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There is a WHOLE lot going on this week in Grand Rapids!

Revisiting ArtPrize's Big Ten

Last year, photographer Brian Kelly was given full access to the city of Grand Rapids to create special portraits of the Top 10 ArtPrize Artists. Brian presents this retrospective of his portraits here in a photo essay of these artists and their winning works as the second annual ArtPrize approaches.

Only 4 days left to see “Mighty Mike”

From: http://www.johnballzoosociety.org/

(Grand Rapids, MI) Starting August 31, visitors have only 4 days to get their last glimpses of the record breaking, 13-foot, 600-pound,  alligator that has called John Ball Zoo home for the past 17 weeks.  MIGHTY MIKE and his five smaller ‘gator pals will be retrieved by their owner the day after Labor Day to return to their winter home in Florida. 

It’s been a good run for Mike.  Over 350,0000 guests got a look at the giant-in-the-pond.   Some got to see him gobble up a raw chicken and a few got to see him hoist his massive body onto the shore.  He was on TV, in countless Flckr photos and in the newspaper.  Mike was the first animal visitors saw when they entered the zoo and the last animal as they left. 

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September 01st, 2010 - Chihuly at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park: A New Eden

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, one of the nation’s most significant sculpture and botanic experiences, will celebrate the masterwork of artist Dale Chihuly, one of the world’s foremost artists, with a large-scale outdoor sculpture exhibition. “Chihuly at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park: A New Eden” will feature fourteen monumental glass sculptures in diverse locations across Meijer Gardens. It will be open to the public April 30, 2010 through September 30, 2010. Each of the fifteen sculptures will correspond to the horticultural aspects and natural conditions of each respective location. Chosen sites span the grounds of Meijer Gardens including the English Perennial Garden, Woodland Shade Garden, Lena Meijer Children’s Garden, wetland areas and the 30-acre Sculpture Park. “I’m happy to be coming back to Frederik Meijer Gardens”, said Chihuly.