Area arts January 29 – February 4

It's off to Winnipeg. Don't miss this arts lovers' tour: symphony,
curator's tour, huge indigenous art exhibit and Festival du Voyageur. 
Details below.


Friday – Sunday, February 16 – 18. Winnipeg Winter Art Experience.
Join MacRostie Art Center for an international art expedition as we travel to Canada to visit the Winnipeg Art Gallery and take part in Winnipeg’s Festival du Voyageur. “INSURGENCE/RESURGENCE is the WAG’s largest-ever exhibition of contemporary Indigenous art and includes work by artists across Canadian territories and nations. Festival du Voyageur is the largest winter festival in western Canada with outdoor activities, food, music, markets, and more. The fee for this weekend includes 2 nights lodging in downtown Winnipeg, round-trip travel from Grand Rapids, and admission to WAG, Festival du Voyageur, and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra’s Charlie Chaplin film night. Current Passport Required. MAC members get a $20 discount. $280. Deadline to sign up is Feb. 9.

All Month

Nature: Culture. Barbara Kreft’s images of culture and nature found in everyday experiences in paintings in multiple layers. (Closes 1/31) John J. Kolb acrylic on canvas (Opens 2/2). Adaptation & Optimism. Kristen Anderson’s felt work that include stories of species’ adaptation and hopeful survival. (Closes 1/31) Jeffrey Hanson’s abstract paintings. (Opens 2/2) 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.

Patti Ferrell with her whimsical acrylics. (Closes 1/31) Brewed Awakenings Coffee House. 24 NE 4th St.

Monday, January 29

7:30 pm

Grand Rapids High School Jazz Bands. Free. Wilcox Theater. Reif Center. 720 Conifer Dr.

Tuesday, January 30

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 31

7 – 9 pm

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

Thursday, February 1

7 – 9 pm

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

7:30 pm

Grounded. A hotshot fighter pilot finds her career in the sky interrupted by an unplanned pregnancy. Reassigned to a “desk job,” she fights a war by day, and then returns to her family and her daughter’s pink ponies by night. As she remotely operates drones in Afghanistan from a windowless trailer outside of Vegas, her life in the desert begins to collide with the desert she is patrolling on the other side of the world. This compelling and searing look at moral responsibility, contradictory choices, and modern warfare seamlessly blends the personal and the political as it explodes our assumptions about war, family, and the power of storytelling. Produced by Frank Theater. $20.  Ives Studio Theater. Reif Center. 720 Conifer Dr.

Friday, February 2

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 – 9 pm

Wine, Paint, Canvas. Be guided by an experienced educator from start to finish through the creation of a new painting at each event. Drinks will be available for purchase throughout the duration of the event and there will be plenty of breaks to socialize, too. Absolutely no art experience is required. Come learn in a fun and supportive environment surrounded by your friends. $35. MacRostie Art Center. 405 NW 1st Ave.

Saturday, February 3

7:30 pm

I Am, He Said: Celebrating the Music of Neil Diamond. With songs like Cracklin’ Rosie, Song Sung Blue, and Sweet Caroline, Neil Diamond sold over 100 million records worldwide, and produced musical hits spanning five decades. As a Tin Pan Alley song writer in the mid-60s, he penned songs recorded by everyone from Elvis Presley to Deep Purple and, of course, the Monkee’s classic, I’m A Believer. Join Matt, Jeff, and Tommy Vee (sons of the legendary Bobby Vee), for a celebration of this amazing music icon. $32. Wilcox Theater. Reif Performing Arts Center, 720 NW Conifer Dr.