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.
Shibori [indigo dyeing] mini-workshop with Annie from LIGHT Gallery + Studio
All displayed artwork, books, shelves, candles, jars, etc. inside LIGHT is for sale.
What a beautiful way to shop!
My favorite pieces were from smallholding craft & co. [Mackenzie Lund]
and vanessa autumn.
Trippy painting on display in Smokin’ J’s
Affordable handcrafted wood earrings by jarrod napierkowski
for sale in the UICA gift shop
my husband, Robert Fraser, and good friend, Alexis De Weese
These flowers were part of a multimodal installation and series on mental wellness.
This piece was titled “Self Care isn’t always Pretty.”
This station allowed viewers to respond anonymously. The invitation helped get something off your chest.
Art is everywhere. This beautiful tilework was at one building’s entrance.
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?
Thanks to Bri Ross, Emily Hubbard, Taylor, Lindsey, and Deborah Zillmer, and Jennifer Beardsley for posing!
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
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