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2017-11-09 Holiday Recital Contributed by Lynne Long
The Grand Rapids Arts Council is again sponsoring the annual holiday piano recital presented by the students of Lynne E. Long. This year’s theme is “Christmas Is Jesus”. Engaging narration and interactive songs will bring the biblical story of Christ’s birth to the hearts of all. The program will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 3rd in the New Life Community Church, 17679 Woodburn Ave., in Grand Rapids. Students performing will be Hannah Bechstein, Miriam Born, Nathaniel Born, Audrey Day, Henri Day, Kaylee Eberly, Isabelle Godosky, Ava Harper, Ella Hartman, Ben Hergert, Eli Hergert, Naomi Hergert, Ruth Hergert, Gabriella Hoag, Jason Hoag, Zach Jones, Alexander Landgraf, Brooke Simon, Kendal Simon, Olivia Weaver, Aaron Yaney, Madelyn Yaney, and Moira Yaney. Narrators will be Kaylee Eberly, Ben Hergert, and Brooke Simon. The public is cordially invited to attend. Please come and hear your favorite Christmas carols.
2017-11-06 Silent Movie at Historic Town Hall Contributed by Lynne Long
A silent movie will be shown in the historic Grand Rapids Town Hall during the village’s Christmas Open House on Saturday, November 18, at 7:00 pm. Harold Lloyd stars in Safety Last! His comic genius is eternal. Chaplin is the sweet innocent, Keaton the stoic outsider, but Lloyd – the modern guy striving for success – is us. This film is the perfect introduction to Lloyd with its torrent of perfectly-executed gags and astonishing stunts. Harold plays a small-town bumpkin trying to make it in the big city, where he finds employment as a lowly department store clerk. He comes up with a wild publicity stunt to draw attention to the store, resulting in an incredible feat on his part that gets him started on the climb to success.
Accompaniment for the movie will be provided by Lynne Long. She is a cum laude graduate in piano performance from BGSU. Lynne regularly performs musical programs ranging from sacred to ragtime and maintains a music studio of 28 students. For today’s movie, she chose 62 songs with which she forms a continuous medley to provide an uninterrupted accompaniment to this film.
Admission to the movie is by donation with all proceeds going to the Grand Rapids Arts Council.
2017-11-06 Gingerbread Houses Contributed by Lynne Long
The Grand Rapids Arts Council is sponsoring a special event for children during the Village’s Christmas Open House in the village. On Saturday, November 18, 2016, children are invited to make gingerbread houses in the Old Fire Station from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. There is no cost for this fun activity, and the gingerbread houses and all supplies will be included. Cookies and hot chocolate will be served. We invite you to exercise your creativity to start off your Christmas season!
2017-09-17 13th Harvest Moon Gala Contributed by Lynne Long
The Grand Rapids Arts Council is excited to announce its upcoming Harvest Moon Gala to be held on Sunday, October 29, from 5:00 – 8:30 pm at Nazareth Hall. This annual fundraising event includes a delicious fall dinner prepared by the Nazareth Hall chef and served by staff, a silent auction, door prizes, and entertainment by Mark Nizer.
The silent auction will feature original art by local artists and items and services donated by businesses and supporters of the arts. Door prizes are generous gift certificates from local restaurants. Presentation of the Grand Rapids Volunteer of the Year will also be held during the evening.
Mark Nizer is one of the greatest entertainment comedians and jugglers performing today. He has opened for scores of celebrities, and he wows audiences from the Lincoln Center in New York to the Kennedy Center in Washington. He’s the winner of the prestigious International Juggling Championships. Don’t miss the combination of original comedy, world-class juggling, movement, music and technology that promises a spellbinding evening.
2017-06-17 13th Annual Sunset Jazz & Art Fest Call for Artists Contributed by Lynne Long
The annual Sunset Jazz and Art Festival sponsored by the Grand Rapids Arts Council will be held Sunday, August 20, 2016 from 2:00 p.m. until dusk along the towpath of the Maumee River in Grand Rapids, Ohio. This event will feature a juried art show and sale, jazz performances, along with food and beverages.
