Art Hop

Erin Williams

What's got four legs, a hard shell, and an affinity for bright colors?

It's Ellie, a two-year old tortoise who lives at the Binder Park Zoo in Battle Creek. She's quite the painter.

That's right - painter.

Erin Williams

Quick - it's 5:30 p.m. on the first Friday of the month - what are your plans for the night?

Maybe you're going to have a casual dinner with friends, or catch up on a few errands, or settle in with a good book - but if you are within the Kalamazoo region, there's a strong change you'll be lured out to make an appearance at Art Hop, the monthly showcase where local galleries and business open welcome in the community for a few snacks, great conversation, and, of course, to buy some art.

Budget cuts have forced Downtown Kalamazoo Incorporated to reduce its financial support for monthly events

Erin Williams

For some, taking a walk is the perfect remedy to clear your head. But for artist Justin David Gustafson, it's the perfect time to fill his mind with inspiration.

"I just like to get out and move my feet. I take my camera with me and I snap photos of whatever reaches me on any level," says Gustafson. "I have a file cabinet full of the old-timey little 3x5 photographs. I'll either remember something or come up with an idea for a series or just sometimes rifle through my old photos and see what strikes me."


This weekend’s Art Hop in Kalamazoo will include displays outside of the central downtown area. It will include the Washington Square area in Kalamazoo’s Edison neighborhood.