OUR VIEW: ArtPrize sprinkled with local flavor

By Daily News • Last Updated 10:07 am on Wednesday, September 19, 2012

ArtPrize is here! Today it all begins … now until 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7.

It’s downtown and throughout Grand Rapids in over 160 venues, and it’s a ball for all.

If you haven’t yet experienced ArtPrize, do yourself a big favor and get there. It’s a spectacular piece of West Michigan lifestyle and we are all lucky to be living nearby such an event. More than 1,500 entries representing 56 countries, including more than a dozen local participants will be competing in categories for over $500,000 in total prize money.

Art in the historic sense is often viewed as more conservative in comparison to, for example, some of the astounding creations you will see at ArtPrize in Grand Rapids. That is not to say you won’t find classics in the mix. Add to that the popularity (and concept) of ArtPrize that is making us all more appreciative of the efforts of artists and artisans.

If you think “art” is stuffy, wait till you see the scene and stuff in and around ArtPrize; it’s free, it’s fun, and it will give you a view of how exciting human imagination and inventiveness can be.

If you are not concerned about the dwindling financial support for art education in our schools, you really need an inoculation of the kind of creativity you can find every day in the streets of Grand Rapids. We’d like to think people will be moved to help local schools introduce more young people to the possibilities in creative careers and hobbies.

Extravaganzas like this are often expensive. ArtPrize is not; there are no ticket prices and as for hours; well, hours are supposed to be 5 to 8 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, noon to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, noon to 6 p.m. Sundays; with some venues sporting longer hours. But the party does end Oct. 7. Don’t miss the chance to wander GR at your leisure and experience something very special creations, one or more of which we guarantee you’ll be talking about for a long time.

Be sure to pick up a guide to the exhibits, it’ll help you plan your time, and help assure you’ll have time to see what you want. And try to visit the presentations of our local area exhibitors: Ken Crouse, Carson City, Sculpture: “Father, Son, Spirit” at First Congregational Church, 10 E. Park Place; Catherine Behnke, Greenville, Photograph: “Guitar Hero” at St. Cecilia Music Center, 24 Ransom Avenue; Lyle Fales, Greenville, Pencil & Ink Drawing: “Put On A Happy Face” at West Coast Coffee, 55 Monroe Center; Angie Ruff, Greenville, Oil: “The Well-Conditioned Middle Weight Athlete of Dogdom” at Monarch’s Club, 646 Stocking; Judy Rogers, Gowen, Mixed Media: “Love is…” at YMCA 475 Lake Michigan Drive; Kaitlynn Geers, Howard City, Watercolor: “Innocence Corrupted” at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 134 N. Division; Marie Lazar, Belding, Internet/Interactive: “Reveal” at GrandLan Gaming Center, 56 N. Division; Darryl Love, Howard City, Oil: “Deep Within” at West Coast Coffee, 55 Monroe Center; Amita Modzewlewski, Sand Lake, Steel, Glass & Cedar: Geschichte: “The Meaning of History” at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 250 Commerce,; Michelle Pittman, Sand Lake, Pen & Marker: “Off The Grid” at Huntington/50 Monroe Place, 50 Monroe Ave.; Sandra Goller and Doris Vinton, Sand Lake, Pen & Ink: “The Wall Project” at Downtown Courtyard by Marriott, 11 Monroe Ave.; LeAnne Sowa, Spencer Township, Watercolor: “Moose Bath II” at Amway Grand Plaza, 187 Monroe; and Jesse VanderBand, Stanton, Earthenware & Hardware: “Two Lamps” at St Cecilia Music Center, 24 Ransom Ave.

Editorial opinions are the consensus of The Daily News editorial board.

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