Artists wishing to participate will be asked to submit three photos, displaying close-ups of their work by July 10th. All work must be original, hand-produced of the entrant. Artists will be selected by a panel of judges consisting of art educators and members of the Grand Rapids community.
Due to space restrictions, we will limit the number of participants and provide a 10 x 10 space to each. Exhibitors must furnish their own tables, chairs, display materials and tents, if desired. There will be a $50 fee per booth. For an application, download the form below.
2017-06-17 13th Annual Sunset Jazz & Art Fest Contributed by Lynne Long
The Thirteenth Annual Sunset Jazz & Art Fest will be held August 20, 2017 from 2:00 p.m. until dusk in Grand Rapids, Ohio. The Grand Rapids Arts Council is pleased to announce the continuing support of Georgeann Kohn’s Optical Shop as The Presenting Sponsor for the eighth consecutive year. This spring, GRAC was awarded a grant from the Cultural Arts Fund of Wood County, Inc., specifically for the Jazz Fest. And the event would not take place without the local support from many Grand Rapids businesses, resident jazz lovers, and the Grand Rapids Historical Society. With the help of all the sponsors, this event is still FREE!
This regional festival is held on the towpath behind the merchants on Front Street, nestled between the canal and the Maumee River in the village. The canal and the river provide a gorgeous setting for attendees to enjoy the best jazz musicians that Northwest Ohio has to offer. Suzanne Carroll, former host of The Jazz Brunch radio show Sundays on 101.5 “The River”, will be the emcee once again for the day. In addition, the Grand Rapids Boy Scouts will sell hot dogs, pulled pork sandwiches and other food items, as well as water and soft drinks. The Arts Council will sell beer and wine. All downtown businesses will also be open during the festival. It is a true community event!
Performers lined up for the 2017 Sunset Jazz & Art Festival are: 2:30 – 3:30 pm, Big Band BG; 3:45 – 4:45 pm, Elle Martin; 5:00 – 6:00 pm, Bob Rex; 6:15 – 7:15, Sixth Edition featuring Kim Beuhler, Lori LeFevre and Lisa Young; and 7:30 – close, headliner Evelyn Wright. A professional vocalist for over 30-plus years, Evelyn has been entertaining like no other in the styles of jazz, R&B, and pop. She was awarded the Jazz Legend Award from Tri-C Community College in 2008. Awards include Best Female Vocalist in 1985 in conjunction with public broadcasting station WCPN. Evelyn has toured throughout the U.S. and Canada performing in the top nightclubs and concert halls.
Regional juried artists will also be on hand displaying and selling fine art.
For additional festival information, please contact The Sunset Jazz & Art Festival Musical Director, Tim Tiderman at 419-283-7648. For additional comment on the presenting sponsorship, contact Georgeann Kohn at The Optical Shop, 419-536-6520. For artist information, call 419-832-5664. Google odotdistrict2, Current Construction Projects, regarding possible Grand Rapids bridge closing (Route 295).
Please join us in this beautiful setting for a lovely day of enjoyable jazz, art, food, and drink. Please leave your coolers at home, but you are encouraged to bring chairs and blankets!
2017-04-02 Easter Egg Hunt Contributed by Lynne Long
It’s time for an EGGcellent Hunt! The Grand Rapids Care Center and the Grand Rapids Arts Council are sponsoring an Easter Egg Hunt at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 15. The event will be held at the Care Center, 24201 West Third Street in Grand Rapids. Age groups are 0-3, 4-6, and 7-9. Local businesses are donating money for candy and small prizes, the Care Center residents are filling the eggs (1500 of them!), and there will be 2 special prizes from the Arts Council per age group. Bring your basket and join the fun!
2017-02-25 March 20th Garden Club Invitation Contributed by Nancy Everett
The Grand Rapids Arts Council now sponsors a Garden Club and invites the community to be a part of this community beautification effort.
2017-02-20 2017 Membership Drive Contributed by Lynne Long
The Grand Rapids Arts Council's annual membership drive is underway. If you are interested in becoming a member, please complete and return the Membership Form below.
