Come to downtown Grand Rapids from 4 – 7 pm for a monthly community event celebrating the arts and creativity. The First Friday Art Walk is family-friendly and all events are free unless noted. (featured image by Kari Townsdin – 27th Annual Juried Show at MacRostie Art Center)
- OAK HILL ASSISTED LIVING
Presenting “Jig, Rock, and Tailings,” a celebration of Doug and Ethel Deal and their 35 years publishing the Scenic Range News. The Deals wrote a weekly column about dancing at The Rainbow, High Top, Alamo, and Avalon.
- FRAME UP
Frame up is hosting local painter Jane Latimer. Jane learned the joy of small watercolor painting where she aims to capture landscapes of light through travel and plein air. If you don’t know what plein air is, come find out!
- PROJECT CARE FREE CLINIC
Showcasing an octogenarian exhibit – proving that age is simply a number. Shirley Anger Cook and Kay Yessak both took up painting in their retirement years and will each have a room filled with their work. Shirley paints in oils, and Kay uses color and abstract styles in acrylic on canvas.
- VFW POST 1720
Presenting live jazz with Sam Miltich and Friends. The featured guest is Doug Haining on winds, and he will join Sam, Matthew Miltich on bass, and Jay Epstein on drums. Open to members and the public. 7 – 10 pm.
- CRAFTED BY ITASCA LIFE OPTIONS
Stop by Crafted for their Grand Re-Opening! Music, libations, giveaways, yummy things to nosh, and a final reveal of our updated space. Crafted is dedicated to empowering artists of all abilities.
- BENDER’S SHOES
Hosting local singer/songwriter Denise Minea, who has been singing and performing as a solo artist or in groups most of her life. With a bend toward Folk and Christian music she loves to blend the two together, and she hopes to bring joy through song to everyone.
- MACROSTIE ART CENTER
Presenting the annual Juried Art Show and photography by juror Sam Baardman. Music by Olivia Skaja on violin, food by North Homes Inc., plus wine and other refreshments. Juror’s remarks and awards presented at 6 pm.
- OLD CENTRAL SCHOOL
Presenting the debut exhibit of local artist Jeannie Evans. Come see a collection of Jeannie’s paintings and wood burning on display.
- Dixie Love who is a high school senior at GRHS. Dixie will have a variety of medium. She will have paintings and sketches that have a clash of odds and ends with color and whimsy.
- BREWED AWAKENINGS
August’s featured art is abstract works by Brenna Lloyd . Come down on First Friday to see the new exhibit and enjoy music by Leah Lemm from 4 – 6 pm.