“Art for Art’s Sake” – ArtWalk Wrap Up

Mayor McCaleb and Cyndi Casemier kicking off ArtWalk

In West Michigan, you will find art everywhere in downtown Grand Rapids and Grand Haven.

ArtPrize and ArtWalk is here!

Lots of energy, questions, artists, and visitors asking “Is this art?”

Oil Painting by Aziza AbbasiAziza Abbasi’s painting entry for GH ArtWalk

Grand Haven has a smaller version of ArtPrize called ArtWalk. It is run entirely by volunteers. This year, we have more than 145 adult entries, 100 youth entries and 45 venues. Three jurors and I viewed every art entry yesterday. I always learn something either by just looking or listening to our jurors. This year, our jurors are:

Sarah Weber, art professor at Grand Valley State University; Beth Purdy, art professor at Kendall School of Art and Design; and Sue Jerosvek, art collector. Thank you to each of them. I greatly appreciate their time considering each piece of art.

Moon Totem ArtWalk entry by Lee S BrownLee S Brown sculpture entry for ArtWalk

Last Tuesday, we hosted Grand Haven Area Public School’s 4th graders to ArtWalk. They viewed many of the art entries plus were treated to learning an interpretive dance movement led by the instructors at SpotLight Dance Academy.

Spotlight dance academy leading 4th graders in a dance movement during artwalk

The students and dancers from Spotlight Dance Academy performed a flash mob dance at our opening on Wednesday.

Spotlight Dance Academy flash mob dance at ArtWalk

This past weekend, we had additional art available for purchase in the Depot Building at our Waterfront and a family art day where kids and parents could paint their own piece of art.

Family art day at ArtWalk

You can vote for your favorite artist through October 2.

Live Music at GH ArtWalk


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