Grand Haven hosted its 57th art festival this past weekend. This festival brings in nearly 100 artists and puts their work on display for viewers to either browse through or purchase.
The event was held on Washington Avenue in downtown Grand Haven. All kinds of art were on display, from photography to pottery to jewelry.
“The goal of the Grand Haven Art Festival is to provide the visitors of West Michigan area with a unique opportunity to purchase one-of-a-kind art, directly from the artist,” festival director Mary Sherman said. “We hope that people will find the perfect art piece for their home, cottage or office while supporting the artists.”
The event was accepted in the way Sherman had hoped. According to the event’s Facebook page, it has an overall 4.8 out of five-star rating.
“The event is fun to go to and look at the art that is on display,” Carol Andraous, visitor said. “There is always something for everyone.”
Visitors also commented that the location was ideal for the event, saying that “the main street allows for relatively easy shopping.” It also helped that the Soccer in the Sand event was taking place at the same time. The only complaint was the lack of parking.
The artists themselves were satisfied with the event as well, as noted by Dave Riley. He said that he had people coming in and out of his booth at a steady rate both Saturday and Sunday.
During the event, the best artists are also chosen and given awards. These awards include best in show, jury’s choice, the excellence award and the people’s choice.
This year’s winners included Julie Billups for best in show, Aaron Sault for jury’s choice and Josh Merrill for the excellence award. The people’s choice is still to be decided.
None of the winners spoke on the awards they received.