Brian Whitfield’s energetic, vibrant artwork displays influences of jazz and graphic design. As a Lansing native on the Lansing Art Gallery and Education Center’s board of directors, he brings his perspective as a fine artist to the table, providing a voice for Michigan’s creative community. Whitfield graduated from Lansing Sexton High School and headed to…

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Throughout her life, Hari Kern’s ideas about giving have shifted. “I never thought of myself as a philanthropist until the past few years,” said Kern, who recently retired from her psychotherapy practice. “As a minister’s daughter, I spent a lot of time in church, and there was a big emphasis on giving back to others,…

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Rich Sneary purchased his first piece of art when he was 13 years old. His mother took him to an arts and crafts show in Somerset Center, Michigan, where he saw a display of paintings by a woman in her late 70s. “She painted because she enjoyed it, and she sold her pieces for extra…

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