First Friday Gallery Hops

First Fridays Promo designed by Leah Schreiber

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 April 4th 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 two quality exhibitions: …Mercurial Silence… new work by Kalamazoo artist Caroline Gore, and MEGA: Michigan Emerging Graduate Artist Juried Exhibition coordinated by the Kendall College of Art & Design MFA Collective, and two critically acclaimed independent films: Maladies playing at 5:30pm and Hide Your Smiling Faces playing at 8pm.

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In collaboration with the Avenue for the Arts First Friday Events,KCAD MFA Collective announces a presentation by the MEGA Exhibition artists Joshua Adam Risner, Kate Garman, Wade MacDonald, and Chase C.. These artists will speak about their work and answer questions from event attendees. Join us at 7pm on Friday April 4th in the Lower Level of the UICA.

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Craft House will feature work by Megan Gurisko, BFA candidate in painting at GVSU.

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Spiral Gallery will feature artwork by current and recent graduates of the KCAD MFA Painting Program as a fundraiser for future MFA Painting students.

Pub 43 will feature $1 off your first drink when you bring in a First Friday drink ticket, available at all FF venues.

(106) Gallery will feature work by GVSU Professor Brett Colley.

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Parliament the Boutique will host its popular Fiber Social Event this month! Crochet and Knitting, all skill levels welcome, and we are seeking interested committed teammates for our Collective Wings ArtPrize 2014 entry.

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Have Company welcomes their first artist in residence for the spring season, Michael Grey Footwear. Michael Grey will be in the building, stop by and greet him and check out his incredible work!

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Vertigo Music 

Sanctuary Folk Art

Gaspard Gallery will feature artwork by local painters, photographers, writers, and designers including Jeff Kraus and the gang…

What

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

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

Various Locations along South Division Ave and surrounding streets.

Check out free parking on off Legrave and Weston!

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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