Area arts January 1 – 7

Kristen Anderson's felt works are on display this month at 
MacRostie Art Center.

All Month

Nature: Culture. Barbara Kreft’s images of culture and nature found in everyday experiences in paintings in multiple layers. Adaptation & Optimism. Kristen Anderson’s felt works that include stories of species’ adaptation and hopeful survival. (Opening 1/5)  MacRostie Art Center. 405 NW 1st Ave.

Artists in Residence: Mary Corwin, David Dobbs, Patti Ferrell, Jamie Aubid and butterfly mobiles by Dan Root. 3rd floor Historic Central School.

Ed Zabinski’s 365-day photography project. (closing 1/4) Patti Farrel with her whimsical acrylics. (Opening 1/5) Brewed Awakenings Coffee House. 24 NE 4th St.

Monday, January 1

12 pm and 3 pm

Playing by Air. A joyful fusion of music, juggling, and circus in which traditional theatricality meets absurd comedy. The award-winning performers share their sense of playfulness and breathtaking feats in a production enjoyed equally by adults, families, and children. Audiences are drawn into the performance with a contagious attitude of expressive play and creativity. $1. Wilcox Theater. Reif Center. 720 Conifer Dr.

Tuesday, January 2

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, January 3

7 – 9 pm

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

Thursday, January 4

7 – 9 pm

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

Friday, January 5

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

Beer, Bites and Bowls. Enjoy a relaxing evening glazing pottery, drinking microbrew and tasting custom appetizers. Our resident potter will walk you through the process of glazing two pottery pieces of your choice, from mugs to bowls to plates. There will be plenty of breaks for socializing and enjoying beer and appetizers. Absolutely no art experience is required. Come learn in a fun and supportive environment surrounded by your friends. Beer is available at cash bar during event. Non-alcoholic beverages also available. Ages 21+ Instructor: Bruce Bartos. $40. MacRostie Art Center. 405 NW 1st Ave.

Saturday, January 6

7:30 pm

The Grand Rapids Players presents a fun, 24-hour theater project – The Insomniacts 3!. Free-will offerings are greatly appreciated. For more information, contact Aaron Peterson at Ives Studio Theater. Reif Center. 720 Conifer Dr.

8 – 11 pm

Dance to the Tolerators at the VFW. 14 NW 3rd St.

Sunday, January 7

2 – 7 pm

Auditions for Grand Rapids Players’ production of Beauty and the Beast. Callbacks will be on Thursday, Jan. 11 in the evening. The production has 14 characters, a strong chorus performing in several numbers as villagers and castle servants, wolves and gargoyles. We will cast 8 to 10 youth in the play.  Most will be part of the chorus. Those auditioning should be prepared to sing a song from the production or another number of their choosing, read selected sections from the script, and fill out an audition form. Copies of the script are available for review at the Grand Rapids Public Library. Rehearsals will begin January 16, with the chorus meeting initially on Mondays and Thursdays.  Principal characters will also meet on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.   Dance rehearsals will be included on those days. Scheduled days of rehearsals will increase as we get closer to production. Auditions will also be held on Monday, January 8 from 5 – 8 pm. Ives Studio Theater. Reif Center. 720 Conifer Dr.