• encore-magazine-feature-pocket-neighborhood-houses-nov-2020

    A row of custom-designed, colorful houses, each boasting a front porch, faces an open common area in Belle Meade.

    © 2020 Encore Publications/Brian Powers

    ‘All About the Front Porch’ New pocket development emphasizes neighborliness
  • encore-magazine-feature-kso-zoom-sept-2020

    An image of KSO musicians playing from the Prometheus Project video that was compiled by KSO Music Director Julian Kuerti.

    Celebrating a Century Through a war, the Depression and now a pandemic, the KSO plays on
  • encore-magazine-feature-sue-ellen-Christian-wmu-august-2020

    Sue Ellen Christian speaks to students in her journalism class.

    More Than Just Words Aspiring journalists give glimpses into how words reflect this moment in time
  • encore-magazine-feature-chuck-bentley-donna-kaminski-july-2020

    Chuck Bentley and his wife, Donna Kaminski, in their Kalamazoo home, which doubles as a film set for many of his movies. Kaminski plays a pivotal role in the logistics of Bentley’s movies.

    © 2020 Encore Publications/Brian Powers

    100 + Films and Counting Prolific Chuck Bentley keeps making movies
  • encore-magazine-features-local-color-pages-photo-June-2020

    Things are looking up on the downtown Kalamazoo mall in this coloring page image created from a photo by Brian K. Powers.

    © 2018 Encore Publications/Brian Powers

    A Lot of Local Color Paint the town red, yellow, indigo, periwinkle or whatever color you want
  • encore-magazine-feature-porch-portraits-coleman-may-2020

    Helen and Bob Coleman, of Portage, encourage togetherness.

    © 2020 Brian Powers

    Porch Portraits Encore Photographer Brian K. Powers creates a little joy during COVID-19 restrictions
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    Aaron Shafer, with his cat, Ushikawa, in his Texas Township studio, and his signature pyrography work, Meet Me at the Mountaintop. Ushikawa, like Shafer, has unusual eyes (the cat’s are different colors).
    Photo by Eric J. Shaeffer

    'My Imagination Is 2020' The Art of Aaron Shafer
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    Despite the cold, Mattie Jordan-Woods proudly poses outside affordable senior housing the NACD built in the Northside neighborhood.

    © 2020 Encore Publications/Brian Powers

    'I’m Not Going Anywhere' After 32 years, Mattie Jordan-Woods is still a force for the Northside

Nature Center CEO Nathan Smallwood, left, walks one of the center’s trails with Luke Allison, KNC's landscape coordinator.

© 2020 Encore Publications/Brian Powers

‘Certain Places Have a Magic'Kalamazoo Nature Center has been soothing souls for 60 years

Glass artist Gloria Badiner in her Mattawan studio.

© 2020 Encore Publications/Brian Powers

The Glorious Glass Art of Gloria BadinerShe gave up cell biology for a career as an artist

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Executive Director, Douglass Community Association