Participation sought in art project

Alex Doty • Jul 21, 2015 at 2:44 PM

“It has been interesting because it is a different project,” said Diane Larkin, director of the city’s Downtown Development Authority. “Sometimes, it takes a few times of hearing it to understand it.”

Instead of something similar to past community art projects like Rocket Fish, Grand Wavin’ or ArtWalk, the community is doing a painting-type task.

To get started, the city’s waterfront was transformed into a Parisian park for one day last month to pay tribute to the celebrated 1884 painting, “A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte” by Georges Seurat.

“It’s the 130th anniversary of that painting,” Downtown Development Authority spokeswoman Allison Revell said. “We have a great setting in Grand Haven to recreate that with a modern feel.”

Local volunteers recreated the image with live models.

Artists have an opportunity to create their own interpretation of the city’s art piece on a 12-by-16-inch wooden plaque. It bears the community-created image, and people can present their own creations at the community art project competition during this fall’s ArtWalk.Community members will have a chance to vote for completed plaques on Oct. 4. Entries can be brought to the corner of Washington Avenue and First Street in downtown Grand Haven that day, and winners will be announced that afternoon.

Plaques are available for $10 at Michigan Rag Co., The Paper Place, and Borr’s Shoes and Accessories in downtown Grand Haven.

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