Kokedama (Moss Ball)
May
30
7:00 PM19:00

Kokedama (Moss Ball)

Kokedama (Moss Ball) // May 30th
25.00

Hosted by Light Gallery + Matthew Provoast

Wednesday, May 30th from 7 to 8pm

Take your regular house plant to the next level and transform it into a whimsical work of art with the popular Japanese practice of Kokedama! You may be thinking "Koka-wtf?"-- or perhaps you're privy to the ever more popular trend, and wonder "Ko-Can I do that?"

Kokedama (苔玉, meaning "Moss Ball") is the art of containing the root system of a plant inside a ball of soil and moss. These fern plants can be hung to create a suspended 'string garden' or simply placed in a decorative dish on a shelf. The effect is impressive, and the process is easier than you might imagine.

With detailed instruction and all your tools provided, you will learn to mold two of your own botanic spheres, and you'll leave with your new creations AND a skill that you'll be able to easily replicate at home. This class is perfect for any green-thumbed friends- but no experience is necessary!  Just come ready to get your hands dirty (soap and water will be provided upon completion).

  • No experience necessary

  • This class is open to ages 14+

  • All materials are provided

  • Refreshments will be served

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Artist Critique and Creative Meditation
Jun
3
2:00 PM14:00

Artist Critique and Creative Meditation

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Artist Critique and Creative Meditation
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Sunday, June 3rd 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Hosted by Light Gallery + Molly Duff

Are you a creative seeking professional feedback on your artwork? Do you enjoy hearing about artist work and meditation? Well this workshop was created for you!

Join Molly as she walks you through her installation, Oasis, which is a traveling show that takes new form in whatever home she finds herself. Her work grows and dies in the same Life/Death/Life cycle that we are all connected to. She is a shapeshifter, a storyteller, a living organism, shedding her light wherever she lands. She grows in love, dies in grace, and comes back to life each time more beautiful and refined than the last.


The class will gather at Light Gallery + Studio to drop off artwork, then walk down to the 307 Space (a few doors down) to view Molly’s installation and hear a brief artist statement. Molly will then guide you through a meditation process, sure to clear your head and prepare you for a constructive artist critique. The group will then meet back at Light Gallery + Studio for light refreshments and feedback from Molly.

  • No artistic experience necessary, but encouraged for critique

  • This class is open to ages 14+

  • All materials are provided to display artwork

  • Refreshments will be served

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Mounted Staghorn Fern
Jun
5
7:00 PM19:00

Mounted Staghorn Fern

Mounted Staghorn Fern // June 5th
45.00

Hosted by Light Gallery + Matthew Provoast

Tuesday, June 5th from 7 to 8pm

Mounted plants are seriously awesome. Think artwork ... but PLANTS!!!

Staghorn Ferns get their name from the large, bifurcated, antler-like fronds that shoot out dramatically from the center of the plant. As epiphytes that grow naturally in the crooks of tree trunks, they're ideal candidates for mounting, as they require little root space to thrive.

Versatile, easy to care for, and massive talking-pieces, mounted staghorn ferns are really coming into their "own" in homes across the nation! Join Matthew Provoast for an evening of getting your hands dirty, learning, laughs and leafy-love creations!

Matthew will guide you through the process of mounting a staghorn fern, their maintenance, and care. This is an all-inclusive workshop where all tools and supplies needed to create your botanical beauty will be provided, but it will be YOU that puts it all together. Students will get to choose from a modern oak plywood or rustic barn wood plaque to mount their fern onto. Please select desired option when purchasing your ticket.

  • No experience necessary

  • This class is open to ages 14+

  • All materials are provided

  • Refreshments will be served

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Modern Calligraphy
Jun
7
6:00 PM18:00

Modern Calligraphy

Modern Calligraphy
35.00

Hosted by Light Gallery + Zoey Devine

Thursday, June 7th 6-8PM

Have you been itching to create your own calligraphy project? Then you will love this beginners workshop that introduces you to modern calligraphy. When you leave, you'll have all of the tools (physically and mentally!) to get working on beautiful, hand lettered pieces.

