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Jewelry artist wins art fest's Best in Show

• Jun 28, 2018 at 1:00 PM

Julie Billups, a Grand Rapids jewelry artist, was awarded the Best of Show at last weekend’s Grand Haven Art Festival

The 57th festival featured nearly 100 artists from West Michigan and across the country. The Chamber of Commerce Grand Haven-Spring Lake-Ferrysburg coordinates the festival.

“It has been a delightful, busy weekend,” festival director Mary Sherman said. “Downtown (Grand Haven) has been full of fantastic art, friendly artists and excited visitors.”

The festival also included the annual Family Fun Day. Nine local businesses provided children with free arts and craft activities. More than 500 children participated, taking home decorated bags, painted tiles and other handmade items.

Past ArtPrize winner Chris LaPorte was also there, sketching his famous caricatures.

A panel of jury members judged the artists in the festival and handed out the following awards:

Best in Show: Julie Billups, jewelry

Jury’s Choice: Aaron Sault, jewelry

Excellence Award: Josh Merrill, photography

In addition, attendees were encouraged to vote for their favorite booth and artist. The People’s Choice Award went to Brad Patterson for his clay works.

Each of the winning artists will be automatically invited back to next year’s show.

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