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Volunteers prepare for Ypsi PRIDE Day
By Mark Tower
May. 13, 2010   ·   7:09 a.m.

Volunteers and W.H. Canon employees plant flowers in Depot Town while Ypsilanti resident Mike Labadie repairs the planter's brick work on Ypsi PRIDE Day last year.

Each year, residents in and around the city of Ypsilanti carry on a tradition started by a group of community members enrolled in a city leadership program, a sort...read more

Bicycles zoom as flowers bloom
By Citizen staff
Apr. 30, 2010   ·   2:11 p.m.

Riders from last year's spring ride come in after a long trip. Bike Ypsi’s 2010 Spring Ride and Festival is from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Sunday at Recreation Park (1015 Congress Street).

The weather has turned, the trees are budding and the flowers are popping out of the ground; time for a cruise through town. But don’t be so quick to hop in the...read more

Sheriff Clayton visits Ypsilanti Township
By Mark Tower
Apr. 29, 2010   ·   12:59 p.m.

Ypsilanti Township resident Kathleen Hanadel takes notes as her and other residents attempt to asses WCSO services Tuesday evening at a community forum held at the township's community center.

About 50 Ypsilanti Township residents gave the Washtenaw County Sheriff Office their input about law enforcement in the community Tuesday evening.

The information...read more

Local photographer raising funds for Ypsi Project exhibit
By Adrienne Ziegler
Apr. 20, 2010   ·   2:20 a.m.

Ypsilanti resident Nicholas Beltsos his grandson Demetrios were photographed by Project Ypsi photographer Erica Hampton during a bike ride she took Monday. A former EMU economics professor, Beltsos and his family moved to Ypsi from Dearborn in 1967.

Ypsilanti has many faces, and Erica Hampton wants to share a few of them with you.

Over the past year, Hampton created the The Ypsi Project, a series of portraits...read more

Savoy taking shape as live music venue
By Dan DuChene
Apr. 17, 2010   ·   2:38 p.m.

Local funk band Third Coast Kings play in Ypsilanti's newest live music venue, Savoy, Friday night.

Ypsilanti's newest concert venue is preparing for its grand opening weekend April 23, more than a month after its soft opening March 13.

Formerly Club Divine,...read more

Another person's treasure displayed at 'Will Build to Suit'

Crash and Burn by Joan Painter-Jones is one of approximately 80 pieces on display in the Photo by Riverside Arts Center

Crash and Burn by Joan Painter-Jones is one of approximately 80 pieces on display in the "Will Build to Suit" exhibition at the RAC.

RAC exhibition runs through March 27

By Nkosi Mason
Mar. 15, 2010    ·    12:44 p.m.

The old adage "one person’s trash is another’s treasure" takes on a new meaning at the Riverside Arts Center this month as the gallery plays host to “Will Build to Suit: An Assemblage Art Exhibit.”

The exhibition runs from 3 - 9 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and from 1:30 - 4 p.m. Sundays at the RAC through March 27.

Gallery Director Dee Overly said the exhibit "pulls on memories and emotions and is filled with fun things that you just want to share with someone."

"If you know someone, young or old, who loves to tinker, take things apart and build, bring them to this exhibit and show them the gift of imagination,” Overly said.

The theme title came out of the idea of a construction site according to Overly.

"When you drive by and see materials laying around everywhere as the building is going up and often on the site, you’ll see a sign that says something along the lines of ‘will build to suit,' " she said. "It just seemed to fit with an assemblage exhibit.”

Overly wanted to open up opportunities for local artists to spread their wings and knew of local artists who operated in this medium. Work from Barbara Melnik Carson, Paula Doe, Cre Fuller, Karen Gallup, Alvey Jones, Joan Painter Jones, Julie Renfro and Mike Sivak’s is on display.

From rags to riches and riches to rags, these artists have shown tasteful pieces at the RAC. Artists certainly gave new life to their once discarded pieces and reinvigorated each item with new life. Each piece has been built to suit the taste of many.

Barbara Carson started with a ceramic face and added discarded articles. Cre Fuller works with discarded kitchen utensils and other metals to construct lamps and other "Tin Angry Men."

There are about 80 pieces on display and Overly said the exhibit is a lot of fun to look at and examine.

"We’ve had people return to the gallery three times already to look at the work again and again," Overly said. “Visitors are seeing things in this exhibit that they have never seen before. It’s an exciting thing to fill our huge gallery space with such diverse artistic approaches in expression that these eight artists have brought to us."

Visit our calendar page to see exact dates and times of "Will Build to Suit" and other area events.

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