first fridays: july 7

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On the first Friday of every month, Division Avenue in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan bursts with art, performances, food, and laughter. Avenue for the Arts‘ free event is attended by artists, curators, art-lovers, young people, students, and world travelers.

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Shibori [indigo dyeing] mini-workshop with Annie from LIGHT Gallery + Studio

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All displayed artwork, books, shelves, candles, jars, etc. inside LIGHT is for sale.
What a beautiful way to shop!

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My favorite pieces were from smallholding craft & co. [Mackenzie Lund]
and vanessa autumn.

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Trippy painting on display in Smokin’ J’s

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Affordable handcrafted wood earrings by jarrod napierkowski
for sale in the UICA gift shop

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my husband, Robert Fraser, and good friend, Alexis De Weese

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These flowers were part of a multimodal installation and series on mental wellness.
This piece was titled “Self Care isn’t always Pretty.”

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This station allowed viewers to respond anonymously. The invitation helped get something off your chest.

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Art is everywhere. This beautiful tilework was at one building’s entrance.

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summer ’17 love

We love to celebrate beauty, so much so that I often stop strangers to ask if I can snap a photo of them. Beauty is about so many things: confidence, selflessness, smiling, charm. What makes you feel beautiful?

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Thanks to Bri Ross, Emily Hubbard, Taylor, Lindsey, and Deborah Zillmer, and Jennifer Beardsley for posing!

fashion is confidence



What gives you confidence?

“Taking time to do little things well and focusing on the things my body can do. Not getting caught up in the busyness of things but knowing the things I can do are really powerful. Also, yoga, meditation, and prayer.”
Emily Gross


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Time Changes

a Summer 2017 poetry workshop mailer

Week 1: Time & Personal Growth / Identity
Writing & Reading (Rosalynde Vas Dias, Cecilia Llompart, Kaveh Akbar)

Week 2: Time & Relationships 
Writing & Reading (Hanif Willis Abdurraqib, Ada Limón)

Week 3: Time & Appearance 
Writing, Reading (Blythe Baird, Daniel Garcia, Jan Beatty, C. Samuel Rees), & Editing

Week 4: Time & Mental & Spiritual Health 
Writing, Reading (Toi Dericotte, Kaveh Akbar), Editing, & Recording

Week 5: Time & Community 
Writing & Reading (Ada Limón, Siaara Freeman)

Week 6: Time & Society 
Writing, Reading (Natalie Diaz, Craig Santos Perez), & Recording

View Kelsey May’s credentials here. Questions? Email kelseymayfraser (at) gmail (dot) com.