August 1 First Friday Art Walk

Come to downtown Grand Rapids from 4 to 8 pm on Friday, August 1 for the monthly art walk event! Check out a Google map and plan your route by clicking here.

1. MACROSTIE ART CENTER Presenting two new exhibits for August: the 22nd Annual Juried Art Show and Bogs, A Love Story by this year’s juror Christine Baeumler. Food, wine, and a chance to meet the featured artists all evening and awards at 6 pm.twisted metals

2. STAINED GLASS WITH CLASS Welcoming Damon and Manda Tuttle from Twisted Metals. They will be showcasing their new metal art set up on the sidewalk outside Stained Glass With Class from 4 – 7 pm.

3. THE YARN GALLERY It’s the annual Shawlapalooza at The Yarn Gallery!!  Please stop in and vote for your favorite shawl!  It’s people’s choice awards and every vote counts!

4. CENTRAL SQUARE MALL Kootasca Community Action presents display which celebrates 50 years of Community Action and its impact on our local communities.  These progressive impacts are shown through a multiple of mediums including children’s art, newspaper articles, photographs, and videos.

5. CENTRAL SCHOOL ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE Stop by the third floor of Central School to visit with Artist in Residence Rebecca Gramdorf and check out her hand-painted ceramic cups.

uncommon loons6. GRAND RAPIDS AREA COMMUNITY FOUNDATION What do you get when you mix Shakespeare, the Cowardly Lion, organized crime, and a brewpub?  Find out when the Uncommon Loons unveil their latest work, a short comedy sketch by Nathan Bergstedt and John Schroeder.  Show times 5:30, 6:00, and 6:30 with peanuts, pretzels and pickled pigs feet.

7. VFW POST 1720 Live jazz with Sam Miltich and Friends from 7 – 10 pm. Special guest artist Doug Haining on saxophone.

8. FRAME UP Celebrating summer with The Art of Water. Holli from Paddlehoppers will have kayaks and paddleboards on display. Come see the hottest craze in watersports! Mary Shideler will also be here with her books, cards and stories of her kayaking adventure in Itasca County. Framed photos and prints of our beautiful Northland also on display.

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9. BREWED AWAKENINGS August’s featured artist is Dion Duell with landscape paintings. Music by singer/songwriter John Perkins from 4:30 – 6 pm, a dinner special until 6:30, and complimentary coffee & cookies.

10. GRAND RAPIDS AREA LIBRARY At 4:15 pm come to at traditional Ojibwe ceremony with the Northland Eagles Drum Group and pipe ceremony by Larry Aitken to commemorate the launch of the nationally acclaimed exhibition Why Treaties Matter: Self-Government in the Dakota and Ojibwe Nations which will be at the library August 1 – 26.