Little Member Morning: The Art of Wordless Storytelling

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Little Member Morning: The Art of Wordless Storytelling

October 26, 2019, 10:30 AM-12:00 PM

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Celebrate our latest exhibition, David Wiesner & The Art of Wordless Storytelling with a special morning designed for our youngest members! Parents, caregivers, and grandparents are invited to bring their little ones for story time, art-making, and an interactive guided tour of the exhibition. David Wiesner & The Art of Wordless Storytelling explores the dreamlike, fantastical work of American Illustrator and writer of children’s books, David Wiesner. Guests are encouraged to draw inspiration from Wiesner’s work and come dressed as a lizard who likes to paint, playful cat, or colorful bug. Following your time in the galleries join us in Cook Auditorium or coffee, juice, and baked goods.

Little Member Mornings are perfect for members ages 4 to 8, but all ages are welcome to participate. Registration is required. Register online or by calling Visitor Services at 616.831.1000.

Are you interested in attending this event but aren’t a GRAM Member? Joining is easy. Join online at artmuseumgr.org/membership or by calling Visitor Services during Museum hours at 616.831.1000. Support your Museum by joining today!

Let’s Create! With David Wiesner

A watercolor painting  of a frog and lizard back to back. The frog on the right is smiling and holding up a bucket of brightly colored paint, while the lizard on the left is scowling and holding a palette and brushes.David Wiesner (American, b. 1956), Art & Max, 2010. Watercolor and acrylic on paper, 9½ x 12 inches. Copyright ©2010 by David Wiesner.

Let’s Create! With David Wiesner

October 12, 2019, 10:30 AM-12:00 PM

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Free
Seymour Library, 2350 Eastern Ave SE, Grand Rapids

Come spend a morning with David Wiesner, author and illustrator of beloved picture books Flotsam and Mr. Wuffles! Learn about the power of wordless art and help create a masterpiece that will be displayed for the whole community. Book signing to follow.

Date Night Tour: Abstract Art in GRAM’s Collection

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Date Night Tour: Abstract Art in GRAM’s Collection

December 12, 2019, 7:00 PM-9:00 PM

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Enjoy an evening with your loved one on a special tour of the Grand Rapids Art Museum! Explore abstract works in GRAM’s permanent collection and learn about the emotions and techniques behind abstract art, including the use of color, perspective, and style. Members will start the evening with complimentary cocktails in East Court at 7 pm before departing for their guided tour at 7:30 pm.

Tickets include 1 complimentary wine or beer per person, parking voucher, docent-led tour, and access to the galleries. 21+.

Not a GRAM Member? Joining is easy. Register online at artmuseumgr.org/membership or by calling Visitor Services during museum hours at 616.831.1000. Support your Museum by joining today!

GRAM Circle Preview: David Wiesner & The Art of Wordless Storytelling

Museum guests viewing exhibition 

GRAM Circle Preview: David Wiesner & The Art of Wordless Storytelling

October 10, 2019, 6:00 PM-7:00 PM

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Donors, Corporate Partners and Special Guests of GRAM are invited to join us before the member opening of David Wiesner & The Art of Wordless Storytelling for complimentary hors d’oeuvres and refreshments.

RSVP by calling 616.831.2913 or online using the button above.

Information about GRAM’s Corporate Partner program can be found here or call Marnie McGuire at 616-831-2901.
Become a Donor Circle member today! Join online or call Laura Bull at 616-831-2907.

Billy Mayer: The Shape of Things Opening Reception

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Billy Mayer: The Shape of Things Opening Reception

August 29, 2019, 6:00 PM-9:00 PM

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Cook Auditorium and East Court
Free

Join GRAM for a reception celebrating one of Michigan’s most distinctive and unique sculptors, the late Billy Mayer (1953-2017) and his GRAM exhibition The Shape of Things. In addition to his art and design work, Mayer had a long and distinguished teaching career at Hope College in Holland, Michigan. Mayer joined the Hope faculty in 1978, and chaired the Department of Art and Art History from 1987 to 2004. Mayer challenged and inspired his students at Hope to think and create ambitiously, and his influence is still important to many of them. Mayer’s legacy as a teacher is the focus of a panel discussion, chaired by Curator of Exhibition’s Ron Platt, that features former students and colleagues who will share their personal experience of his impact on their lives and studio practice.

Immediately following a panel discussion, guests will enjoy a cash bar and mingling with fellow art enthusiasts and colleagues.

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Visionnaire Series – at Lunch: Anne Mondro on Art and Memory Loss

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Visionnaire Series – at Lunch: Anne Mondro on Art and Memory Loss

October 15, 2019, 12:00 PM-1:00 PM

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Cook Auditorium
Free

Join Anne Mondro, artist and Associate Professor in the University of Michigan Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design, as she discusses her research on designing and facilitating creative arts programming for people living with memory loss and their primary caregiver, with the intention of increasing social interaction, supporting learning and discovery, and building relationships.

