Post, who has been seriously into photography since 1990, entered a panoramic piece into the competition. The photograph also won first place in the photography category of ArtWalk.
“This is a blueberry field near my house that I’ve been watching for years,” he said. “I pre-visualized the shot and just waited for the right conditions. One Sunday afternoon in February, it all came together and I ran out and got the shot.”
The overall size of the piece is 120 inches by 20 inches, and it is comprised of seven photographs pieced together. The large piece was then divided into three 20-by-40-inch panels to create the overall image.
Post said he had a number of options to choose from when deciding which piece to enter into this year’s ArtWalk, but decided on the blueberry field piece due to its size.
“When the time came, I had to think about a number of different shots. I had some really what I consider nice photos from the Coast Guard Festival that I thought about, but this one just kept calling me,” Post said. “I like to produce it on that scale. I think it has more impact if it is on a large scale.”
Including Post, all of the other winners for ArtWalk 2011 (followed by their venue) were:
First place: Paulo Luz of Ferrysburg for “Arise.” at Sandy Gentry Re-Max
Second place: Catherine McClung of Spring Lake for “Art of Fishing,” at Tri-Cities Historical Museum
First place: Edward Post of Grand Haven for “Blueberries in the Snow,” at Tri-Cities Historical Museum
Second place: Jeff Brinn of Grand Haven for “The Beauty of Decay,” at Tri-Cities Historical Museum
First place: Christine Hornby of Grand Haven for “The Three Sisters: Lead, Arsenic and Uranium,” at R.K. Jewelers
Second place: Terry Kipling of Spring Lake for “Red Breasted Merganser and Chicks,” at The Paper Place
First place: Jennifer Leah Jones of Grand Haven for “Grand Haven Architecture Series,” at Tri-Cities Historical Museum
Second place: Krystal Gardner of Muskegon for “Sharpie Girl,” at Odd Side Ales
A group of professional artists, members of the Grand Haven Main Street Downtown Development Authority and the ArtWalk chairperson also voted for winners of the juried competition. These winners were Bob Gulley of Manhattan, N.Y., for his sculpture “Quietly Making Waves,” displayed at The Grand; and Charlie Rhodes of Grand Rapids for his painting “El Matador,” displayed at Tri-Cities Historical Museum.
Grand Haven ArtWalk is also extending a purchased piece award to Chip VanderWier of Muskegon for his sculpture “Wind Indicator with Red Fan,” displayed at the waterfront behind the Chamber of Commerce building. ArtWalk will acquire the sculpture and dedicate it to the city of Grand Haven at a future date.
ArtWalk 2011, which began Sept. 21, also featured community events such as a block party in Centertown and a rock music festival on Washington Avenue.
“ArtWalk 2011 has been a phenomenal success, which is evident by the talent represented in the winning pieces,” said Dana Kollewehr, executive director of the Grand Haven Main Street DDA. “All of the ArtWalk participants should be proud of the work they have produced — and for creating an interesting, dynamic experience for the community and visitors.”
Rita Fortino-Brook, who owns Fortino’s in downtown Grand Haven, said the community event had a great impact on downtown business.
“I think it was absolutely a positive thing for the downtown and, of course, for the community,” she said.
Fortino-Brook said ArtWalk made people come down and visit the newly remodeled community, and even brought in visitors who had never been to downtown Grand Haven.
“Anything that draws attention to our beautiful little town here and elongates the business period is a good thing for all people,” she said.