Art Festivals in West Michigan Abound

Art Festivals in West Michigan Abound

Summertime on Michigan’s West Coast means enjoying the sun, the water, and the charm of small towns. Many of these towns also host art showcases where artists from across the Mitten, and the country, exhibit and sell their best wares. You’re invited to check them out, some of the upcoming festivals include:

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Photo courtesy of the Grand Haven Chamber

Grand Haven Art Festival
On June 28 and 29, 2014, the main street of downtown Grand Haven transforms into an art venue as artists display their work for visitors to peruse. The goal of the festival is to provide an opportunity for folks to interact with and purchase art directly with the artists in the middle of iconic Grand Haven. “This will be the 53rd Annual Grand Haven Art Festival. In my opinion the appeal of the event is how it transforms Washington Avenue, downtown Grand Haven, into a chic outdoor art gallery with the original works of nearly 100 artists from not only Michigan but also the country. It is the fantastic venue for attendees to find that perfect piece of artwork for their home, cottage or office while supporting the livelihood and ambitions of an artist,” said Courtney Geurink, event director.

The vendors show everything from photography to jewelry to painting. The event is certainly family-friendly, especially on Saturday, which is Family Fun day at the festival, which is an opportunity from 10 AM-2 PM for children to participate in free arts and craft activities provided by local businesses. For more information on the festival, check out their website and Facebook page.

Art Festivals in West Michigan Abound - Awesome Mitten
Photo courtesy of the Lakeshore Art Festival

Lakeshore Art Festival
The Lakeshore Art Festival takes place on July 4 and 5, 2014, and is a display of the influence that art has on the Muskegon community. This year’s event features nearly 250 artists and crafters, as well music, food, and fun along Muskegon’s iconic shoreline. Parents that bring children to the festival do not have to worry about them getting bored, since there will be a Children’s Lane, sponsored by the Muskegon Family YMCA. This features booths and activities for kids.

Visual art is not the only kind of art on display at this event, as the art of performing will be on display at the festival. Street performers will be interspersed around the exhibitors with jugglers, musicians, yo-yoers, hula hoopers, and many more. Be sure to bring your appetite as well, with a food area including an Artisan Food Market and festival food favorites. To learn more, check their website and Facebook.

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Photo courtesy of South Haven Art Fair

South Haven Art Fair
The 56th Annual South Haven Art Fair takes place on July 5th and 6th, 2014, from 10 AM to 5 PM and attracts crowds up to 40,000 to a scenic park just blocks away from the sandy beaches of Lake Michigan. This year is the largest the fair has ever been with 130 artists registered, ten food vendors, two children activity booths, four organizations/sponsor booths, and two young artist organizations with booths. They have nineteen media categories, including a new category of Sustainable Art. This new category is for artists that create work made from materials that are recyclable and leave no carbon footprint.

“This is our first year moving to two days, and being our biggest fair yet is promising! In the past we’ve drawn around 30,000 visitors to the South Haven Art Fair, and we expect to bring even more over the 2 days! We’ll also be bringing back entertainment from local bands – The Daily Lunch Combo & the Casco Band (and hopefully more). We’re showcasing so many types of art that there is something for everyone – fine arts in all the media, kids activities, music, and food,” said Emily Wondergem, communication manager for the South Haven Center for the Arts.  Check their website and Facebook for more information.

If you love art and enjoy Michigan’s West Coast, why not check out these upcoming festivals?

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My name is Anthony Homolka, age 22 and a Writing major at Grand Valley State. I grew up on five acres in Ada, just outside of Grand Rapids. I am writing for the Awesome Mitten for an internship through Grand Valley. In my spare time I enjoy playing tennis and enjoying the great outdoors in Michigan. My favorite spots in Michigan would be around Lake Michigan, either in Grand Haven or the sand dunes around Saugatuck.