In April 2016, after three years of exhibitions, critiques, and educational events we’re hosting our last exhibition. However, there will be many opportunities to view artwork and connect with the creative community before we close the doors for good. We’re celebrating with an exhibition every Friday in March and April. For a full list of events, scroll down.
I’m thrilled to have the honor of curating our last major Avenue for the Arts event during Art.Downtown on Saturday, April 9th from 12-9pm. Surface Tension will include painting and installation by local artists Ryan Klotz and Ann Chuchvara as well as the ceramic works of Chicago-based artist Jennifer Kaplan. More on this exhibition coming to the blog soon.
If you’re learning about Craft House for the first time, here’s a recap… Craft House is an event-based exhibition space located in downtown Grand Rapids that provides local artists with the opportunity to mount their own exhibitions and a platform to connect with collectors. We anchor one end of the Avenue for the Arts on South Division Avenue, along with the UICA, Spiral Gallery, and, new this year, Neighbor Gallery, a collaboration between Craft House and curator Kate Lewis. Craft House and its staff, which has included many over the years, were instrumental in the emergence and continued success of First Friday events on the Avenue. Over the last three years, Craft House has hosted more than 20 exhibitions, almost one hundred artists, three interns, many open critiques, market events, educational events, an experimental project called The Co-Op, and participated in three years of ArtPrize--receiving juried list nominations for Best Venue and Best 2D Artist in 2013 and 2015 respectively. After such a successful run it will be sad to leave the Avenue.
As I countdown the days to the end of April, I feel the urge to look back at the last three years of exhibitions and creative experiences AND to thank the many, many artists and organizers who contributed their time and talents. These photographs recount just a fraction of those but hopefully serve as an homage to all. Please know, if you ever had a show as an artist or curator, participated in a critique or market, or attended an event at Craft House I am forever grateful to you. You made this project possible. And I’d especially like to thank Hunter Bridwell, Steven Rainey, Brandon Alman, and Dovie Chamma who have all shared with me the living experience of the Gallery. Thank you.
March / April Events
- First Friday March 4, 6-9pm: Elementary | works by Anthony Mead
- Friday March 11, 6-9pm: Semblance | works by Mellissa Redman
- Friday March 18, 6-9pm: Safe Home | photographs by Jeen Na
- Saturday March 19, 12-9pm: GoodbyeGoodbye | a fundraiser and send-off for current Craft House residents Brandon Alman and Dovie Chamma
- Friday March 25, 6-9pm: Tabula Rasa | works by JoLee Kirkikis
- First Friday April 1, 6-9pm: On Reaching Capacity | paintings by Ryan Hay
- Saturday April 9, 12-9pm: Surface Tension | curated by Amanda Carmer Rainey
- Friday April 15, 6-9pm: Meraki | works by Rikki Paepke & Kellyn Sanders
The most recent and last residents of Craft House, Brandon Alman and Dovie Chamma, master minds of our 2015 ArtPrize exhibition, will be saying goodbye to the gallery but hello to a brand new project;
“Studio Chautauqua is a nomadic, creative residency in which we aspire to live and create marbled products off the grid and on the land. Traveling provides an opportunity for creative experimentation, and our products are an attempt to capture the wonder and inspiration of the wide world we call home.
Join us for Studio Chautauqua’s Hello & Goodbye product launch and sale on March 19th, from 12 - 8pm at Craft House. This event will debut our current marbled products, and details about our trip! Stop over and say “hello”, but we aren’t leaving just yet!” -Brandon & Dovie
In May, I will join the crew at Dinderbeck to assist with media and promotions and will continue to serve as an advisory committee member for the Avenue for the Arts.
Brandon and Dovie will embark from West Michigan on a journey through the Southern, Midwestern, and finally Pacific Northwestern US in search of magical lands, creative freedom, and the elusive coniferous tree nymph (not really but you should totally ask them about it).
The gallery will host new occupants TBD.