“We just had a terrific time," organizer Steve Loftis said. "We saw more participants, more venues, and the public was fully engaged."
On Wednesday, the votes were tallied in four categories — Drawing/Mixed Media, Painting, Sculpture and Photography — and the awards were given out at the Fire Barn Gallery.
The winners are:
— Drawing/Mixed Media: Christine Hornby, first place; Krystal Gardner, second place
— Photography: John Dykstra, first place; Krystal Gardner, second place
— Sculpture: Steve Peters, first place; Terry Kipling, second place
— Painting: Krystal Gardner, first place; Doc Bernie Duff, second place
The entry receiving the most votes overall was John Dykstra’s photograph, “A Taste of Magnificent Michigan,” which is located at the Tri-Cities Historical Museum, 200 Washington Ave.
Krystal Gardner said she was excited to win three awards in three categories.
“It is amazing, and I am so flattered and honored,” she said. “It’s the third year I’ve been in it and the first I’ve attempted ArtWalk. I was a little discouraged about the ArtPrize situation — and with all this community support, I am so grateful.”
Steve Peters, who won for his sculpture work, is glad to see ArtWalk thrive.
“I like how it's growing and like how it’s getting better,” he said. “We’ve got more and it is really working well.”
There were also prizes awarded for both first and second place in a juried selection. Those winners are:
— Drawing/Mixed Media: Rachel Drelles, first place; Barb Carlson, second place
— Photography: Marc Hoeksema, first place; Bob Peskorse, second place
— Sculpture: Steve Kurtz, first place; Brad Patterson, second place
— Painting: George Postmus, first place; Janice Nowinski, second place
The Muskegon Museum of Art handed out a special award to Steve Kurtz for his sculpture located outside of the Chamber of Commerce office.
To see who won ArtWalk Youth Competition awards, CLICK HERE.
ArtWalk juror Eddie Tadlock, assistant general manager of DeVos Place and DeVos Performance Hall, said he was impressed with the work in Grand Haven.
“I was really pleasantly surprised at the quality of artwork that was here, and I really would have liked more time to walk through and see it more than once,” he said. “With art, you have to look at it first and twice, and maybe a third time, to get that true appreciation.”
Tadlock noted that he liked the fact that both Grand Haven and Grand Rapids could embrace art.
“I think it’s a great collaboration between the two cities,” he said. “It’s expanding the scope of ArtPrize and bringing ArtPrize to the Lakeshore, (and) I think that’s an amazing collaboration.”
Loftis also noted the collaboration between the two art events.
“We couldn’t be more pleased that ArtPrize showed up at our doorstep and were out here as judges encouraging us to continue what we’re doing,” he said. “Grand Haven wants to be a part of that conversation, and we are now. ... We’re very pleased that the center of the arts is very healthy in Grand Haven, and we’re going to continue to grow.”
While the voting portion of ArtWalk 2013 has concluded, people can still visit all the venues to see the art through Saturday.