Grand Rapids, Minnesota is a vibrant art and culture community. The Grand Rapids Arts was created to connect artists and arts organization to audiences throughout the Grand Rapids area. They started hosting monthly First Friday Art Walks as a celebration of art and community that is located within Minnesota’s nature. This was modeled after many cities around the world who were also hosting monthly events that celebrate the marriage of arts and culture with tourism and downtown businesses.
The next First Friday Art Walk takes place on May 6, 2016 in downtown Grand Rapids, Minnesota. Live music for May includes singer/songwriter McKeon Roberts at Brewed Awakenings, local electronic dance music DJ Tanner Fideldy at the Grand Rapids Area Community Foundation, the music of Maria Annoni at MacRostie Art Center, violinist Olivia Skaja at Frame Up, and live music at the VFW Post 1720 from 7 – 10 PM. The Reif Center is presenting the family music duo Okee Dokee Brothers at 7 PM, call ahead for tickets. Or stop by the Ground Floor to perform your own music at their open mic night.
Visual artists of a wide variety of mediums will be hosted at businesses around town with displays of their latest artwork. View the bicycle art of Rolf Hagberg, stained glass artwork of George and Lisa Berkholz and Danita Camilli, floral arrangements inspired by famous paintings, handmade jewelry by Beth Quinn Designs and Moo Young, and more. MacRostie Art Center will be hosting the opening receptions for their two new exhibitions, giant landscape drawings by Catherine Meier, and the annual miniatures exhibition featuring the small collages of Ashley Kolka plus more than 40 other artists. Visit the Artists in Residence on the 3rd floor “artists loft” of Old Central School and see what new creations jeweler Lily Winter and painter Leah Yellowbird have come up with.
About Grand Rapids Arts:
Grand Rapids Arts is a nonprofit of area arts organizations and lovers of the arts dedicated to connecting artists and arts organization to audiences in the Grand Rapids Area. Its all-volunteer board is responsible for coordinating and marketing First Friday. More information may be found at grandrapidsarts.org. Also First Friday would not have been possible without the participation of businesses and community members who coordinate events to coincide with this special celebration of the arts. Grand Rapids Arts is your connection to area arts events: music, theater, dance, spoken word and the visual arts. It’s in Minnesota’s Nature!
The Old Central School Marketplace businesses are hosting May 6th First Friday Art Walk events in the building. The Grand Rapids Art Commission will be hosting their Artists in Residency who will be showcasing their art on the third floor. The Marketplace shops will be open late during the First Friday and several are hosting artists.
True North Salon will be hosting Tamarick Designs that will feature their one of a kind handmade jewelry made out of repurposed raw materials. ABC’s of Quilters will have tube pillowcases sewing demonstration and fun facts with wool. Janna Salmela will be hosting a pop-up store called Moxie, a clothing store based in Hibbing, that specializes in bold and vivacious clothing and accessories. Lake Lovers Vintage will be sharing their annual display of art found at area estate and garage sales. The Blackwater Brew Fest will be hosting hors d’oeuvres and beverages provided by the Dutchroom to showcase their upcoming event.
The newest Marketplace business, Lake & Co home of Lake Time, Lake Bride and Lake Home Magazine welcome you to stop in their new office space on second floor to hear the exciting things to come with their magazines. Free Range Coop will be in the building spreading the word about how to become a member of a new opportunity in this community. The building will be open until 7pm for self-guided tours of the beautiful historic building. “Our hope is to show our community the potential that Central School has! Old and new tenants are working together to re energize the historic building and make it a space that locals and visitors will want to visit”, shares the Old Central School Revitalization Team. She has been leading a group made up of business owners and community members over the past couple of months about revive the historic building into a vibrant space again. For more information and updates about their May 6th events and highlights check out their Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/996855460411192/.