation on the fusing of human, animal and plant tissues with a mixture of plastic or silicone products to render the tissues of any odor, followed by the tissues being preserved permanently dry for educational and instructional purposes—also known as "plastination."  The exhibition is titled “Plastination—The Art of Preservation" and walks viewers through the process here at Grand Valley as it is the only plastination lab established in Michigan.

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The Grand Showcase hosts spoken word poets, supports local nonprofit

The Grand Showcase, organized by The Diatribe, will bring award-winning poets to Grand Rapids to join the community’s talented youth in performing spoken word poems. The event is a fundraiser for the grassroots nonprofit organization dedicated to uniting the youth through art, and will take place on Saturday, October 6 at the Fountain Street Church from 1 to 3 p.m.   

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Spotlight Productions hosts River City Improv, promotes stress-free environment

While tramp stamp coupons, handling a crocodile in a box and debating against resurrecting salty moths may seem peculiar to some, it fits perfectly into another day of randomness for Grand Rapid’s River City Improv group. The group brought their live improv show to Grand Valley State University Thursday through the efforts of Spotlight Productions, GVSU’s student-run programing organization. 

Alumna Emma Hoekstra sits in her studio. Hoekstra placed top five in the Halstead Grant competition because of the successes of her jewelry business. Courtesy  /  Emma Hoekstra

GV alumna places top five in national jewelry competition

Over the years, Grand Valley State University has educated a variety of gifted and successful groups of alumni who attempt to flourish in their respective fields and succeed in their careers. Jeweler, metalsmith and GVSU alumna Emma Hoekstra is an example of this, as she recently placed top 5 in the Halstead Grant competition, a prestigious competition for artists in Hoekstra’s field.