Chas and I spent some time visiting other ArtPrize venues today. It’s hard to express the energy and excitement in Grand Rapids where art is EVERYWHERE and the soul is lifted! Of note are the works of Chris Laporte and Andrea Kowch at the the Grand Rapids Art Museum. I’m partial to the artists I share a venue with: Jane Maclean, Roger Wermers, and Richard Mitchell.
One of the things I love about ArtPrize is that it’s accessible. From representational to abstract art—there’s something here for everyone and for every taste. Yesterday, an older couple was looking at the art hanging near mine. The gentleman said “Trout Abstract [title]… hmmmm, oh, I see it. I don’t know anything about art, but I know trout!” He also knew what he liked and something about that painting touched him.
Unique to ArtPrize is the optional “Artist’s Statement” which enriches the experience as concept, thought and concerns of the artists meld with a visual feast for the eyes. I’ve visited a lot of art museums, mostly enjoying art of the impressionists forward through the 20th century, and many times I’ve wondered, “so, what was the artist thinking?”
Today a man on the street tried to hand me a flyer while explaining why I should vote for him (art sight unseen, by the way… just saying). I held up my artist “credential” and told him I would be voting for my own art. This brings up the pesky topic of voting. I really hate the idea of hawking for votes, but I settled down about it once I learned that viewers can vote for as many artist’s as they like, but can only vote once for any one artist. Well, the pressure is off, knowing that visitors don’t have to see my art as their favorite, just something they like.
Robert Motherwell said “Life is much more important than art, but what a poor life without it.”
Come and enjoy a richer life.