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Artsy weekend for Grand Haven

Samantha Lewakowski • Jun 27, 2016 at 8:00 AM

The annual Grand Haven Art Festival was a huge success this past weekend not only for the artists but for passersby, as well. Art of all mediums lined downtown Washington street, and the music of Bryan Ralph filled the air. 

Sunday was an especially extraordinary day for Olivia and Sophia Card from Grand Rapids.

The two sisters received an unexpected surprise when they walked through artist Richard (Dick) Teft’s tent of clay pottery.

Teft lept up out of his perch and made a bee-line for two flower vases, made by himself, that had ‘Mom’ etched in them. He gifted the vases to the girls out of “generosity.”

“This is something I do every show. It’s good to be generous,” Teft said. “I had my eye on a woman sitting on the bench over there, but she got away before I could choose what I give away. It’s just something I do.”

Teft, also from Grand Rapids, has been going to 10 to 12 trade shows a year for the past 10 years. Out of the goodness of his heart, he has given away nearly 100 hand-made creations free of charge.

“I’ve been a part of this art festival for four years. I just love it — they really make us feel a part of the town. It’s a great city, great people and a great show. Having the tents inside of the street, as opposed to behind the stores, is great for all the artists and businesses,” said Teft.

An interesting part of the festival was the tent set up for emerging artists.

Christine Gribble, an international photographer from Grand Rapids, was featured inside the tent.

“I really pride myself on being ahead of the times and trends. I go to so many conventions that put me, on average, three years ahead of the game; that’s something that makes me pretty popular,” said Gribble.

Her photography is not a new trade, for she claims a camera has been in her hand since age eight.

“This is my first ever trade show, and I’m so honored to be in this tent!” Gribble added.

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