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Remembering Gwen Frostic

Let’s just wander here and there ~~
like leaves floating in the autumn air
and look at common little things ~~
stones on the beach ~~
flowers turning into berries…
From the winds we’ll catch a bit
of that wondrous feeling that comes ~
~~ not from seeing ~~
but from being part of nature…

~Gwen Frostic

Today is (thanks to Gov. William Milliken) Gwen Frostic Day in Michigan. Frostic was born in 1906 and passed away in 2001. We heartily encourage you to read the fascinating story of one of Michigan’s best known artists in from the Detroit Free Press (via archive.org).

DLECTRICITY, a new illuminated art festival for Detroit

DLECTRICITY is a new nighttime, outdoor contemporary art festival that will invite emerging and established artists, performers, lighting designers, and architects to make site-specific installations of light, sound, performance and projection along the Woodward corridor. The inaugural DLECTRICITY will take place Friday, October 5, 2012 (7-midnight) and Saturday, October 6 (5 – 2 AM).

Artists will be utilizing various mediums that fuse sci-fi technology & Victorian spectacle on a grand scale. In addition to commissioning 6-8 major art installations, organizers have issued an open call for entry from which they will select up to 25 projects to transform Midtown Detroit into an illuminated urban spectacle. The Freep reports:

“We want to offer multiple experiences,” said Marc Schwartz, cofounder of Art Detroit Now, an advocacy group that dreamed up the idea and has partnered with economic development nonprofit Midtown Detroit Inc., which is acting as producer. “You’ll be able to drive, but we also hope for people to walk and be able to just come upon work in some intimate spaces.”

…A half-dozen artists with national and international reputations already have been signed up, including Jacco Olivier from the Netherlands, Evan Roth of Paris and the Detroit-based team of Annica Cuppetelli and Christobal Mendoza.

The name for the event was inspired by Detroit’s very own Electric Park which was located on the site of what is now Gabriel Richard Park. From 1906 until 1928, Detroit Electric Park served as a major attraction, beginning as a trolley park and later expanding into an amusement park with the development of electrification.

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    The Daily Michigan: On the Michigan Wine Trail painting by Stephanie Schlatter

The Daily Michigan: On the Michigan Wine Trail painting by Stephanie Schlatter

As we’ve told you (hopefully not too much) April is Michigan Wine Month.

We feel bad that most of the giveways have required you to go somewhere, so today on The Daily Michigan we’ll be bringing wine country to you with an original painting by artist Stephanie Schlatter from her series of works entitled On the Michigan Wine Trail.

Stephanie lives in Grand Rapids and finds herself inspired by Michigan’s vineyards. The painting (pictured right) is 5 x 7, matted and signed. Stephanie set out to explore the artistic processes of Michigan’s winemakers from ground to the vine and grape to glass. She does this through her painting and also through a video series.

Check below for a fun video from a recent visit to the bottling line at Brys Estates Winery on the Old Mission Peninsula near Traverse City.

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    The Daily Michigan: 2 tickets to the Traverse City Wine & Art Festival

The Daily Michigan: 2 tickets to the Traverse City Wine & Art Festival

Today on The Daily Michigan we have a pair of tickets to the 2012 Traverse City Wine & Art Festival held on June 30th at The Village at Grand Traverse Commons.

The festival is now in its fourth year and will feature 25+ wineries along with a selection of some of northern Michigan’s finest artists & restaurants backed by outstanding music and performances.

USA Today, Wine Enthusiast and Trip Advisor have all tagged the area as one of the hottest wine regions in the country. It’s no surprise to winemaker Spencer Stegenga of Bowers Harbor Vineyard, who says “The cool-climate wines from the wineries of Leelanau, the Old Mission Peninsula and the rest of the region pair perfectly with our local food and are winning awards and acclaim all across the country. The synergy between the wines and the local food scene are really unparalleled.”

You can dig into that wine scene through the web sites of the 2 major wine trails in the area, the Wineries of Old Mission Peninsula and the Leelanau Peninsula Vintners Association.

Tickets and lodging packages with area hotels are available through the festival website.

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    The Daily Michigan: Michigan Keychain Holder by Michigan in Metal

The Daily Michigan: Michigan Keychain Holder by Michigan in Metal


Today on The Daily Michigan we’re giving you a chance to win a Michigan key or leash holder through Michigan in Metal.

Michigan In Metal is proudly based in Michigan and specializes in creating all kinds of beautiful metal art and metal products including switchplates, art clocks, wind chimes, wine glass holders, picture frames and house numbers. Scott’s love for the great state of Michigan has inspired him to make a line of “Michigan themed” metal art, but he also does all kinds of custom work. If you don’t see what you’re looking for on his website, feel free to ask him if it can be done!

