Gallery to continue ArtWalk presence year-round

While the 2011 ArtWalk event has long past, the spirit of the two-week competition is living on at the Fire Barn Gallery through curator Chris Protas.
Alex Doty
Dec 16, 2011

“What we’re doing is developing a year-round ArtWalk attitude that is presented in a number of different ways, whether they’re gallery shows or art-focused activities,”

ArtWalk organizer Steve Loftis said. “We’re going to continue through the 12-month cycle to build on the momentum we’ve captured.”

To help build on this momentum, Protas is hosting a number of shows at the gallery, 18 N. Fifth St.

The Fire Barn Gallery is a collaboration between Grand Haven ArtWalk and the city’s Main Street Downtown Development Authority. The gallery underwent substantial renovations in September and is now under the direction of Protas.

Since the end of ArtWalk, Loftis said they’ve held two gallery shows and Protas plans on having them for the ongoing future to continue community conversation about the arts.

The gallery’s “Juried Christmas Invitational, Nontraditional Christmas Imagery” exhibit is one of the shows that will take place at the space over the course of the next few months. Protas said the goal of the holiday-themed exhibit is to showcase a collection of mostly locally produced pieces that invoke the feeling of Christmas without being too obvious.

The exhibit opened Thursday and will remain on view from noon to 6 p.m. today and Saturday, and Dec. 21, and Jan. 4-11. The gallery will be closed from Dec. 22 through Jan. 3. Private viewing will also be available by appointment only.

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