New Beat for Gallery Walk
The 21st annual November Downtown Holland Gallery Walk has a new sound. Fingerstyle guitarist, Drew Alkema will be strumming this unusual technique Friday, November 7, from 6– 9pm at Moynihan Gallery, 28 E 8th Street. Fingerstyle playing allows the guitarist to perform several musical elements simultaneously instead of the parts normally played by several band members including bass, harmonic accompaniment, melody, and percussion. Alkema was one of just 25 people in the world to be invited to participate in the Canadian Fingerstyle Guitar Competition in August. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear this amazing Grand Rapids guitarist.
Also at Moynihan Gallery on Friday night will be two guest artists: Collage folk painter, Irene Gates and felted wool artist, Barb Moreau.
Irene Gates primitive, figurative style is inventive and each piece tells a story. Butterfly Girl is collaged using antique butterfly appliques mixed among the portrait image. Barb Moreau features autumn and Christmas motif pillows. Each pillow scene is hand drawn before Moreau begins the intricate process of hand felting and hand stitching.
Seven downtown galleries will be participating in this year’s two-day event: Centennial Park Studios, Fris Downtown, Moynihan Gallery, Butch’s Dry Dock, Carolyn Stich Studio, Holland Area Arts Council, Uptown Gallery. The event is Friday, November 7, 6:00-9:00pm and Saturday, November 8, 11:00am-4:00pm. The event is FREE to attend!