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Pop-up art event to benefit county parks

• Mar 18, 2019 at 3:00 PM

WEST OLIVE — Lakeshore Visual Arts Collective will transform the nature center at Hemlock Crossing County Park into a one-night-only, pop-up art venue Saturday, March 23, from 5-8 p.m.

Art for the Parks will bring regional artists, art patrons and nature lovers together in an innovative arts happening with proceeds benefiting the Ottawa County Parks Foundation.

The show and sale features work by 60-plus regional artists in a wide range of media — painting, photography, jewelry, blown glass, sculpture, ceramics, and much more. Much of the work is inspired by nature and natural spaces, including plein aire work of parks’ landscapes. The event is open to all and will feature live music by Bri Baron, light snacks, and a cash bar. A $10 suggested donation at the door and 10 percent of all art sold will benefit the Ottawa County Parks Foundation.

"We’re excited to partner with LVAC to showcase the amazing talents of West Michigan artists and the beautiful parks and green spaces of Ottawa County,” said Cathy Feyt, Ottawa County Parks Foundation board member. “Our mission as a foundation is to bridge community and nature and proceeds from this event will enable us to continue the improvement of the parks and programs for students, families and individuals. Together we can weave the experience and joy of nature into everyone's lives."

Art for the Parks is organized by the Lakeshore Visual Arts Collective — a collective of regional artists who come together to bring innovative arts events to unexpected places along the lakeshore. One-night shows are curated salon style — informal, nonlinear displays that build connection and contrast between works and artists. Door donations and a percentage of artists’ sales at all events go to a designated nonprofit partner in the community.

“Our goal is to partner with businesses, community organizations, and individuals to create a sustainable artist community with benefits that flow in many directions,” says LVAC founder Maggie Bandstra.

The event is made possible by the host, Ottawa County Parks. Costs are underwritten by Hofcraft The Painter’s Source, a local, family-owned art supplier and among the oldest full-line art suppliers in the country.

To learn more about LVAC or to find out how to become a member, sponsor or venue for a pop-up show, visit www.LakeshoreVAC.com or email [email protected]

Hemlock Crossing County Park is located at 8115 West Olive Road in West Olive.

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