Last year we were there on the day the 2014 winners were announced and got to see the two previous winners at the HUB: 2013 Grand Prize Winner; Reflections on Grand Prize 2012.
This time we walked into the large display room at the HUB and saw last year's winner of both public and juried vote, Intersections.
This time we were there on the day after the the winners were anounced. The lines to get into the venues where the winners were displayed were impossibly long. I read about them online on the way home. Northwood Awakening won the 2D category, interestingly the same artist that won the public vote in 2013.
You can peruse all the 1500 entries on the ArtPrize.org website. I just did and counted some 60 I remembered. I'm sure there were others, non-memorable ones.
I found the charcoal drawing that had Mike mesmerized it was so incredibly detailed, more like a photograph.
|"Portrait of Kayla" by Brian Duey|
|"Breaking Free" by Jake Smit|
My own photos are very random. I like this one because some of our friends are in it.
|"Twins" stoneware by Naoto Nakata (dogs made up of multiple stacked dogs)|
|"Dark Eagle" digital art by Jennie Bethel|
I thought Son Stephan would like to see this next one.
|"Lady of the Woods" a wood carving by Billy Meinke|
The Shoemaker family created this 3-D piece to represent the family they became when they took in five siblings from Africa and a Russian exchange student.
|"Grafted In" by The Shoecrew|
|"Blue Giraffe" by Jim Neal|
|"The Grand Rapid Tape Drawing" by The Tape Art Crew|
Sharing the day with friends definitely enhanced the experience. It would be great fun to make this an annual event, though I would try to plan our route more carefully and NOT go on the last weekend. I've read since that the best time to go is on the first day to avoid the crowds and find parking. However, we would miss out on the many transformations of projects that are ongoing throughout the 21 days.
The last exhibit before we said goodbye to the delightful girls and their parents, was an interactive musical event, another one of those artistic forms subject to constant change.