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First Fridays to return to Division corridor

Avenue for the Arts will debut their new headquarters during February's First Friday event.

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/Courtesy of Avenue for the Arts

/Courtesy of Avenue for the Arts

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 season, it will also be the debut of Avenue for the Arts new headquarters at 307 S. Division Ave. If you're looking to get out and about to quell the mid-winter cabin fever, head down to the Avenue to get a taste of the arts in downtown Grand Rapids. Events include:


  • Avenue for the Arts [Gallery] Space - Grand Opening of the Avenue for the Arts headquarters at 307 S. Division. Open Gallery hours featuring artwork by Avenue for the Arts members. Members Only will be able to participate in an Art Swap, for registration information visit the Avenue for the Arts website.

  • Craft House Gallery - A Means for Survival: A solo Exhibition by Kate Garmen. A series of sculpture work exploring the connection between people and how they interact with each other and within the space around them.

  • Spiral Gallery - Awaken. A solo exhibition by Katelyn Kronshage, introducing a selection of adornment, art jewelry, and installation.

  • (106) Gallery and Studio - West Michigan Photography Collective.

  • UICA - Looking Forward: The Artwork of Kirk Newman, Collector’s Talk. Newman’s lifetime friend and collector, Chris Markin, will be discussing Newman’s work in the context of his life and times, as well as sharing insights into his career.

  • Have Company - Closest to Clouds and Fiber Fridays. Closest to Clouds is an exhibition pairing the weavings of Meghan Shimek and the paintings of Nicholas Syzmanski. Fiber Fridays is a free fiber social from 6-8. Bring a project and weave, knit, or quilt with a community of like minded folks.

  • Parliament the Boutique - Valentine’s Day Pop-up Shop. Letterpress prints by Michelle Terry of Runaway Press and handmade wooden earrings by Jarrod Napierkowski of Brambles Woodwork.

  • Sanctuary Gallery and Studio - Modern Distraction. a showcase of artworks from gallery artists that twist the norm and reveal a fresh take on the abstract expression through painting.

  • Heartside Gallery and Studio - Open gallery and studio hours


Come down to the Avenue and help spread the art love.






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