Marking Memorial Day

The Grand Rapids Veterans Home Cemetery was dedicated by the Grand Rapids Post of the Grand Army of the Republic on Memorial Day 1886.  Currently, 5,042 veterans and their families are interred there.  It is one of four veterans cemeteries in the State of Michigan.

Black and white

Google recently decided not to charge for its Nik suite of photo editing software. I have taken advantage of that and am learning how to convert color photographs to black and white using Silver Effects Pro 2. (Click image for a larger view.)

Touring the Meyer May House in Grand Rapids, Michigan

The Meyer May House was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for a clothing retailer in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  The house, which was completed in 1910, is located at 450 Madison S.E., in the Heritage Hill Historic District.  Information about the house can be found on Wikepedia and on the website maintained by Steelcase Inc., which has meticulously restored the house.


LaughFest 2011

I attended the announcement this morning for LaughFest, a major event benefiting Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids.  LaughFest is a 10-day festival of laughter that will run from March 10 to March 20, 2011.   It will feature national talent (including, Bill Cosby, Betty White, Mike Birbiglia, and Kathleen Madigan), film, musicians (Dan Zane and friends), improv, laughter yoga, guest authors, and community events.  Like ArtPrize, there will be a number of venues where events will occur.  So far the first 20 venues have been secured, and they are looking for many more.  


Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids is the largest and busiest Gilda’s Club affiliate in North America.

ArtPrize 2010 Winner: “Cavalry, American Officers, 1921”

On Thursday, October 7, ArtPrize announced the winner of the popular vote in the 2010 competition. The $250,000 first prize went to Grand Rapids artist Chris LaPorte. LaPorte teaches art at Aquinas College. The winning work, “Cavalry, American Officers, 1921” is a photorealistic pencil drawing of a gathering of World War I officers.  It took LaPorte over 800 hours to complete the work, which measures 29 feet by 8 feet.

Here are my photos of the winning work.


Here is a 90-second interview of Chris LaPorte.