Grand Rapids

Every First Friday we check in the Katie Marshall from the MacRostie Art Center in Grand Rapids. She lets us know all the happenings going on.  Listen to the interview for all the info! 

Hey... it's Mother's Day this weekend!  By the mom in your life some locally crafted art!!'s just so incredible, the matrix in nature...when I see a bird, I see the bird. I see the shape of it but at the same time I see the history and the biology and the beauty … and they feel like poetry to me. - Kellie Rae Theiss

Nature gives us hope.  Art gives us hope. Inspired people give us hope.  We are celebrating hope this week and Kellie Rae Theiss is a painter who gives us hope.



Right between East Rapids Elementary School and the local middle school is a plot of land dedicated to Indian Education and many outdoor activities.

It is a wonderful celebration of culture and indigenous ways, I knew I’d want to bring my recorder at the next opportunity. So… when Family Fun night for Indian Education rolled, I asked if I could include them on Northern Voices!

...moving to Minnesota introduced me to a lot of new things, one of them was the ceramic tradition here...that became very interesting to me. And as a graphic designer, everything is very flat...I began to feel sort of disassociation with actual feeling, tactile experiences...I was searching for something to get my hands into, literally, and actually feel an art medium.

Minnesota lost a music legend last week, Peter Ostroushko, at the age of 67. He was a fiddler and mandolinist, playing with greats of all kinds during his lifetime. 

Tune in on Saturday at 2pm for Part 2 of an intimate concert with Ostroushko, recorded on June 11, 2004 at the Davies Theater in Grand Rapids. Ever the storyteller, he explains how he ended up on Bob Dylan's Blood on the Tracks, why he played with his eyes closed, and many other gems along with some incredible playing. 

"This project doesn't happen without our community support" says CoHaus co-founder Megan Kellin. 

CoHaus describes their project as:

CoHaus is a collective workspace where you can work independently alongside other creatives and professionals. It’s where work meets play. You focus on growing your business, we’ll handle the rest. Get furnished, move-in ready workspaces with the infrastructure you need and premier amenities. Be a part of an inspirational community and network with other members.

John Bauer

Kathleen Blake from Grand Rapids joined us to talk about this time of the year, and how tough it can be for those who are grieving loved ones.  Especially those who have lost children.  It's a good reminder to find ways to be kind to those who are struggling at the holidays.

There are events going on in the Grand rapids area to help parents including:

Tomorrow is Giving Tuesday.

On the Morning Show today we welcomed Chris Fulton - Grand Rapids Area Community Foundation (GRACF) Executive Director to tell us about Giving Tuesday and the Community Foundations they manage that have matching grants from the Blandin Foundation.

The 15th Annual KAXE Mississippi River Festival is set for Friday and Saturday, July 19th & 20th at the KAXE amphitheater in Grand Rapids. This year’s lineup will be a great mix of blues, folk, and rock music. Get tickets online here.


Grant Frashier

The Iron Range Maidens, the Grand Rapids Roller Derby team, is preparing for their season opening bout on May 18.  On Close to Home Grant Frashier talks with both current and former team members about roller derby.