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On November 1 and 8 the Avenue for the Arts presents the 11th anniversary of Free Radical, an art event on South Division Avenue showcasing local talent.
Local businesses along the strip will transform into temporary art galleries, hosting over 100 artists. Many shops will have extended hours and artist studios will be open to the public. Items and artwork will be available for purchase.
Free Radical features various art genres and works including performance and entertainment art, musicianship, outsider art, fine and folk, craft and kitch.
On Friday November 1 from 6-10 p.m. exhibitions will be held in over 20 shops along South Division. Local band Breath Owl Breath will perform at Shen Dojo at 7 p.m. and Pickle Fort proprietor, Sean Kenny will be screening expiremental films in his RV at 120 S. Division.
On November 8 from 6-10 p.m. a discussion will take place at the UICA involving critique, commentary and reflection.
During the first hour Anna Marie Buller will moderate a discussion about the history of Free Radical with artists Hugo Claudin, Tom Duimstra, Erwin Erkfitz and Mark Rumsey.
At 7:20 Anna Campbell will talk about displaying art in non-traditional spaces.
From 8-9 Jenn Schaub will moderate a discussion about challenges that Grand Rapids artists face. Participants in the discussion include Brett Colley, Deb Rockman , Paul Wittenbraker and Amy Wilson.
The remaining hour will focus on reflection and commentary by Tamara Fox, Andrew Klein, Will Juntunen, Maureen Nollette and Mandy Cano.
Interactive exhibits throughout the night include a mapping project, documentation of past Free Radical shows and two exhibitions.
The event is free and open to the public.
Eric Tank lives with his lovely wife and daughter in the East Hills area. He is a photography enthusiast and supports local art, food, and entertainment.