Heartside Gallery and Studio celebrates 20 years with ‘irregular’ book


Heartside Gallery and Studio's book, "An Irregular Heartbeat," features neighborhood artists. Photo by Mike Cook

Heartside Gallery and Studio will celebrate its 20th anniversary tonight with a book-release party for “An Irregular Heartbeat: The Artists and History of Heartside Gallery and Studio.”

The party will be at Heartside Gallery and Studio in downtown Grand Rapids, from 6-9 p.m.

The book celebrates the many talented artists that have come through the Heartside Gallery doors over the past two decades.

Sarah Scott, arts coordinator at Heartside Gallery, said that the gallery has been a tremendously important part of the Division Avenue corridor, known as Avenue of the Arts, and it continues to flourish.

The gallery serves as the only source of income for many of its artists.

“We hear all the time, ‘This really helped me to stay focused, to get on my feet or gave them something to believe in,’” Scott said.

Art buyers are often surprised by the quality of the artwork for sale at Heartside Gallery, and several of the artists have achieved some professional success through their work.

Publication of “An Irregular Heartbeat” was made possible thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign, which raised nearly $7,000 and included contributions by 113 backers.

The celebration will include a special welcome and dedication of the book by Mayor George Heartwell, book signings and a photo booth with a local photographer, along with party favors and more.

People can contact Heartside Gallery to purchase the book.

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