ArtPrize 2011 Grand Rapids, MI …A Celebration of Art and Life!

ArtPrize ® defined…

“ArtPrize® is a radically open competition. Open to any artist in the world who can find space. Open to anybody in Grand Rapids, Michigan who wants to create a venue. Open to a vote from anyone who attends.”

The weather this fall has been mostly cooperative.  A perfect compliment to the colorful array of exhibits that are displayed across 164 different venues in Grand Rapids, MI.  Every year, since its’ inception three years ago, the ArtPrize competition has grown bigger and better.  This year, performance art was added into the mix.  So in addition to the displays of sculpture and paintings, one hears and sees the expressions of ‘living’  art…individuals singing, playing instruments, juggling, telling stories…  Absolutely delightful!

I’ve been to several locations downtown a few times.  One could spend entire days simply looking at the exhibits from over 1500 artists from all over the United States.  The competition has been a boom to business across the area, but especially to those located in the downtown area.

This past Saturday, we checked out dining at the restaurant, Tre Cugini.  It’s a family owned restaurant that has rich tradition and history in the Grand Rapids area.  Although we were arriving well past the regular lunchtime hour, the restaurant was still quite full and the hostess seemed a little harried as she tried to keep track of the crowd of patrons.

We were finally seated after a wait.  The food was excellent!  It’s definitely worth a visit to try out this local gem when things are a little more calm.  There are a number of excellent restaurants in the downtown area of Grand Rapids and the wider region.  Check out some of my recommendations here.

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