It’s mid October at the Arts Council, and naturally, every person that comes in is raving about ArtPrize and asking if I made it to see this painting or that sculpture at UICA or the GRAM or that restaurant on the corner of those two streets. And the answer is no.
No, I didn’t make it to Grand Rapids once during ArtPrize this year. I work at an arts organization in West Michigan, and I didn’t go to ArtPrize. Isn’t that a crime? I should probably be arrested.
I have reaons though — I promise! This is only my second summer in Michigan, and I’m just now getting used to the craze that is ArtPrize. I’m also in my first year of full-time work, and life is busy. Between work, friends and family I haven’t had a free weekend in months.
I know I’m not the only one — I’m sure there are other Hollanders and West Michiganders (those are the technical terms, right?) who didn’t make it to ArtPrize this year. Kids sports every weekend? Family in and out of town still? Last minute walks on the beach with the fall colors? I’m sure some of you have missed ArtPrize for one reason or another.
Or maybe you went to Grand Rapids, but did you see all the artwork? Or saw it, but it was only through a sea of heads, weaving in and out of people, getting shoved and stepped on? That’s what I thought.
I have one word for all of us: RePrize. You’re welcome.
RePrize will open in December — watch our website and the blog for more details about the artwork and Lakeshore artists that are being represented.
When the Holland Area Arts Council was just beginning, -- before we even had a building -- the organization leaders started a newsletter called Artline. In the spirit of our rich history, the Arts Council's new blog is titled Artline.