• “Art for Art’s Sake”

    Mayor McCaleb and Cyndi Casemier kicking off ArtWalk

    In West Michigan, you will find art everywhere in downtown Grand Rapids and Grand Haven.

    ArtPrize and ArtWalk is here!

    Lots of energy, questions, artists, and visitors asking “Is this art?”

    Oil Painting by Aziza AbbasiAziza Abbasi’s painting entry for GH ArtWalk

    Grand Haven has a smaller version of ArtPrize called ArtWalk. It is run entirely by volunteers. This year, we have more than 145 adult entries, 100 youth entries and 45 venues. Three jurors and I viewed every art entry yesterday. I always learn something either by just looking or listening to our jurors. This year, our jurors are:

    Sarah Weber, art professor at Grand Valley State University; Beth Purdy, art professor at Kendall School of Art and Design; and Sue Jerosvek, art collector. Thank you to each of them. I greatly appreciate their time considering each piece of art.

    Moon Totem ArtWalk entry by Lee S BrownLee S Brown sculpture entry for ArtWalk

    Last Tuesday, we hosted Grand Haven Area Public School’s 4th graders to ArtWalk. They viewed many of the art entries plus were treated to learning an interpretive dance movement led by the instructors at SpotLight Dance Academy.

    Spotlight dance academy leading 4th graders in a dance movement during artwalk

    The students and dancers from Spotlight Dance Academy performed a flash mob dance at our opening on Wednesday.

    Spotlight Dance Academy flash mob dance at ArtWalk

    This past weekend, we had additional art available for purchase in the Depot Building at our Waterfront and a family art day where kids and parents could paint their own piece of art.

    Family art day at ArtWalk

    You can vote for your favorite artist through October 2.

    Live Music at GH ArtWalk


  • Couldn’t attend First Friday? Check out our video of Julie Devers and me talking about Ceramic Traditions and Wood-fired pots.

    We had so much fun during our First Friday Art Hop. Julie Devers, our September featured artist, joined us to talk about her wood fired pots and her philosophy with regard making functional pottery.

    Bob Walma has produced a video of our conversation. I hope you enjoy it.

    Ceramic Traditions with Julie Devers and Cyndi Casemier, First Friday ARt Hop Video

    (Click on the image or this link)

    Wood fired vase by Julie Devers

    Wood fired Unami, tea bowl by julie Devers

    Wood fired cups and saucers with a teapot by julie Devers

    Three legged wood fired vases by Julie Devers

    We have several wonderful pieces still available in the gallery. If you can’t physically visit the gallery, call us, (616-935-7337) and we will send you images with more information.

  • Airport Museums

    Traveling by plane can test your patience. You basically “hurry up to wait”. Very early this morning, I arrived at the Phoenix airport, checked in, and what did I see? A ceramics display! LOVE IT!

    A nice way to wake up, just a little bit.

    Larry Allen, ceramic jar

    In 2016, local Phoenician ceramic art collectors, Billie Jo Harned and Joan Lincoln, gifted a sampling of their collections giving the viewer a glimpse into the variety of artworks that helped fuel their shared passion for collecting contemporary ceramic art.

    Ceramic dog, unknown maker

    I discovered that the Phoenix Art Museum is one of the largest airport art museums in the United States.

    Don Reitz ceramic platter

    Sultry Birch Teapot, by Eric Serritelia

    Suzanne Kane, ceramic folding book

    Les Lawrence, New Vision Teapot

    Ceramic Bottle, maker unknown

    Check it out the next time you are visiting the desert. These two displays are located in Terminal 4, Level 2.

  • White Beans & Tomatoes with Kale Pesto

    White Beans & Tomatoes with Kale Pesto

    35g Carb, Serves 4, Total Time: 20 Min


    1 cup packed baby kale
    2 Tbsp. pine nuts, toasted
    1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
    1 clove garlic, halved
    1/2 tsp. lemon zest
    1 Tbsp, lemon juice
    1 Tbsp. water
    1/2 tsp. kosher salt
    2 tsp. extra-virgin olive oil, divided
    3 cups grape tomatoes, halved
    2 15-oz. cans reduced-sodium cannellini beans, rinsed
    1/2 tsp. ground pepper


    1. Combine kale, pine nuts, Parmesan, garlic, lemon zest, lemon juice, water, salt, and 1 tsp. oil in a food processor. Process until nearly smooth, scraping down the sides as necessary. Set aside.
    2. Heat the remaining 1 tsp. oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add tomatoes and cook, stirring occasionally, until slightly soft, about 2 minutes. Add beans and cook, stirring occasionally, until heated through, about 3 minutes. Season with pepper. 
    3. To serve, top the bean mixture with the pesto.


    Per Serving (1 cup bean mixture & 2 Tbsp. pesto each): CAL 288, CARB 35g (11 g fiber, 4 g sugars), FAT 11g (2 g sat. fat), PROTEIN 14g, CHOL 4 mg, SODIUM 435 mg.
  • Gabrial Lundy music Supporting Artists in West Michigan

    Musicians are Artists and we love them at C2C GAllery!

    On the First Friday of every month, we host live music in the gallery. Free to the public – a professional plays his or her favorite tunes. You get to hang out, listen, sip wine (or water), and look at great art.

    Gabrial Lundy Music

    West Michigan is also known as the Third Coast. Musicians traveling between the other two coasts stop here to perform and record in a variety of venues. Bill Chrysler’s studio, Third Coast Recording Company, is recognized as fabulous option for recording debut albums or with artist’s who have Grammy awards hanging on their walls.

    Bill Chrysler in recording booth Grand Haven MI

    Third Coast Recording Studio

    All around West Michigan, you can find live music on Friday and Saturday nights. A favorite venue of ours is Seven Steps Up, located in Spring Lake, Michigan. This is a listening room arranging shows for acoustical musicians – rock to folk to bluegrass.

    Seven Steps UpMichelle and Gary Hanks, Seven Steps Up