Grand Haven ArtWalk 2016 and Tree City USA Community Art Project
Grand Haven Michigan, recently recognized as a “Tree City USA” by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources will be adding dozens of new trees to their community by way of a community art project created in conjunction with Grand Haven Main Street and ArtWalk 2016, according to Barb Carlson, event coordinator for ArtWalk 2016.
“The 2016 ArtWalk committee is very excited to once again to bring a community-wide art project to the streets and neighborhoods of the Tri-Cities,” said Carlson.
The three-dimensional blank cut-outs of flowing trees with a mitten design of the lower peninsula of Michigan perfectly express the community’s pride in receiving the prestigious Tree City USA designation by the Michigan DNR. “This is an ArtWalk 2016 art project the entire community can relate to and get involved with on any level – schools, families, small business, companies and so on,” said Carlson.
Sean Sterzer, ArtWalk committee member and designer of the iconic tree cutout, said the intent of this effort is to engage the entire community to share in a fun, creative and visual art experience. “We love seeing individuals and groups gather to create community art. There is no prerequisite for participation, just a desire to get involved and enjoy the art experience,” said Sterzer.
The first Mitten Tree is on display in downtown Grand Haven in front of Michigan Rag at 121 Washington Avenue. Proceeds from the ArtWalk 2016 Tree City USA art project will be utilized to further fund art initiatives in the community through ArtWalk. “At the very core of our mission is a desire to build on the local art community’s vibrant and growing art scene,” said Carlson.
Tree City USA cutouts are available in two sizes. Table-top trees are available for $30 at Michigan Rag in downtown Grand Haven. Limited quantities of the street-size cutouts are $200 and may be ordered by contacting Barb Carlson at: artwalkGrandHaven@gmail.com.