Posted by: Kath Usitalo | September 27, 2012

Grand Haven ArtWalk Complements ArtPrize

A vintage map displayed at the Tri-Cities Historical Museum in Grand Haven declares the area “The Playground of a Nation”

While eyes of the art world are on ArtPrize in Grand Rapids, the radical “people’s choice” competition with the planet’s largest pot of money for the winner, there’s a smaller-scale version of the art event in Grand Haven, a Lake Michigan resort town about a 45-minute drive to the west.

Grand Haven ArtWalk opened on September 19 and wraps up October 6, a day earlier than the Grand Rapids event. Like ArtPrize, it gives the public a chance to choose favorite works and has a juried competition, but with a fraction of the number of pieces of art and venues as the three-square mile territory covered in Grand Rapids: ArtWalk has about 200 works at 80 venues compared to ArtPrize’s 1,517 entries at 161 venues.

In addition to ArtWalk voting, this weekend from Noon-5 p.m. you can enjoy Grand Haven’s Arf Walk, a contest among decorated dog sculptures displayed along Washington Avenue.

And the free, fourth annual Indie Rock Music Festival features 10 bands and takes over a block of Washington Avenue from 6 p.m.-Midnight Friday and Saturday, September 28-29.

While in Grand Haven be sure to factor in some time for the Lake Michigan beach—great for a stroll and sunset, a work of art in itself, anytime of year.

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