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Farewell to a Lowell artist icon

An artists palette

Farewell to Lowell artist Janet Y. Johnson. Memorial services are scheduled for March 4 at the Lowell Congregational Church from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m., followed by a luncheon. Burial will be at the Lowell cemetery at approximately 3: 15 p.m. Johnson has inspired generations of artists embedded in the greater Lowell area.

She was a water color and abstract artist well-known throughout the greater Grand Rapids area.

Most recently, Johnson illustrated a third children’s book “Gertie’s Geese” about bullying together with a friend Pat Markle of Hastings.

Johnson liked to paint hometown scenes.



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Goodbye to artist Mrs. Janet Y. Johnson

Mrs. Janet Y. Johnson, 87, of Lowell passed away on Feb. 20, 2017.

Mrs. Johnson has inspired generations of artists embedded in the greater Lowell area.

Together with late David Davis and current artist Kathleen Mooney they  have created an artistic legacy.

Drawing exotic animals in a circus setting was a passion for Jan Y. Johnson.

wp-1486153603703.jpg Miller Circus in Lowell.

Mrs. Johnson has been a staple at the Flat River Gallery & Framing in downtown Lowell with her countless exhibits of watercolor and acrylic paintings.

Mrs. Johnson studied animal drawing at the Ringling College of Art & Design in Sarasota, FL and graduated in 1951, as well as at Kendall College of Arts & Design.

She worked for Amway as a graphic artist in the 1970s.

“It was fun to work for them back then,” she said in an interview on Jan. 31…

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About the architects

Great news for the greater Grand Rapids community.

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park

Since its opening in 1995, Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park has evolved
into a major cultural attraction focusing on horticulture, sculpture, the environment
and the arts. The original vision has turned into a top cultural destination in the United
States, known internationally for the quality of the art and gardens. Our growth in visitors has been nothing short of phenomenal. Matching that has been the growth of our art collection, our dedicated garden spaces and our educational offerings. Because of this success, major expansion in several key areas is needed. A $115 million capital campaign titled Welcoming the World: Honoring a Legacy of Love has begun.

todd-williams-billie-tsien-architects-photo-jason-smith_colour_1568_bannerTod Williams and Billie Tsien. Photo by Jason Smith.

New York firm Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects | Partners has been selected to re-envision and expand the facilities. Well-known for their masterful design of the iconic Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia and, most recently, chosen to design…

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Luck of the Irish

Show off what you got to offer on the Internet. Contact Emma for your “Place at Home” on the Internet.
May the Luck of the Irish be with you.


Happy St. Patrick’s Day

I love Saint Patrick’s Day and the luck of the Irish

This post is also in response to the Daily Post prompt Luck


By Emma Palova

EW Emma’s Writings

Lowell, MI- I am not Irish by any stretch of imagination, no matter how deep I dig in the Konecny family roots in my immigration saga. But, I love St. Patrick’s Day when everybody is Irish on March 17, no matter where I am.

I totally disregard news media claims that it costs $38 to celebrate Saint Patrick with green beer, corned beef and cabbage.

Believe it or not, the Czech calendar has this saint down for February 19, by the workings of some troll in the pre-press department of the Balousek Tisk.

I have to laugh at this mistake without evil or spite.

Below is a poster for local St. Pat’s celebration in Smyrna still…

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Farewell to a Lowell artist icon

Memorial services will be held for late artist Janet Y. Johnson,87, on Saturday, March 4 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m., followed by a luncheon at the Lowell Congregational Church. Burial at Lowell cemetery approximately 3:15 p.m.
“Such a wonderful life, so many friends,” said Brooke Johnson.


Late artist Janet Y. Johnson,86, was an icon embedded in the greater Lowell area. She passed away on Feb. 20.

Services for Mrs. Johnson will be held this Saturday, March 4 at the Lowell Congregational Church. Visitation from 12 to 1 p.m., with service at 1 p.m., luncheon to follow. Burial at Lowell cemetery approximately 3 :15 p.m.

“Such a wonderful life, so many friends, ” said Brooke Johnson about his mother.

Memorial contributions may be made to the church or to Lowell Arts at https://www.lowellartsmi.org/donate.

