Painting the Town

Many of Ann Arbor’s downtown storefronts are magically brought to life each holiday season thanks to the artistic strokes of The Brush Monkeys—a crew of awesome area artists. This short portrait takes us behind-the-scenes for a fun, colorful peek into their public process, including featured artists: John Copley, Mary Thiefels, Danijel Matanic and David Zinn. Enjoy!

What’s Really Going on with Our Water?

The Huron River Watershed Council is one of the country’s leading stewards and protectors of regional water quality. This micro doc features their extensive water monitoring and testing efforts, powered by many community volunteers and partnering organizations.

Catching Color in the Wild

We got to catch area artist Mary Thiefels in several stages of her process for painting a new mural in Ypsilanti’s Frog Island Park. This project is part of a renovated canoe/kayak launch along the 104 mile Huron River national water trail.

Street Art in Ann Arbor

The University of Michigan Institute for the Humanities featured two Greek artists with graffiti murals in downtown Ann Arbor as part of its year long Global Graffiti Project. This 7CS piece shares some insights into each artists’ approach.

Birds Coming Back

The 4th RiverUp! video produced for the Huron River Watershed Council features a success story of the osprey. Forced from the area in the 1970s due to toxins and pollution, they have been returning as the work of the HRWC and others has significantly cleaned the watershed. Osprey platform “perches” are one part of the effort to restore a healthy habitat for the region.

A Hundred Tons of Hummus

Ali Ramlawi, owner of the Jerusalem Garden restaurant in Ann Arbor, provides a peak into both the art and the operation of making hummus on a large scale. Ali has single-handedly made all of JG’s hummus since at least 2002, which estimates place at nearly 1,000 tons of hummus.

Sustainable Packaging Success Story

Arbor Teas sources the finest loose leaf organic teas from around the world. When they finally found a 100% sustainable solution to deliver their product– fully backyard compostable packaging – they brought 7 Cylinders Studio onboard to share the story.