CELEBRATING ART ON THE LAKESHORE
Visual Art & Street Party
Fine Art & Craft Show
For decades, art has been a driving force in downtown Muskegon. The Lakeshore Art Festival continues that tradition with a unique blend of arts, crafts, music, food and fun along the scenic shoreline. The Lakeshore Art Festival features hundreds of artists and crafters, a Children’s Lane, street performers and a food area including an Artisan Food Market and festival food favorites.
LAKESHORE ART FESTIVAL - RETURNING JULY 3 & 4 IN 2015
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, Craft, and Artisan Food Market exhibitors.
Kids and families will find great fun at the Children's Lane hosted by the Muskegon Family YMCA. The Children's Lane will feature booths and actitivities 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!
Stay tuned for details on these and other interactive art opportunities in 2015...
The Art Carve
Art is everywhere at Lakeshore Art Festival! The Art Carve, A Collegiate Food Art Competition event will showcase the art of fruit and vegetable carving techniques and will take place at the Farmer's Market on Friday, July 4th from 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. This program is made possible through the partnership between Lakeshore Art Festival, the Culinary Institute of Michigan (CIM), the Farmer's Market, and the City of Muskegon.
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 on July 4 and 5 from 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. 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.
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 crafts people 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!
Applications to exhibit will be available later this year. Check back to apply...
If you are interested in getting involved as a volunteer or sponsor at the 2015 event, fill out one of the forms on our Get Involved section for more information.
Applications to exhibit will be available later this year. Check back to apply...
If you are interested in being a food vender, street performer, sponsor or volunteer at the 2015 event, fill out one of the forms on the Get Involved page and we'll contact you.
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 Exhibitors, Children's Lane & Artisan Food Market
Craft exhibitors, Children's Lane participants and the Artisan Food Market 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.
2015 event dates and dealines coming soon...
$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 insure 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, wood working, 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.
There are plenty of ways to get involved with the Lakeshore Art Festival.
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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 2014 Lakeshore Art Festival Sponsors:
Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce
380. W. Western, Suite 202
Muskegon, MI 49440