Nellie"s Needles

Thursday, May 06, 2010

ArtPrize - Grand Rapids, MI

Who better to explain what ArtPrize is all about than the guy who's behind it all, Rick DeVos.

I'm so pleased to be a participant in this year's event. Registration for the venues, buildings and businesses and institutions that want to exhibit the art, has already happened. The artists are registering their work now through May 27th.  Beginning June 1st the venues and artists begin negotiating about what will be exhibited where.  This venture truly requires participation by everyone involved ... the artists, the exhibitors, and viewing public.

Click on the ArtPrize logo to go the blog to keep up with events.

To see the scope and scale of last year's art, click on the above video to get to YouTube.  There are many videos that feature the art, venues, and participants in lively and amusing clips.

Now to get back to digging through the bags of scraps to get on with my entry, "The Lake".

"The Lake" Study - 21" x 17"

My goal is to get the five sky panels composed before we move to Michigan for the summer.  The two rows of foreground breaking waves and beach will get done in Studio North, as well as mounting all twenty-five panels for hanging as one BIG art quilt that measures 9 feet wide by 7 feet high.  That's not as large as "Prairie Performance" installed at the Sherman Hospital in Elgin, Illinois which is 14 feet wide by 10 feet high.  Whew! I get worn out just remembering the 6 months of solid work to get that one to completion.


Rian said...

Good luck with the competition. I hope you win. That kind of scratch would buy a whole lot of fun art supplies.

But even if you don't win, I know you'll wow em and be a contendah.

sophie said...

I think your piece is a great fit for the city of Grand Rapids. Honestly, I think you're a shoo-in.

I couldn't help but giggle a little at the ArtPrise logo. Just about everything in Grand Rapids uses some version of their Calder sculpture in it–from garbage trucks to taxi cabs to the official city logo. I worked on a design for a web site a few years ago that had some GR elements and had to convince our artist that even if he didn't think so, the most recognizable icon got GR is that sculpture.

Heather said...

Good luck in the competition Nellie. You have got your work cut out (literally) for this summer. Have a great time, and I'm looking forward to seeing the result - I know it's going to be wonderful.

L Harden said...

Nellie you are such an inspiration!

I wonder if you realize what you are doing for the promotion of quilting and quilters everywhere!

Love you and your work.

Miriam said...

Wow, this is fantastic, if I was in the jury you would win the prize!

Patty Ashworth said...

You go Girl! They don't know how lucky they are to have your work there!!!

allie aller said...

Wow, my old hometown sure has come a long way. Good for Rick DeVos...
...and good for YOU, participating!

Colleen Kole said...

I can't wait to see this- let me know. I hope you have a venue. Wish I was brave enough.