The path to ArtWalk

While the community’s focus this week is on the annual Coast Guard Festival, organizers of ArtWalk 2013 are setting their sites on September.
Alex Doty
Jul 30, 2013


This year's ArtWalk in Grand Haven will feature more sculptures, paintings and photography, in addition to other events designed to engage the community’s interest in art.

“We are doing this because we are passionate and we just want to see the community celebrate its art,” ArtWalk organizer Steve Loftis said.

ArtWalk 2013 takes place Sept. 18 to Oct. 5. It’s a compilation of hundreds of entries displayed in businesses and community buildings in Grand Haven’s downtown, Centertown and waterfront districts.

“It looks like we’re going to have a fairly similar number of venues and a similar number of artists as last year,” ArtWalk volunteer Randy Smith said.

During the 2012 event, there were 170 artists and about 200 works of art displayed in 80 venues.

Smith said one of the slogans that he has created to tie in with the art theme is “Keep Grand Haven Weird” — a saying he plans to put on T-shirts and other things.

“We mean that in a positive way,” Smith said. “Let people think outside of the box and be creative.”

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After reading the last part of this article, I'm almost at a complete loss for words. “Keep Grand Haven Weird” Someone is going to have to explain to me how that phrase ties in with the Art Theme, can be taken in a "positive way". Or how in the world it relates to "thinking outside the box" I believe it's a little insulting to the residents and the city. For someone to be printing T shirts inferring that Grand Haven is already weird. Seems to me that Randy has pretty much chosen a word to describe Grand Haven that really better describes himself. I have to say that Randy's phrase is one of the most nonsensical things I've ever read. Hopefully a lack of sales of his T shirts will clear up his thinking a little.


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