GREENVILLE — Area residents are encouraged to enjoy art and help a worthy cause by visiting the debut of Green Acres Retirement Living’s ArtPrize Jan. 17 to 26.
Public viewing of the participants’ art will be open from 10 am. to 4 p.m.
Green Acres Life Enrichment Coordinator Karen Dillon said this is the first time they are hosting an ArtPrize. The contest was inspired by the popular ArtPrize event in Grand Rapids, an annual open art competition where artists display their work throughout the city, competing for a cash prize.
“The visitors who come are going to be allowed one vote per day and at the end of competition we’ll count all the votes,” Dillon said. “The two with the most votes will win the prizes. The guests actually decide the winners.”
There are two categories which local artists may enter: The children’s category is open to any artist ages 13 and younger while the open category is open to any age.
Entry forms are available at Green Acres. The deadline to submit art is Wednesday. The children’s winner will receive $25 and the open category winner will receive $200.
Entry as an artist or voter is free. Donations are welcome and will benefit the Montcalm County Walk to End Alzheimer’s.
Belding artist Duane Shore submitted an anonymous entry. His professional architecture background was influential in his work and choice of medium.
“I am an architect. It is my real profession,” Shore said. “I have been in the design genre for 25-plus years. I learned how to be an architect by hand when much of the work was hand drawn, when it involved hand sketching.”
Sidney resident Brook Morris has passed down her love of drawing and sketching to her children. Both of Morris’ children have submitted drawings in the children’s category.
Morris’ son, Jared Jones, 12, entered a rendering of a reptilian creature that appears to be ripping through a piece of paper. Morris’ daughter, 7-year-old Jerzee Jones, depicted a large pink pig with a backdrop of grass, trees and birds sketched with colored pencils. It is titled “Pig’s Delight.”
“I heard about ArtPrize through my father-in-law,” Morris said. “I went up and got some forms and we decided we would all enter. The kids are a little bashful about being on stage. This way they can be a little anonymous.”
Dillon said the residents will be allowed to vote once a day and they are welcome to enter the competition, as well.
“I believe there is at least one resident who is entering,“ Dillon said. “We’re going to have a guest table where visitors can sign in and they will receive their ballot. They are welcome to walk throughout Green Acres and the art will be displayed in the hallways, the dining rooms and the community room. There will be a locked wooden box by each door and folks can place their ballot on their way out.”
Residents will also be selling cookbooks during Green Acres’ ArtPrize, with proceeds benefitting both the Greenville Ecumenical Food Mission and the Green Acres activity fund.
Green Acres Retirement Living is at 1601 Winter Creek Court in Greenville. Call (616) 754-8850 or email Green Acres at email@example.com for more information.