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Artist Take Over Downtown Grand Rapids (GALLERY)

You know Art.Downtown means business when alleyways are filled with different drawings and paintings.

By Lauren Winther

Approximately 4,000 people took over downtown Grand Rapids on Friday to participate in Avenue for the Arts fifth year of Art.Downtown.

“This is my third year coming out.” said Cameron Vicksburg, 34, of Grand Rapids.

Vicksburg favorite part of the event was checking out different art with family and friends.

“I love seeing great art with great people,” Vicksburg said. “Plus it’s a beautiful day out, what more could you want for free?”

The one night event began at 6 p.m. and lasted until 11 p.m., welcoming all to check out different venues throughout the downtown area.

The Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids Community College, the DeVos Convention Center-Skywalk and Kendall College were among the 35 different sites.

Attendee Trisha Wilcox, 23, of Holland, was able to checkout 24 of the 35 different venues.

“I made it my goal to go and see as many venues as possible,” said Wilcox. “I wanted to be sure that I’ve seen most of them, if not all of them, before I could tell someone which venue was my favorite. As of now, my favorites are Black Eagle Trading Post, Kendall College or GRCC.”

Many Attendees traveled via trolley or by foot to reach each destination, bringing a whole new element to the event.

“I’ve never been on a trolley,” said Alexis Tillman, 26. “I’m excited that this will be my first time, and it’ll be completely free.”

For its fifth year, Art.Downtown was a successful at bringing a large crowd and kicking off the spring season.

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