Mondro has presented at conferences on creative aging and dementia care including the British Society of Gerontology (2018), 9th Annual International Arts and Health Conference (2017), Culture, Health & Wellbeing International Conference (2017), and the National Center for Creative Aging (2016). Her artwork has been shown nationally and internationally including exhibitions at Ceres Gallery in NYC, Cranbrook Art Museum, the Powerhouse Museum of Science and Design in Sydney, Brigham & Women’s Hospital, and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.

Visionnaire Series – at Lunch takes place monthly on select Tuesdays in GRAM’s Cook Auditorium. Topics vary by month and relate to the exhibitions on view and our creative community. Guests enjoy complimentary snacks and coffee. Learn more about the series online.

This event is organized by the Visionnaire Executive Committee. The Visionnaire Executive Committee is a group of creative young adults, ages 21-40, committed to introducing new audiences to GRAM and encouraging lifelong engagement. Learn more about the Visionnaires.

Coffee is generously provided by:

Stovetop Coffee Roasters

Visionnaire Series – at Lunch: Artist Tony Whlgn

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Visionnaire Series – at Lunch: Artist Tony Whlgn

August 20, 2019, 12:00 PM-1:00 PM

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Cook Auditorium
Free

Join Detroit-based artist and designer Tony Whlgn (Hoo-li-gen) as he discusses his work and creative coalition, The Whlgn, a collective made of successful artists, photographers, and entrepreneurs. Focusing primarily in graphic design, Tony’s artistic practice ranges from design, painting, and photography, and he has worked for brands and musicians like Ecko Unltd, Joey Badass, Dej Loaf, BIG K.R.I.T. and more.

Visionnaire Series – at Lunch takes place monthly on select Tuesdays in GRAM’s Cook Auditorium. Topics vary by month and relate to the exhibitions on view and our creative community. Guests enjoy complimentary snacks and coffee. Learn more about the series online.

This event is organized by the Visionnaire Executive Committee. The Visionnaire Executive Committee is a group of creative young adults, ages 21-40, committed to introducing new audiences to GRAM and encouraging lifelong engagement. Learn more about the Visionnaires.

Coffee is generously provided by:

stovetop coffee roasters logo

Community Conversation: Land. Water. Parks. People.

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Community Conversation: Land. Water. Parks. People.

August 21, 2019, 4:00 PM-6:00 PM

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4 – 4:30 pm: Free exhibition viewing of the Maya Lin: Flow exhibition (Level 2)
4:30 – 6 pm: Community Conversation (Auditorium)

Maya Lin’s vision for Ecliptic was inspired by native cultures and the importance of the Grand River in their lives, and of the many subsequent generations who have made their home here. Located in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids, Lin’s public park embracing the three states of water draws individuals together today. This conversation will explore how artists and landscape designers have used water to bring communities closer, as well as the important ideas shaping the restoration along the Grand River today. Learn about some of the most exciting recent park projects that teach about nature and environmental sustainability, make our cities more livable, and future opportunities that lie ahead in Grand Rapids parks and Grand River.

Participants:
Welcome by Erin Gravelyn, Grand Rapids Art Museum Trustee

Moderator: David Marquardt, Director, Grand Rapids Parks and Recreation
Stephanie Adams, Executive Director, Friends of Grand Rapids Parks
Steve Heacock, President, Grand Rapids Whitewater
Jeff Shoemaker, Executive Director, The Greenway Foundation
Lynée Wells, Founder and CEO, Aligned Planning
William Wenk, President, Wenk Associates

RSVP via the link above or by calling GRAM Visitor Services at 616.831.1000.

Drop In Studio: 2D to 3D

Hand painting a small clay frog with illustrations and supplies surrounding. 

Drop In Studio: 2D to 3D

Saturdays in October, 1:00 PM-4:00 PM

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Mix and mold modeling clay as you bring the surreal illustrations of David Weisner to life. Gain inspiration from David Weisner & The Art of Wordless Storytelling in the galleries, then head to GRAM Studio to turn 2D into a 3D clay sculpture.

Drop-in Studio is your chance to escape the everyday and step into a world of creativity and new ideas. Drop in with friends or family to explore everything the studio has to offer, including hands-on art-making activities and interactive learning spaces. The studio is open each Saturday from 1-4 pm and the third Thursday of each month from 5:30 – 8:30 pm. Free with admission. Open to all ages.

Drop In Studio: Wordless Storyboards

Hand painting a storyboard with water color. 

Drop In Studio: Wordless Storyboards

Saturdays in November, 1:00 PM-4:00 PM

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Using blank storyboards as a guide, explore graphite and watercolor to create your own wordless illustrations inspired by David Weisner & The Art of Wordless Storytelling.

Drop-in Studio is your chance to escape the everyday and step into a world of creativity and new ideas. Drop in with friends or family to explore everything the studio has to offer, including hands-on art-making activities and interactive learning spaces. The studio is open each Saturday from 1-4 pm and the third Thursday of each month from 5:30 – 8:30 pm. Free with admission. Open to all ages.