Best of Creston 2017

On August 19th, from 11am –6pm, we are bringing the Best of Creston businesses and neighbors together this summer to show the rest of Grand Rapids what the northeast side has to offer! Creston Brewery is planning a series of bands and a beer tent, Lions & Rabbits is hosting a paint-by-number mural on the outside of their building as they gear up for Creston's first ArtPrize, there will be a raffle for adults and one for kids which participants enter by moving from business to business earning “stamps” on a passport. Our local restaurants will feature specialty Best of Creston fare, ice cream carts and other eats and drinks are planned along the corridor. Family-friendly scavenger hunts, obstacle courses, crafts, sidewalk chalk art and other ideas are in the planning stages in addition to a dunk tank, henna tattoos & mini-massages. Local nonprofits will be showcasing the cool things their organizations are doing and so much more.

For more information, find the Best of Creston on Facebook and Instagram.

Children's Healing Center Partner of the Month

Meet Hannah! Hannah Berry is our April Program Partner of the Month! In honor of all of her hard work and dedication to the Center, we would like to share a little more about her! Hannah was introduced to the Children’s Healing Center in September of 2016, during a dinner with her in-laws. Amanda was an architect for her husband’s parents and being a family affected by cancer, Amanda and the Berry family bonded on a deeper level. During the dinner, Hannah and Amanda were discussing her desires to work with pediatric oncology through art and she claims, “The rest is history!”. 

When asked what her favorite way to express art is, Hannah said, “I really thrive with mixed media. Being able to work through my own ideas and pieces is therapeutic for me.” At the Center, Hannah assists Deb at running art lessons. Her goal id to become a licensed Art Therapist! 

Hannah’s response to being asked how she got into art/became an artist was, “I was born.” She has always excelled in visual arts and shared, “I was the kid who wasn’t in middle school band. Instead, I helped in the art room. There is something about color that I can’t break away from.”

With the help of friends and family, Hannah’s dreams are becoming true! In November 2016, she opened Lions & Rabbits. It is an art gallery and community retail space located in the Creston Hill neighborhood of Grand Rapids, MI. The space serves as a place where people can learn, create, and gather. They are always hosting events, lessons, and yoga! It is their mission to promote art awareness and community development. 

ArtPrize 2017 @ L&R

"Lions & Rabbits, a recently opened versatile space aimed at showcasing local artists while providing the community with opportunities for creative engagement. Billed as equal parts art gallery, retail shop, educational resource, and event center, Lions & Rabbits is striving to accomplish it all."

Name it Creston.

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One-hundred-eleven years ago, the North End had no name. It was the people who lived here that rallied together to forge their own identity, in the face of violence, neglect, and reputation, as a part of town “on the crest of a wave of permanent prosperity.” -- “Up-and-coming” is what we hear most often to describe our neighborhood, and maybe it's always been that way, but a place doesn't come up all on it's own. It's Us, our friends, and our neighbors. It is the people that live and work here who will be responsible for what these streets and structures become, like those from over a century ago who came up and lit the streetlights, opened schools, and built a bridge over the Grand River. These are, like so many others around us, our ideals. We will organize. We will boom locality. We will take action and we will work for the betterment of the North End in every way possible. We don't want to make ripples, we want to create waves. Because here in Creston, our home has a name.

Art Education Alumna Opens Versatile Space for Creativity

Art Education Alumna Opens Versatile Space for Creativity

The Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University (KCAD) alumna is the driving force behind the recently opened Lions & Rabbits, a versatile space aimed at showcasing local artists while providing the community with opportunities for creative engagement. Billed as equal parts art gallery, retail shop, educational resource, and event center, Lions & Rabbits is every bit as ambitious as its creator. 

Offering Space for Fun and Families

Offering Space for Fun and Families

If you love art, in its many different forms, you’re going to love this new space. It’s a new gallery in Grand Rapids, that’s very unique. It’s called Lions & Rabbits, and every day it’s a little different. One day you might see people taking an art or yoga class, but there’s also a place where you can buy art or hold an event. Lions & Rabbits is a space for everyone! There was a ton of fun in Maranda’s studio as it was overflowing with art and fun for kids. Classes that are fun for families include: Parent & Kid art, Private Lessons, Nursery Art Making, Family Yoga, Yoga for Kids, and Pregnancy Yoga. Check out the video above to see the exciting kids classes that are offered.

Play and shop the arts this December

Play and shop the arts this December

Ah, it’s that time of year again: the season for checking off gift lists and planning family outings. But before you schlep your way to the mall (or, let’s be honest: Amazon), take a look at what the local arts scene has in store. Shopping local art is not only a way to support your local arts community — it’s also a great way to fill your family’s stockings with something truly unique.

Likewise, if the movie theater is your family’s standard holiday “cultural” outing, there are endless ways to step up your game this year with memorable live performances and interactive experiences — experiences neither you nor your little ones are likely to forget anytime soon.

Take a look.

Creston gallery owner embraces creativity of all stripes

Creston gallery owner embraces creativity of all stripes

Hannah Grohman has two missions in her new business: To provide space for art to be created and sold and to educate creative types of all stripes.

Her gallery, retail and community space, Lions & Rabbits, 1264 Plainfield Ave. NE, had its grand opening Oct. 13 and has been actively open for business since Oct. 24.

Grand Rapids Get Down for Standing Rock

Grand Rapids Get Down for Standing Rock

Join us at 4 p.m with Molly Duff donating her time in leading an hour of yoga! Light snacks, non alcoholic refreshments and local beer will be complimentary! Some awesome sets of music will follow yoga along with a raffle to wrap up the evening. Donated art work, goods and services will be given away to the lucky winners!! $10 Admission is charged at the door: cash is preferred but cards will be accepted. All ages are welcome! Please have ID if you will be drinking alcohol-wristbands will be utilized. 100% of admission fees and raffle money will be donated to supplies and legal aid for those at Standing Rock who are protecting a precious and simple necessity-water. #NoDAPL

L&R in GR Magazine

L&R in GR Magazine

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Community art gallery ‘Lions and Rabbits’ bringing people together

Community art gallery ‘Lions and Rabbits’ bringing people together

If you love art, in its many different forms, you’re going to love this new space. It’s a new gallery in Grand Rapids, that’s very unique. It’s called Lions & Rabbits, and every day it’s a little different. One day you might see people taking an art or yoga class, but there’s also a place where you can buy art or hold an event. Lions & Rabbits is a space for everyone! Check out the video to see inside this interesting space.

New Creston gallery comes in with a roar

New Creston gallery comes in with a roar

Hannah Grohman got her degree in art education. But she's got her sights on something a little more specific than teaching classroom after classroom of 30 kids at a time. Instead, Grohman has created what one could call a community space at her just-opened gallery Lions & Rabbits, where everyone can teach and anyone can learn.