People and Places: breast cancer art exhibit and opening of bohemian astrology store

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“Triple Negative Breast Cancer Cells” is a piece done by Grand Rapids artist Mallory Shotwell with pencil and ink on archival paper. Courtesy Mallory Shotwell

Mallory Shotwell is an interdisciplinary artist in Grand Rapids currently creating an art exhibition called “Suspended Self: The Liminal Space of Breast Cancer,” centered around advocacy and support. Through a series of workshops, Shotwell is collecting voice recordings, interviews and tangible artifacts that represent the experience of battling breast cancer. In partnership with several Gilda’s Clubs across the country, including in Grand Rapids, Shotwell is hosting these workshops online on the first Thursday of every month this year from 6-8 p.m.

Shotwell wants her audience to understand that breast cancer advocacy comes in the form of more than just a pink ribbon, so she’s welcoming all willing participants to share stories about their diagnoses, the waiting and what it means to support someone with breast cancer. Shotwell hopes to debut her final exhibition in 2022 in various cities, one being Grand Rapids, complete with 10 artifacts and a combination of 2D and interactive art pieces representative of these deeply personal experiences.

New bohemian astrology store opens

The 12th House is open at 8 Jefferson Ave. SE Wednesday through Sunday. Courtesy The 12th House

Sarah Cash opened her store, The 12th House, in June 2021 featuring tons of handmade astrology-themed items from local Grand Rapids artists. As a part of the arts community for over 20 years, Cash decided to fulfill her lifelong dream of opening her own art store, and she now sells crystals, books, pride merchandise and plenty of other hippie and bohemian items.

The 12th House, named after Cash’s zodiac sign — Pisces, is open at 8 Jefferson Ave. SE Wednesday through Sunday with a tarot card reader operating by appointment only and a walk-in henna tattoo artist.

These stories can be found in the September/October 2021 issue of Grand Rapids Magazine. To get more stories like this delivered to your mailbox, subscribe here

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