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Five local galleries showcase ArtPrize entries

Five local art galleries in the downtown area are participating in ArtPrize this year. They are showcasing both local and international artists, most with comprehensive themed exhibitions and extra events.
Wash at (106) Gallery by Jamey Grimes

Wash at (106) Gallery by Jamey Grimes /Courtesy of ArtPrize

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Local Gallery ArtPrize Hours

(106) Gallery

Mon-Thurs 12:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.

Fri & Sat 12:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.

Sunday 12:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m.

Keep up with them year round on Facebook


Craft House

Mon-Thurs 5:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.

Fri & Sat 12:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.

Sunday 12:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m.

Keep up with them year round on Facebook


Glitter Milk

Mon-Thurs 5:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.

Fri & Sat 12:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.

Sunday 12:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m.

Keep up with them year round on Facebook


GRCC Collins Art Gallery

Mon-Thurs 5:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.

Fri & Sat 12:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.

Sunday 12:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m.

Keep up with them year round on their website


Heartside Gallery and Studio

Mon-Thurs 5:00 a.m.- 12:00 a.m.

Fri & Sat 5:00 a.m.- 12:00 a.m.

Sunday 5:00 a.m.- 12:00 a.m.

Keep up with them year round on Facebook

With over 174 venues participating in ArtPrize this year, five of them exist as exhibiting galleries year round within the ArtPrize boundaries.

Calvin College’s (106) Gallery (106 South Division Avenue) has created an exhibition called "Reflexion." Nine artists explore the theme of bending back by contemplating memory and identity, and the properties of light and line.

During ArtPrize (106) will have a free demo going on in their space, titled 'Build Your Own Paper Pram,' osted by ArtPrize artist Kathryn Trumbull Fimreite. The demo will be held on September 29 from 1-3 p.m. In this case, a pram is a small boat.

"[The pram] serves as a metaphor for something that carries life experiences- stories, memories or lessons," says Bakker.

Craft House, just up the street at 40 Division, is featuring local artist Alaina Clarke for ArtPrize this year in the show "Curated Love." 

"She is a metalsmith but for this project has chosen to work with paper (recycled love letters to be exact), cutting, folding and sculpting racquetball-sized, multi-faceted, gem-like objects. For Alaina, this project is an exercise of love, a meditation on words and paper, on the deeply embedded meanings associated with a hand-written letter and on how those meanings are changed or lost in contemporary technology,” says founder Amanda Carmer. 

Craft House will host a reception on October 3 from 6-9 p.m. in conjunction with the other Avenue for the Arts venues for the monthly First Fridays Gallery Walk event which falls during ArtPrize.

“As a small but mighty gallery we're excited for the broad audience that ArtPrize provides," says Carmer. “[I am] personally excited about the juried prize award being equal to the public vote prize.”

GlitterMilk (901 Alpine Ave NW), owned by Miranda Sharp, has an exhibition titled "The League of Extraordinary Ladies" that features the work of artists Laurie Langford and Angelina LeDrew-Bonvarlez.

“Glitter = Gaudy. Milk= Nectar of Life. Glitter Milk Gallery...showcases local and global artists with a wide range of styles. Illustration, graphic design, pop surrealism, lowbrow and sculpture all meld into exciting shows. Glitter Milk aims to combine the high and low art world, making art accessible for all who would like to enjoy it. All things garish, loud and extravagant pique our interest.” says the Glitter Milk site. The installation pays tribute to the self-made communities among women with hand-painted and embellished "gang" vests, and a variety of other mixed-media art.

GRCC Collins Art Gallery (143 Bostwick N.E.) has been a venue since the first ArtPrize and is hosting seven ArtPrize entries this year encompassing mixed media pieces, video, surrealist and archival photography, paintings, ceramics and pottery.

Heartside Gallery and Studio (48 S. Division Ave.) will show “Unchain the Neighborhood” in their large front windows. The Heartside neighborhood and Division Avenue corridor have changed a lot in the 30 years the ministry’s been working in the neighborhood and the exhibition seeks to address these changes through the eyes of neighborhood artists whose voices are not always heard in these changes, says gallery director Sarah Scott.

Each gallery will be open for visitors to view their entries during official ArtPrize hours, with extended hours for some

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