Michelle Calkins discusses her Holland roots, artistic decisions and inspiration for the piece.
ArtPrize Description: This is my 4th year in Artprize! This year's entry are three realistic 15x15 paintings honoring Lake Michigan done on textured board placed in these cool frames I've had for years. (Pilfered unknowingly from the Hope College sculpture room back in my schooling days.) They were cement pouring funnels... The frames measure 27 inches each to the outside dimension. One depicts branches, one pebbles and stones and the other beach grass and thistles as they sway in the warm breezes.
ArtPrize Description: Conveying my past experiences as a young adult when myself and friends would explore abandon movie drive inn theaters and I would imagine all the experiences other generations had at the drive inn. Most drive inns at the time were scary and in decay with rundown playgrounds, but its the late 1980s and all of these venues are closing along with my childhood, I saw some of my favorite horror movies, even had my first date at one. But like a dream they are gone! I want to show that amongst these lost relics I was thinking of beautiful colors then looking at the decay as insperation using many textures from the rotting big screen, my works will explore this, the title is in honer of old b-horror movies that would show at the drive inn.
Eric Westra describes the idea, process and end result of his collaborative ArtPrize entry titled "Jigsaw Blossoms".
ArtPrize Description: Jigsaw puzzles were originally created by painting a picture on a flat, rectangular piece of wood, and then cutting that picture into small pieces with a jigsaw, hence the name. In this particular artwork, that process is reversed. The wood will first be cut into the various pieces (128 puzzle pieces), and then each piece will be painted individually by members of the community at Tulip City Panache in Holland, Michigan. None of the painters will be able to see the adjoining pieces. In fact, they won't even know what the final completed work is supposed to look like, only their individual piece. Only after all of the puzzle pieces are reassembled will we know what the unique end result will be. We have not even begun painting yet, and already there is a buzz! And since the pieces will have velcro backing, the work can be an interactive piece. So many different hands, so many different styles...all flowering into one beautiful scene, piece by piece!
Dawn Soltysiak describes the idea, process and potential of this collaborative ArtPrize entry titled "God's Kitchen".
ArtPrize Description: "John Doe" could be any of the many hungry faces of people in need. He sits upon a pile of hand made pottery bowls, which represent the food which God's Kitchen brings to the hungry. The full size figure is made totally of clay and the hundreds of potters bowls were created by our hands....Thanks to the generous donation of bowls by over 50 potters!"
"Americana On Wheels" Creations in metal, a window into twentieth century history. The first bicycle came to be almost 200 years ago. When those first two wheels came together and someone climbed aboard our world was changed forever. Many of us reached early on for adventure and freedom holding tightly to the handlebars of a bicycle. Experience the history and imagine the future. Art is located in the B.O.B.