University of Michigan marks 25 years of prison art shows with digital gallery
ANN ARBOR – The University of Michigan’s Exhibition of Art by Michigan Prisoners is celebrating 25 years with a virtual gallery due to the ongoing health crisis. The annual Prison Creative Arts Project at U-M is now one of the largest exhibitions by imprisoned artists in the world. (University of Michigan - Prison Created Arts Project)Krinitsky said the organization has wanted to expand to a larger audience for some time. (University of Michigan - Prison Created Arts Project)“It was an extraordinary year, although it was some time ago that we visited,” Hamilton said in a release. “Many PCAP artists rely on sales revenue to purchase art supplies as well as things they need for daily living.
Gutman Gallery in downtown Ann Arbor to kick off newest exhibition Friday
ANN ARBOR – The Guild of Artists & Artisans will be launching its newest all media exhibition, “ANYTHING GOES,” in the Gutman Gallery on Friday. Throughout the open house-style reception, Guild staff will appear on the live feed to discuss the exhibition and to give virtual viewers a tour of the gallery. "Chryslais" by Robin Speth. For more information about the exhibition, upcoming events, scheduling curbside pickup or to shop virtually with gallery staff, visit www.shopgutmangallery.com. AdThe Gutman Gallery is at 118 N. Fourth Ave.
Sustainable shop BYOC Co. to open soon in downtown Ann Arbor
ANN ARBOR – BYOC Co. will be opening its doors soon at Liberty Square at 255 E. Liberty Street downtown. Hess offers a variety of personal care and household cleaning products that she will fill customers’ containers with. “I want people to feel confident in the things they’re buying.”Emma Hess sells her all-natural products at one of her pop-ups. All of her sustainable products are natural and are hand-selected based on the needs and preferences of her customers. BYOC Co. is here to help with whatever small steps that people can take to make their lifestyles more sustainable.
Win points, prizes in Ann Arbor’s Comfort Food Challenge this month
ANN ARBOR – Throughout the month of January, visits to local restaurants for outdoor dining or curbside pick up can earn you a chance to win prizes. How it works:Download the getDowntown Commute Central app from the App Store or Google Play, or sign up via getDowntown’s website. Win badges and prizes based on participationUsers who earn 40 points a week will automatically be entered to win a $50 gift card. The challenge is sponsored by ShowYourLoveA2, an initiative by the downtown area associations to bolster support for local restaurants and shops. Shopping at local businesses can also earn you points and prizes.
Michigan shoppers: Are you more likely to shop at small businesses or big-box stores?
The day after Black Friday is commonly known as Small Business Saturday, when consumers are encouraged to patronize and support small, local businesses. The Michigan Economic Development Corp. said if Michiganders switched one in every ten purchases from big-box stores to local businesses, it would pump more than a billion dollars into the economy and create more than 10,000 jobs. With the coronavirus pandemic hitting locally-owned businesses extra hard, it’s safe to say that it’s important to support small businesses on more than one day this year to help them stay afloat. Michigan shoppers, we want to know: Are you more likely to shop at small, locally-owned businesses or big-box stores? Take the quick poll and give us your reasoning in the form below.
Ann Arbor’s Gutman Gallery announces first annual Holiday Artist Market
ANN ARBOR – The Guild of Artists & Artisans will be holding its first-ever Holiday Artist Market in its downtown Gutman Gallery from Nov. 4 to December 23. From Black Friday through Christmas Eve, the gallery will have extended holiday hours in its festive, warm space. The Gutman Gallery will also be participating in both downtown Ann Arbor’s Midnight Madness and Kerrytown Market’s Festive Fridays. On Fridays and Saturdays, The Guild will feature Artist Trunk Shows in the gallery. Gallery hoursNovember hours: Wednesday-Saturday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.Extended Holiday Hours (Nov. 27-Dec. 22): Tuesday-Thursday 11a.m.-5 p.m.; Friday 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Saturday 11a.m.-7 p.m.Gutman Gallery is at 118 N. Fourth Ave.For more information, visit www.shopgutmangallery.com.
Ann Arbor City Council extends downtown street closures through November
ANN ARBOR – City Council unanimously approved on Monday night the extension of downtown street closures for businesses to continue operating outdoors through Nov. 30. The closures were originally set to end on Nov. 1. The closures include:Main Street from William Street to Liberty StreetMain Street from Liberty Street to Washington StreetWashington Street from South Ashley to Main StreetMaynard Street from East Liberty Street to East William Street (seven days a week)East Liberty Street from Thompson Street to South State StreetSouth State Street from East Washington Street to East William StreetClosures will continue to be in effect from 2 p.m. on Fridays through 8 p.m. on Sundays. The Maynard Street closure will move to a weekend-only closure on Nov. 2. Ramlawi said city administrator Tom Crawford can end the closures at any time if they are deemed unsafe due to weather events.
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Walmart will be closed Thanksgiving Day amid coronavirus pandemic
Walmart is usually open on Thanksgiving Day. Walmart’s U.S. stores will be closed Thanksgiving Day amid the coronavirus pandemic, the corporation announced Tuesday. Walmart also announced it will pay out another cash bonus to store, club, distribution center and fulfillment center associates. The company said drivers, managers and assistant managers in stores, clubs, DCs, FCs and Health and Wellness also will receive a bonus. Related: Walmart, Sam’s Club to require masks in stores amid COVID-19 pandemicMore: Coronavirus news