Annual Art @ the Green event kicks off Tuesday

By Curtis Wildfong • Last Updated 10:25 am on Thursday, July 24, 2014

Greenville artist Judy Rogers works on her drawing titled “The Promise,” a depiction of Noah’s Ark. Rogers, who is a retired school teacher from Cedar Crest Elementary School, will enter the piece in the third annual Art @ the Green art competition. The event begins Tuesday and will run through Aug. 16. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

GREENVILLE — Now in its third year of displaying the works of some of this area’s top artists, this year’s Art @ the Green event promises the best variety of art pieces in the event’s early existence.

“We have an outdoor installation, this is the first year we’ve had that. We have more 3-D (pieces) this year than we’ve ever had,” said Kathy O’Donald, one of the event’s coordinators. “This year is very interesting.”

With 31 pieces by artists throughout West Michigan being featured at 27 different venues throughout Greenville, event organizers hope to attract art enthusiasts from all over the area.

“We thought it would be a great way to bring culture into West Michigan,” said Pam Jorae, director of the Danish Festival, which puts on the event.

The art will be featured at several different businesses and venues, mostly downtown, beginning Tuesday and continuing through Aug. 16.

Judging will take place Tuesday, when artists from Grand Rapids will tour the different venues and evaluate each piece. Having judges come from outside of the area help keep the competition fair and unbiased.

“We like to find people who don’t know the local artists,” O’Donald noted.

There will be several awards handed out during the art competition, which has steadily grown in the first three years.

First place for both 2-D and 3-D art pieces will win $500. Second place in each category will take home a $100 prize.

There will also be a public vote, with the winner taking home $500.

Drop boxes will be placed at four locations throughout Greenville — Flat River Library, Winter Inn, 57 Brew Pub and Big Boy — where ballots can be cast. Each person is allowed one vote, which will be voted by the title of the piece.

For a list of venues where art will be featured, visit online. A list can also be found at the Ed Koehn dealership, the event’s sponsor.

Viewing of the artwork is open during the venue or businesses regular business hours.

As the event grows, bringing in a greater number and more experienced artists, organizers hope Art @ the Green can become a mainstay in the community.

“It’s a great way for local artists to get their pieces of art in the public,” O’Donald said.

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