Friday February 7th from 6pm-9pm:
This Friday, warm up with the Avenue for the Arts as these awesome venues welcome you back into the spirit of a vibrant creative community. It might be 4° outside but it’s warm at these fine shops and galleries:
The UICA featuring four quality exhibitions: ZERO+, Mary Ann Aitken: A Retrospective 1983 – 2011, Parallel: Artwork of Sarah Knill, Replica of the Universe Methodology: Artwork of Daniel Luchman, and a slew of films including the Oscar nominated shorts for Best Documentary, Animated, and Live Action films! Woohoo!
Craft House featuring work by Holly Degen, Shannon Mack, Dave Ruggeri, and Elizabth Wesley.
Spiral Gallery featuring new paintings by Steven Vinson
Pub 43 will feature From the Other Side of the Street II, Heartside Gallery and Studio’s second yearly exhibition at Pub 43, featuring intuitive works from over 20 Heartside Gallery and Studio artists!
Images range from detailed pencil drawings of MLK to wood carvings of RuPaul, hand-painted Executive Cat portraits, fiber arts masterpieces, and collages of some of the best films ever made.
(106) Gallery features reCollect new paintings by Justin Kellner.
Vertigo Music is hosting an exhibition called Paint it Black curated by Danielle Walsh featuring artists’ past works that never quite worked, which they have altered to focus on one successful part, visually cropping it by painting the rest of the surface black.
Sanctuary Folk Art
Gaspard Gallery will feature work from Jeff Kraus: The Beginning, 60×96, 2012, Nicholas Szymanski: Monogram, 43×48, 2013, and Chris Cox: Spiritual Lake, 30×30, 2012.
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.