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Art Gallery & Collaboration Facilitator to Host Networking Event for Women

Local consulting firm Crooked Tree Creative and new local gallery, All Art Works are partnering to present a female focused networking event benefiting Girls Rock Grand Rapids. Ladies’ Night is happening on Friday, January 20th, starting at 6pm at one of the hottest new spots for creatives- All Art Works (333 Cesar E. Chavez Ave SW). This event is an effort to cultivate relationships and collaboration between female professionals who are already beginning to make their mark in Grand Rapids. This event is open to female and non-binary identifying professionals, creatives, and community members in West Michigan.

Because of All Art Works history of helping create unique opportunities and events for artists, it was a natural fit for Crooked Tree Creative’s Ladies' Night Series. Crooked Tree Creative is a local female owned consulting agency based on collaboration. Elle Lively, owner of CTC and founder of the Ladies’ Night series, says “I continue to be inspired by the number of female creative professionals in the West Michigan area and their ambition, drive and talent.” In the true spirit of collaboration, there are endless opportunities when such forces come together. The event will feature a rotating art show featuring female and non-binary artists, curated by Artist at Large, Calli Salazar. Calli Salazar is an abstract artist who started her full time career right here in Grand Rapids. “Grand Rapids really inspired me to take the risk to take my art to the next level. Events such as this one continue to give local artists a place to showcase their work, and to be proud of the community they are a part of.”

During the course of the evening, the art on the walls will change multiple times for maximum impact. In the spirit of collaboration, there will also be a featured community art piece that all attendees are encouraged to interact with and leave their mark on. There will be multiple business card drawings for gift cards, artwork and more. In addition to a cash bar, permanent jewelry vendors and more, DJ Super Dre will be spinning a female artist-centric playlist. Whether it's a new connection, piece of art, or idea, every attendee will take something home.

Ladies’ Night is a way to engage, educate and excite its attendees about the future and potential of women in the Grand Rapids arts and culture scene, to meet collaborators and build a network, and to pursue their career in Grand Rapids. Elle Lively says “There is a need in our community for female forward events that cater to young professional females in the arts practices. There are very few female focused events that directly relate to the passions we have made our profession.” She believes that creating smarter events for women to network will create strong connections resulting in collaboration and new ideas. In August 2022, she tested this idea with a private invite only event that required no marketing, prep, or fiscal obligation. Over 30 women attended the invite only event and made lasting connections that have produced even more collaboration. For example, two of those women have now started a business together.

This event is open to the public and no private invite is required. CTC and AAW have partnered with Girls Rock Grand Rapids to collect a $5 suggested donation at the door to benefit their programming. Additionally, AAW has generously agreed to donate 10% of any art sold during the event time frame to Girls Rock Grand Rapids.

The $5 suggested donation gets you access to:

  • A rotating art show featuring female and non-binary artists, curated by artist at large, Calli Salazar

  • Beats from live female DJ Super Dre

  • Cash bar from Beer City Bread Co.

  • Opportunity to be part of a collaborative art piece at the event

  • Business card raffle with gift cards, art from Calli Salazar, and more from local female owned businesses

  • & more surprises!

About Elle Lively of Crooked Tree Creative (co-presenter, event series founder):

Crooked Tree Creative is a local boutique artist development company focused on improving the quality of life in our communities by empowering artists with hands-on skills, tools, and collaboration opportunities. In the past 5 years, founder Elle Lively has coached hundreds of artists, started a related nonprofit, and produced dozens of events. Elle’s goal is to continue collaboration efforts as the sole driving force of this company. You'll see several productions from CTC this year, but this series is something distinctly different.

About All Art Works (co-presenter, venue):

AllArtWorks is a platform created to connect art with homes. They are a juried platform that carefully vets quality and price. Through their long-standing relationships with multiple NYC galleries and private dealers we represent secondary market work by such renowned artists as Arthur Dove, Robert DeNiro Sr., Fairfield Porter, Philip Pearlstein and many others. Learn more at

About Girls Rock Grand Rapids (nonprofit partner):

Girls Rock! Grand Rapids (GR!GR) is a week-long summer camp that exists to empower girls and gender-expansive youth through music. Each year, kids and teens at camp get to participate in instrument exploration, workshops, band forming, song writing, and logo and album art creation. They also get to record their new songs in a professional recording studio and then perform them live in front of an audience. It seriously rocks. Learn more at

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