New ‘James Perry Walker’ Exhibit Opens This Weekend at Flint Institute of Arts

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The photographs of James Perry Walker tap an emotional key, giving witness to a deep faith. You can see those photos in the new exhibit “James Perry Walker: The Preacher and His Congregation” opening Saturday, Jan. 17, at the Flint Institute of Arts.

Growing up in Marshall County, Miss., in the 1950s and ‘60s, Walker witnessed life in an isolated rural community. After graduation, he spent the summer of 1967 working as a teacher at Gatewood Baptist Church, where he attended a revival service by Reverend Cole and experienced a sermon unlike any he had heard before.

Walker moved away shortly afterward, but the memory of that sermon stayed with him. Nearly a decade later, he began a six-year project to produce a photographic essay about Reverend Cole and his congregation.

The photographs will be on display starting Saturday at the FIA, 1120 E. Kearsley St., Flint. The exhibit continues through April 4. Learn more here.

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2014 SEE Photography Contest Winners Named

First Place – “Autumn Leaves” by Aaron Burden

First Place – “Autumn Leaves” by Aaron Burden

Second Place – “Flint Sunset” by Dennis Gilmore

Second Place – “Flint Sunset” by Dennis Gilmore

When Aaron Burden of Flint accepted the challenge to photograph his view of Flint & Genesee, he hit the ground – literally – and it paid off.

Burden’s photo “Autumn Leaves” is the first-place winner of the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce 2014 SEE Photography Contest. The photo was taken from ground level at Sunset Hills in Flint and features splendid fall colors.

Third Place – “A Foggy Morning Place” by Bill Harris

Third Place – “A Foggy Morning Place” by Bill Harris

“We challenged photographers to give us their perspective of what makes Flint & Genesee a great place to be, and Aaron’s photo does that wonderfully,” said Sherry Tompkins, Director of Marketing, Flint & Genesee Chamber. “This area is magnificent in the fall, and ‘Autumn Leaves’ does an exceptional job of capturing that beauty.”

Dennis Gilmore of Grand Blanc won second place with his photo “Flint Sunset” taken at a carnival near the Mott Foundation Building in downtown Flint. Third place went to Bill Harris of Grand Blanc for his photo “A Foggy Morning Place” taken at the Goodrich Youth Soccer Field in Goodrich.

Burden will receive the top prize of $300, and Gilmore and Harris will both receive $150.

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Foodie Fave Friday: Check out Beef and Barley in Flint Township

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BeefBarley2Looking for something delicious this weekend? Let us help: Beef and Barley in Flint Township.

The former Ruggero’s Restaurant has been renovated into a sleek and modern American bistro. With exquisite finishes and food to die for, this Genesee County gem is perfect for date night or special occasions.

Beef and Barley is a full-service restaurant with a banquet facility, offering a full bar with 16 taps of craft beer (mostly Michigan brewed). It prides itself on scratch menu made with the freshest ingredients.

Check out the beef – and, of course, the barley — at 2055 S. Linden Road, Flint Township.

See a menu and learn more here.

The Bikes are on the Bricks

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The weather might be cooler, but downtown Flint is just starting to heat up! The motorcycles have started rolling in for Bikes on the Bricks.

Daily through Sunday, Sept. 14, enjoy this fun and exciting event, which combines a motorcycle show and law enforcement motorcycle skills. Take in a fashion show, vendor and sponsor displays, contests, live bands, an adult beverage tent, a stunt show and much more. The police escorted ride leaves Flint’s Vehicle City Harley-Davidson at 11 a.m. on Saturday.

The event runs 4-10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Learn more and see a full schedule of events at http://bikesonthebricks.com/.

Photo of the Day: Downtown Flint’s iconic HDR by Gerry Leslie

Here’s a shout-out to my good friend (and one of the better photographers around) Gerry Leslie. His photo was selected for the cover of the Yellowbook for 2011-12. It’s probably the most unique photos of downtown Flint I’ve seen. Check it out.

Photo of the Day: Who’s going camping this weekend?

Campgrounds across the state will be packed for the Labor Day Weekend, the unofficial end of summer. Wolverine Campground, on the north shore of the Holloway Reservoir, is just one great place to spend the weekend. (Photo by Bruce Edwards)

Photo of the Day: The carriage factory in Flint’s Carriage Town

This is a really cool place to go for pictures. Water Street, like Saginaw Street, is paved with bricks. There’s a lot of history in this small part of the city. (Photo by Bruce Edwards)