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Baseball, featuring original paintings by renowned artist Kadir Nelson. Displayed are 33 original oil


All Else the Sea

I STORY, S PORTS AND ART combine in the award-winning traveling exhibition, We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League

paintings and 13 preliminary draw- ings, taken from his New York Times bestselling book, We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball. Nelson’s book was also awarded the Coretta Scott King Author Award. The book and ultimately, the exhibition, came after Nelson spent more than a decade researching, writing, and illustrating the history of Negro League baseball, from its beginning in the 1920s through its decline after Jackie Robinson crossed over to the majors in 1947. The exhibition’s title comes from

former pitching great and founder of the Negro National League Rube Foster’s famous declaration, “We are the ship, all else the sea.” Muskegon Museum of Art Executive Director Judith Hayner recalls

how hosting the historic exhibition came about. “The former superintendent of Muskegon Public Schools came

to me with the book and wanted to get the artist here,” she said. “We looked into it and talked ourselves out of it due to cost. I finally thought, we just need to do this … We are the only city in Michigan to present this exhibit.” The exhibition stands not only to present extraordinary paintings,

but also to accurately portray an era, and to educate as well. “What I like about the exhibition is that it hits a lot of buttons,” Hayner said. “People who love history will like it, people who love

THE MUSKEGON MUSEUM OF ART Jan. 13-March 13 Adult Admission $5, Children 17 & under, students, members: FREE, (231) 720-2570

sports will like it … people who like art. I think people will leave with a dif- ferent understanding of that history.” Nelson, an artist whose work is

found in the collections of major in- stitutions and museums, such as The U.S. House of Representatives, and in the private collections of individu- als like Steven Spielberg and Denzel Washington, has also created the cover art for the posthumously released Michael Jackson album, Michael. Join the Muskegon Museum of

Art in welcoming Kadir Nelson on Jan. 13 at 5:30 p.m. for the opening reception of We Are the Ship: The

Story of Negro League Baseball. The artist will discuss the creative processes behind the exhibition and book, We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball. Music will be performed by The Vincent Hayes Project. Refreshments and appetizers will be served. The Muskegon Museum of Art will host numerous special pro-

grams throughout the duration of We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball. Included among them are special films, performances, and a lecture by Larry Lester, one of the founders of the Negro League Baseball Museum in Kansas City and a renowned and published scholar on the Negro Leagues. n

Traditions Around the World Frederik Meijer Gardens, Grand Rapids Through Jan. 9 Adult 14-64: $12, Seniors 65 & older:$9, Students with ID $9, Children 5-13 $6, Children 3-4 $4, Children 2 & younger Free, (616) 957-1580

Take a look as Meijer Gardens transforms into a world of winter magic with the


Christmas and Holiday

glow of 300,000 lights, more than 40 captivating international trees and displays, strolling carolers, horse-drawn carriage rides and more. The Gardens Holiday Express train exhibit is a holiday favorite designed by railway garden designer Paul Busse, runs through three separate indoor gardens and will feature five new structures: the Lena Meijer Conservatory, Civic Theater, Fish Ladder, Covered Bridges and Temple Emanuel.

Other Art Events | by Heather Smith 100 Years/100

Works of Art Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids Through Feb. 7 Members free, Adults $8, Seniors/Students $7, Youth (6-17) $5, (616) 831-1000

The Grand Rapids Art Museum is currently showing the works from the publication 100 Years/100 Works of Art in honor of their

Centennial Year. The exhibition highlights some of the extraordinary images and information about the meaning and artistic value of the collection. Come be a part of the new community engagement and education with the Grand Rapids Art Museum. Exhibition viewing is included in Museum Admission.



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