Area arts October 30 – November 5

Looking in Different Directions
Ceramics by Butch Holden and Luke Holden opens Friday at the Edge Center 

All Month

 Expressions of My Journey. Gordon Coons mixed-media artist featuring woodcut prints, vibrant duct-tape images and Ojibwa woodland art style paintings. Also, Satellite. Cathy Durso’s circular and cyclical configurations of painted and stitched circles on canvas. MacRostie Art Center. (Closes 11/1) 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.

Fran Rowe watercolor paintings. Brewed Awakenings Coffee House. 24 NE 4th St. (Closes 11/2)

Looking in Different Directions. Ceramics by Butch Holden and Luke Holden. Thursdays – Saturdays. 10 am – 4 pm. Edge Center for the Arts Gallery. 102 2nd Ave. Bigfork.

Tuesday, October 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, November 1

11 am – 7 pm

Empty Bowls. Empty Bowls uses food, art and fun to raise money for hunger relief in our community. Join us for a simple meal donated by area restaurants and select a handmade pottery bowl crafted by local artisans. Lunch 11am-2pm. Dinner 4:30-7pm. Silent auction all day. Live entertainment for lunch and dinner, and a cash bar in the evening. $20 for bowl and meal. $10 for meal only. Proceeds benefit the work of the Community Cafe. Timberlake Lodge Hotel. 144 SE 17th St.

7 – 9 pm

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

Thursday, November 2

6 pm

Writing Historical Fiction. Kick off National Novel Writing Month with acclaimed Minnesota author Bill Durbin as he talks about techniques he uses to research and write historical novels. He describes conventional sources including newspapers, diaries, letters, interviews and field research as well as borrowing local characters and events and tapping personal family history for inspiration. Add life to history with archival photos. Bring your writing questions. Free. Grand Rapids Area Library. 140 NE 2nd St.

6:30 -9 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. Please enter through door on Hwy. 2. $10 per session. $30 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.

7:00

.Friday, November 3

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 www.grandrapidsarts.org

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.

5 – 7 pm

Opening Reception. Looking in Different Directions. Ceramics by Butch Holden and Luke Holden. 5 – 7 pm. Edge Center for the Arts Gallery. 102 2nd Ave. Bigfork.

7:30 pm

Stomp. Explosive, inventive, provocative, witty, and utterly unique – an unforgettable experience for audiences of all ages. The eight-member troupe uses everything but conventional percussion instruments – matchboxes, wooden poles, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters, hubcaps – to fill the stage with magnificent rhythms. Year after year, audiences worldwide keep coming back for more of this pulse-pounding, electrifying show. $36. Wilcox Theater. Reif Center. 720 Conifer Dr.

Saturday, November 4

2  and 7:30 pm

Stomp. Explosive, inventive, provocative, witty, and utterly unique – an unforgettable experience for audiences of all ages. The eight-member troupe uses everything but conventional percussion instruments – matchboxes, wooden poles, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters, hubcaps – to fill the stage with magnificent rhythms. Year after year, audiences worldwide keep coming back for more of this pulse-pounding, electrifying show. $36. Wilcox Theater. Reif Center. 720 Conifer Dr.