Zoey will focus on introductions to materials, the basic skills for strokes, and the alphabet. She will introduce you to making words and will bring her collection of fun color markers and different pens you can experiment with!

  • No experience necessary

  • This class is open to ages 14+

  • All materials are provided

  • Refreshments will be served

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Abstract Wall Hanging // June 13th
Jun
13
6:00 PM18:00

Abstract Wall Hanging // June 13th

Abstract Wall Hanging // June 13th
45.00

Hosted by Light Gallery + Brie Moblo

Wednesday, June 13th from 6 to 8pm

Have a corner of your home that is begging for a personalized piece of art? Working on establishing a color palette for your home? Interested in these funky wall hanging tapestries?

All of these are great reasons to join Brie Moblo of @bmotextiles in creating your very own abstract wall hanging. In this workshop, you will begin with an off-white bare canvas and create a beautiful 20”x20” wooden dowel hanging tapestry. The class will start by exploring different types of patterns, shapes, and designs to fit your unique style. Bree will guide you through a variety of painting techniques for fabrics and what would work best to achieve your desired look that will fit perfectly hanging on a wall in your home.

  • No experience necessary

  • This class is open to ages 14+

  • All materials are provided

  • Refreshments will be served!

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Intermediate Tapestry Weaving Workshop // June 19th & 26th
Jun
19
6:00 PM18:00

Intermediate Tapestry Weaving Workshop // June 19th & 26th

Intermediate Tapestry Weaving Workshop // June 19th & 26th
80.00

Hosted by Light Gallery + MacKenzie Westra

Day 1 // Tuesday, June 19th 6 to 9PM
Day 2 // Tuesday, June 26th 6 to 9PM

This two-day weaving workshop is designed to build upon the Tapestry Weaving for Beginners workshop. Take your designs to the next level in a big way - this class will give you instruction and time for focused work and design elements.

In addition to using skills learned in Tapestry Weaving for Beginners, you will be working on a larger loom, learning new types of stitching, and experimenting with new materials. At the beginning of the class, we will have design time on paper with watercolors to get feedback from fellow weavers to refine our designs. You will leave the class with a weaving about 18 X 24" large.

Students are encouraged to bring their own materials to experiment with, or yarns that you specifically want in your piece. Yarns and dowels will be provided, but if you would like to experiment with fabrics, ropes, sticks, roving, or specified yarns - feel free to bring some to the class.

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Abstract Wall Hanging // July 13th
Jul
13
6:00 PM18:00

Abstract Wall Hanging // July 13th

Abstract Wall Hanging // July 13th
45.00

Hosted by Light Gallery + Brie Moblo

Friday, July 13th from 6 to 8pm

Have a corner of your home that is begging for a personalized piece of art? Working on establishing a color palette for your home? Interested in these funky wall hanging tapestries?

All of these are great reasons to join Brie Moblo of @bmotextiles in creating your very own abstract wall hanging. In this workshop, you will begin with an off-white bare canvas and create a beautiful 20”x20” wooden dowel hanging tapestry. The class will start by exploring different types of patterns, shapes, and designs to fit your unique style. Bree will guide you through a variety of painting techniques for fabrics and what would work best to achieve your desired look that will fit perfectly hanging on a wall in your home.

  • No experience necessary

  • This class is open to ages 14+

  • All materials are provided

  • Refreshments will be served!

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Tapestry Weaving for Beginners // May 24th
May
24
6:00 PM18:00

Tapestry Weaving for Beginners // May 24th

Tapestry Weaving for Beginners // May 24th
35.00

Hosted by Light Gallery + Smallholding & Craft

Thursday, May 24th from 6 to 9pm

Learn the basics of weaving and try out multiple techniques, perfect for beginners. Mackenzie will walk you through various materials, tools, and ways to warp your loom and create colorful compositions with many textures. You will create a ready-to-hang woven wall hanging during the class and take home the knowledge to keep practicing and creating!

  • No experience necessary

  • This class is open to ages 14+

  • All materials are provided

  • Refreshments will be served!

