Area arts July 31 – August 6

You may have noticed some of our newer First Friday signs this year.
A big thanks to the Grand Rapids Area Community Foundation for making 
this happen.

All Month

Weaving, fiber, basketry and beadwork invitational exhibition highlights the best natural materials and talent our north woods have to offer. Exhibiting artists include:
John Zasada, Emily Derke, Nate Johnson, Cathryn Peters, Leah Yellowbird, Shannon Lucas Westrum, Eve Sumsky, Kristin Majkrzak, Susan Vann, and Dawnette Davis. Also landscapes by Mollie Oblinger. MacRostie Art Center. (Closes Wednesday) 405 NW 1st Ave.

Artists in Residence: Mary Corwin, Annie Humphrey, David Dobbs, Chelsey Johnson, Brittany Benson and butterfly mobiles by Dan Root. 3rd floor Historic Central School.

Pop Up Park. Cut outs and works by Dan Root. Corner Highway 2 and 1st Ave. NW.

Chelsey Jo Johnson: printmaking and mixed media works. (Closes Thursday) Brewed Awakenings Coffee House. 24 NE 4th St.

Art on the Edge. The Edge Center’s permanent collection will be on display. Thursdays – Fridays. 10 am – 4 pm. Edge Center for the Arts. 102 2nd Ave. Bigfork.

Tuesday, August 1

12 – 12:45 pm

Tuesday Summer Concert Series. Itasca Brass. Brass Choir favorites from classical to modern. Optional lunch served at the church at 12:45 pm following the show. $6 per person. Our Redeemer Lutheran Church. 35568 Foxtail Lane. Cohasset.

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.

7:30 pm

Independent Film Series. Marie’s Story. At the turn of the 19th century, a humble artisan and his wife have a daughter, Marie, who is born deaf and blind and unable to communicate with the world around her. Desperate to find a connection to their daughter and avoid sending her to an asylum, the Heurtins send fourteen-year-old Marie to the Larnay Institute in central France, where an order of Catholic nuns manage a school for deaf girls. There, the idealistic Sister Marguerite sees in Marie a unique potential, and despite her Mother Superior’s skepticism, vows to bring the wild young thing out of the darkness into which she was born. Based on true events, Marie’s Story recounts the courageous journey of a young nun and the lives she would change forever, confronting failures and discouragement with joyous faith and love. Directed by Jean-Pierre Améris. France | French with English subtitles | 94 min. Free. Ives Studio Theater. Reif Center. 720 Conifer Dr.

Wednesday, August 2

7 – 9 pm

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

Thursday, August 3

6:30 -10 pm

Open figure drawing. This group meets weekly to draw from a live model. No instruction is provided and participants must provide their own materials. Poses usually range from 15 minute to 30 minutes. Serious artists of all levels are welcome to join this group. Please note that models are sometimes nude.  10 sessions. $40 a month. david@macrostieartcenter.org  MacRostie Art Center 405 NW 1st Ave.

7 pm

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

Friday, August 4

8:30 am – 8 pm

Grand Rapids Area Library Used Book Sale. Central Square Mall.

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Wine, Paint, Canvas! Join an experienced art educator as she guides you 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! Absolutely no art experience is required. Come learn in a fun and supportive environment surrounded by your friends. Ages 21+. $35. Macrostie Art Center, 405 NW 1st Ave.

4 – 7 pm

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

7:00 pm – 12:00 am

Tall Timber Days. This weekend long event takes place in downtown Grand Rapids right off Hwy. 2 and Hwy. 169. Friday night festival will kick off with live entertainment (Lost City Band), food, and the beer garden will be serving up cold drinks. Downtown Grand Rapids.

Saturday, August 5

9:30 am – 6 pm

Grand Rapids Area Library Used Book Sale. Central Square Mall.

9 am – 12 am

Tall Timber Days. This weekend long event takes place in downtown Grand Rapids right off  Hwy. 2 and Hwy. 169. Craft vendors and food trucks.

Sunday, August 6

11 am – 4 pm

Grand Rapids Area Library Used Book Sale. Central Square Mall.

9 am – 4 pm

Tall Timber Days. This weekend long event takes place in downtown Grand Rapids right off  Hwy. 2 and Hwy. 169. Craft vendors and food trucks.