A few places to visit

A few gems off the beaten path, though I’ve seen things tweeted about most of these as well:

The Spot at 29 Pearl. Well curated, some beautiful pieces, and a good number of them.

Peaches Bed and Breakfast on Gay just off Fulton, not far from College. 29 pieces, if I remember correctly… or maybe 19. Some pieces I liked well, some “eh” to me, but you’re likely to find something you like. Should be able to find on-street parking free close by.

Kent Republican Party Headquarters on Lake Michigan Drive. Also well curated, I really enjoyed most of the pieces here, and the musical piece, which plays over a speaker, really adds to the experience. Possibly my favorite venue – and don’t worry about being approached for the party, a representative is there but won’t engage you in conversation without your initiative. Free parking lot.

City Art Gallery just off Leonard on the bit of Ionia that resumes there. Many pieces, some of which I’ve heard others say were their favorites. My favorites aren’t there, but I did appreciate a lot of the works. Free parking in area.

Monroe Community Church on Monroe just north of the 6th Street bridge. Another well-curated spot worth the stop. Some lovely pieces, free parking in attached lot or across the street.

Mercantile Bank on Fulton just east of Ionia, sign on the building reads “ArtPrize Venue”. The lights are mostly off in here, with the pieces using light to their advantage. Some lovely use of light. About ten pieces.

Open Concept Art Gallery hiding in the top of a building bordered by Fulton on the south and Ionia on the east. Some really good art… and some that seems to be simply trying to illicit reactions with the use of full male and top female nudity. If you don’t mind that it’s worth visiting.

Fountain Street Church, on Fountain street of course, just east of Division across from the GRCC campus. Quite a few pieces, all of which seemed to be aiming to be thought-provoking. I liked some of it, some of it I thought was weird, but that’s “in the eye of the beholder”.


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