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'Jingle and Mingle' at First Friday Art Walk in Grand Rapids

A smiling girl holds a cup of hot chocolate on a snowy street in Grand Rapids, Minn., with craft vendors set up in tents behind her.
Night Makers Market
A young person enjoys the 2022 "Jingle & Mingle" Night Makers Market in Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids has lots going on Friday, Dec. 1, during this monthly celebration of the arts. Plus, there are extra activities to celebrate the holidays.

GRAND RAPIDS — The first Friday of the month is upon us once again, and in downtown Grand Rapids, that means celebrating the arts.

Here's what's happening 4-7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1.

'Jingle and Mingle' 2nd Annual Night Makers Market

The event will take place on First Avenue Northwest with local makers, food and hot beverages, visits with Santa, and fun for people of all ages.

Giinawind Creative Space

Wreaths and more from the Macrostie Art Center’s annual Wreath + Art Auction fundraiser will be on display along with artwork by Indigenous artists and a collection of books by local authors and illustrators.

An evergreen Christmas wreath with a red bow on top and a jingle bell in the middle, accented with red berries
MacRostie Art Center
A wreath from a previous auction at the MacRostie Art Center.

MacRostie Art Center

The annual Northern Spirit Shop holiday marketplace will feature handmade original art and one-of-a-kind gifts. Plus M’lou Brubaker’s jewelry trunk show, wine, and food by Timberlake Restaurant.

Benders Shoes & Gifts

Benders hosts local jeweler Lily Winter who works out of her home studio to cut, solder, etch, enamel and set stones. This year she is working to bring wild color to her jewelry through glass and plating.

A black and white map of downtown Grand Rapids.
Grand Rapids Arts
First Friday locations in downtown Grand Rapids.

Old Central School

Studio 001

Stop by the Garden Level to see Lea Friesen’s painting and printmaking.

Artists in the Attic

Visit the third floor artists in residence: Nelia Harper, Krista Rogers and Leah Yellowbird. Guest artist Serenity Barden from Hibbing will display her abstract paintings.

Move It Real Estate Group

Join Move It Real Estate Group with fresh-popped popcorn, beverages and other refreshments with live holiday piano music from Cathy Shields and Nora Wick, local artisans, and a “Gnomes for Pet Homes” fundraiser. Featured artists include Cydney Gibeau with functional ceramics, Sondra Grover with walnut cooking utensils, Sarah Mell from M Design Studio with jewelry, and Gail O’Gorman with wreaths and more.

Wings ‘N Willows Art Gallery and Custom Framing

Featuring wood-turned vases by Mike Weedman.

The Evergreen

The Evergreen hosts Tricia from Rustic Willow Designs, showcasing her new Rustic Dippings, handcrafted in Pengilly. Denise’s Designs will also display permanent jewelry options.

Rapids Brewing Co.

Presenting Glitterati with live music 7-10 p.m. at the brewery.

VFW Post No. 1720

Live jazz with Tom Schaefer and the Clearwater Hot Club 7-10 p.m.

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