Art Festival takes over downtown Grand Haven this weekend

Samantha Lewakowski • Jun 22, 2016 at 2:00 PM

The 55th annual Grand Haven Art Festival is slated for this Saturday and Sunday, June 25-26, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.

Approximately 100 artists will fill Washington Avenue, turning downtown Grand Haven into an outdoor art gallery.

“We will have everything from sculptures and paintings to fiber art and pottery,” said Courtney Geurink, who serves as the festival director for the local Chamber of Commerce. “It is always delightful to see people wander Washington Avenue adding to their collections, starting new ones or just purchasing a piece or two that speaks to them.”

The free event also includes a community stage where you can catch a plethora of talented musicians between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. both days.

A highlight of the art festival is the Grand Haven Women's Club selling antique chair planters, complete with flowers, in front of Hostetter’s News Agency, 135 Washington Ave.

“We wanted a project that members could work on together to benefit our local community,” said club President Sheryl Wescott.

The antique chairs were donated by club members and each took two days to complete. The club members then cut a hole in the seats to hold the pot and flowers.

“We're very proud of how the planters turned out,” Wescott said.

A starting bid of $75 is recommended for each chair, which includes the flower plants. All proceeds go toward raising money for local civic and conservation projects.

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