CELEBRATING ART ON THE LAKESHORE
Visual Art & Street Party
Fine Art & Craft Show
Each year, the Lakeshore Art Festival features hundreds of artists and crafters, a Children’s Lane, street performers, festival food favorites and interactive art all along the beautiful streets of Downtown Muskegon. Mark your calendars for next year's festival taking place July 1 and 2, 2016.
Muskegon's LAKESHORE ART FESTIVAL Receives Top Ranking!
We're thrilled to have been ranked #83 by the Sunshine Artist Magazine 200 Best! The festival attracts over 250 exhibitors and 50,000 visitors to beautiful Downtown Muskegon annually.
LAKESHORE ART FESTIVAL - Returning July 1 & 2, 2016!
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The Lakeshore art Festival features a unique blend of arts, crafts, music, food, and fun along the shoreline in historic Downtown Muskegon. This year's event will feature nearly 250 fine art and craft exhibitors, and a Children's Lane, festival food favorites, street performers and interactive art for all!
Kids and families will find great fun at the Children's Lane hosted by the Muskegon's own Fit4Mom and YMCA. The Children's Lane will feature booths and activities for children to be entertained, educated, and to be creative.
The art of performing abounds at the Lakeshore Art Festival. As you stroll through the many art/craft exhibitors you will find street performers entertaining to your delight! Enjoy everything from jugglers, musicians, yo-yoers, hula hoopers, and many more! To get involved click here!
Visitors of the Lakeshore Art Festival are invited to express their creative side with our Community Canvas Project. This unique event will be an interactive painting project consisting of multiple large-scale canvases in which anyone can paint on for free! Hosted by the Muskegon Center for the Arts, the canvases will be positioned around the sculpture located at the intersection of 3rd Street and Western Avenue during the festival. At the end of both Friday and Saturday, the canvases will be cut into various sizes and stretched over wooden frames. The canvases will be for sale and a portion of the proceeds will benefit a local non-profit organization. Be sure to visit and make your mark at this year's Lakeshore Art Festival!
Paint a canvas and take it home with you!
Have you ever wanted to paint something you'd be proud of but didn't know where to start? We have your solution... A professional artist from the Wine and Canvas company will teach you how to paint your very own postcard size canvas and take it home with you. For only $5 you can create your own masterpiece. Kids can paint too! Visit Arts & Carafes Studio in the Children's Lane to paint your own masterpiece.
Volunteer at Lakeshore Art Festival!
Check out the various opportunities to get your hands dirty at the Lakeshore Art Festival. We need everything from logistics, set-up, water sales, breakfast brigade, children's lane volunteers and more! Click here to learn more.
If you are interested in getting involved as a volunteer, sponsor or street performer, visit our Get Involved section for more information.
To create a vibrant, sustainable art and craft event showcasing the Muskegon lakeshore. Featuring a juried fine art show, craft fair, artisan food market, children’s area, interactive art and performing arts/entertainment. Attracting visitors, artists and crafters from across the country and enhancing the economic impact of the area while fostering art and cultural awareness.
Art has been the driving force in downtown Muskegon for over a century. In 1961 Hackley Park became the center for a large scale art and craft show known as Muskegon Art in the Park. In 2013, the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce took the local Art in the Park event to the next level with the creation of the Lakeshore Art Festival!
Thank you to all of the amazing exhibitors in 2015! Stay tuned for registration details for the 2016 show to come out later this year.
Fine Art/Fine Craft
Hackley Park is home to the Fine Art/Fine Craft Exhibitors. The park’s natural grassy landscape also features beautiful mature trees, flowering plants, sculptures, exterior and interior sidewalks. It is located in the heart of downtown Muskegon’s Heritage Village, home to the city’s library, art museum, county museum, theaters and more.
Craft/Artisan Food Market and Children's Lane
Craft exhibitors, artisan foods, and Children's Lane participants will reside in the newly renovated streets in the heart of downtown. These wide roads feature lots of natural light and gorgeous boulevards to enhance the exhibitors and shoppers enjoyment.
