Gems of Itasca: Arts Edition is the third of eight scheduled releases of short form documentaries about Itasca County. Itasca County is a vibrant community with everything artistic from theatre to live orchestra to pottery and sculptures of every size.
Host Cheryl Essington takes highlights the vibrant arts communities of Itasca County. Her first stop is to MacRostie Art Center. MacRostie hosts workshops, exhibits, festivals and other activities to advance and showcase the work of local artists celebrate artistic expression.
The Grand Rapids Arts created the First Friday Art Walk that has something for everybody. Hosted throughout downtown Grand Rapids businesses on the first Friday of each month. This is a free event that offers artists work through physical art pieces and live performances for the public to experience within retail and restaurant businesses.
John Scroeder is an active member of the arts community in Grand Rapids. He shares his experience of being involved in the Itasca arts community. He has been involved in the Grand Rapids Players for 20 years, starting at the age of 8. He is an actor, director and producer. The community theatre produces two shows a year. “It is a diverse mix of people coming together with a love of theatre to entertain a whole community”.
Old Central School is located in downtown Grand Rapids. The building is on the historic registry and has a Richardsonian Romanesque architectural design. It served as an elementary school until 1972. Visitors will find much to keep one occupied through its four levels: galleries and gift stores featuring handmades from local artists.
You don’t have to be a trained artist to create art. The local pottery studio is a great location to create something from scratch. You can decorate to your hearts content. There is something very therapeutic about creating art. This space is safe and comfortable to paint and create in.
The Reif Center is a cornerstone for performing arts in Itasca County. As the premiere performing arts in Grand Rapids the stage hosts local and national acts. Bringing forty touring acts to Grand Rapids each year. It is also the home to the Reif Dance, Grand Rapids Players, and Itasca Orchestra Symphony and String program.
Art is even in nature in Itasca County. Local artists Ken Steel created art out of his love for metal into a stunning collection of over 200 metal sculptures. His gallery is located 30 miles north of Grand Rapids.
After visiting Itasca County one cannot deny that this is a place where vision and art truly flourish.
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