Artsy Fartsy

The last few days have been filled with art, art and more art.  I had timed my visit to Grand Rapids to coincide with their annual ArtPrize festival.  I was also excited to see my friend April and her husband Paul.  The festival itself is spread out all over town – with works of art everywhere and anywhere.  These were my favorite pieces (the selfie of April and me was taken in front of the weird blow-up elephant thing):

The title of the piece in the picture above is Emoh -home spelled backwards. There is a man living inside the ball during the entire 3 week festival. It’s way smaller than my MoHo.

There was also some cool street art as I cruised around the downtown area:

With my art fix satisfied (at least for the day), I meandered over to the Fish Bridge and watched the fishermen in action.  And yes, that is a picnic table in the middle of the river.  Apparently it’s been there for years.  And no, it’s not another art exhibit.

I enjoyed my time in Grand Rapids – the best part was making dinner for April and Paul.  I am limited on the complexity of things I can make in the MoHo so it was fun whipping up a big lasagna for my friends.  With my laundry completed, it was time to hit the road once again. I stopped in Lansing for 30 minutes – just enough to take a picture of the capital, walk Juno and  eat an apple.  The weather was dreary and rainy (shocker!) so I opted to press on to Ann Arbor immediately.

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I didn’t take any pictures in Ann Arbor but I can say that I enjoyed the town immensely.  We took a stroll around downtown, as well as the arboretum, drove around the U of Michigan campus (their football stadium is amazing!) and I posted up in a lovely neighborhood full of squirrels. Juno was a happy snug.

I’m finally operating on East Coast time (took about a week to get acclimated) which means I was up at my usual 6:30am this morning.  We were on the road by 9am and hit the Eastern Market in Detroit by 10am. Juno wasn’t allowed in the Sheds so we meandered along on the outskirts.  The street art surrounding the Eastern Market is nothing short of amazing.  Here are the best examples:

I decided to double-down and hit the Detroit Institute for the Arts right afterward.  What the DIA is best known for is the series of murals that Diego Rivera did in the 1930’s to depict industry and the workers behind it.  The murals are in a huge gallery and truly a sight to behold.  Hard to capture with a camera but I tried…

The DIA is the 5th largest museum in the US and has a massive collection.  Here are a few of my other favorites, including The Nightmare which I had never seen in person before. And yes, I got into the action in one of the galleries.  I liked the donkey sculpture because it was the only piece you are allowed to touch.

Cruising around Detroit after visiting the DIA, I hit the RiverWalk where I met Richard, Susan and Jeannie.  I also enjoyed the view of Canada (looking south), took a drive around Belle Isle, found the exit for 8 Mile and saw an awesome license plate!  Juno was being extra cute.

Okay, it’s late and I’m tired so time to wrap this up.  I’d like to end this post with a very special piece of artwork that I received a couple of days ago.  My friend Liz’s daughter Sophia drew this picture of me and I think she captured me perfectly, especially the hat!  I absolutely love it – such a wonderful thing to receive…  thank you Sophia!

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