GHAPS, Main Street partner for 2017 banners

Krystle Wagner • May 14, 2017 at 8:00 AM

When the 2017 Main Street banners are displayed on light posts around town this summer, they’ll feature artwork from several Grand Haven students.

Grand Haven Main Street and Grand Haven Area Public Schools partnered for the annual banner program. Although more than 60 pieces of student art featuring the Grand Haven catwalk were submitted, eight paintings or drawings were selected.

A portion of banner sales will go toward the Save the Catwalk fundraiser.

Selected artwork is from: Rosy Mound Elementary School fourth-grader Jacob Musial, third-graders Mazie Warner and Nadia Prieditis, and second-grader Stella Eckert; White Pines Intermediate School sixth-graders Alex Bull and Charlotte Larned; and Grand Haven High School juniors Eileen Carmolli and Kiley Williams.

Grand Haven Main Street Chairwoman Sharon Behm said the artwork looks “amazing.”

“I think they’re going to look great on Washington Avenue,” she said.

Banners will be displayed June through September from Beacon Boulevard to Harbor Drive.

So far, 60 banners have been sold, but there’s enough banner arms around the downtown area for 60 more, Behm said.

Banners cost $250 and can be personalized with business, corporate or family names. Orders are due no later than Friday, May 19.

The eight student artists will receive a banner with their own name and drawing on it, courtesy of an anonymous donor.

Grand Haven Mayor Geri McCaleb and Behm recognized the students during a recent Grand Haven Area Public Schools Board of Education meeting.

McCaleb told the students that thousands of people will enjoy the gift they’ve given to Main Street.

“I couldn’t be prouder,” McCaleb said.

Banners can be purchased online at http://downtowngh.com/, visiting the Grand Haven Main Street office at 519 Washington Ave., or by calling 616-844-1188.

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