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  • IN DECEMBER OF 2011, Geoffrey Holstad, an illustrator and designer based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, took a trip Up North with a few friends. They rented a rustic cabin in the Porcupine Mountains, deep in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, with a plan to hike and enjoy the outdoors. They expected snow, but the blizzard they were met with was so extreme they spent the entire trip snowed in. Holstad and one of his friends, a photographer and designer named Ryan Greaves, passed the days working on an elabo…
  • Just after noon on Saturday, November 8, a cohort of the Grand Rapids art scene a few dozen strong convened in a suburban supermarket. As they trickled in, the group bypassed the produce and the pharmacy and went straight to the home goods section. But they were not there to shop. Their attention was drawn to an aisle containing several shelves filled with stacks of cheap frames. Instead of the typical repeated stock portrait, the frames each contained unique photographs by Carson Davis Brown, a…
  • An interdisciplinary team led by four artists* -- Amanda Lovelee, Sarah West,  Christopher Field, and Kyle Waites -- has erected a skeletal church in downtown Minneapolis, intended as a sanctuary for both play and contemplation. The installation, Balancing Ground, occupies a grassy patch next to the Minneapolis Convention Center. The temporary work earned the annual Creative City Challenge grant, offered this year for the second time. With the help of craftspeople and other collaborators, th…
  • IN DECEMBER OF 2011, Geoffrey Holstad, an illustrator and designer based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, took a trip Up North with a few friends. They rented a rustic cabin in the Porcupine Mountains, deep in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, with a plan to hike and enjoy the outdoors. They expected snow, but the blizzard they were met with was so extreme they spent the entire trip snowed in. Holstad and one of his friends, a photographer and designer named Ryan Greaves, passed the days working on an elabo…
  • Just after noon on Saturday, November 8, a cohort of the Grand Rapids art scene a few dozen strong convened in a suburban supermarket. As they trickled in, the group bypassed the produce and the pharmacy and went straight to the home goods section. But they were not there to shop. Their attention was drawn to an aisle containing several shelves filled with stacks of cheap frames. Instead of the typical repeated stock portrait, the frames each contained unique photographs by Carson Davis Brown, a…