2017-02-20 2017 Volunteer of the Year Contributed by Lynne Long
Do you know of a citizen in the Otsego community who gives tirelessly and effectively to improve our larger community? If so, please fill out the Nomination Form for the Grand Rapids Arts Council Volunteer of the Year. The award will be presented at GRAC’s Harvest Moon Gala, which will be held on Sunday, October 29th at Nazareth Hall. You can mail your form to the address above.
2016-11-21 Holiday Piano Recital Contributed by Lynne Long
The Grand Rapids Arts Council is again sponsoring the annual holiday piano recital presented by the students of Lynne E. Long. This year’s theme is “Christmas Customs Around the World”. Narrators will read about customs from nine different countries, and students will perform Christmas carols and selections associated with each one. The program will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 4th in the First Presbyterian Church in Grand Rapids. Students performing will be Hannah Bechstein, Miriam Born, Nathaniel Born, Henri Day, Abby Eberly, Kaylee Eberly, Jacob Fritz, Isabelle Godosky, Ava Harper, Ella Hartman, Ben Hergert, Eli Hergert, Naomi Hergert, Ruth Hergert, Gabriella Hoag, Jason Hoag, Bethany Horen, Jason Jones, Zach Jones, Alexander Landgraf, Brooke Simon, Morgan Simon, Olivia Weaver, Aaron Yaney, Madelyn Yaney, and Moira Yaney. The public is cordially invited to attend. Please come and hear your holiday favorites!
2016-10-31 Silent Movie Contributed by Lynne Long
The Grand Rapids Arts Council is sponsoring a silent movie during the Christmas Open House in Grand Rapids, Ohio. It will be presented in the Historic Grand Rapids Town Hall at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 19th.
The Freshman was Harold Lloyd’s biggest box-office hit. The silent comedy is a gem, featuring the befuddled everyman at his eager best as a new college student. He dreams of being a big man on campus, but his plans inevitably go hilariously awry, be it on the football field or at the fall dance. Lloyd was an American actor, comedian, film director, film producer, screenwriter, and stunt performer. This family-friendly film is a gleeful showcase for Lloyd’s slapstick brilliance and charm.
The movie will be accompanied by Lynne Long on piano. She has a real knack for slipping show tunes, classical selections, and anything else she can think of into these movies, and she has a fun time doing it. Long is a cum laude graduate of BGSU in piano performance and has maintained a private studio in her home since the early ‘70’s. She has been a member of the Ohio Music Teachers Association for many years, and now serves as secretary of the Wood-Ottawa chapter and holds a Permanent Professional Certificate from OMTA. Lynne was a charter member of the Grand Rapids Arts Council and now serves as president of that organization. She is a board member of the Historical Society of Grand Rapids and coordinates the summer outdoor musical series, “Rhythm on the River.” Lynne performs in churches and presents programs in a variety of venues, as well as being a collaborative pianist at BGSU.
Admission is by donation. People of all ages will enjoy this timeless classic!
2016-10-31 Gingerbread Houses Contributed by Lynne Long
The Grand Rapids Arts Council is sponsoring a special event for children during the Village’s Open House in the village. On Saturday, November 19, 2016, children are invited to make gingerbread houses in the Old Fire Station from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. There is no cost for this fun activity, and the gingerbread houses and all supplies will be included. Cookies and hot chocolate will be served. We invite you to exercise your creativity to start off your Christmas season!
2016-10-31 Harvest Moon Gala Contributed by Lynne Long
The Harvest Moon Gala, sponsored by the Grand Rapids Arts Council, was held on October 23, 2016, in the Ladyglen Ballroom at Nazareth Hall. Brien Sewell, choir director at Otsego Local Schools, served as emcee of the event and welcomed over 175 guests during the 5:00 social hour. Those present wandered among over 40 silent auction items donated by area artists, businesses, and supporters of the arts. Items included glass creations by Baker O’Brien; paintings by Becky Shepard, Ali Drozdowicz, and Brian Burchett; mosaic glass window by Gail Christofferson; handblown jewelry by Madelyn Kannen; and all-alpaca items from the Natural Fiber and Yarn Store. A delicious meal prepared by the Nazareth Hall chef was enjoyed by all.
