Story and photos By Marianne Boerigter
On a quick trip to Grand Rapids last week, I wanted to stop and take in at least a part of ArtPrize before the venues closed for the night. I stopped at the home of ArtPrize entry "Kindness – Newaygo County", at the City Water Building by the Richard App Gallery, located at 1101 Monroe Avenue near Leonard, and was pleasantly surprised by not only the number of artists showing there, but also the variety of work at this venue, which is on the northern fringe of ArtPrize.
The City Water Building is a venue that has been re-purposed for ArtPrize and is full of nooks and crannies, small rooms and big spaces. With 34 artists at this venue, it is well worth stopping off during your ArtPrize visit. Two pieces at this venue are on the ArtPrize jurors short list and several others have made the ArtPrize top 100 through the public vote.
The entries at this venue that made the top of my "wow that is interesting" list were:
The first floor of the building Richard App Gallery is also featuring work from a variety of artists, including singer/songwriter and now woodworker/artist, Drew Nelson. His small tables are chunky, thick and all have a cool factor to them.
On my next trip down to Artprize, San Chez Bistro will be one of the stops to check out Newaygo photographer Mark Andrews' display "People Places and Things of Old Havana, Cuba". His collection of photos from his travels to Cuba capture pieces of everyday life on this interesting island.
Take a day, take a few hours, or even a few minutes to experience ArtPrize in Grand Rapids. Soak in whatever amount you can and enjoy the creative atmosphere of ArtPrize!
ArtPrize runs through October 8 with venues throughout the downtown Grand Rapids area and beyond. For more information you can go to http://www.artprize.org/ or visit their facebook page.
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