Grand Haven's annual creative competition is underway

Alex Doty • Sep 29, 2017 at 8:00 AM

The art is out and on display, and the ballots are ready for you to pick your favorite pieces of art in this year’s ArtWalk competition.

The annual community art event kicked off Thursday evening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony in downtown Grand Haven. Mayor Geri McCaleb and members of City Council were joined by artists, downtown merchants and other members of the community for the kickoff event.

“This is the eighth year,” said ArtWalk organizer Steve Loftis prior to the ribbon cutting. “Obviously, it has a little sustainability and durability because of our artists.”

There are 159 entries in this year’s ArtWalk competition, with more than 50 venues displaying the works throughout the Grand Haven Main Street district.

You’ll have the opportunity to vote on art in each of the five categories: Drawing, Painting, Photography, Sculpture (3-D) and Mixed Media. Ballots are available at each of the ArtWalk venues, and they can be submitted 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 art category.

Winners of the public and juried contests will be announced Wednesday, Oct. 5, at the Grand Haven Community Center.

Several art-themed events are taking place this weekend for ArtWalk.

— From 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday on 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 artistic creations.

— From 1-4:30 p.m. Sunday, ArtWalk will feature live music on First Street. Sweet Lou and the Savages will perform between Columbus and Washington avenues. Many of the ArtWalk artists will be located at their venues to greet the public and discuss their inspiration during this time.

Loutit District Library is also hosting 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.

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

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