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NOT canceled, Just delayed

International Art Show is delayed, but not canceled.

GRAYLING – The Great Northern Art Explosion, organized by AuSable Artisan Village in Grayling, Michigan, has chosen to delay, but not cancel, one of Michigan’s richer fine art award events with $8,000 in prize money.

The second Annual Art Explosion is an opportunity for artists to publicly showcase their best work, and to have their hand at multiple cash prizes in the process. The exhibition-contest includes three juried prizes at $1,000 each, and a $5,000 public vote grand prize sponsored by Kirtland Community College.

The show, which was originally scheduled for an Aug. 8 opening, has been pushed back to open on Sept. 4 with awards presented on Sept. 20.

The delay will give organizers more time to recruit and train volunteers and prepare venues to host the show that meet COVID-19 safety guidelines. The reset will also push the entry deadline back to Aug. 10 at midnight, providing an opportunity for local and regional artists to register their work for a shot at $5,000.

Currently, most entries are from Michigan. However, there are entries from coast to coast across the nation, from the state of Washington to New Jersey, and as far away as South Africa. The Great Northern Art Explosion is becoming an international fine art event taking place in Grayling, the crossroads of Northern Michigan.

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