Saturday, October 9, 2010


it’s a big deal.

192 Venues (seaparte spaces and buildings!)

1,713 Pieces of art from

1,713 Artists

44912 Registered voters

465538 Total votes placed

$450,000 In prize money

$250,000 For 1st place

i was so lucky that my class reunion coincided with this amazing event
and that i got to see at least a little part of it. 
 basically the whole city of grand rapids turns into a giant art gallery for almost 3 weeks.  people come in droves to witness it and to be immersed in art.  school children come by the busload on field trips.  the city is transformed and everyone is thinking “art”.  how cool is that??

i was only able to visit a tiny portion of the 1,713 pieces, but what i saw was astounding.

so diverse.

so much talent.

so much creativity.

absolutely inspiring.

Resilience by my friend Debra Smale
it’s an idea that needs to grow and happen in other cities.

think about it.

why not yours??


  1. Crikey - that looks AMAZING!

  2. Absolutely amazing! I would love an event like this here. Great photos that transfer some of the atmosphere. What is this net-like piece in the second picture? It is stunning!

  3. The lst prize drawing was amazing. Were you able to see all the winners displayed? Such an exciting experience .. we need more of these events, agreed. You must have been soooo inspired! Thanks for giving us a glimpse, Patty. Glad you had fun.

  4. Truly exciting!! Yes - it really is something that should happen in every city!!

  5. Thanks,everyone! Carola, it's huge pieces of felt in the art museum. They were also demonstrating felt-making. Fascinating!!

  6. patty...I am SO jealous!! I would have just LOVED to be able to immerse myself in all that art. thank you SO much for sharing these pics with us. I also hope that your class reunion went well. It must of been scary and exciting all at once??!!

  7. oh are going to share the class reunion trip with us...yes, taking time to process is a good move! Can't wait to hear about it sweet Patty. I was so out of place in high school...I don't know if I would even want to go back there!

  8. Oh much incredible talent..each photo just got better and better..Thank you so much for sharing this with us! Dear Gussie..I'm absolutely in love with the cylinder shaped figurative pieces (on the floor)..they appear to be lit from beneath, or maybe they have focal light from above. Truly amazing stuff! Hope you enjoyed a great Columbus Day! :)) Hugs, Terri

  9. oh how cool! it's a photograhers dream...


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