First Friday Gallery Hops

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Galleries, shops and eateries up and down South Division invite you to the First Friday Gallery Hop on the first Friday of every month from 6pm-9pm.

This Month

Friday August 1st from 5pm-9pm:

This month takes a twist by adding The Market to the First Friday lineup! Avenue for the Arts is excited to present a variety of shows that are coming! First Friday events are supported by a grant from the MCACA and a grant from DGRI.

 

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Venue Details…

 

Gaspard Gallery

Opening Friday, August 1st, Gaspard is pleased to present, “Free”, a collaborative, group exhibition showcasing work by Chris Cox, Jeff Kraus, and Jacob Bullard with supporting exhibition graphic design by Ben Biondo. After over two years of exhibitions and collaborative projects, “Free” marks the end of Gaspard’s exhibition catalog and could be seen as the artists’ final statement, both aesthetically and conceptually, on their residency at 235 S Division Avenue in Grand Rapids, MI.

Upon the gallery’s closing in September, Gaspard will continue to function as a creative identity and publishing house for any potential projects and endeavors the group may aspire to. Jeff Kraus will continue to work in Grand Rapids where his studio is based. Jacob Bullard will also remain in Grand Raids to continue playing and recording with area musicians. Ben Biondo has relocated to greater Los Angeles were he is a commercial graphic designer. Chris Cox will be pursuing an MFA in photography at Cranbrook Academy of Art this fall.

Exhibition opening is free and open to the public.

Opening Reception
08.01.2014
6-11PM

Gaspard
235 S Division Ave
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

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Have Company

Have Company is celebrating it’s first birthday on The Market on First Fridays. Last year the shop was opened up on The Market. This celebration will consist of a pop up shop called Small Room Collective set up in front of Have Company. The first version of Have Company was in a camper, so it seemed fitting to celebrate with a mobile shop. Have Company sells unique gift items that are a must have for friends and relatives.havecompany

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

Who

The First Friday Gallery Hops are coordinated by local business owners and volunteers with support from 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:
The UICA
Craft House
Spiral Gallery
(106) Gallery and Studio
Pub 43
Vertigo Music
Parliament the Boutique
Have Company
Gaspard Gallery
Sanctuary Folk Art
Propaganda Doughnuts

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 avenueforthearts@gmail.com, with the subject line: First Friday.

Where

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When

The first Friday of every month from 6pm-9pm.

Get Connected

Help Promote First Friday Events, share these links and tell your friends:

First Fridays presented by the Avenue for the Arts Website

First Fridays Facebook Event

Questions can be emailed to Amanda Carmer at avenueforthearts@gmail.com, subject line: First Friday

 

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