Art on the Riverfront returns Saturday

Krystle Wagner • Aug 16, 2016 at 12:00 PM

Art will return to Grand Haven’s waterfront this weekend.

From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, more than 40 booths will have art on display at Grand Haven Municipal Marina during the annual juried art show called Art on the Riverfront. It will feature pottery, painting, sculpture, photography, glass, wood, metal and jewelry.

Awards will be given to the Best in Show, second place, People’s Choice, Poster Contest and the Gallery Uptown Award. The public can vote for the People’s Choice award until 1 p.m. at the Gallery Uptown booth next to Waterfront Stadium.

Artists will be coming from all over the Midwest. This year’s show received nearly 120 applications, which is more than previous years, said the show’s chairman, Brad Patterson.

“There’s always going to be something new to check out,” he said.

Throughout the morning, the Lost Valley Dulcimers will also provide entertainment.

Annie Morgan is the juror for this year’s show, and she is a “signature member of the National Watercolor Society, International Society of Experimental Artist, The National Collage Society, The Society of Layerists in Multi-Media and the Society of North American Goldsmiths,” according to a press release.

Gary Odmark of Holland is the 2016 Art on the Riverfront Poster Contest winner. The posters can be purchased at Gallery Uptown throughout August and at the show on Saturday.



When the Grand Haven Area Arts Council ran the art show, it was estimated that about 5,000 people attended, Patterson said. Organizers say they will have a better idea of the number of people who attend the event after this weekend. This Saturday is one of the dates the City of Grand Haven and Grand Valley State University will look at the number of visitors in the area, Patterson noted.

Patterson said the community’s support has helped the show to be around for 16 years.

Art on the Riverfront isn’t the only event happening in Grand Haven on Saturday. Other events include the Grand Haven Farmers Market from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sidewalk Sales from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Walk the Beat from 1-5 p.m.

“It’s easy to fill your day in Grand Haven,” Patterson said.

For more information about Art of the Riverfront, visit www.galleryuptown.net or www.facebook.com/artontheriverfront.

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