The First Friday Art Walk is a community event celebrating art and creativity, taking place from 4 – 7 pm in downtown Grand Rapids. All events are free unless noted. Please maintain 6’ distance. Face coverings are strongly recommended and are required by some locations. Thank you for helping keep our community safe!
- FRAME UP
Local Painter and Sculptor Tom Page who creates art for public places and private collectors will be presenting his latest works centered around influential musicians. Come enter a raffle for a framed Tom Page original painting of Bob Dylan — 100% of proceeds support art supplies for the Grand Rapids High School Art Department.
- MOVE IT REAL ESTATE GROUP
Welcoming artist Sondra Grover of Woodworks81. She creates custom woodworking, carvings, engraving on wood, acrylic and leather for signs, cutting boards, switch plates, utensils, cribbage and chess boards, epoxy tables, ornaments, and much more!
- ITASCA ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION (IEDC)
Hosting a First Friday event with featured artist Kari Townsdin, music by McKeon Hugh Roberts, food by Tike’s Meats, and sweet treats by Northwoods Candy Company.
- WINGS N WILLOWS ART GALLERY & CUSTOM FRAMING
Hosting Bob Simonson, a well known local shop teacher (retired) who began carving in the 1980’s. He carves characters of all kinds including the Scandinavian Flat Plane Style. Don’t miss his whimsical Santas, gnomes, mushrooms and funny faces!
- LAKE LOVER VINTAGE
Lake Lover Vintage will be featuring the art of our in-house artists including Carol Bowman Photography, Tamarick Designs, Karen Olson Pottery, mixed media art by Leah Fox, Weed Vases by Mike Weedman, jams, jellies, and mustards by Boondock Enterprises, handmade gameboards, toad houses, aprons and bird feeders. Plus a fun handmade Christmas ornament display!
- RAPIDS BREWING
FlowitOut Creations will be showing and selling her wire wrapped jewelry and more from 4 – 7 pm with live music by Marc Gartman from 7 – 10 pm.
- UNWINED UP NORTH
Hosting designer Abby Daigle of the Plaid Buffalo. She’ll be displaying her one-of-a-kind chalkboards, wooden signs, and home décor.
- STAINED GLASS WITH CLASS
Enjoy live holiday music in the store for the December First Friday celebrations.
- MACROSTIE ART CENTER
Presenting the annual Northern Spirit Shop holiday marketplace with handmade original art and one-of-a-kind gifts. The showcase exhibition “Nordic Folk Traditions” will be opening in the Minnesota Gallery, M’lou Brubaker will be on site with a jewelry trunk show, and wreaths from the MAC’s annual Wreath + Art Auction fundraiser will be on display. Masks required.
- BENDERS SHOES
Dan Aalto, music teacher in Grand Rapids school district, will be conducting some of his older orchestra students as they perform a selection of holiday music at Benders Shoes.
- OLD CENTRAL SCHOOL
- True North Salon and Spa + Wildland Fabrics Visit this eclectic boutique and vendor marketplace on the 1st
- Embrace Mental Health Gwendolyn Smith will show her photography series of local spots, on view on the Garden Level between Suites 3 and 6.
- Story Art & Museum The Tin Woodman has moved to Old Central School! Stop by Story Art & Museum in Room 109for an Open House and visit their new space. Masks required.
- Artists in the Attic Head up to the 3rd floor to see the Artists’ Loft and meet the artists: Deb Buxengard, Mary Corwin, and Lily Dittmer with painting, pastels, mosaics, and more.