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Encaustic Painting for Beginners
May
22
6:00 PM18:00

Encaustic Painting for Beginners

Encaustic Painting for Beginners // May 22nd
35.00

Hosted by Light Gallery + Matthew Provoast

Tuesday, May 22nd from 6 to 9pm

Learn the basics of encaustic painting by local artist Matthew Provoast. Encaustic painting is using melted and pigmented beeswax to create exciting, luminous paintings. If you have ever been curious about encaustics, you’re in for a treat! This workshop covers a brief history of this ancient medium, what equipment is needed, setting up your workspace, mixing colors, adding other media like paper and thread, safety… everything you need to know to start making your own encaustic paintings. A 5”x5” panel and all material are provided.

  • No experience necessary
  • This class is open to ages 14+
  • All materials are provided
  • Refreshments will be served!
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Succulent Terrarium Building // May 16th
May
16
6:00 PM18:00

Succulent Terrarium Building // May 16th

Succulent Terrarium Building // May 16th
35.00

Hosted by Light Gallery + Matthew Provoast

Tuesday, May 16th from 6 to 8pm

In this hands-on workshop, Matthew Provoast of Light Gallery + Studio will teach you how to create a succulent terrarium with plants and a modern globe glass vessel. 

For beginners and experienced alike, this course will cover helpful tips on plant selection, proper building techniques, picking the right container, and favorite tricks for planting, maintenance, and displaying  your terrarium within any home or office environment.  You’ll leave with your creation, care instructions, and all the knowledge you’ll need to recreate this project.

All materials (plants, glassware, terrarium ingredients, and added toppings) will be provided for this class. Please note, if you have a special memento or special container that you’d like to use for this project, feel free to bring it with you!You will be making a 7-inch globe / fish bowl terrarium, able to plant 4-5 succulents within.

  • No experience necessary
  • This class is open to ages 12+
  • All materials are provided
  • Refreshments will be served!

 

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Oxford Punch Needle  // May 15th
May
15
6:00 PM18:00

Oxford Punch Needle // May 15th

Oxford Punch Needle // May 15th
45.00

Hosted by Light Gallery + Erika Townsley

Tuesday, May 15th from 6 to 9pm

Join Erika Townsley in creating your own design using the Oxford punch needle 8" hoop. This traditional technique of rug hooking is a fun and quick way to create an image that can be used for wall hangings. Erika will take you through the design process starting with the creation of an image, transferring your image onto your own frame and the fundamentals of punch needle work to create your project. With the knowledge and supplies you will be prepared to do your own punch needle wall hangings, pillows, and rugs. 

  • No experience necessary
  • This class is open to ages 14+
  • All materials are provided
  • Refreshments will be served!
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Mothers Day Floral ARRANGING
May
11
6:00 PM18:00

Mothers Day Floral ARRANGING

Mothers Day Floral Arranging // May 11th
75.00

Hosted by Light Gallery + Fleurology Designs

Friday, May 11th from 6 to 9pm

Enjoying Designing flowers with the owner of Fleurology Designs! Bring your Mother, your Momma friends or just bring yourself to enjoy a fun time learning to make your own floral design!

All supplies, tools, flowers and vases will be provided for the workshop from Fleurology so just bring yourself and a friend to have some floral fun! Please don't hesitate to reach out to us with any questions you may have.

  • No experience necessary

  • This class is open to ages 14+

  • All materials are provided

  • Light snacks and beverages will be provided, please notify us of any food allergies.

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Tapestry Weaving for Beginners // May 9th
May
9
6:00 PM18:00

Tapestry Weaving for Beginners // May 9th

Tapestry Weaving for Beginners // May 9th
35.00

$35

Hosted by Light Gallery + Smallholding & Craft

Wednesday, May 9th from 6 to 9pm

Learn the basics of weaving and try out multiple techniques, perfect for beginners. Mackenzie will walk you through various materials, tools, and ways to warp your loom and create colorful compositions with many textures. You will create a ready-to-hang woven wall hanging during the class and take home the knowledge to keep practicing and creating!

