Area arts April 30 – May 6

Grand Rapids Area Male Chorus Annual Spring Concert this week.


All Month

April/May: Six McKnight Artists. New work by 2016 McKnight Artist Fellowship for Ceramic Arts.  Also Natalie Himmirska (Bemidji). Variations. Paintings utilizing various media and techniques of painting and print making. (closes 5/2) Paintings by Jonathan Thunder and the annual miniatures exhibition “Little Big Show” with featured artist Jane Latimer. (opens 5/4) MacRostie Art Center. 405 NW 1st Ave.

Artists in Residence: Mary Corwin, David Dobbs, Jennifer Gorman, Kyle Huff, and butterfly mobiles by Dan Root. 3rd floor Historic Central School.

Mat Norton with artwork featuring flowers and abstract themes. (closes 5/2) Celebrating May Mental Health Month with artwork from Kiesler Wellness Center. (opens 5/4)

Brewed Awakenings Coffee House. 24 NE 4th St.

Wednesdays – Fridays 10 am – 1 pm. Annual Student Art Exhibit. Edge Center for the Arts. 101 2nd Ave. Bigfork.

Tuesday, May 1

10 am – 4 pm

Mac Open Studio. Free to MAC members or $5/session for non-members, this informal group is open to artists of all skill levels working in any 2-dimensional medium. Bring your latest project and create your art in a supportive community! No instruction is provided, but plenty of advice, critique, and feedback is available from the group. MacRostie Art Center. 405 1st Ave NW.

6 – 8:30 pm

Open Pottery. Instructor: Bruce Bartos, $15 each/ $10 student. Join area potters and students of all skill levels in this informal, on-going weekly class. The instructor will be on hand to give one-on-one guidance and tips about techniques, glazes, and firings. Call by noon on Tuesday to register for that day’s session 218-326-2697. MacRostie Art Center. 405 NW 1st Ave.

Wednesday, May 2

7 – 9 pm

Sam Miltich and Friends. VFW. 14 NW 3rd St.

Thursday, May 3

7 – 9 pm

Open mic night hosted by Mike Miller. VFW.14 NW 3rd St.

7:30 pm

Arlo Guthrie, The Re: Generation Tour:  SOLD OUT

Friday, May 4

4 – 7 pm

First Friday Art Walk. Grand Rapids has a thriving arts community. We celebrate this the First Friday of every month with a downtown art walk. Hop from business to business to enjoy art displays, listen to live music, meet the artists, and indulge in food and drink. For a monthly list of participating businesses go to

6 – 8:30 pm

Bowls, Beer and Bites. Relaxing evening glazing pottery, drinking microbrew and tasting custom appetizers. Resident potter Bruce Bartos will walk you through the process of glazing two pottery pieces from mugs to bowls to plates. Plenty of breaks for socializing. No art experience is required. Beer is available at cash bar during the event. Ages 21 and older. $40. MacRostie Art Center. 405 NW 1st Ave.

Saturday, May 5

7 pm

Sam Miltich and Friends. Klockow Brewing Company. 36 SE 10th St.

Sunday, May 6

2:30 pm

Together We Sing. Grand Rapids Area Male Chorus. Annual Spring Concert. Guests are Staples Area Women’s Chorus. $10 Children and students free. Wilcox Theater. Reif Center 720 Conifer Dr.