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The $15 million impact of ArtPrize … and ArtPrize 2012

nebula: a growing installation by yodraws
nebula: a growing installation by yodraws

ArtPrize is the radically open competition in Grand Rapids that any artist in the world who can find space can vote in, anyone in Grand Rapids who wants to create a venue, and open to a vote from anyone who attends.

ArtPrize 2012 will take place Sept. 19 – Oct. 7, 2012. This year the organizers are making a few tweaks. Most noteworthy is a new commitment to juried awards, led by a $100,000 Juried Grand Prize. There will also be $20,000 awards in each of the Two-Dimensional, Three-Dimensional, Time and Performance, Urban Space and Venue categories.

A recent study by Experience Grand Rapids, the Grand Rapids region’s convention and visitors bureau found that ArtPrize participants had a huge economic impact in 2011:

The study, conducted by the Anderson Economic Group, reveals that the 2011 ArtPrize event added $15.4 million to the Grand Rapids/Kent County economy, attracted more than 320,000 visitors and created more than 200 new jobs during its 19 days.

From Scott Watkins, with AEG:

“The study provides a comprehensive assessment of event attendance, visitor spending, local spending by the ArtPrize organization, and the economic impacts that accrue beyond the initial expenditures of visitors and the host organization. It also accounts for economic substitution. The analysis illustrates the new economic activity attributable to ArtPrize and does not double count spending in the area that would have otherwise occurred if the event was not held.”

Click to read the full report and watch ArtPrize 2011 – The Music Video.

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    The Daily Michigan: 2 Tickets to the 2012 Traverse City Wine & Art Festival

The Daily Michigan: 2 Tickets to the 2012 Traverse City Wine & Art Festival

Today on The Daily Michigan we have a pair of tickets to the 2012 Traverse City Wine & Art Festival held on June 30th at The Village at Grand Traverse Commons.

The festival is now in its fourth year and will feature 25+ wineries along with a selection of some of northern Michigan’s finest artists & restaurants backed by outstanding music and performances.

The interplay of food & wine is a big part of the festival, and also of the popularity of Traverse City as a culinary destination. Recently in Bon Appetit, superstar chef Mario Batali touted Traverse City and the Leelanau Peninsula, saying “The food scene has really exploded in the region. It’s very cool. The chefs involved in the scene celebrate what’s here; they’re not trying to be anything they’re not.”

What they are is definitely gathering notice: Livabilty.com has ranked Traverse City their #1 Foodie City in America, the James Beard Foundation tapped three chefs from the area as semi-finalists for their Best Chef: Great Lakes award, and USA Today, Wine Enthusiast and Trip Advisor have all tagged the area as one of the hottest wine regions in the country.

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Celebrate Valentine’s Day the Michigan Way

Here’s a whole ton of Valentine’s Day ideas. YOU probably have some other ideas – share them in the comments or right here or on our Facebook!

Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart. - Confucius by Church of One
Wheresoever you go,
go with all your heart. – Confucius
by Church of One

Next Tuesday, February 14th is Valentine’s Day – a day for lovers, sweethearts, paramours … and chocoholics. Like it, love it or hate it, Valentine’s Day is an annual tradition that will see over one billion valentines will be given out worldwide, 85% of those by women. However you choose to celebrate the holiday, consider making it a little more special with something from Michigan.

There’s plenty of delicious Valentine’s Day recipes from Pure Michigan at Michigan.org. The Food Network also offers up some culinary advice for Valentine’s Day complete with a full Valentine’s menu. Lansing’s WLNS CBS channel 6 website has a complete Valentine Day section on their website where you can learn all kinds of useful information including (who knew?) that chocolate is an aphrodisiac. The folks at the Grand Rapids Press and mlive.com have some tips for Valentine’s Day cooking with kids.

We have to remind you that February is National Cherry Month and cherries make a great and healthy way to bring the distinctive Valentine red into your celebrations. An affordable and tasty non-alcoholic beverage are cherry sparklers made with Michigan cherry juice and sparkling water.

On the adult beverage front, a whopping 95% of wine drinkers agree that wine makes a perfect gift, and you can’t go wrong with a  Michigan wine or  Michigan beer! The folks at MyNorth offer a listing of Northern Michigan sparkling wines to set the tone for your celebration. While bubbles are big, beers can also be appreciated. Dianna at Promote Michigan has let us in on her Love Affair with Michigan Beer, which features all kinds of special and regular brews from Michigan’s brewmasters. You can stay awake Ann Arbor Brewing’s Espresso Love featuring coffee, cozy up to the Decadent Dark Chocolate Ale from Atwater Brewing or go a little lighter with Dragonmead’s Redwing Raspberry Wheat. This is a great feature so definitely check it out!

