Friday Night Highlight Series
Friday Night Highlights returns in September with live music and visual art during Art Hop Fridays year-round. As always, expect to find some of your favorite local musicians, up-and-coming bands, and some evenings with doubleheaders. Swing by the Museum on Art Hop nights (usually the first Friday of the month) and enjoy good music, a little refreshment, and good company!
Friday Art Hop: visual art exhibits open at 5:00 pm; live performances begin at 6:00 pm – FREE
Laser Light shows begin at 8:00 – $3
Art Hop Visual Experience: Spirit, Relation, and Story: Contemporary Potawatomi Art by Jason Wesaw
December 4, 2015
Jason Wesaw’s work shows the influence of contemporary art and culture on traditional tribal stories and life ways. He creates in ceramics, photographs, textiles, cultural arts, and, as of late, drawings. The common thread running through his creations is a desire to relate aspects of his Potawatomi culture to the viewer. The specific placement of color and simple line use shows Jason’s affinity for modernism and minimalism. However, every piece is deeply rooted in the age-old stories, ceremonies, and spiritual beliefs of his ancestors. He sees object and image making as a means to bring these stories to a broader audience, while keeping them fresh and relevant. Jason Wesaw works under the name of Condition Studio and exhibits his work nationally.
Art Hop Musical Experience: Kalamazoo Mandolin and Guitar Orchestra
December 4, 2015
The Kalamazoo Mandolin and Guitar Orchestra presents holiday music old and new along with other traditional audience favorites at the KVM for the December Art Hop. The Kalamazoo Mandolin and Guitar Orchestra is a plucked string ensemble consisting of mandolins, mandolas, mandocellos, guitars, and bass. The KMGO was founded in 2003 to revive the mandolin orchestra tradition in Kalamazoo. Under the direction of conductor Philip Rugel, the orchestra enjoys performing a wide variety of music, including classical, ethnic, and “golden era” mandolin orchestra music.