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Urban Lights: Illuminating the neighborhood

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Avenue for the Arts is holding its annual Urban Lights event along South Division Avenue.  Local artists will be partnering up with businesses in the district to bring you great handmade gifts.  If you have a hard to buy for person on your list this is the perfect opportunity for you to find something that you can be sure they don’t already have.  Local businesses in the district like, Sanctuary Folk Art, Heartside Gallery, The DAAC and Vertigo Music, will have extended hours for you to check out the selection and find just want you’re looking for.  Local artists will be set up in pop-up shops in a few of the vacant space along the Avenue turning them from an empty store front to an artist market for this evening of illumination.

Grand Rapids Avenue for the Arts live/work space artists will also be inviting shoppers to find that unique and perfect holiday gift. Over 10 spaces will be featuring amazing handmade gifts including paintings, prints, photos, handmade jewelry,  pursues, home decor items and all unique and perfect for the person who already has it all!

When your ready to take a break from the shopping head over to 101 S. Division where Grand Valley State Universities curatorial class is hosting a gallery opening. Titled Reset the show focuses on breaking and fixing. The exhibit will explore the efficacy of solutions along with insightful representations of problems.

Come out to find those special gifts for the people in your life and see all that the Avenue of the Arts has to offer. Conveniently located only a few blocks from the Van Andel Arena and ample on street parking is available.  The Urban Light Event takes place Friday December 10th from 6:00 to 11:00 pm, between Wealthy and Fulton Street. Come find something for that someone who isn’t just someone while exploring Grand Rapids growing arts district.

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