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Opening for Ottawa County Art Trust slated for June 21

• Jun 9, 2018 at 4:00 PM

WEST OLIVE — Ottawa County and the Holland Area Arts Council will host the opening of the Ottawa County Art Trust from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 21.

The reception will take place in the county administration building, 12220 Fillmore St. in West Olive.

At the event, organizers will announce which works will be purchased to become part of the new trust’s permanent collection.

Earlier this year, the county and the Holland Area Arts Council announced they were joining forces to establish the trust. They invited local artists to enter their Ottawa County-themed works in a juried exhibition.

Works will be accepted June 13-14. Former Ottawa County judge and professional photographer Edward Post will serve as juror.

“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.

Those works not chosen for purchase could still become part of the collection. Individuals and businesses can purchase art from the exhibition to donate to the trust.

Ottawa County leaders said they plan to hold the exhibition annually at varied locations to grow the county’s fine art collection. The trust will build a permanent library of artwork created by resident artists. As the collection grows, the works will be on display in various county locations.

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