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Artist enlists community to illustrate Dowagiac’s past

Standing under the wooden plank of a scaffold, Ruth Andrews uses a paintbrush to depict the epic train ride orphans from New York City took to Dowagiac throughout the mid to late 1800s and the early 1900s. The mural runs on the east outside wall of the local post office, which is on Pennsylvania Street. It spans the length of at least 10 parked cars. On the wall, the journey of the orphans takes place from left to right, starting with the slum-like conditions they lived in while in New York ...

Wonder abounds in St. Joseph: Coastal town a destination for adventure

The words from “The River Saint Joe” appear on one of the many outdoor sculptures that inhabit the coastal city’s downtown. Writer Ben King, or Benjamin Franklin King, Jr., lived a short life. Born on St. Patrick’s Day in St. Joseph, Michigan, in 1857, the piano prodigy and poet presented a baffling nature to his peers, But his words, which exude grace, humor and parody, will forever wrap an artful context around the pleasures that still abound. And why shouldn’t they? The ...

Ask the Decorator: Tips for building your personal art collection

If you think starting an art collection sounds like something reserved only for the Mr. and Mrs. Thirstin Howl III’s of the world, you’re not alone. If you aren’t a seasoned collector, purchasing art can seem intimidating. You’re probably asking yourself a slew of questions like: “Where do I start? How do I learn about what’s available? What is a wise investment?” All these questions are enough to make many people give up and simply go with some mass-produced print from a big-box ...

Michiana musicians offer a peek behind the scenes

For many, summer in Michiana is synonymous with outdoor festivals, sunshine and enjoying a cold drink at one of the many breweries and wineries across the region. Add in some live music and you have a thriving entertainment scene. With genres of music covering everything from bluegrass, soul, rock, country and jazz, there is something out there for everyone, so strap on your dancing shoes and get ready to jam with some of the coolest bands the Midwest has to offer. Elephant Rescue If ...

Michiana caricaturist catalogs memories, faces through his artwork

Acrylic paint, an assortment of markers, canvases and stacks of paper clutter the studio of an artist. The focus of the space is an easel in the corner. Finished and unfinished paintings and drawings hang, lean, lie and sit throughout the studio. Mixed in are a microwave, an old desktop computer and a software box. Mark Daniels is a northern Indiana artist who turns 40 this summer. His entire adult life has been dedicated to painting and drawing, which he has done at the Goshen Arts Center ...

Edwardsburg minister dedicated to serving community

When Jeff Reece left his hometown in Pennsylvania to earn an engineering degree at General Motors Institute in Flint, he likely had no idea that a desire to serve the Lord would be what anchored him to the Mitten State. For the last 23 years, Reece has followed his passion for ministry by leading Hope United Methodist Church in Edwardsburg, where he has built a home for his family and a community for his parishioners. What brought you to Michiana? The United Methodist Church has an ...

United Way director uses vivacious personality to reach people all across southwest Michigan

Nestling into one of two oversized chairs in front of Anna Murphy’s desk, it is easy to feel welcome and at ease with the person sitting in front of you. Surrounded by piles of paperwork and inspirational decor, Anna’s smile welcomes you like a good book or cup of coffee, her laughter brings you to a place where you feel at home. The self-described attention lover insists she doesn’t seek out the spotlight, but when it falls upon her, she doesn’t miss the opportunity to tell anyone who ...