Grand Haven ArtWalk is an annual collaboration of artists, local businesses and members of the lakeshore community in a collective celebration of art. Artists from the local area and beyond participate in an art competition in the following categories: drawing, painting, photography, sculpture(3D) and mixed media. ArtWalk takes place Sept. 28 – Oct. 8.
Along with daily public judging and juried voting, ArtWalk boasts special events that highlight the artists, venues and friends of ArtWalk. There is a special hands-on art day for kids of all ages, free food and live music; 4th grade field trip to experience performance art; a youth competition for artists ranging in age from zero to 8, all the way to 18 years old; a musical concert in the street; and a host of special events at the Loutit District Library.
Events slated for 2017 ArtWalk include:
Thursday, September 28 Official Opening of ArtWalk 2017
Ribbon cutting at 6 pm – near 120 / 121 Washington Avenue
Saturday, September 30 Family Art Day
11:30 – 2 PM on 1st Street between Columbus and Washington. Everyone is invited to create their own masterpiece. Watch for event updates.
Sunday, October 1 Music and Artist Meet and Greet
Live music and wonderful art will be in harmony at this event on Sunday, October 1, from 1:00 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. on First St. between Washington Ave. and Columbus Ave. Music kicks off at 1:00 with local band Sweet Lou & the Savages with special guest singer/songwriter Loren Johnson. There will be a recognition of the ArtWalk artists at 1:50, and many of them will be present at their venues from 2:00 until 4:00. Please join us downtown for great live music, a chance to tour the venues and see inspiring art, and an opportunity to meet the artists and dialogue with them about their work. (In case of rainy weather, cancellation of the event will be indicated on this website.).
Tuesday, October 3 Voting ends at 6 pm.
Thursday, October 5 ArtWalk 2017 Awards Ceremony
6 pm at the Grand Haven Community Center, 421 Columbus – join us as we recognize the winners of ArtWalk 2017.
Friday, October 6 First Friday Art Hop
Visit our local galleries and participating merchants for special arts experiences.
ArtWalk Youth Events
Wednesday, September 20 Youth Art Competion begins
Public voting kicks off at noon. Loutit District Library, 4o7 Columbus.
Wednesday, September 27 4th Grade Education Day
Monday, October 2 Public voting ends at noon
Throughout the Main Street district.
Tuesday, October 3 ArtWalk Youth Awards
6 PM at Loutit District Library, 407 Columbus.
Sunday, October 8 Free Concert
2 PM at Loutit District Library, featuring Boardwalk Brass of Grand Haven.
Visitors to Grand Haven ArtWalk can easily reach all ArtWalk exhibits foot, experiencing a true walking art tour while soaking in the charm of historic Grand Haven. Attendees can also enjoy the array of events and activities scheduled during ArtWalk.
After visiting the participating venues and viewing the art, the public and a juried panel will vote on their favorites in each category. From these votes, winners will receive cash prizes at the ArtWalk awards ceremony.