Avenue for the Arts

Get a sneak peek of First Fridays: The Market

by (DwellingPlaceCo...)

Submitted 08-04-2015 under NONPROFITS

On Friday, the Market is back along South Division. Join vendors, artists, shops and galleries for this one night event. With live performances, art making demos and sales at local businesses there is something for everyone, find out more ...

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Loosely Bound exhibition consists of beautiful pieces backed by powerful concept

by (Gabi Brown)

Submitted 08-04-2015 under OPINION

"Loosely Bound," the current exhibit at (106) Gallery on South Division, quietly invites you in and ask for you to look closely. It is muted, it is minimal; but upon a closer look, it is strong and deliberate. The exhibit opened at (106)...

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Craft House creates place for opportunity, community, conversations about art

by (Gabi Brown)

Submitted 07-24-2015 under LOCAL LIFE

In many ways, Craft House is not your average art gallery. It’s a blank canvas just waiting for new artists to come and color it with their own vision. The 300 square-foot gallery space has 50 linear feet of bare white walls which transform...

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From artist to entrepreneur: Three South Division business owners

by (DwellingPlaceCo...)

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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UICA hosts Dyer-Ives 47th annual poetry competition

by (shardaisy)

Submitted 06-09-2015 under LOCAL LIFE

The 47th annual Dyer-Ives Foundation poetry awards celebration was held at the UICA on June 6, 2015.  Two local poets and professors, Linda Nemec Foster and Rod Torreson, were given special honors as part of the event. A large audience gathered...

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Artist Spotlight: The Musicians of Avenue for the Arts

by (DwellingPlaceCo...)

Submitted 06-03-2015 under NONPROFITS

Sweaty basements, sticky-floored bars, and underground venues with ever-changing and elusive code names are no longer the only places to catch emerging experimental music in Grand Rapids. This Friday the Market returns to the Avenue for the Arts on...

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Our place, your voices: Citizen journalist Jenn Schaub interviews community organizer Jenn Schaub

by (DwellingPlaceCo...)

Submitted 05-18-2015 under NONPROFITS

As one of the first approved content providers for The Rapidian, and dedicated CMC enthusiast, Jenn Schaub spends her days building community in Heartside and connecting artists to show opportunities. As part of the Avenue programing, Jenn has...

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Curator spotlight: Falling for fiber arts

by (DwellingPlaceCo...)

Submitted 04-07-2015 under NONPROFITS

Curator Liz Hertl, a familiar face in the Grand Rapids art community has “really been falling for fiber arts.” She has organized an exhibition of 11 artists celebrating the variety of contemporary practices.From weaving to...

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Curator Spotlight: Michael Demaagd Rodriguez

by (DwellingPlaceCo...)

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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Art.Downtown. to highlight hundreds of local artists at one night event

by (mackenziebush13)

Submitted 03-31-2015 under LOCAL LIFE

This year's Art.Downtown. event will feature 400 different artists displaying their work in 38 venues across the city. The event looks to highlight local artists and musicians and help build a sustainable creative community in downtown Grand...

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