Birdhouse Project

the birdhouse project


Friends is partnering with Grand Rapids artists and community leaders to create beautiful and unique birdhouses that will become featured art pieces in our community.

These projects not only highlight our local talent, but will also help raise funds for Grand Rapids parks and trees!

Our artists received a tiny wooden birdhouse (the same that our Youth Foresters decorate at Tree Camp) and were asked to turn them into a work of art – for indoor or outdoor use! 

the auction will begin in...


about the artists

Stay tuned for more artist bios and pictures of their work!

Sarah Jean Anderson

SJA is an artist and performer from Grand Rapids, MI. She’s been a member of all-female comedy troupe Funny Girls since 2017, and can be seen regularly onstage with Tease a Gogo (Lansing) and Pyrus Calleryana Burlesque (GR). She has a corgi and lives on the West Side.

mayor rosalynn bliss

Mayor Rosalynn Bliss became the City of Grand Rapids’ first female Mayor when she took office on January 1, 2016. She previously served as a Second Ward City Commissioner for 10 years. Mayor Bliss is also Grand Valley State University’s endowed chair for the Frederik Meijer Honors College. She earned bachelor’s degrees in psychology and criminal justice from the University of South Alabama and a master’s in social work from Michigan State University. She has over twenty years of experience in the fields of domestic violence and child welfare before serving as Mayor. 

Mayor Bliss is an active member of the community. She is Past President of the Michigan Municipal League and serves on the boards of the Downtown Development Authority, Experience Grand Rapids, Convention Arena Authority, Economic Club of Grand Rapids, Urban Core Mayors, Friends of Grand Rapids Parks and Interurban Transit Partnership, among many other organizations. Mayor Bliss has been recognized and honored locally as well as statewide for her commitment, dedication and work in the field of child abuse and neglect and for her leadership in the community.

Alynn Guerra has been a printmaker for over 20 years and currently works out of her studio in the Tanglefoot building. Her work is inspired by her concern for the environment, nature, social justice and food issues.

Nick Nortier is an illustrator, mural painter, and printmaker, but also enjoys woodworking, performing spoken word poetry, and the overall process of making creative work. Growing up, his main interests were skating and drawing – two hobbies which would eventually merge into one. From skating, he learned to look at the environment in new and creative ways, which would end up influencing how his work interacts with the area that it’s placed in. He believes the role of street art and murals is to be an art form that is accessible to everyone.

Michael Pfleghaar

Michael Pfleghaar received his MFA in visual arts from Lesley University College of Art and Design in 2011. Modernist design objects, architecture, and interiors inspire Pfleghaar’s colorful representational and abstract paintings and drawings. His artwork has been featured in Arcadia Magazine, Studio Visit, Metropolitan Home, Solace, and American Craft. Apple, CBS, ForeSee, Hayworth, Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, and Fredrick Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park are a few of the organizations that have utilized Pfleghaar’s artwork as illustrations. 

In 2016, Pfleghaar attended the Spread Art Artists Residency in Detroit, MI and in 2013 was awarded the Joan Mitchell Foundation’s Ox-Bow School and Artists Residency in Saugatuck, MI. His work was included in the 2012 LGBTQ exhibition ReMix: Revisiting Appropriation, curated by Jonathan Katz in San Francisco, CA. His original artworks are in permanent collections including the Grand Rapids Art Museum, Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, Steelcase Inc., Herman Miller, the State of Michigan and Grand Valley State University.