Friday May 2nd from 6pm-9pm:
This Friday, preview the Avenue for the Arts’ Art.Downtown events that will take place next week on Friday April 11th. These awesome venues will showcase new artists’ work, sales on local handmade goods and drink specials galore!
The UICA will feature Part of the Festival of the Arts, the 45th annual Festival Regional Arts Exhibition returns this year to UICA. The juried exhibition, on display May 30 – August 17, features paintings, sculpture, photography, jewelry, and other mediums. Artists from Allegan, Barry, Ionia, Kent, Montcalm, Muskegon, Newaygo, and Ottawa Counties are eligible to apply. The June 6 – 8 portion of the Festival features food, performances, and activities throughout downtown Grand Rapids. Afterward, catch a critically acclaimed independent film: The Retrieval plays at 5:30pm and Finding Vivian Maier plays at 8pm.
Spiral Gallery will feature the exhibition, In Case of Emergency, a multi-disciplinary, group exhibition of works by KCAD’s Professional Practices class, as well as a canned food drive to support local food banks!
Exhibiting artists include:
Pub 43 will feature $1 off your first drink when you bring in a First Friday drink ticket, available at all FF venues.
Parliament the Boutique will be hosting “First Friday for Moms” with Featured Maker Dee Bellini. Dee makes handcrafted soaps, skin-care and home products that are made of all natural and safe ingredients. Littlewings Designs will also be debuting a limited edition batch of potted plant hangers with herbs and succulents, perfect for Mother’s Day.
Sanctuary Folk Art
Cathedral Square and 7 other churches including Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Lagrave Avenue Christian Reform Church, Saint George Antiochian Orthodox Church, and Westminster Presbyterian Church, all in the Heartside neighborhood will host 11 artists and more than 300 pieces of artwork in celebration of the Who Is My Neighbor Conference happening the last week in April. The conference is centered around a dialogue about art and creativity in the context of church and community. Artists include calligrapher Timothy Botts, orthodox iconographer Athanasois Clark, ceramicists, painter and printmaker Martin Erspamer, OSB, painter, curator and gallery owner Sergio Gomez, printmaker and teacher Sister Corita Kent, painter and liturgical artist Chris Stoffel Overvoorde, printmaker and sculptor Steve Prince, seriographer and painter John August Swanson, fiber artist and sculptor Jo-Ann VanReeuwyk, and liturgical textile artist Linda Witte Henke.
South Division Ave becomes the ultimate destination to find artwork by local artists, handmade goods, and food and drink specials on the first Friday of every month.
This monthly event is a unique opportunity to check out new events and features at shops, galleries and eateries in the rapidly evolving South Division Corridor. First Friday events include drink specials, exhibition receptions, holiday sales and student artwork on view. This event attracts downtown residents, as well as friends and supporters from surrounding neighborhoods and suburbs into downtown Grand Rapids; creating and strengthening community and commerce.
Where: various locations South Division Avenue and the surrounding streets
Why: to showcase new and long-time businesses and venues along the Avenue for the Arts to Grand Rapids residents and visitors as well as promote Heartside as a location for innovation and entrepreneurial commerce.
First Friday Gallery Hops are supported by Dwelling Place’s Neighborhood Revitalization Department, which works to promote economic development in the Heartside area. Working to enhance not only the physical appearance of the commercial district, Dwelling Place works to promote the commercial district’s assets to customers, investors, businesses, visitors, and citizens. The Neighborhood Revitalization Department builds upon the existing economic base, promoting new business development.
Participating Venues Include:
(106) Gallery and Studio
Parliament the Boutique
Sanctuary Folk Art
Find more information about each venue’s featured events under the “This Month” tab!
If your venue is interested in participating please contact Amanda Carmer at firstname.lastname@example.org, with the subject line: First Friday.