Friday, July 3, 2015 10am - 6pm
Saturday, July 4, 2015 10am - 6pm
Important Dates to Remember:
December 1, 2014
Application For Submission open
$30 Application Fee (non-refundable)*
$250 Fine Art/Fine Craft
$180 Craft /Children’s Lane/Artisan Food Market
$1,000 - First Place/Best in Show
$800 - Second Place
$600 - Third Place
$400 - Honorable Mention
$200 - Committee’s Choice
“Last year we participated in the new craft show for the first time and we had a fantastic experience. We look forward to this year's event.” - Scot Covert, Srey’s Styles Collaborator
“This event is the reincarnation of a really artsy-craftsy show. The new organizer seems to "get" art fair and has an excellent background in event management and hopes to create a new higher end show. If you are open on this weekend and live nearby it may be worth your time.” - Constance Mettler, Call for Artists Publisher
“I just got done doing my zapplication to enter the show for this year. I have to tell you it went so fast and easy this time I couldn't believe it. I'm really looking forward to seeing you this summer.” - Thea Collier, Jeweler
The Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce is proud to be hosting the Lakeshore Art Festival again this year. A few enhancements have been made in order to ensure the festival's success for years to come. The park will be reserved for "fine art" or "fine craft" and the street area will feature unique "crafts", street performers and Children's Lane. Definitions of fine art/fine craft and craft are listed below.
Our jury is comprised of local artists, art educators and key Lakeshore Art Festival committee members. During our blind jury process, jurors will examine photos submitted by art and craft exhibitors and score each entry on a scale from 1 to 5. From these scores, and taking into account the uniqueness of each item, pricing and quality, exhibitors will be categorized into fine art/fine craft or general craft areas.
Fine Art: Traditionally, has been, painting and sculpture. Drawing and printmaking also rank within fine art, as lesser forms of painting. Ceramics, photography, glass, mixed media, performance, textiles, and the like are also considered fine art. That being said, "fine art" as defined by the Lakeshore Art Festival is a high-quality medium, that is unique and artfully made with a conscious intent to engage in the tradition of art-making and a resulting object that is art for its own sake.
Fine Craft: Objects that can have a functional intent, but are made or decorated as to be singular or rare objects. These objects tend to be luxury items and extraordinary or quite unique. Hand made furniture, ceramic vessels, glass objects, jewelry, apparel and the like fall into this category. The line between fine art and fine craft blurs very quickly. In broad strokes, fine craft becomes fine art when the methods and materials used to create the object are traditional (ceramic, glass, woodworking, weaving, etc.) but the object is made with the intention of functioning as strictly an object of art.
Craft: Best viewed as a wholesale, commercial product. Objects in this category tend to be easily and quickly made, with common forms and subject matter. Ceramics and glass are the best examples. A potter can throw pots and platters quickly and efficiently. They are hand made, but primarily functional. The ceramist may then have more complex, involved works they consider their art. Glass is similar. Many artists work on what they call "production pieces" – goblets, cups, bowls, etc, and then have their own, more sculptural fine art glass. Jewelry is another good example. Think Fabrege egg versus everything in the displays at Zales. Painting and photography can also fall into this category, primarily through subject matter. Painters can easily adopt a formula that lets them produce similar landscapes and abstract paintings in very short order. These pieces are common and are frequently distinguished by competent but ordinary technique.
*Members of the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce and the Muskegon Museum of Art will receive a discounted non-refundable registration fee of $15. Email email@example.com to confirm your membership and receive your discount code.
There are plenty of ways to get involved with the Lakeshore Art Festival.
Interested in volunteering for the festival? Find out more information here.
The Children's Lane hosts a variety of vendors and activities that focus specifically on children and families. The area will feature free or low-cost, family-friendly, kid-centered arts, crafts, entertainment, retail and more. Additionally, the event will focus on engaging children (and families) in a healthy way, to educate them on positive living and to include elements of creativity, good eating habits and staying active.
If you are interested in being part of this amazing opportunity or would just like to learn more please download our Children's Lane Form.
The Lakeshore Art Festival features a street party atmosphere that highlights many forms of artistic expression. If you are interested in being one of our many street performers during the two day event please click here.
The Lakeshore Art Festival is a unique blend of fine art, crafts, music, food and fun positioned along the shoreline in historic Downtown Muskegon. Hundreds of exhibitors will be showcasing their handcrafted products along with, children’s activities and Michigan food market all wrapped up in a street party atmosphere.
If you would like more information on how to be an exhibitor/vendor at Lakeshore Art Festival please click here.
For information regarding the Lakeshore Art Festival, Contact Event Director, Carla Flanders at firstname.lastname@example.org or 231-724-3176 .
To speak with a representative from the organization behind the Lakeshore Art Festival, the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce, contact the Chamber’s Communications Director, Cece Riley at email@example.com or 231-722-3751 FOR MEDIA INQUIRIES ONLY.
Click here for high resolution downloadable images. Photo credit to Lakeshore Art Festival, unless otherwise listed on image.
There are many ways in which you can get involved in the Lakeshore Art Festival including sponsorship, volunteer, product/service donations, prize donations, business partnerships and more!
Thank you 2015 Lakeshore Art Festival Sponsors:
Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce
380. W. Western, Suite 202
Muskegon, MI 49440