  • No experience necessary
  • This class is open to ages 14+
  • All materials are provided
  • Refreshments will be served!
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Image Transfer for Beginners // May 7th
May
7
6:00 PM18:00

Image Transfer for Beginners // May 7th

Image Transferring for Beginners // May 7th
45.00

Hosted by Light Gallery + Erika Townsley

Monday, May 7th from 6 to 9pm

Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned artist, learning how to create image transfers will introduce you to a whole new world of imagery in your work. Erika will walk you through the best methods for a range of techniques using inexpensive materials. These processes can be added to paintings, fiber art, collage, or mixed media artwork. Artists, photographers, and anyone interested in photo-based mixed media will love this class!

Erika Townsley is an artist and curator at The Light Gallery + Studio in Grand Rapids, MI. Townsley is experienced in image transfers, and uses them in her work frequently. Image transfers provide a hands on feel to photography, and creates an end result that is less perfect, and allows the artist to have more control over the end result. Image transfer is an approachable form of art that is super easy to learn!

Suggested materials: Your own images (laser printed images, newspaper/magazine clippings) Cotton fabric, wooden panel, handmade paper, paint, pastels, charcoal etc
 

  • No experience necessary
  • This class is open to ages 14+
  • All materials are provided
  • Refreshments will be served!

 

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Batik Indigo Dyeing // May 3rd
May
3
6:00 PM18:00

Batik Indigo Dyeing // May 3rd

Batik Indigo Dyeing // May 3rd
45.00

$45.00

Hosted by Light Gallery + Smallholding & Craft

Thursday, May 3rd from 6 to 9pm

Come in and experience for yourself the magic of indigo! In this workshop, you will create natural blues on cotton silks and linens from an indigo vat that you will make. The class will guide you through creating dye vats, the dyeing process, and fixing your fabrics. Alongside the dyeing process, you will learn how to create negative patterns in your dyed fabrics using Batik. This technique gives you a lot of control in creating patterns over your fabrics, paper, and even eggshell surfaces.

  • No experience necessary
  • Bring an apron, or clothes you don't mind getting messy
  • This class is open to ages 14+
  • All materials are provided
  • You may also bring additional cotton fabrics, silk, or cotton t-shirt etc. to experiment with
  • Refreshments will be served!
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Concept Studio // April 26th
Apr
26
6:00 PM18:00

Concept Studio // April 26th

Concept Studio // April 26th
40.00

Hosted by Light Gallery + Jeffrey Augustine Songco

Thursday, April 26th from 6 to 8pm

As defined by Wikipedia, ‘conceptual art’ is “art in which the concept(s) or idea(s) involved in the work take precedence over traditional aesthetic, technical, and material concerns”. This workshop will cover a brief history of the Conceptual Art movement and introduce a variety of techniques and strategies used in a conceptual art practice. Artists will learn how to develop deeper meaning in their artwork and/or expand production beyond their usual medium of choice. Artists are encouraged to bring examples of past artwork to activate discussion and short critiques.

  • Bring notebook and writing instrument
  • Bring examples of past work
  • Refreshments will be served!

Artist Bio:

Jeffrey Augustine Songco is a multi-media artist based in Grand Rapids. He holds a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University and an MFA from San Francisco Art Institute. His artwork has been exhibited throughout the USA including the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco and the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts in Grand Rapids. In 2017, he was featured in the publication ‘Queering Contemporary Asian American Art’, and he was the Installation Category Juried Award winner at ArtPrize Nine. His award-winning installation was recently exhibited at SPRING/BREAK Art Show in New York City where Klaus Biesenbach instagrammed it.

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Tapestry Weaving for Beginners // April 25th
Apr
25
6:00 PM18:00

Tapestry Weaving for Beginners // April 25th

Tapestry Weaving for Beginners // April 25th
35.00

$35

Hosted by Light Gallery + Smallholding & Craft

Wednesday, April 25th from 6 to 9pm

Learn the basics of weaving and try out multiple techniques, perfect for beginners. Mackenzie will walk you through various materials, tools, and ways to warp your loom and create colorful compositions with many textures. You will create a ready-to-hang woven wall hanging during the class and take home the knowledge to keep practicing and creating!

