Filling the room with sound, the Mirror Visions Ensemble tell musical stories through song. The ensemble will be the first group to perform at Arts at Noon concert series, which begins Wednesday at noon.  Courtesy  / Matthew Makowski

Arts at Noon series provides bite-sized performances, award-winning musicians

While many students are busy scurrying to class amid the school day, they may catch escaping rhythms and melodies from the Cook-DeWitt Center. As they rush around campus, others are surrounding themselves with sound through the Arts at Noon concert series which kicks off Wednesday, Sept. 12. Described as a break in the day and an opportunity to hear award-winning musicians, this year’s season of Arts at Noon features a variety of recognized musicians, ranging from local to international. Each concert lasts 50 minutes, which is designed to make concerts easy to consume, often a rarity for the musicians involved.

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Courtesy / WhiteLakeMusic.org

Music professors showcase talents at pair of recitals

Pablo Mahave-Veglia and Lee Copenhaven, two of Grand Valley State University’s Music professors, are showcasing their talents in the musical arts to the Grand Valley community with a pair of recitals. Copenhaven performed his recital Sunday, and Mahave-Veglia’s recital still to come this week Mahave-Veglia said that recitals are typically a ‘Buffet of Sound,’ as most recitals focus on several styles and base their performances around those styles. For Mahave-Veglia’s recital, he said it’s more unique because it focuses on a singular work, but also features related pieces.

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Best of Show winner Brian Caponi's "The Window" hangs within the Muskegon Museum of Art for the 90th Michigan Regional Exhibition. The piece will be on display with 146 other pieces of art until Nov. 7.  Courtesy / Muskegon Museum of Art

90th Michigan Regional Exhibition unites local artists, creates communities

A variety of Michigan artists gathered inside the Muskegon Museum of Art on Sept. 6 for the opening ceremony of the 90th Michigan Regional Exhibition. The Regional featured the works of 150 Michigan-based artists selected by Juror Marc Mitchell throughout the exhibit. "The exhibition is one of the only shows to unite and recognize a wide range of local artists within one show," said Senior Curator Art Martin. "The show, which features artists from a diverse range of skill levels and choices of medium, attempts to capture and feature a summation the local art scene.

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ArtPrize 10 awards thousands in Artist Grants

Recently, ArtPrize awarded $165,000 in grants to several contestants to support their artistic ventures. These grants will fund large-scale outdoor pieces as well as many smaller projects appearing in various locations throughout the city. These works include murals painted on shipping containers, crystalline glass sculptures and a large orb floating in the Grand River.

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Scarber Author Jeffrey Chang speaks about his book about race in America today October 9, 2017.   GVL / Spencer

2018 Fall Arts Celebration to offer art, music, poetry to GV students

For years, the Grand Valley State University Fall Arts Celebration has been a massive annual series of art in all forms. With events such as art exhibitions, concerts and lectures, the celebration has steadily provided enriching cultural experiences to anyone attending. The 2018 series is no exception, as the upcoming events aim to offer a variety of fantastic experiences to anyone interested.

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The clock tower on GVSU's Allendale campus has a 44 bell carillon. GVSU has two of the 14 carillons in the state of Michigan.

GVSU rings in 24th Annual Carillon Concert Series

Behind the walls of the Cook and Beckering Family Carillon Towers is far more than just clockwork. Forty-eight intricately crafted bells fill the carillons on each of Grand Valley’s campuses – bells that fill the surrounding areas with sound throughout GVSU’s 24th Annual Carillon Concert Series.  The series, organized by University Carilloneur Julianne Vanden Wyngaard, spans from July 1 through Aug. 19 between both of GVSU’s carillons. Vanden Wyngaard said that the series provides audiences with access to a style of performance that’s unique to the carillon.

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Fountain Street Church exhibit pairs art and poetry

At the root of every creation is an inkling of inspiration, regardless of where it comes from. For Grand Rapids' Fountain Street Church, its summer exhibition is directing that inspiration through one creative medium – visual art – and using it to fuel another: poetry.  “Poetry Inspired by Art” filled the church’s Keeler Gallery with a variety of different pieces of art and poetry on Sunday. Fountain Street Church Art committee member Edgar Marty said that using poetry and art to inspire each other is a unique concept that has brought guests to Fountain Street Chuch’s summer exhibition for years.

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