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Art on the Riverfront set for Saturday

Krystle Wagner • Aug 15, 2018 at 3:00 PM

Art returns to Grand Haven’s waterfront this Saturday.

The annual Art on the Riverfront will take place at the Municipal Marina from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event showcases the work of 40 regional artists in media such as sculpture, painting, photography, pottery, glass, jewelry, metal and wood. The event is free to the public and sponsored by Gallery Uptown.

Some new artists will be involved in the show as well as some familiar faces who have participated in previous years, as well as events such as the Grand Haven Art Festival and Coast Guard Festival Craft Fair, said Brad Patterson, chairman for Art on the Riverfront. Participating in many shows in one area speaks to the community’s support for the events, he said.

The 2018 Art on the Riverfront poster contest winner is Deborah Hoover of Jenison. The posters are available for purchase at Gallery Uptown throughout the month.

Awards will also be given for Best of Show, second place and the Gallery Uptown Award. The public can vote for the People’s Choice.

Grand Haven artist Maggie Bandstra is the juror for the show’s top two awards. The Hudsonville Public Schools teacher said she was honored to be asked to be a juror.

Patterson said that Bandstra understands multiple mediums, and has done shows herself and understands the work that goes into them.

Bandstra, who previously participated in the show, works in paint and clay. She’s also enrolled in the Savannah College of Art and Design master of fine arts painting program. She is involved in pop-up art shows for the Lakeshore Visual Arts Collective and the children’s show for the Grand Haven ArtWalk.

Bandstra said she looks forward to meeting the artists and seeing the different media on Saturday.

Although they don’t have an official count, Patterson said it is estimated that about 5,000 people usually attend the one-day juried art show.

Patterson noted the Grand Haven Farmers Market and Downtown Sidewalk Sales are also happening Saturday.

“It’s a great day to be out,” he said.

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