  • No experience necessary
  • This class is open to ages 14+
  • All materials are provided
  • Refreshments will be served!
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Stamp Carving // APRIL 24TH
Apr
24
6:00 PM18:00

Stamp Carving // APRIL 24TH

Stamp Carving // April 24th
35.00

Hosted by Light Gallery + Michelle Facer 

Tuesday, April 24th from 6 to 9pm

Stamp Carving is one of the most accessible and approachable forms of printmaking that allows artists to produce multiple copies from their own hand-carved image. This workshop will cover how to transfer a drawing/image onto a linoleum block, different carving techniques, carving and printing setup, safety, materials, and printing process. Everything you need to know to print your own stamp prints! All materials will be provided, including a 4"x6" linoleum block. A variety of materials will be available to print on, including cards, patches, and small journals. Participants are welcome to bring a 4"x6" drawing or image to use as well as any flat surface they would like to print on!

  • No experience necessary
  • This class is open to ages 14+
  • All materials are provided
  • Refreshments will be served!
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Encaustic Painting for Beginners  // APRIL 19TH
Apr
19
6:00 PM18:00

Encaustic Painting for Beginners // APRIL 19TH

Encaustic Painting for Beginners // April 19th
35.00

35.00

Hosted by Light Gallery + Matthew Provoast

Thursday, April 19th from 6 to 9pm

Learn the basics of encaustic painting by local artist Matthew Provoast. Encaustic painting is using melted and pigmented beeswax to create exciting, luminous paintings. If you have ever been curious about encaustics, you’re in for a treat! This workshop covers a brief history of this ancient medium, what equipment is needed, setting up your workspace, mixing colors, adding other media like paper and thread, safety… everything you need to know to start making your own encaustic paintings. A 5”x5” panel and all material are provided.

  • No experience necessary
  • This class is open to ages 14+
  • All materials are provided
  • Refreshments will be served!
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Batik Indigo Dyeing // April 18th
Apr
18
6:00 PM18:00

Batik Indigo Dyeing // April 18th

Batik Indigo Dyeing // April 18th
45.00

$45.00

Hosted by Light Gallery + Smallholding & Craft

Wednesday, April 18th from 6 to 9pm

Come in and experience for yourself the magic of indigo! In this workshop, you will create natural blues on cotton silks and linens from an indigo vat that you will make. The class will guide you through creating dye vats, the dyeing process, and fixing your fabrics. Alongside the dyeing process, you will learn how to create negative patterns in your dyed fabrics using Batik. This technique gives you a lot of control in creating patterns over your fabrics, paper, and even eggshell surfaces.

  • No experience necessary
  • Bring an apron, or clothes you don't mind getting messy
  • This class is open to ages 14+
  • All materials are provided
  • You may also bring additional cotton fabrics, silk, or cotton t-shirt etc. to experiment with
  • Refreshments will be served!
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Tapestry Weaving for Beginners // APRIL 13
Apr
13
6:00 PM18:00

Tapestry Weaving for Beginners // APRIL 13

Tapestry Weaving for Beginners // April 13
35.00

Hosted by Light Gallery + Smallholding & Craft

Friday, April 13th from 6 to 9pm

Learn the basics of weaving and try out multiple techniques, perfect for beginners. Mackenzie will walk you through various materials, tools, and ways to warp your loom and create colorful compositions with many textures. You will create a ready-to-hang woven wall hanging during the class and take home the knowledge to keep practicing and creating!

  • No experience necessary
  • This class is open to ages 14+
  • All materials are provided
  • Refreshments will be served!
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Stamp Carving // April 12th
Apr
12
6:00 PM18:00

Stamp Carving // April 12th

Stamp Carving // April 12 th
35.00

Hosted by Light Gallery + Michelle Facer 

Tuesday, April 12th from 6 to 9pm

Stamp Carving is one of the most accessible and approachable forms of printmaking that allows artists to produce multiple copies from their own hand-carved image. This workshop will cover how to transfer a drawing/image onto a linoleum block, different carving techniques, carving and printing setup, safety, materials, and printing process. Everything you need to know to print your own stamp prints! All materials will be provided, including a 4"x6" linoleum block. A variety of materials will be available to print on, including cards, patches, and small journals. Participants are welcome to bring a 4"x6" drawing or image to use as well as any flat surface they would like to print on!

  • No experience necessary
  • This class is open to ages 14+
  • All materials are provided
  • Refreshments will be served!
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