After the meal, president Lynne Long recognized the creative, hard-working Arts Council board members: Lydia Allen, Beth Brown, Karia Cocke, Robin Dudley, Nancy Everitt, Russ Everitt, Rita Foos, Madelyn Kannen, Gary Loboschefski, Nila O’Brien, Dr. Dorinda Shelley, and Diana Pulschen Votava. She also thanked those present who contributed auction items.
Tom Gordon, recipient of the 2015 Volunteer of the Year award, read remarks on the new honoree, Dick Keifer, written by his daughter Jody Lewis. Her script read:
"This year’s Volunteer of the Year can be described as simple, calm, even-keeled and generous. He is a graduate of Grand Rapids High School and is a life-long resident of Grand Rapids. A former machinist at Johns Manville, he retired in 2012 and has spent a good majority of his life serving and helping others. Our honoree is a 45-year veteran of the Grand Rapids Fire Department and has been the Assistant Fire Chief since 1988. He is a first responder and was an EMT with the local ambulance service when it was formed in 1975. He is a two-time recipient of the Hero Award, which recognizes people for actions that demonstrate the potential of every individual to have a positive effect on the quality of life in our society.
Our Volunteer of the Year has served as a coach for Grand Rapids Youth Baseball and Softball and has assisted with tractor pull clean up for the Otsego Athletic Boosters. During the winter months, he is often seen plowing snow for various residents throughout the village. He also provides respite care and assistance for several local shut-ins and seniors.
He is one of the founding members of the Henry Wood Sportman’s Alliance and enjoys hunting, fishing gardening, spending time with family and attending his grandkids’ sporting events and concerts."
Dick was presented with a certificate and a handblown vase by Baker O’Brien.
The drawing for door prizes followed, with gift certificates donated by Fernando’s, Knucklehead’s Kafe, LaRoe’s Restaurant, Memory Lane Classics, Miss Lily’s, Snyder’s Pizza and Subs, and Rita’s Dairy Bar
Entertainment was provided by Spittin’ Image, identical twin brothers who love to sing and play their instruments. They mix their excellent talent with comedy, high energy, and audience participation. Their entertaining program was enjoyed by all.
Pictured below left: Volunteer of the Year Dick Keifer and Board Member Gary Loboschefski Pictured below right: Kaitlan Stockhorst and Emcee Brien Sewell
2016-06-18 Art Camp 2016 Contributed by Lynne Long
The Grand Rapids Arts Council’s Art Camp was held June 13-17 at Hosanna Lutheran Church. Instructors Jo Ascunce, Brian Preston, and Kathy Donahue enjoyed 33 students from the Otsego area. The theme was “Mexican Fiesta” and was carried out through all activities.
Kathy chose children’s literature to read, including “The Three Little Tamales” by Eric A. Kimmell, “Cinderella” by William Wegman, “A Mexican Cinderella Story: Adelita” by Tomie dePaola, and “Cultural Traditions in Mexico” by Lynn Peppas.
Brian instructed students in Mexican crafts: sombreros, tissue flowers, beaded bracelets, vests and maracas.
Jo directed an enjoyable musical program which featured “Las Piñata”, “De Colores” (which employed some Spanish words), “Don Gato” (a ballad about a cat), “La Bamba” (using the maracas students made), and “Mexican Hat Dance” (incorporating dance). The program for parents was presented at 11:00 Friday, and a large crowd enjoyed the children’s performance.
Following that was a potluck lunch, and several Mexican food items were enjoyed by all, along with hot dogs, chips, and cookies. The teachers reported that all students were well-behaved, receptive, and eager to try new things. The Arts Council sincerely thanks the teachers, students and parents who participated. It was a fun week for all!
2016-06-15 Call for Artists Contributed by Lynne Long
The annual Sunset Jazz and Art Festival sponsored by the Grand Rapids Arts Council will be held Sunday, August 21, 2016 from 2:00 p.m. until sunset along the towpath of the Maumee River in Grand Rapids, Ohio. This event will feature a juried art show and sale, jazz performances, along with food and beverages.
