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New Ottawa County Art Trust issues call for artists

• Apr 2, 2018 at 2:00 PM

WEST OLIVE — Former Ottawa County Judge Edward Post will return to handing down verdicts, though not from behind the courtroom bench.

His new role will be as juror in a new art competition coming to the Lakeshore.

Ottawa County and the Holland Area Arts Council are joining forces to establish the Ottawa County Art Trust Exhibition. Together, the partners invite local artists to enter their Ottawa County-themed works in a juried exhibition located in the county’s Administration Building.

Post, a professional photographer, will serve as juror. Up to three works will be selected from the exhibition and be purchased to become part of the permanent art collection of the new Ottawa County Art Trust.

Individuals and businesses can also purchase art from the exhibition to donate to the Art Trust in honor of others. County leaders plan to host the exhibition annually at varied locations to grow the county’s fine art collection.

The Ottawa County Art Trust will build a permanent library of works created by resident artists. And, as the collection grows, the works will be displayed in various county locations.

“Establishing an art trust tangibly demonstrates the importance of creativity and culture to Ottawa County while preserving a legacy of assets for generations to come,” County Administrator Al Vanderberg said.

Artists must be at least 18 years old and reside or own property in Ottawa County to participate. The complete prospectus including entry deadlines, fees and more is online at www.miOttawa.org/ArtTrust and www.HollandArts.org.

The exhibit will open to the public for viewing in late June. Watch for details this summer.

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