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Miscellany Retail Store and Art Gallery Grand Opening

Miscellany will celebrate its Grand Opening on the Avenue for the Arts along with the event Art.Downtown. A ribbon cutting will be officiated by City Commissioners Rosalynn Bliss and Ruth Kelly, and the community is invited to "meet the artist" of the gallery's first show.

Inspired by boutiques in Los Angeles and New York City, owner Patrick Lelli brings a perfect match to Avenue for the Arts with Miscellany-a space that is half traditional retail and half art gallery. Artist and friend Amanda Acker of Traverse City created the art show displayed on the south wall for the gallery's opening; the corresponding storefront window features the paintings' subjects. Local artist and print maker Todd Freeman will be launching a new book here in May with a gallery show as well.

The north section of the store features high quality vintage clothing displayed on handcrafted wood wardrobe units Patrick made with his father. Modern art books are available and currently include those created by Calvin College professor Adam Wolpa; Landfill Editions from London; and Nieve's book, I Love You, Oh No, winner of the 2012 Most Beautiful Swiss Book Award. One can also find a book capturing songs by the East Jordan band Breathe Owl Breathe, for which Patrick did the graphic design and the layout. Some vintage electronics are also available, as well as a few other miscellaneous items.

When this live/work space in the Heartside neighborhood became available, Patrick, who resided just across the street, jumped at the beautiful space with high ceilings and exposed walls. "I've wanted to open up a retail / gallery space for years now, and this space makes it possible.I like living in this part of town; it's so central to everything." While most recently used as a band's practice studio and gallery, Patrick is excited to run it as a retail storefront with set hours.

Having completed his studies in photography and communications at GVSU in 2005, Patrick moved to Los Angeles where he did retail art production and new store designs for American Apparel. It is here that he learned about clothing fashion and books as well, thanks to his boss's passion. Patrick then toured with a band up the West Coast to Canada, playing keyboard and guitar before moving to New York City in 2007. There he worked in Manhattan for a company called E-music that specialized in digital downloads. When the economy crashed in 2009 everyone was let go, and Grand Rapids called him back to Avenue for the Arts where, along with music and art, Patrick became involved with Etsy.com, finding vintage product for a friend in New York who put it online.

It is Miscellany that brings all of Patrick's talents together, finding vintage products for his own store, bringing in unique art books through his various contacts, hosting area artists, and focusing on graphic design. Says Grand Rapids Downtown Development Director Jay Fowler; "We are pleased to welcome Miscellany to downtown. Patrick Lelli brings a fun and new component to our retail offerings, and a great addition to the Avenue for the Arts."

Hours: Tues. Sat. 12:00 pm 6:00 pm

Phone: (810) 923 7158

Friday, April 13, 2012
 Starts at 05:00 PM

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Miscellany Retail Store and Art Gallery
136 South Division
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

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