Artists wishing to participate will be asked to submit three photos, displaying close-ups of their work by June 27, 2016. All work must be original, hand-produced of the entrant. Artists will be selected by a panel of judges consisting of art educators and members of the Grand Rapids community. Acceptance will be confirmed by July 15th.
Due to space restrictions, we will limit the number of participants and provide a 10 x 10 space to each. Exhibitors must furnish their own tables, chairs, display materials and tents, if desired. There will be a $50 fee per booth. For an application, please phone 419-832-ARTS or visit our website.
The application form is available for download below.
2016-05-13 Elementary School Art Camp Registration Contributed by Lynne Long
The Grand Rapids Arts Council will be sponsoring its annual Art Camp for elementary-age students from June 13-17. Each session will run from 9:00 – 11:30 a.m. and will be held at Hosanna Lutheran Church, 12019 Kellogg Road, Grand Rapids. The instructors this year will be Jo Ascunce, Brian Preston, and Kathy Donahue. On Friday of that week, a program will be presented by the children at 11:00, followed by a potluck lunch. The Arts Council will provide hot dogs, chips, drink, and cookies. The theme this year is “It’s Fiesta Time.” Children will need to bring a plain white tee shirt to dye. Registration forms will be sent home with Otsego Elementary School students before the end of the school year. If children living in the district do not attend Otsego Schools and would like to attend the art camp, please call 419-832-ARTS and a registration form will be sent to you. Cost for the first child is $25.00; for a second, $20.00; and for a third, $15.00 Space is limited, so please send in your registration form and check early!
2016-05-04 Another Successful Run to the Rapids! Contributed by Rita Foos
In July 2012, Julie Pontasch was diagnosed with ALS, Lou Gehrig’s disease. She was President of the Grand Rapids Arts Council and a champion of music and art. That fall I conjured up this run idea. My now daughter in-law, who is an avid runner and lived in Grand Rapids, came up with a route; and the work began. I volunteered at a run in Rossford and met Ed O’Reilly who overwhelmed me with information and ideas. The first run was planned for April 2013. I chose April because Julie’s birthday is April 29.
This year the Run to the Rapids was April 16th. We had 187 entries and 37 community volunteers to cheer runners on at every corner. And oh what a course we have! You start with an incline and a turn on to our Front Street; you turn and head out to Third Street. When you make that turn on to Third Street you see the hill! The only good thing is the route back-tracks and you get the decline too. You finally make it to the park for a little cross-county trail and the last challenge is the six steps up and six steps down, but there are course marshals there to assist. What a glorious finish running the towpath, riverside on a beautiful Saturday morning.
Every year we give 75% of our profits to ALS, of Northwest Ohio. The other monies are put in a fund for a memorial for Julie. I am so excited and pleased to announce our goal is to work with the Village of Grand Rapids to have a music park. Visit www.playlsi.com to see the opportunities to bring music to your ears right here in Grand Rapids, Ohio and the music landscape structures we are interested in.
2016-03-02 Run to the Rapids Contributed by Lynne Long
Lace up your running shoes and join the Grand Rapids Arts Council on Saturday, April 16, for the Run to the Rapids 5K race in Grand Rapids, Ohio. We are continuing with a one-mile walk just in case you do not have time to train for the full three-mile race. This is our fourth year to host this run to bring awareness to ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease) and support the Northwest Ohio ALS Chapter.
The race takes off at Bluebell Island Park at 9:00 a.m. and runs through the business district on Front Street, turns at West Street, snakes out through side streets, over railroad tracks, up and down a few hills, and returns to follow the towpath to Mary Jane Thurston Park. After a loop through the park, the race will cross the step-bridge at the dam and finish the last lap on the river side of the canal. Because the race has road running, cross country, and a step-bridge, it is a unique and challenging opportunity for runners of all levels. With the encouragement of community members volunteering, donations from the businesses, and the support of Village Council, we are developing quite the reputation of a premier race.
