All aboard for ArtWalk 2017

Alex Doty • Sep 27, 2017 at 11:00 AM

Grand Haven’s creativity is set to shine once again during ArtWalk 2017, which kicks off this week.

“We’ll do the official ribbon cutting with elected officials at 6 p.m. on Thursday,” said Diane Sheridan, executive director of Grand Haven Main Street.

The ceremony will take place at the Washington Avenue mid-block crosswalk between First and Second streets.

Sheridan said she has been amazed with — and is looking forward to — all of the art that will be on display.

“I am really excited,” she said Tuesday. “I had a chance to see a few pieces of art today.”

There are 159 entries in this year’s competition, with more than 50 venues displaying art.

The public will have an opportunity to vote for their favorite in each of five categories: Drawing, Painting, Photography, Sculpture (3-D) and Mixed Media. The public can pick up paper ballots at any of the 50 ArtWalk venues, and can drop off their completed ballots at the Frame & Mat Shop, Grand Haven City Hall, Marushka and the Dee-Lite before voting ends at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 3.

A panel of jurors will also pick winners for each category and will be voting on their favorite pieces today, Sheridan said.

“We’ll announce the ArtWalk winners on Thursday (Oct. 5) at 6 p.m. at the Community Center,” she said.

There are also several art-themed events taking place this weekend.

From 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, on North First Street between Washington and Columbus avenues, ArtWalk Family Art Day will take place. The free event will allow children to work with artists from Lakeshore Visual Arts Collective to create their own masterpieces.

“We were planning to have it at the train depot, but it is a construction zone,” Sheridan said.

From 1-4:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 1, ArtWalk will feature Music on First with Sweet Lou and the Savages, who will perform live on First Street between Columbus and Washington avenues. Many of the ArtWalk artists will be located  throughout downtown to greet the public and discuss their inspiration.

ArtWalk has once again partnered with Loutit District Library to host the ArtWalk Youth Competition, which began Sept. 20. Voting for the Youth Competition closes Monday, Oct. 2, and the winners will be announced during a ceremony at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 3.

“There’s well over 100 students participating this year,” Sheridan said. “Some of the students’ artwork we’d be happy to have hanging in our homes.”

The final day to view the art is Sunday, Oct. 8, when ArtWalk 2017 closes.

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