Ginny, You Are My Shining Star by docksidepress
Ginny, You Are My Shining Star by docksidepress

If you’re left scratching your head over what to buy him or her, check out the ‘Valentine’s Day Gift Giving Guide‘ from WLNS.com.  Don’t forget the furry friends in your life either! You can be a homeless pets Valentine when WXYZ-TV 7 in Detroit hosts their Annual Valentine’s Day Telethon to support the Michigan Humane Society. Tune in or donate online with the Michigan Humane Society!

If that’s not enough and you really want to get your Valentine on, check out Absolute Michigan keyword Valentine for food & gift ideas.

For a little eye candy, you should check out the Valentine slideshow from the Absolute Michigan flickr pool!

We also have a large number of Michigan web sites to check out (though if we’re missing one, be sure to add a link to it).

Flowers & Florists - say it with flowers

Chocolate - there’s also candy companies

Candles - lighting the way for romance for thousands of years

Jewelry -silver & gold, platinum and bronze, pick your favorite.

Wow, you actually made it to the end of this post – don’t forget to buy yourself a little something for Valentines Day!

Detroit Design Festival ~ September 21-28, 2011

ddfDetroit Design Festival on FacebookThe inaugural Detroit Design Festival (DDF) starts tomorrow (Wednesday, Sep 21) with a kickoff party from 6-9 PM at New Center Park. DDF is a “crowd-sourced design festival” developed to showcase the talents and abilities Detroit’s creative community.

Over the eight days and nights of DDF—September 21 through September 28—a variety of Design Happenings will take place across at venues across the city of Detroit. The types of happenings will include studio tours, panels and roundtable discussions, fashion shows, and art battles to name a few.

Detroit Creative Corridor Center established the Detroit Design Festival to connect creative practitioners with one another, expose them to new markets and consumers, and of course put on display the creative talent that will help Detroit become a global center of creative innovation.

Art battles??!! Maybe someone can tell us what those are!

The site lists 85 Happenings, all “unfolded” in their blog. Competitions, presentations, panels, roundtables & lectures (Leon Krier next Tuesday sounds great), performances, benefits (25 chefs!), fashion shows, film screenings, cocktail receptions/dinners/parties, tours of all kinds, of art exhibits like Bordertown (cities and borders), Mind the Gap (public design ideas competition for Detroit’s in-between spaces), Woodward Windows (empty storefront windows as galleries) – so many events of so many types at so many venues that it feels like Detroit may be generating some of the same energy that Grand Rapids will be for ArtPrize. Anyone think that the rest of Michigan should jump on board next year and celebrate the positive in all our communities?

Anyway, here’s the video from detroitdesignfestival.com and we hope you get a chance to check out (and report on) some of the fun of DDF:

DDF - Fathead from Charlie Kelly on Vimeo.

ArtPrize 2011 in Grand Rapids

The Eyes Have It by pairadocs
The Eyes Have It by pairadocs

Our favorite Michigan art event, ArtPrize, kicks off its third year in Grand Rapids this Wednesday. ArtPrize runs September 21 – October 9, 2011. It’s billed as a radically open art competition that is open to any artist in the world who can find space and it is one of the most dynamic expressions of art in the world.

In their excellent ArtPrize 2011 Guide, mLive reports:

The first ArtPrize drew an estimated 200,000 people to downtown Grand Rapids, more than 37,000 of whom cast more than 334,000 votes in the exhibition with work by 1,262 artists. ArtPrize 2010 drew as many as 400,000 people who voted 465,000 times for 1,713 works of art.

…Some 1,582 works of art go on display in 163 venues downtown plus Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park a few miles away.

ArtPrize 2011 poster by Square One Design

ArtPrize 2011 poster by Square One Design

Click through for some cool stories on 2011 such as news that Facebook creative director Ji Lee is entering for 2011 and a feature on 2011 ArtPrize venues.

The heart of ArtPrize is the public vote, and you can pre-register right now at ArtPrize.org. FYI, if voting is the heart, than the lungs of ArtPrize are participation and presence, and to activate your account, you have to go to Grand Rapids (which explains the phenomenal support that GR businesses and organizations provide the event).

ArtPrize on FacebookSome great places to go for ArtPrize media include the ArtPrize Tumblr, the ArtPrize Facebook, ArtPrize Twitter and #ArtPrize on Twitter,  and the  ArtPrize YouTube.

Speaking of YouTube, a few cool videos we found include a check-in at yesterday’s ArtPrize artist reception at the B.O.B., an analysis of the public’s vote (and taste in art), a tour of ArtPrize neighborhoods, a look at the new ArtPrize HUB, and the cost of ArtPrize to artists. Below is the featured video from ArtPrize’s channel, a look at 2010 from Brian Kelly. Hopefully Brian will be kicking out more great videos this year! we hope all you photographers will post your ArtPrize photos in the Absolute Michigan pool on Flickr!