By Erica Horoky
Pop surrealism and lowbrow, contemporary art styles rarely found in Grand Rapids’ galleries, are set to make an appearance on March 29 with the opening of Glitter Milk Gallery, an art gallery being finished on Alpine Avenue, about five minutes away from campus.
Despite being a smaller city, it’d be hard to say that Grand Rapids neglects the art scene. There are a handful of art galleries in the downtown area alone, but primarily these galleries focus on fine art.
Miranda Sharp, a graduate of Kendall College, recognized a lack of lowbrow and underground work.
She became interested in curating art when she worked in a gallery last year during Art Downtown, which is affilliated with Avenue of the Arts, but decided to take it a step up and open her own space.
Josh McVety moved his woodworking design shop into the space, too.
Sharp signed the lease on the Alpine Avenue space on Christmas Eve, and construction has been ongoing since the beginning of January. With the help of her partner and friends, the space is being finished at a rate that may allow it to open as soon as spring.
Sharp is planning on showcasing artists of all calibers- regardless of if you’re a student or a well-established artist, your work could be featured at the Glitter Milk Gallery.
“I want to help people start off their careers, but I also want to show artists that are established, “ said Sharp. “I’m not going to discriminate if they are a student, I’m going to base it off their work and portfolio.”
Aspiring artists, fans, and students will also have the opportunity to learn different techniques and mediums through the monthly classes and workshops held by various artists. Sharp hopes to keep all of the workshops in conjunction with the showcased monthly/bi-monthly exhibits.
Sharp urges any interested artists and art fans to frequently check the website www.glittermilkgallery.com for the first open call for art, updates on the construction progress, and any other gallery news.