This United States of America stuff is for real folks.

EDITOR’S NOTE: If you’re a person who doesn’t like my personal comments and viewpoints, particularly when they veer into the political realm, please consider browsing the beach, lighthouse, or animals categories today because you better believe I am veering that direction today. I’d like to add that I recognize that for many of you, Michigan in Pictures … Continue reading This United States of America stuff is for real folks.

Holly Jolly

Saugatuck Fall 2009, photo by Richard Deming Photography I’d like to wish everyone a very happy holiday season, which includes Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Boxing Day, St. Stephen’s Day, Festivus, New Year, and of course general good will and fortune. If an inclusive wish of holiday cheer is in any way offensive, I’d mention the giving and loving … Continue reading Holly Jolly

Robot Supply & Repair and 826 Michigan

NOVEMBER 2012-1152, photo by RichardDemingPhotography Today is Black Friday, and though many of us – your host most definitely included -get worn down by the constant march of “Consumer Christmas”, it’s important to remember that our dollars when spent wisely can build strength in our communities. Below is one great example and I’m sure people … Continue reading Robot Supply & Repair and 826 Michigan

Wishing everyone the best of Michigan’s Thanksgiving Bounty

FARMERS MARKET Nov 2012-963, photo by RichardDemingPhotography The story of Thanksgiving is one of our country’s oldest and best stories. At the heart of it is the sharing of the rich and diverse bounty of the land. Michigan is the second most agriculturally diverse state, and here’s hoping that some of Michigan’s varied fruits, vegetables, … Continue reading Wishing everyone the best of Michigan’s Thanksgiving Bounty

ArtPrize 2012

ARTPRIZE 2011-5780, photo by RichardDemingPhotography ArtPrize opened yesterday in Grand Rapids and runs through October 7th. Now in its 4th year, ArtPrize is the largest art competition in the world, awarding over a half million in prizes. $360,000 of this is awarded by public vote. If you’ve never experienced a city turned upside down by art, … Continue reading ArtPrize 2012

2010 ArtPrize Winners!

The winners of ArtPrize 2010 were announced last night in Grand Rapids. Grand Rapids resident Chris LaPorte took top honors and $250,000 for his work Cavalry, American Officers, 1921, a phenomenally detailed work in pencil. Svelata by Mia Tavonatti and Lure/Wave, Grand Rapids (Lure/Forest) by Beili Liu rounded out the top 3. Svelata by Mia … Continue reading 2010 ArtPrize Winners!

Michigan December Event Calendar

Saugatuck Fall 2009, photo by RichardD72 “Look Doris, someday you’re going to find that your way of facing this realistic world just doesn’t work. And when you do, don’t overlook those lovely intangibles. You’ll discover those are the only things that are worthwhile.” ~ Fred Gailey, “Miracle on 34th Street” Every month Absolute Michigan rolls … Continue reading Michigan December Event Calendar

ArtPrize winner: Open Water no. 24 by Ran Ortner

ArtPrize 09-Open Water no.24 by deviant_anomaly ART PRIZE 2009-0032 by RichardD72 AND THE WINNER IS… by rkramer62 DETAIL FROM WINNERS CANVAS by bitsorf Head over to Winners of the 2009 Grand Rapids ArtPrize on Absolute Michigan for more about Ortner, the other 9 winners and ArtPrize. For more photos check out the streams of the … Continue reading ArtPrize winner: Open Water no. 24 by Ran Ortner