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Lake Michigan Art Walk Moves to the Great Outdoors
Lake Michigan Art Walk Moves to the Great Outdoors

News Release:

(MUSKEGON, MICH)- On Saturday, May 21, the Lake Michigan Art Walk (LMAW) is taking its art outdoors, for the first time. The popular event has grown substantially since its inception and will now also dot the downtown Muskegon landscape.

Nestled among the nooks and patios downtown, from Third Street to Western Avenue, participating artists will be displaying the best of their collections, including many new pieces created specifically for this event.  "Our artists are excited to be outside this year - natural light is very complimentary to the arts," said Gary Packingham, an artist and one of the organizers of The Lake Michigan Art Walk. 

The Lake Michigan Art Walk (http://www.lakemichiganartwalk.com/) began last year with just a handful of participants and has since grown to include more than sixty artists. Packingham cites the local support the LMAW as one of the key components for their success, "We've had great support from the Chamber, Downtown Muskegon Now, and many area businesses," Packingham noted.

For those artists who prefer to display their wares indoors, many businesses like the Frauenthal Center and Waddell & Reed will offer indoor venues for the event.

Art lovers will enjoy the array of original paintings, digital art, sculpture, and fine jewelry. The artists will also have fine art prints available for sale. "One of our goals is to raise awareness among art buyers and let them know that some of the best art is available right here Muskegon," Packingham stated.

In addition to coordinating the Art Walks, the group has hinted that they will be launching several other initiatives to help revitalize downtown Muskegon through a strong art presence.

"We have a blank canvas here in Muskegon, an open invitation for artists to project their creativity onto,” said Bryan Snuffer, an artist and one of the Lake Michigan Art Walk’s organizers. “I think it’s safe to say that our events will surprise a few people this year, we will provide visitors and residents with a fresh perspective on our community. The LMAW will make them look at our community in a whole new light.”

Over the past year, many people have asked if the Lake Michigan Art Walks would evolve into an event similar to Grand Rapid’s Art Prize.  "Each community has to grow its own art experience that uniquely fits that community. We all love what Grand Rapids is doing," Packingham explained.  "But we hope to create a strong Muskegon art presence as a year-round program working with the resources this community has." 

Packingham identified the great art resources already in Muskegon, including; The Muskegon Art Museum, The  Frauenthal Performing Arts Center, Jilly's, Art Cats, Wind Sun and Rain, Red Lotus Gallery, and Muskegon Community College Performing Arts Program.  "We have a strong reservoir of talent and ideas to make Muskegon an art destination,” Packingham stated.

Following the May Art Walk, the group is scheduling events in June, August, and September – including an event in the Lakeside area.

For more information on the Lake Michigan Art Walk and its efforts, visit http://www.lakemichiganartwalk.com/

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