Art Hop going outdoors and in person

The monthly local arts showcase moved online a year ago in response to the pandemic. They're planning a big comeback April 2.

It’s been over a year since people were able to get together in person to celebrate the works of local artists. Next month, they will be able to do so again – albeit completely outdoors.

Art Hop has been held on the first Friday of every month for 35 years. It’s an opportunity to experience local artists and their art, typically in their own studios and workspaces.

When the pandemic began in March of last year, Art Hop pivoted to online experiences. It’s been a learning experience for the organizers who have struggled to keep the event relevant.

On April 2, Art Hop will switch back to being an in-person event, with artists displaying their works outdoors in Bates Alley and on the Kalamazoo Mall.

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It will be a stripped down affair, at least compared to the events people had become accustomed to prior to the pandemic. But organizers hope to continue with real, live, non-virtual Art Hops going forward.

Art Hop will feature about two dozen artists from 6 to 8pm on April 2.

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