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Two area artists to showcase work 

 

Alena Gray from Howard City will exhibit “Animals,” a needlework piece

Alena Gray, of Howard City, will exhibit this needlework piece titled “Animals.”

Public can vote in competition for artists with disabilities

Two area residents are among 85 Michigan artists who will showcase their artwork in the 2015 Legacy Trust Award Collection for a chance to be sponsored in ArtPrize.

For the sixth consecutive year year, Legacy Trust is sponsoring a statewide art competition for adult artists with disabilities, in an effort to bring their voices and vision to ArtPrize, an international art competition that draws tens of thousands of visitors to Grand Rapids each year. Artists from Ada to Zeeland across the Lower Peninsula and into the UP have submitted artwork.

Bradley Hall, of Sand Lake, will exhibit his painting “Spring Rain.”

Bradley Hall, of Sand Lake, will exhibit his painting “Spring Rain.”

Alena Gray from Howard City will exhibit “Animals,” a needlework piece, and Bradley Hall, of Sand Lake, will exhibit “Spring Rain,” a framed painting.

Four winners will be chosen—one by a panel of celebrity judges, two by public vote and one special juried award—and sponsored in ArtPrize, the world’s largest art competition.

The public is invited to view the art and cast their ballots on Tuesday, May 5 and Wednesday, May 6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Grand Rapids Art Museum in downtown Grand Rapids. Meijer has graciously provided free admission to the GRAM on both days of public voting. Votes can also be cast online. Online voters may visit the LTAC Facebook page, www.facebook.com/LegacyTrustAwardCollection, on May 5 and 6 for a link to online voting.

Winners of LTAC 2015 will be announced the week of May 11.  Along with having their artwork entered into ArtPrize, the winning artists will each receive a cash prize of $500. All entry fees and promotion expenses for ArtPrize will be paid by Legacy Trust, which has secured the high-profile DeVos Place venue for the winning artists during ArtPrize.

ArtPrize, an international art competition that draws tens of thousands of people to West Michigan each fall, returns to Grand Rapids for its seventh year on Sept. 23 through Oct. 11. It debuted with much enthusiasm in 2009 and participation has soared in the following years. This year is expected to see a continued increase in community engagement and entries.

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