Early registration is $20.00; this includes a goody bag and tee shirt. Late registration or on the day of the race is $25.00. Details are on registration forms. You may pick up a form at Washer’s Laundromat or Dave’s Running Shop in Perrysburg. You may also find more information online at www.grandrapidsartscouncil.org. We also offer online registration at www.runsignup.com.
We are always looking for volunteers to cheer on the runners. Contact the race director, Rita Foos, at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up to volunteer or if you have any questions about the race. We look forward to seeing everyone ready to run or help out at this fun event!
2016-03-01 - Arts Council Member Drive Contributed by Lynne Long
The Grand Rapids Arts Council is conducting its annual membership drive. A full slate of events is planned for 2016, and we hope you will join us. The membership letter and membership application are online at this website, as well as on the GRAC website, www.grandrapidsartscouncil.org. An individual membership is still only $10 and a family membership is $20. The application and check can be mailed to GRAC, P.O. Box 234, Grand Rapids, Ohio 43522. Please fill out the survey on the application form as this greatly aids the Council in planning our yearly schedule. There is also a form on the application where you can nominate a deserving citizen for Volunteer of the Year.
2016-02-14 - Spring Painting Party Contributed by Lynne Long
The Grand Rapids Arts Council is sponsoring a Spring Painting Party! Join artist Debra Buchanan for an evening of relaxed fun and creativity. With step-by-step instructions, complete a lovely floral design painting to take home at the end of class. All materials will be provided including a 16” x 20” canvas, paint, brushes, and easels. Debra will work with all individuals to ensure success and no artistic skills are needed. Come, paint, create, meet new friends, or bring a friend or two with you – guaranteed fun for all. The paints will stain clothing, so dress appropriately or bring a smock to wear.
Debra Buchanan is an award-winning artist having exhibited nationally, regionally and locally. Her work is represented and can be seen at the Toledo Museum of Art’s Collector’s Corner. Trained at Columbus College of Art and Design, she went on to earn a Master’s in Education from BGSU. Debra works with and teaches at a number of artist organizations, senior centers, and art supply stores, offering a variety of classes all designed for the inexperienced to the accomplished artist, ensuring a maximum level of success while at the same time conveying educational concepts and techniques.
The class will be held on Thursday, March 31, 2016 at the Old Fire Station in Grand Rapids. The cost is $40.00 and checks should be out to G.R.A.C. Please call 419-832-ARTS to register, and a form will be sent to you. BYOB, if you wish. Please join us for a fun, creative evening with Debra!
The Harvest Moon Gala, sponsored by the Grand Rapids Arts Council, was held on October 25, 2015 at Nazareth Hall. Gary Loboschefski, board member of the Arts Council, served as emcee. Guests present spent time perusing the forty-plus items of the silent auction, including glass creations by Dominick Labino and Baker O’Brien; paintings by Becky Shepard and Ali Drozdowicz; and a mosaic glass window by Gail Christofferson. The served meal was prepared by the Nazareth Hall Chef. Karen Zapiecki, who passed away this fall, was recognized with a special award. Chrissy and Alisa Zapiecki, daughters of Karen, accepted the recognition award on behalf of Karen’s family. Karen was honored for her contributions to the Otsego community via Art Camp, Vacation Bible School, Otsego Music Boosters, and summer musicals. After the meal, Chuck Thomas, first recipient of the Volunteer of the Year award, presented this year’s award to Tom Gordon. Tom was born and raised in Grand Rapids and served in the Air Force from 1954-1958. He and his wife Betty are faithful members of Calvary United Methodist Church, where Tom has served as treasurer and lay leader. Tom retired from Chrysler in 1999 after working there for 31 years. He currently serves as Master of the Grand Rapids Masonic Lodge. But he is still working – for anyone who needs assistance. He shovels walks, fixes porches, installs lights, and the list goes on and on. Tom’s love of country is evident when he speaks on citizenship, heroism and sacrifice at Memorial Day services. Door prizes, including gift certificates to LaRoe’s Restaurant, Fernando’s, Knucklehead’s Kafe, and Visions Spa and Salon were drawn. Entertainment was provided by Dueling Pianos, and all enjoyed their entertaining, lively, and humorous program. In fact, they were awarded a standing ovation. The Gala is the main fundraiser for the Grand Rapids Arts Council. It provides funding for events of the council throughout the year: children’s summer art camp in June, Art in the Old Fire Station craft for children in July, Sunset Jazz and Art Fest in August, Children’s Area during the Applebutter Fest in October, Holiday Crafts for Children and Silent Movie during the Village Christmas Open House in November, and Holiday Piano Recital in December. In addition, the Council supports dance classes, sponsors art classes for children and adults, and helps fund activities of the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce.
