Metro Detroit artists bring birds to life through paintings

Stephanie Sokol for The Oakland Press For painter Helena Kuttner-Giasson, art is a way to communicate in more ways than one. When she couldn’t find the words, her art spoke for her, and she took inspiration from her surroundings. “Art is my first language,” says Kuttner-Giasson, of Clinton Township. “I always enjoyed doodling and drawingContinue reading “Metro Detroit artists bring birds to life through paintings”

Local photographer and author release third picture book, ‘Among a Thousand Fireflies’

Stephanie Sokol for The Oakland Press Rick Lieder knows beauty and nature can be found right in your own back yard. In his latest children’s book, “Among a Thousand Fireflies,” created with award-winning poet Helen Frost, the long-time photographer, artist and former photojournalist captured fireflies outside his home. “Helen did a great job telling theContinue reading “Local photographer and author release third picture book, ‘Among a Thousand Fireflies’”

Stephanie Sokol for The Oakland Press Kelly DiPucchio wants to show the world that picture books aren’t just for kids. DiPucchio, 48, knows a wide audience can enjoy and benefit from reading art-filled stories. “Picture books are ageless — I dislike age ranges on books,” DiPucchio says. “Whether you’re 1 or 100 years old, youContinue reading

Coming-of-age film ‘Superior’ showcases beauty of Northern Michigan

Birmingham-native filmmaker Edd Benda returned to his home state last year to put together the Upper Peninsula adventure film “Superior.” The idea for the film came to Benda, 25, at a family Thanksgiving dinner table a few years ago. His uncle, Karl Benda, shared the story of a bicycle trip he took Up North moreContinue reading “Coming-of-age film ‘Superior’ showcases beauty of Northern Michigan”

Latest exhibit at Lawrence Street has ‘Some Strings Attached”

Stephanie Sokol for Digital First Media Alice Frank combined her favorite artistic elements — watercolors, fired enamel on metal and stitching — to create unique pieces in her latest exhibit “Some Strings Attached.” “These works are my own recipe — I have never seen anything like it,” Frank says. “I tried to experiment and see ifContinue reading “Latest exhibit at Lawrence Street has ‘Some Strings Attached””

ISE graduate begins career at the Disney World

By Stephanie Sokol for OUSECS Kimmy Romstad is using her Industrial and Systems Engineering background to help things run smoothly at the “happiest place on earth.” After interning at Disney World for a year, the August 2014 Oakland University Industrial Systems Engineering alum recently accepted a position in forecasting and stocking costuming issue locations acrossContinue reading “ISE graduate begins career at the Disney World”

23rd annual IGVC hosted at Oakland University

Stephanie Sokol for Oakland University Engineers from around the world visited Oakland University in Rochester, Mich. to compete in the 23rd annual Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition. Started in 1993, groups that participate in IGVC are judged for the navigation and design of their unmanned vehicle. This year, 26 teams competed, including students from as localContinue reading “23rd annual IGVC hosted at Oakland University”

Halestorm rocks Flint at The Whiting

Stephanie Sokol for The Pit It was a hurricane of positive energy at The Whiting Auditorium in Flint, Mich. last week, when Halestorm brought a gale of good music to the stage. Opening acts Starset and The Pretty Reckless also added strength to the show. To kickoff the evening, Starset literally lit up the stage with their track “FirstContinue reading “Halestorm rocks Flint at The Whiting”

SECS student and father of four beats the odds, graduates with master’s at 25

Stephanie Sokol for OUSECS On May 1, Matthew Franklin will walk across the stage to accept his Masters in Embedded Systems Engineering. Completing undergraduate and graduate degrees in five years would be a challenging feat for most people, but this hasn’t been the biggest challenge he has faced. 25-year-old Franklin is also a husband, andContinue reading “SECS student and father of four beats the odds, graduates with master’s at 25”