Thursday, September 27, 2012

Post Cards from ArtPrize!

It was a perfectly chilly fall Sunday.  I was with three really nice friends of mine and we had a day to ourselves, doing something so enjoyable.

Joni, Marti, Sue and Linda!  Wonderful times and great conversation, lots of laughs!

Not too far from where I live is a city that holds a weeks-long art fair.  It is very different from any art fair you've ever been to.

It's an art fair that's everywhere.  Literally.

It's inside buildings like hotels and hospitals and art museums, and in parks, riverbanks, bridges, sidewalks, anywhere and everywhere, hanging on walls outside of buildings, in lawns, between buildings, high up in the air.

It's in Grand Rapids, Michigan and the art fair is called "Art Prize".

You can read more about it here.

Reflections were gorgeous in the glass buildings.

I am so glad our friend Linda introduced us to this.  This art show has a fan for life in me.

Another gorgeous reflection.

Grand Rapids is a really nice city with or without Art Prize, and the crowd was, too.  But it wasn't really too crowded at all, it was just right.  Mellow!

In this post, I will introduce you to the city and to Art Prize.  I've been editing a ton of photos and will show you more in the next few days.

Art Prize was started by the DeVos family, a prominent and generous Grand Rapids family with many businesses.

Here is a podcast of Rich DeVos telling about the origination and goals for this most unique art show is here.

All I had with my was my iPhone.   However, I got some decent photos anyway.

I was actually happy for the cloud cover because it's too hard to take pictures with the sun glaring on the screen of your iPhone. 

Conditions were perfect:  jeans and a jacket and comfortable walking shoes were what we had and turns out it was just right.

Artists come here to compete from 21 countries and almost every State in the Union.  If you listened to those around you, you could hear different accents and languages.

More than 1,500 entries, 161 different venues to see it all, it's free for anyone that wants to come and view the art, and the venues are scattered over three square miles!

Who decides the winners of this contest?

What are the prizes?

Well, the winners are chosen by those of us that view the art.  We vote for our favorites online!

The prizes are huge cash prizes-- and first spot gets $250,000!  Second is $100,000 for second, $50,000 for third!  Then there are other smaller prizes.

There is no way to see it all even in a couple days.  You could even spend days, JUST ONLINE, looking at all the entries, which are here.

Good Morning America came to town to cover it, too!  It's a very unusual and unique art show and something many know nothing about.

The J.W. Marriott.  A beautiful building outside and just as gorgeous inside.  

The Art Prize has displays throughout the beautiful downtown motels!  It's an easy way to see a lot of the city's most wonderful buildings.

Several bridges had artwork displayed and were for pedestrian traffic only!

Artwork is tucked into many unique places, this sculpture of Albert Einstein was in a courtyard of a hotel downtown!

Again, using the natural elements as a backdrop, fish sculpture in the water.

Tomorrow I will bring you some of the actual artwork and you will be surprised, I think at the size and the quality of some of the pieces, a truly wonderful appreciation for the creativity we have to share with each other.

Today, I brought you a piece of what my loved art is:  photography and beautiful buildings.

Come back and see me for more about Art Prize!


Julie said...

My first year I made the photos into one of those photobooks you do through snapfish so I could include as many as I wanted and lots of explanations could be written. I then have used that book on my kid's tables for graduation as it was a fieldtrip. I have actually used that book to talk people into going to Artprize, it turned out really well and captures just how interesting the show is. I haven't put last years into a book yet, still may, they make good "coffee table" books!

trump said...

Great photos and its still warm over my way! Richard

Hollace said...

This makes me really want to visit Grand Rapids. It looks like a beautiful city, besides the artwork. What a great idea the art show is for getting people to discover all that the city has to offer.

Mary Ann Potter said...

I grew up in GR and left in 1968 when I got married. It's a vibrant, beautiful city --- Art Prize has surely made a difference over the years. Enjoyed these photos. Downtown GR was a sad place for years until the DeVos family so generously gave it the money and time and rejuvenation that it needed so badly.