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Past the gallery doors: Alternative spaces to find art

by Gabrielle Brown (Gabi Brown)

Submitted 07-21-2015 under LOCAL LIFE

Whether it be stopping at the stand of a jewelry maker at the farmers market, taking a minute to check out the name of the artists whose painting is hanging on your local coffee shop’s wall, or heading downtown for First Fridays for an entire...

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From artist to entrepreneur: Three South Division business owners

by Avenue for the Arts (AvenuefortheArts)

Submitted 06-10-2015 under NONPROFITS

When launching a creative career, building a business can seem overwhelming. Madison May, our current intern for the Avenue for the Arts and a self-proclaimed plant lover, printmaker and fiber freak wanted to learn more about...

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Curator Spotlight: Michael Demaagd Rodriguez

by Avenue for the Arts (AvenuefortheArts)

Submitted 04-06-2015 under NONPROFITS

“I don’t identify primarily as an artist, but I do consider myself an active part of the "art ecosystem" in roles as a collector, a builder, and most recently, as a curator.” These are the words of Michael DeMaagd...

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First Fridays to return to Division corridor

by Avenue for the Arts (AvenuefortheArts)

Submitted 02-03-2015 under NEWS

Avenue for the Arts will host its first First Friday event of the season on Friday, February 6. Pop-up galleries and art venues will be open along Division Ave. between Fulton St. and Wealthy St. from 6-10 p.m. Not only is this the first of the...

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Ever expanding Have Company to add gallery wall to giftshop

by Eric Tank (erictank)

Submitted 11-04-2014 under INNOVATION-SPOTLIGHT

The South Division Avenue corridor boutique shop and maker residency is expanding programming with its inaugural gallery space featuring the work of Brenda Beerhorst and Hillery Sproatt.  Local builder and art collector Michael DeMaagd...

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Lamp Light gears up for third annual music festival

by Eric Tank (erictank)

Submitted 10-21-2014 under NEWS

On the weekend of November 7, 8 and 9, Eastown will for the third year in a row set the stage for Grand Rapids' DIT music scene. Lamp Light Music Festival, an experiment in multi-house show venue collaboration, was wildly popular from the start...

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Quilters enter ArtPrize with time-based performance piece

by Eric Tank (erictank)

Submitted 09-23-2014 under NEWS

Local ladies Rose Beerhorst, Eliza Fernand, Sally England, Kate Garman and Marlee Grace Hanson have banded together under the moniker "Quilt Mountain" and will be exhibiting a textile based performance piece on the South Division Corridor...

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New perspectives built on creative foundation

by Avenue for the Arts (AvenuefortheArts)

Submitted 08-05-2014 under PLACE-MATTERS

The character of South Division Avenue between Fulton and Wealthy is unlike any other. This collection of blocks is inhabited by makers and organizers who are active, creative and motivated to provide artistic experiences for the community. The...

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Vendor Spotlight: Eliza Fernand

by Avenue for the Arts (AvenuefortheArts)

Submitted 07-30-2014 under NONPROFITS

Stumbling upon Eliza Fernand’s booth at The Market on First Fridays, I was instantly captivated by the unique forms and shapes that she creates with ceramics. From geometric vessels to casts of leaves, pinecones, jars, and honeybears, all of...

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Art galleries say congratulations, farewell; contemplate "home"

by Avenue for the Arts (AvenuefortheArts)

Submitted 07-29-2014 under NONPROFITS

This Friday, August 1, vendors, musicians, food trucks and entertainers will flock to South Division for a festive, spirited evening of music and handmade goods. Following a successful turnout in June, The Market on First Fridays returns with even...

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