March Events

Posted: March 2, 2012
Source: Farrell Howe
Phone: (269) 349-7775 ext. 3112

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With the winter being so mild, its hard to believe that spring is just around the corner. Things are already beginning to heat up at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. Join us this March for the following events!


Art & All That Jazz
Friday, March 9: 5:30 - 7:30 pm
It's back, and we are kicking off our 2012 season with a fan favorite, Zion Lion! Come for great music and enjoy tasty treats from Panera Bread. Bell's beer and wine from Imperial Beverage will be available. Admission is free for KIA Members and $4 for the public.

2012 West Michigan Area Show Awards and Reception
Friday, March 16: 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Please join us as we celebrate the opening of the 2012 West Michigan Area Show and congratulate those area artists who are exhibiting. The Awards Ceremony will begin at 6:30 p.m. with over $5,000 in prizes to be awarded.

Ladies Night Out
Wednesday, March 21: 6 - 8:30 pm
Ladies' Night Out sashays stylishly into the new season with on-trend updates to its classic profile. Gather your girlfriends for wine and hors d'oeuvre, lavish door prizes and special offers, a runway show of spring fashions from prominent local retailers and artful add-ons.
Limited VIP Tickets: $50.00
General Admission Tickets: $40.00
To order tickets, call 269-349-7775 ext, 3001 or click on the selected ticket above to purchase online.

Hands-On Event
Friday, March 23: 6:30 - 9 pm
Have you always been interested in taking a class at the Kirk Newman Art School, but you just weren't sure what media you would like? Now is the perfect opportunity to try everything from fiber arts to printmaking at the Kirk Newman Art School's Hands-On event! Admission is free. A nominal fee for some hands-on activities may apply.


Visiting Artist Workshop: Bede Clarke: Directions in Clay
Saturday & Sunday March 10-11: 9 am - 5 pm
Explore wheelthrown and altered pottery and drawing/painting on clay wall tiles with artist Bede Clark. Clark will talk about his work, his influences, and philosophy, demonstrating as well as discussing glazing and firing. Visit Clark's website at to view his work. This workshop is subsidized by the Lois and Jim Richmond Workshop Fund.
Members: $125, Non-Members: $130 To register, click here.

Yarn Dyeing Workshop
Saturday, March 17: 9:30 am - 4 pm
Workshop will take place in Studio 6
Members: $60. Non-Members: $70
Learn how to dye both a multi-colored and a semisolid shade skeins of wool yarn with instructor Rita Petteys. You will learn the technical skills of dyeing and how to enhance your creativity through a discussion of color theory. To register for this class, click here. Space is limited!

Jewelry Workshop: Basic Etching in Copper
Sunday, March 18: 10 am - 4 pm
Workshop will take place in the Jewelry Studio
Members: $85, Non-Members: $95
Instructor Nancy Koning will lead this new jewelry class. Students will learn etching on metal, which involves transferring a design onto copper and creating a relief using a chemical bath solution to dissolve unwanted metal areas. To register for this class, click here. Space is limited!

Rags: Beyond Plain Weave Workshop
Friday, March 30, 12:30 - 4 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday, March 31 & April 1, 9 a.m-4 p.m.
Workshop will take place in the Weaving Studio
Members: $125. Non-Members: $135
Instructor Nancy Crampton will lead students in exploring the basics of weaving with cloth strips, both for rugs and a lighter-weight version for table linens and totes. Includes cutting the fabric, ways of joining the strips and how to calculate needed fabric. To register for this workshop, click here.


Art League Lecture: Everbody is My Teacher
Wednesday, March 14: 10 am
Ceramic artist Rick Berman will share his insights on "finding your artistic path." His own artistic path has led him from Atlanta, Honolulu, and Chicago to India and Africa, where he led wheel-throwing and kiln-building workshops. This lecture is Free for Art League members; $10 general admission; $3 students with ID from WMU, K College, KVCC or the Kirk Newman Art School. Reception following the lecture included with admission. Call (269) 349-7775 for more information.

Lecture: Art and Devotion: Looking at the Word
Thursday, March 15: 6 pm
Jessica Brantley with Yale University Cornelius Loew Lecture in Medieval Studies, will explore a selection of alabasters from the KIA exhibition, Object of Devotion:Medieval English Alabaster Sculpture from the Victoria and Albert Museum. She will pay particular attention to their literary contexts. In these objects, image and text combine in devotional practices of many kinds, from communal and festive public performances to the most private and intimate of prayers. This lecture is free and open to the public. A reception immediately follows. Sponsored by the Medieval Institute, Western Michigan University.

For more art lectures, check out ARTBreak on Tuesdays


-Sunday Funday

-Library Story Time

-Short Films for Kids

-Spring Art Camp & Classes


2012 Billboard Art Contest
Now Accepting Entries!

KIA Garage Sale - Donations Accepted
Monday, March 19
The KIA is accepting donations for the KIA Garage Sale, which will be held May 17-19. Call (269) 349-7775 for more information.

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