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Showcasing Grand Haven student creativity

Alex Doty • May 5, 2018 at 9:00 AM

Grand Haven High School student artwork has taken center stage in downtown Grand Haven for the seventh straight year.

Hosted by C2C Gallery, 13 downtown businesses have works of art in their front windows. Ceramics and jewelry are on display at the gallery.

Participating downtown locations include: Calico Cat, 10 Washington; C2C Gallery, 104 Washington; Down to Earth, 105 Washington; MACkite, 106 Washington; Adorn Kids, 109 Washington; Tlaquepaque, 111 Washington; Fortinos, 114 Washington; GH Vinegar & Oil, 115 Washington; Creative Fringe, 117 Washington; Michigan Rag, 121 Washington; What a Gem, 134 Washington; Blueberry Haven, 213 Washington; Borr's, 214 Washington; and Yankee Peddler, 220 Washington.

Event curator Cyndi Casemier, who owns C2C Gallery, said there are about 60 pieces on display.

“Our teachers do an amazing job at creating projects that cause students to problem solve and come up with their own take on the project,” she said.

For the past seven years, Casemier has worked with the Grand Haven High School art department in an effort to recognize the various students. She said the student art showcase demonstrates that the Grand Haven community supports and has talented student-artists as well as student-athletes.

“I go into the high school and I basically curate all of the artwork from the students,” she said.

Thousands of art pieces are looked at when deciding what to include in the exhibition, Casemier said. Stacy Broas from The Creative Fringe and Julie Sanford from Sanford Designs help her each year in picking various jewelry pieces for the showcase.

“Every year, it makes me feel like I should go back to school and take the classes with them,” Casemier said.

The event has grown in recent years to accommodate more artists. It was originally started as a ceramic-focused exhibit, and has since grown to include jewelry and 2-D art, including paintings, drawings and prints.

The art exhibition kicked off Friday night with a public opening. A student/family night is slated to take place 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, May 8, when six students will be given honors for their work, Casemier noted.

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