November 2015 - Homemade Soap 101 at the Old Fire Station
On November 21 from 10am until noon the Arts Council will sponsor a class in homemade soaps. Karen McGilvery from Abundance Soaps will teach the basics to create awesome vegetable based natural soaps from scratch. This will be a hands on demonstration using lye. Participants should bring yellow Playtex gloves and safety goggles, and wear work clothes. Each participant will receive 2 bars of soap. Advanced registration required. Class cost $30.
November 2015 - The Gold Rush
The Gold Rush is a 1925 American silent comedy film written, produced, and directed by Charlie Chaplin. This movie will be shown at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 21, in the historic Grand Rapids Town Hall. This first feature-length comedy by Chaplin charts a hapless prospector’s search for fortune in the Klondike and his discovery of romance with the beautiful Georgia Hale. This movie cemented the iconic status of Chaplin and his Little Tramp character. It was shot on location in the Sierra Nevadas and featured such timeless gags as Chaplin’s dance of the dinner rolls and meal of boiled shoe leather. The movie will be accompanied by Lynne Long on piano. She has a real knack for slipping show tunes, classical selections, and anything else she can think of into these movies, and she has a fun time doing it. Long is a cum laude graduate of BGSU in piano performance and has maintained a private studio in her home since the early ‘70’s. She has been a member of the Ohio Music Teachers Association for many years, and now serves as secretary of the Wood-Ottawa chapter and holds a Permanent Professional Certificate from OMTA. Lynne was a charter member of the Grand Rapids Arts Council and now serves as president of that organization. She is a board member of the Historical Society of Grand Rapids and coordinates the summer outdoor musical series, “Rhythm on the River.” Lynne performs in churches and presents programs in a variety of venues, as well as being a collaborative pianist at BGSU. The movie is sponsored by the Arts Council, and admission is by donation. People of all ages will enjoy this timeless classic!
November 2015 - Gingerbread Houses for Kids
On November 21, during Grand Rapids Christmas Open House, the Grand Rapids Arts Council is sponsoring a craft for children. The Council will provide gingerbread houses for kids to decorate from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. The houses, icing, and decorations will be provided. And refreshments will be available! Please join us in the Old Fire Station and exhibit your yummy creativity for the holidays!
November 2015 - Nativity Scenes
Do you have a nativity scene that you would like to share? The Chamber of Commerce is inviting everyone to bring their nativity scenes to the Old Fire House on November 19 to be on display for the day. The Chamber of Commerce will be there from 8 to 10AM to help you set up your display. If you have special information about your nativity set bring the information with you on a card that we can set up with the display (like if it is homemade, came from a special place, received for a special occasions, etc..). The displays will be taken down by 5. If you have any question please call Judi Tonjes at 419-8 32-7135.
November 2015 - Home Brewing Class
On November 27 from 8am to noon Black Friday Home Brewing Class is being offered by the Grand Rapids Art Council. Adult education professional and home brewer, Alex Drozdowicz, will be brewing a Blonde Ale using a grain steeping along with malt extract method at the Old Fire Station. Each participant will brew their own batch, and come away with about 5 gallons (45 bottles) of craft beer, and the equipment to make more. Two weeks after, the participants will meet again to bottle their beer. Each participant needs to bring their own recycled bottles. Advanced registration required. The cost is $140 which includes brewing kit and ingredients. Contact Alex (419.490.5609) for the price if you would like to participate and have your own brewing equipment.
