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Artists will compete for $8,000 in cash prizes in the 2nd annual Great Northern Art Explosion, a multi-day public and juried art contest hosted by AuSable Artisan Village in partnership with Kirtland Community College.
Artworks will be displayed August 8-22 in venues throughout the downtown Grayling area for public view. Viewers can then vote to determine one artist who will take home the Kirtland Community College grand prize of $5,000.
Juror Jef Bourgeau will also select the recipients of three $1,000 prizes. Detroit native Bourgeau is an artist and curator who pioneered digital paintings on canvas using scanners and digital inkjet technology. He has exhibited extensively in galleries and museums across Europe, Asia and the United States.
“As far as Art Explosion goes, there are some significant changes to the event,” said Anthony Neal, AAV marketing director. “Last year, we exhibited artwork in local businesses. This year, we wanted to use spaces that are more suitable for art display and viewing experiences. Another goal was to repurpose spaces in the downtown Grayling area. We are planning on exhibiting in large indoor and outdoor spaces, including the old DuBois Lumber storage barn on Norway Street, the Huntington Bank lawn, the Paddle Hard container yard, the AuSable Dance Center studio space and possibly The Brickery building.
The public will also be invited to vote to select one venue to win $500 for creating an outstanding exhibit experience.
Submissions are being accepted now through July 10. Go to https://www.artexplosion.org/artists for entry information.
In 2019, 120 works of art created by 75 artists were submitted to the Great Northern Art Explosion. Artwork was hung in several venues in downtown Grayling, and Artisan Village received over 1,400 ballots for the $1,500 “people’s choice” award that went to Jason Glicker. Bruce Winslow, retired director of the Midland Center for the Arts, also presented four $500 awards in different categories of art.
About the AAV: The AuSable Artisan Village art center was established in 2010. The once damaged building on Michigan Ave. in downtown Grayling had been sitting vacant for 10 years. Leasing the building, and eventually purchasing the building in 2015, marked a major development in the revitalization of downtown Grayling.
Artisan Village is a non-profit co-op, and its operations & initiatives are currently 100% volunteer-run.
About the Main Branch Gallery: The nature-Inspired works of acclaimed artists available at Main Branch Gallery are as distinctive as the two sister rivers sprung from the depths of northern Michigan. We feature original art, limited edition Giclee reproductions, jewelry, pottery and sculptures in wood and bronze..