GRAYLING – Artisan Village and Paddle Hard Brewing joined forces to finance “The Great Northern Art Explosion,” Grayling’s first state-wide fine art competition.
Support has also come from Grayling Promotional Association, Forest Dunes, Kabinetree Koncepts and Kirtland College. Other downtown art venues, the Main Branch Gallery and the Old Lumberyard Shoppes, along with the Chamber of Commerce assisted in the planning and execution.
Over 70 artists from Detroit to Grand Rapids to Escanaba submitted artwork to be juried into the show. A team of nine professional artists voted on each entry to select the work that will be on display. “We used a team approach to select the artwork to help eliminate any personal bias and ensure a high-quality show,” commented Terry Dickinson, Director of Artisan Village.
The show will be on display through Aug. 3 at nine venues throughout downtown Grayling; Old Lumberyard Shoppes, Rolling Oak Brewing Co., Paddle Hard Microbrewery, Main Branch Gallery, Flowers by Josie, Ron’s Fly Shop at Gambles Corner, Bear’s Den Conference Room, Paddle Hard Brewing and Artisan Village. Four large sculptures will be displayed on the sidewalk, the Ram’s Head Wood Stove, the Scorpion, both by Eric Wiltse, the Great Escape by Lon Gauthier and Sun Bells by Neil Nettles.
Bruce Winslow will select the best in each of seven categories from sculpture to jewelry. Winslow earned a Master of Fine Arts in painting and art history from the Pratt Institute Graduate School of Fine Arts in Brooklyn, New York. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting and biology from Central Michigan University. He recently retired after 29 years at the Midland Center for the Arts, where he served as director and curator of the Alden B. Dow Museum of Science and Art.
Each weekend during the show Anthony Neal, an outstanding local artist, will be doing charcoal sketches in live settings at Artisan Village. There is no charge to have a portrait done but a tip jar will be available. Other activities include an afternoon of music on August 3rd with Al Bondar, Adam Hoppe, Gary King, Jordan Allen and will include a segment by the juror, Bruce Winslow, who is also an accomplished acoustical musician.
The category awards, along with the People’s Choice grand Award will be announced at an Awards Ceremony at Artisan Village at 5 p.m. on Aug. 3.
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