November 2015 - Holiday Recital
The Christmas Window, a musical, will be presented by the piano students of Lynne Long on Sunday, December 6 at 3:00 p.m. in the First Presbyterian Church in Grand Rapids. This program will feature both secular and sacred symbols of Christmas with accompanying songs. Students participating will be: Nathaniel Born, Ava Bowen, Abby Eberly, Kaylee Eberly, Jacob Fritz, Isabelle Godosky, Ella Hartman, Elijah Hergert, Joshua Hergert, Naomi Hergert, Ruth Hergert, Gabriella Hoag, Jason Hoag, Bethany Horen, Jason Jones, Zach Jones, Christian Morgan, Micha Shank, Brooke Simon, Kendal Simon, Morgan Simon, Ben Van Slyck, Olivia Weaver, Aaron Yaney, Madelyn Yaney, and Moira Yaney. The recital is sponsored by the Grand Rapids Arts Council and the public is cordially invited to attend this free program of holiday favorites!
September 2015 - Woodcarving Classes
The Arts Council is excited to announce the next classes offered to area residents. Jean McDonald has been wood carving for 25 years and teaching the art for over 10 years. She is currently on the teaching schedule at John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, North Carolina, The 577 Foundation in Perrysburg, and Woodcraft, Toledo.
She will be teaching two classes on her art. The first class will be how to “Relief Carve a Cheese Cutting Board” which will be offered on September 8 from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Showcase your cheese and crackers with a hand-carved cutting board. Participants will carve a shallow relief on the back of a small cutting board. This would be a great gift! All levels of carving experience are welcome. Safety, sharpening and technique will be discussed. All tools, safety equipment and blanks will be provided for a cost of $30.00.
“Who’s Your Mummy” is the name of the second class. Carve a linen-wrapped mummy just in time for Halloween! This fun project will certainly become a family heirloom. No previous woodcarving experience is necessary. Safety and technique will be discussed. Tools and supplies will be provided; the cost for this class is also $30.00. This class is scheduled for Saturday, September 19, from 9 a.m. – noon.
Both classes will be held in the Old Fire Station. The registration form is available online at www.grandrapidsartscouncil.org or call 419-832-ARTS and one will be mailed to you. The form and check should be mailed to: Lydia Allen, S-790 Henry Co. Rd. 2, Liberty Center, OH 43532.
September 2015 - Applebutter Fest Children’s Area
Be sure to stop by the Children’s Area at the Fest this year on October 11th. Mike Hemmelgarn, comedic juggler and ventriloquist, will perform at 10 a.m. and 12:00 noon. Two professional jugglers will take the stage at 11 a.m. Joe Lyons, comedic magician and puppeteer, will entertain at 1:00 and 3:00 p.m. And Laurie Skowronski and Kim Hohlbein, Enchanting Entertainers, will delight children with costumes and stories at 2 and 4 p.m. Clowns Happy and Laffy will be set up all day doing face painting, balloon animals, and temporary hair coloring. The Children’s Area is sponsored by The Wood County Hospital and organized by the Grand Rapids Arts Council.
September 2015 - Harvest Moon Gala
The Grand Rapids Arts Council is excited to announce its upcoming Harvest Moon Gala to be held on Sunday, October 25, from 5:00 – 8:30 pm at Nazareth Hall. This annual fundraising event includes a delicious fall dinner prepared by the Nazareth Hall chef and served by staff, a silent auction, door prizes, and entertainment by Dueling Pianos. The silent auction will feature original art by local artists and items and services donated by businesses and supporters of the arts. Presentation of the Grand Rapids Volunteer of the Year will also be held during this event. Dueling Pianos is a team of two keyboardists who provide hilarious comedy and wildly entertaining music. You will sing, cheer, dance, and laugh so hard you’ll be doubled over gasping for breath. You will be thoroughly engaged and entertained, and you can be the star of the show. Cost is $25 per person. Tables seat eight, and early reservations can be made by calling 419-832-ARTS or email email@example.com. Checks can be mailed to GRAC, P.O. 234, Grand Rapids, OH 43522.