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Art brings crowds downtown to Art.Downtown
Art brings crowds downtown to Art.Downtown

by Emma Higgins in OPINION in collaboration with Jonathan Stoner

My singular but jolly criticism of the night was that there was simply not enough time to take in everything that was on offer.

The annual event Art.Downtown took place this past Friday April 13. With over 300 artists and 30 locations it is one of the largest arts related events Grand Rapids has to offer and the entire experience is free. Pre-coverage for the evening was comprehensive this year and it seems that the publicity paid off. By seven p.m. downtown was overflowing. Visitors milled about the venues, occupying the city with a rare atmosphere of engagement and discussion. Packed trolleys whizzed by, picking up and dropping off visitors at the ten designated stops. Attendees scrutinized their maps, eager not to miss any of the action.

My singular but jolly criticism of the night was that there was simply not enough time to take in everything that was on offer. I agonized over who to see and who wasn’t going to make the cut, and this added an unforseen element of stress to the evening.

“I don’t get it,” a show curated by Hunter Bridwell and Amanda Carmer at 40 South Division was one of my first stops. Work included photographs by Annie De Young, collages by Trevor Dobias, photographs by Amanda Carmer, prints by Lucas Schurkamp and an...

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