Mrs. Johnson with more than five decades of watercolor and acrylic painting has left a legacy both in the real arts world, as well as in the digital arts sphere on the WordPress platform.

At the age of 86, Mrs. Johnson has entered the digital sphere with the story IW Inspiring Women on Feb. 3, 2017. She contacted me for a story on the EW…

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‘Iron Tree’ by Ai Weiwei

Make sure you visit Frederick Meijer Gardens when in Grand Rapids.

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park

Ai Weiwei’s ‘Iron Tree’ was made available on permanent display at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in 2015, commemorating the organization’s 20th anniversary through the generosity of Fred and Lena Meijer. 


As a sculptor, author, and installation artist, Ai Weiwei is one of the most versatile and respected artists in Contemporary art. Although stripped of his passport and confined to limited travel only within China, his work has been exhibited across the globe to widespread acclaim. As an artist, his work ranges from single objects to large installations to historic collaborations resulting in architectural projects like the Beijing National Stadium, or “Bird’s Nest” for the 2008 Olympics. As an activist, he has been a champion of free speech and human rights around the world, and, specifically, highly critical of the Chinese government leading to his imprisonment and house arrest.

Standing at more than 22 feet tall and measuring more than 22 feet across, Iron Tree, 2013, is the artist’s largest and most complex outdoor sculpture to date…

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Who is Ai Weiwei?

Visit Frederik Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids today.

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park

web-opti-aww_headshot_2011---aw-asia_RGB.jpgAi Weiwei

Essay by Joseph Antenucci Becherer, Chief Curator and Vice President

Artist and activist Ai Weiwei is among the most inspiring and influential cultural figures in the world today. In the last few years, his image and images of his work have been featured on the cover of every major art publication and most magazines and newspapers across the globe. In recent months, his exhibitions have shattered attendance records in London, Paris, Helsinki and San Francisco. In 2017, his work is coming to Grand Rapids in a highly unique exhibition designed especially for Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. But, one might ask, who is Ai Weiwei?

One of China’s most recognizable citizens, Ai Weiwei has celebrated both the art and people of his native country, and has criticized the government over the suppression of human rights and freedom of speech. Such concerns have not been limited to China…

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5 Things to know on May 5 — Fox17

We didn’t win again but we will, I can feel it. My dad mathematician Vaclav Konecny, former Ferris University professor, says the probability of winning adds up as you go. So, we keep on going every Wednesday and Saturday.

There were no big winners in last night’s Powerball drawing and now the jackpot is a staggering $415 million. That makes it the ninth largest potential payout in US history. Changes were made to the game last October that increased the odds of winning the smaller payouts but made it harder to win the jackpot.…

via 5 Things to know on May 5 — Fox17


Memories from Fallasburg School

Explore Fallasburg Today. Fallasburg is for all seasons.

Fallasburg Today

 FS Fallasburg Stories

Note: This is a new series that highlights stories from the sleepy village of Fallasburg located in northeast Kent County, Michigan. Feel free to contribute in any way you can. Tell us your story or email Emma at emmapalova@yahoo.com for an interview.

Lowell resident Ronald Topolski encounters the best and the worst teachers at the one-room Fallasburg School

wpid-20151002_121030.jpg The sign on the 1867 one-room Fallasburg School designates Michigan Historic Site.

By Emma Palova

Lowell, MI- Ronald Topolski lives only three miles south of the Fallasburg village where he went to the one-room school in the mid 1950s.

Topolski recalled having the rheumatic fever, so he had to take the second grade over.

“First I had Mrs. Postma,” he said, “and she was the best teacher I ever had.”

There were beehives above the bell in the school’s belfry. The bell rang to start the school day that…

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Celebrate the Ionia Free Fair’s 100th year

Best fair close by. The Ionia Free Fair starts today. Don’t forget to swing by for a day of fun, food and attractions the good old fashion style.

The EW team will be there reporting from the best fair on Earth. Follow us on EW Emma’s Writings on http://emmapalova.com


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IONIA, Mich. (WOTV) The Ionia Free Fair is celebrating 100 years of making memories! Join Maranda for a fun day on Tuesday, July 14, where she will be giving away 100 free unlimited ride wristbands to children ages five to 12. Meet Maranda at the Ionia Fairgrounds at 10 a.m. for your chance to win!

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