March 18 2013 12:00 AM

Hotwater Works joins the First Sunday lineup this weekend

Thursday, Nov. 3When you think
about hot tub stores, local art is probably not what typically comes to mind.
But two local artists are looking to change that. Hotwater Works, Inc., a hot
tub store on Michigan Ave. in Lansing, will participate in this month’s First
Sunday Gallery Walk, what they hope to be one of the first of many art shows at
the store.

Owner and artist
James McFarland and Michigan artist Julian Van Dyke will display mostly
large-scale paintings they created both individually and together. All paintings
will be available for purchase. The event will also feature wine, cheese and
crackers, and the artists will be on hand to discuss the paintings.

“You won’t be
able to shut us up!” McFarland promised. The artists are displaying many new works
and some experimental pieces, he added.

The artists hope
to continue opening the store as a gallery and would like to bring in other
artists next year, Van Dyke said, adding that the space reminds him of a Soho
art warehouse in New York.

“James is doing
a really good thing by thing by opening the doors for this,” he said.

The store’s
first art show was a two-night event featuring the artists painting in hot
tubs. They sold dozens of paintings and raised over $1,000 for the Mid-Michigan
Food Bank. A few unsold paintings from the show will also be available for
purchase on Sunday.

First Sunday: Hotwater Works
Noon- 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6

2116 E. Michigan Ave.


(517) 364 8827