Brown Bag Lunch Series kicks off Friday

Scott Cohen talks to a group of community members about community bands in Valencia, Spain, during a brown bag lunch session last year at Artworks. As part of Festival of the Arts, the lunch session encourages people to nourish their minds and bodies at the same time, providing an opportunity for residents to engage in discussions about art and other topics. (Pioneer file photo)

BIG RAPIDS — Community members will have the chance to lunch and learn every Friday in February at Artworks.

As part of the Festival of the Arts, there will once again be the Brown Bag Lunch Series at noon each Friday (Feb. 2, 9, 16 and 23) at Artworks, 106 N. Michigan Ave. At each event, a presenter will discuss a topic with attendees, who are encouraged to bring their lunch with them.

Each week someone new will speak, said Lynne Scheible, Artworks executive director.

“We have these engaging speakers and an opportunity for casual conversations,” she said. “This is not where they lecture at you, but instead provide information and you can ask questions. It’s a chance for fireside chats, so to speak. Each one will be interesting and something different.”

The first speaker will be Christopher Cosper on Feb. 2. In his talk, Lessons from Two Demolished Houses, Cosper will examine two different houses which were town down — Ray Bradbury’s house in the Cheviot Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles, and the Bavinger House, designed by Bruce Goff, outside Norman, Okla.

On Feb. 9, Rachel Foulk’s lecture, The Art of Power: Landscape Painting in Ancient Rome, will explore the function and meaning of landscape paintings in the Roman Empire. Drawing on her fieldwork abroad, Foulk will discuss how the Romans used these landscape painting for political purposes, decorating both their private and public spaces.

There will be two presenters during the Feb. 16 Brown Bag Lunch. C. Joanne Grabinski will present Needlepointer to Late-Blooming Artists and Kathy Jones will discuss Freedom and Power.. Abstraction

Following a brief discussion of needlepoint as a craft form and art medium, the artists will share insight into her development as an artist. Jones also will discuss her development as an artist as well as bring understanding to the abstract art form.

The Evolution of a Play: From Inception to Performance will be presented by Christopher Kesting on Feb. 23. Kesting will speak about the creative process in putting together an original stage performance, “The Cure for Us,” which is being performed later in the month during Festival of the Arts.

Each event is free and open to the public. There is no pre-registration.

“You can just drop in,” Scheible said. “You can go to all or one, or whatever peaks your interest.”

The Brown Bag Lunch Series provides a chance for people to connect with their community, while being part of something intellectually or artistically stimulating, Scheible said.

“It’s 50 minutes or one hour to have interesting conversations with people doing cool stuff,” she said.


Posted by Emily Grove

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