Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts

Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts
Contact: Phil Meade
2 West Fulton
Grand Rapids. MI 49503

Ph: 454-7000

website: http://www.uica.org/
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Grand Rapids Gallery Association:
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Grand Rapids Community Foundation’s Next Generation of Estate Planners

Grand Rapids Community Foundation along with Linsey Aten of Varnum LLP and Raj Malviya of Miller Johnson hosted a gathering of next generation estate planners. Young ttorneys, accountant and financial planners from Grand Rapids gathered at the new LaFontsee Galleries on October 25 to meet each other and to get to know the Community Foundation better. John Canepa and Mike Rosloniec talked with the group about their experiences with the Community Foundation.

Kate Leeder catered the event and the signature cocktail—Liquid Assets (cider, bourbon and Vernors) was a hit.

Grand Rapids Community Foundation
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Circle Theatre Welcomes Juan


Nestled along the banks of Fisk Lake in East Grand Rapids sits the Lakewood Estate, a sprawling estate that played host to Aquinas College’s welcome celebration for Dr. Juan Olivarez hosted by Circle Theatre.

Alumni, staff, and supporters donned Gala-worthy attire and descended on the Lakewood Estate to welcome Aquinas College’s seventh president in 125 years. Circle Theatre, celebrating what will be their sixtieth seasons of performance, brought with them musical selections from the upcoming 2012 season. They also played host to a toast to Dr. Olivarez and his wife Mary, as well as silent and live auctions to raise support dollars for the Circle Theatre.

The event was sponsored by Aquinas College, The Wege Foundation, Lacks Enterprises Inc, and Meijer Inc. and was filled with food, music, laughter, and dancing. Stiletto Sweets even managed to ensure everyone went home with their very own sweet treat at the end of the night.

The Stellafly team was happy to be in attendance – not just for the fun and chances to bid on some spectacular packages, but to welcome back a distinguished alumnus as the President of an outstanding institution right here in Grand Rapids. Welcome back, Dr. Olivarez.

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Falcon Custom Homes presents ‘Terra Sienna’

Falcon Custom Homes opened their home to us once again last night to experience another masterpiece situated in the prestigious Terra Sienna development in Ada.

This 2011 Fall Parade home is a refreshing example of style, design, and quality craftsmanship. The home is perfectly situated on a large 2.5 acre lot with commanding views of the wetlands and open spaces below. Inside you will find a home that is designed around family with each room having a purpose.

The home is packed with architectural details that truly separate a “Falcon Home” from the rest. Experience the difference with working with a team that works with-in a clients budget, delivers exceptional quality, has great communication, and a high level of detail. We look forward to sharing with you the “Falcon Experience.”

Falcon Custom Homes:

website: http://www.homesbyfalcon.com/

facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Falcon-Custom-Homes/111477488880526?ref=ts&sk=wall

Lake Michigan Credit Union: http://www.facebook.com/LakeMichiganCreditUnion


Designed and completely furnished by Gallery Interiors

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Their website is: http://www.galleryinteriors.com/


Contributing art galleries:

Richard App: https://www.facebook.com/groups/353977615523/

Grand Gallery Ada: http://www.grandgallery.com/

City Art Gallery: http://www.cityartgr.com/


This evening of art benefitted Pine Rest and their Patient Assistance Fund.

Pine Rest Foundation:

Website: http://www.pinerest.org/foundation

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Donations can be made here: http://bit.ly/r5BRa7


ArtPrize – Winner’s Announcement VIP Pre-Party

Before the big announcement of the winner of this year’s competition the sponsors, staff, artists, and VIPs mingled and shared a champagne toast to commemorate another successful year of the Grand art experiment, conversation starter, and community event known as ArtPrize.

Around 5pm people began to filter into the Seccia Lobby of the DeVos Place. The floor to ceiling glass windows provided a bath of unexpected October sunshine and a backdrop of people outside meandering and observing the very event we were celebrating. The juxtaposition was not lost on the crowd of VIPs, the room was energized with conversation about the people walking around outside, still viewing the art downtown – even after two weeks of the competition had already passed; even though it was an evening and a Thursday.

When Rick DeVos took the podium to give a few remarks, even he commented on the celebration that was occurring inside surrounding the experience and conversation that was occurring just outside. The consensus was that ArtPrize was again a success. He closed his remarks with a toast, “Cheers to many more.”

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George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic play Prospecto

The music blared, fans cheered loudly and the stage lights glared shades of red, white and blue at The Intersection as George Clinton finally joined his Parliament Funkadelic band mates on stage late Saturday night.

Clinton was dressed in a blue trench-looking coat decorated with tribal-like glyphs and donning an elaborate headdress.

Clinton headlined Prospecto Musical Showcase and Sonic Experience.

Clinton lead his eclectic musical ensemble by playing two of their major hits, first “Aqua Boogie” followed by “(Not Just) Knee Deep.”

Often noted for their stellar instrumentation and vocal presentation – nerve-tensing strings, shake-your-butt drum patterns, ear-bending horns, and heart-stirring harmonies and keys – Parliament Funkadelic did not disappoint, living up to their reputation of outstanding musicality built more than four decades ago.

The musical legacy of Parliament Funkadelic has proven time and time again, and it shows no signs of stopping or tiring, this was clearly evidenced by the diverse age range and ethnicity of those in attendance.

Near the end of show Parliament Funkadelic lead the audience in a sing-a-long of “Give Up The Funk.” George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic were absolutely entertaining, which included the use of  an amusing narrator to guide all through their funky mythology.

Style Battle 2011

Last year saw the inaugural Style Battle explode onto the scene in Grand Rapids, Style Battle fought its way to the top of year in review list around the city as a top contender as a new concept on the fashion scene. 2011 saw no real difference, Style Battle has emerged a winner again. Set against the backdrop of ArtPrize and, this year a gloomy rainy Thursday evening perfect for an indoor battle, Style Battle’s bell rang to get things started and a four hour bout broke loose. In its new location at The Intersection and again presented by Spotlight616, Style Battle 2011 was the golden gloves of the fashion fight in Grand Rapids.

The event again showcased local talent, fashion professionals, and independent clothing retailers exclusive to the West Michigan area. Style Battle 2011 ended with a fairly traditional runway walk, but in the hours leading up to that catwalk the teams battled for the winning style and look and photograph. The unscripted, unrehearsed battle was fully visible to spectators; each team collaborated to create five completed looks which were styled – start to photo finish – in a four-hour timed challenge.

The audience walked from station to station throughout the evening to observe each team as the creative process unfolded. Similar to ArtPrize, and Style Battle’s first year, the audience determined the audience choice prize winner; but this year a judged competition element was added. Judges also walked from station to station observing and dissecting the competitors’ styles and photographs. For year two, Spotlight616 chose The Grand Rapids Red Project as its charitable organization. A portion of proceeds from the fashion event went directly to this outstanding organization. Red Project provides HIV/AIDS education and prevention training, education, and support right here in the Greater Grand Rapids area.

Major event partners for Style Battle 2011 included The Matthew Agency, Custer Office Interiors, and Siegel Jewelers.