Let’s Explore: Grand Rapids ArtPrize 2016!

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The biggest event held in Grand Rapids is here!!  Check out some of my favorite pieces from this year’s 8th annual ArtPrize…

Hi everyone!  I hope you all had a great weekend, and are having a lovely Monday so far!!

This past week I was able to attend the 8th annual ArtPrize held in Grand Rapids, Michigan!  This year, Grand Rapids was filled with 170 pieces of art from artists across the globe!  Each piece told a beautiful story, and represented the artist’s thoughts and ideas through intricate detail and stunning design!  While I wasn’t able to see every single piece, I wanted to share some of my absolute favorites with you!

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This piece is called “Continental U.S” and the artist is Valerie Hollstein!  It’s a 2D art form made entirely out of glass, each state depicting a unique picture!  This piece was my favorite, it’s absolutely beautiful and more incredible in person!  Check out more details and vote here!

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This piece is called “Astrobleme” and the artist is Joshua Welker!  It’s a 3d art form, and it’s made out of wood, bondo, paint, and polyurethane!  Check out more details and vote here!

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This piece is called “LoveFindsUs” and the artist is SoulTribe!  It’s a 2D art form, made out of photography and mixed metal!  Each photo is unique, representing love that surrounds us each and every day!  Check out more details and vote here!

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This piece is called “Color Collaborative” and the artist is Herb Williams!  It’s an installation art form, and is made out of crayons!  Countless trees were covered with crayons all throughout Grand Rapids, and it was fun stumbling upon each one!  Check out more details and vote here!

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This piece is called “Color Me Orange – Color Me Kind” and the artist is Pamela Alderman!  It’s mixed media, and a time-based art form!  I was able to tie my own ribbon on, as my promise to be kind to others!  Check out more details and vote here!

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This piece is called Birdzels, and the artist is Mark Chatterley!  It’s a 3D art form made entirely out of high fired clay!  Each of these birds were larger than me in size and height, and incredibly life-like!  Check out more details and vote here!

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This piece is called “Geological Equilibrium” and the artist is John Venlet!  It’s a 3D art form, made entirely out of rocks and stones!  Each rock/stone is perfectly balanced, creating a perfect equilibrium!  Check out more details and vote here!

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This piece is called “Sand Sturgeon” and the artist is Gary Moran!  It’s an installation art form, and is made out of sand, wood and paint!  Check out more details and vote here!

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This piece is called “Sunset Montmartre” and the artist is Peter Warburton!  It’s a 2D art form, and is made entirely out of duct tape!  Check out more details and vote here!

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This piece is called “Invasive Species” and the artist is Shiny Seed!  It’s a time-based art form, and is made out of metal and LEDs!  Check out more details and vote here!

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This piece is called “The Bull” and the artist is Tomas Vitanovsky!  It’s a 3D art form, and is created out of unique, refurbished, metal parts!  Check out more details and vote here!

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This piece is called “Foil Animals” and the artist is Tracy Cole!  It’s a 3D art form, and is made entirely out of tin foil!  Check out the details and vote here!

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This piece is called “Imagine If” and the artist is Robin Protz!  It’s a 3D art form, and is made out of light weight silver materials!  This piece was breathtaking, all of the light reflecting off of the silver was truly beautiful!  Check out more details and vote here!

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This piece is called “The Pinnacle” and the artist is Julie Haan!  It’s a 3D art form, made entirely out of kiln-formed glass!  Check out more details and vote here!

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I didn’t include a separate photo, but this piece was absolutely incredible!  This piece is called “Wounded Warrior Dogs” by James Mellick, and I could not stop tearing up while looking at it.  Each dog is created out of wood, and is symbolic of sacrifice and exhibit the same wounds as their human companions in battle.  It’s a truly beautiful story and piece, and is definitely one of my favorites!  Check out more details and vote here!

I hope you all enjoyed taking a look at some of my favorite pieces from ArtPrize this year, definitely drop by Grand Rapids and take a look if you’re in the area!!  ArtPrize will be going on until October 9, and there is so much to see!  I hope you all have a wonderful day filled with lots of love and good vibes!

xo, Tessa

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