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Rob Vander Zee’s ArtPrize


Rob VanderZee’s entry into ArtPrize.

Rob VanderZee’s entry into ArtPrize.

By Ranger Steve Mueller

 

Rob Vander Zee, talented young man, was seeking an art project while in high school and has now displayed in Artprize 2013. When I was developing a wetland learning station at the Howard Christensen Nature Center in the 1980’s, it was fortunate that Rob connected with us. I explained a wetlands vision and gave him an image. From there he created the artwork mural that still draws youth and visitors to think about wetlands. Please visit HCNC and become a member.

I gave Rob a picture of a beaver pond and he painted a wonderful realistic rendition. The work entices viewers to think about the world we live in. Rob is at native of Cedar Springs and his work helps people think about the future.

Wetlands are major contributors to Michigan’s recreation economy.  They are economically valuable assets that filter toxics from water, reduce flood damage, are major food producers, and provide desirable sites for human habitation. Wetlands modify weather conditions and determine the depth of ground water tables that recharge city and private wells.  Water moves from wetlands to ground water and vice-versa.  How we handle sewage, fertilizers, pesticides, and toxic substance disposal are important community health issues that are constantly in debate. Safe drinking water is taken for granted and there are those that want to reduce community efforts to protect water quality by reducing government programs protecting our health and the environment.

In the 1970’s we passed the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, and the Endangered Species. These programs have helped restore conditions that improve our quality of life. Those protections are being challenged to reduce taxes. People forget the pollution costs were more expensive and damaging to health than the preventive tax programs. Saving tax dollars spurs efforts to reduce government programs but at what cost? They may not be perfect but the programs protect our economy, health and quality of life. Rob’s art work hopes to engage people to think about the future and I hope my articles do the same.

When we bought Ody Brook property in 1979, the home plumbing from the toilet went into a 55-gallon drum that had rusted away and other water was piped directly to the Little Cedar Creek. We installed a proper septic system and drain field. It was not until 1976 that government regulations changed construction codes to meet the Clean Water Act and provide environmental protection. We recently added five acres to Ody Brook that has an existing home. That home’s plumbing ran to the Little Cedar Creek without a septic drain field. The home construction predated the 1970’s Clean Water Act tax legislation. We recently installed a proper septic system to protect the stream, wetlands, and water quality for Cedar Springs human and wildlife neighbors.

How many homes still have systems that pollute water quality, fishing, health, and damage our community’s economy and quality of life? The current budget battle in Washington is wrestling with what is needed to maintain a high quality of life in Cedar Springs. That brings us back to Rob Vander Zee’s art.

Rob painted a mural for ArtPrize called Michigan Forest: The Future of Genetic Manipulation on an Eco System. He comments his artwork is open for interpretation. He wants people to think about society actions. His work displays possibilities for the future. He wants viewers to contemplate nature niches and our role as participants in the ecosystem. I hope many of you viewed his work. If not, view and read his comments about the painting at: www.artprize.org/rob-vander-zee.

Natural history questions or topic suggestions can be directed to Ranger Steve (Mueller) at the odybrook@chartermi.net Ody Brook, 13010 Northland Dr, Cedar Springs, MI 49319-8433.

 

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Local artists compete in ArtPrize


_N-ArtPrize1-Vander-ZeeRob VanderZee, a 1989 Cedar Springs High School graduate, is well-known for his art. He lives in both New York and Washington D.C., and has a cabin in Big Rapids. His entry is called “Michigan Forest: The Future of Genetic Manipulation on an Eco System”. It is at the DeVos Convention Center, 303 Monroe Ave. Rob says this painting is an imaginative look into the future of genetic experimentation and its impact on an eco system in Michigan. “My painting posts the questions, ‘How far will we go?’ and ‘What will the impact be on the natural and human world?’ ‘What would happen if these experiments somehow leaked into the natural world and began evolving on their own?’

_N-ArtPrize2-JurkowskiCraig Jurkowski, of Cedar Springs, says his art piece, “Tee Time”, was inspired by the vast number of picturesque golf courses present throughout the state of Michigan. As an avid golfer, Craig wanted to share his enthusiasm and love for the sport of golf through art. “Tee Time” is a 3-D art piece constructed using a wood base and a total of 27,171 hand-placed golf tees representing the grass and golf ball from a cross-cut section of a golf green and hole. The golf ball itself consists of 2,569 of those tees. It is showing at 50 Monroe.

_N-ArtPrize3-SowaLeeAnn Sowa is a watercolor artist from Cedar Springs who likes to see the humor in life, and loves to see people smile and laugh at her work. “Moose Rapids II” is the continuing saga of her moose paintings. Made up of nine different panels, it is a sequel to last year’s exhibit, “Moose Bath II”. After the bath, the moose and his friends are out riding around town. Her exhibit is at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, 187 Monroe Ave.

_N-Artprize4-HamptonRandall Hampton, of Cedar Springs, has been drawing ever since he could hold a pencil (or maybe a crayon). He says he is here to create and to give new perspective to viewers everywhere. “I feel that the artist’s work is not complete until it has been seen and interpreted,” he said. His piece is called “Illumination—no, no you are looking at it wrong.” It is a translucent synthetic painting created using adhesive polymers and various paints and dyes. It is mounted onto a wood frame and lit from behind. The drying process causes the dyes to shift and create a fluid effect that gives the piece movement and energy. Being back lit, the image bursts to life and brings the viewer in. “Listening to viewers look at a piece and share what they see is reminiscent of hearing children find objects in the clouds, and is almost as enjoyable as creating the art in the first place,” he said. His exhibit is at the Courtyard Marriott Downtown, 11 Monroe Ave.

_N-ArtPrize5-LucasAndrea Lucas, of Cedar Springs, was inspired by the recent Titanic Exhibit in Grand Rapids to create a watercolor of the Captain of the Titanic. “My goal was to capture the legendary stoic nature of Captain Edward John Smith. I chose icy blues and grays to give the painting an eerie feeling. I also intentionally left watermarks in the painting. They provide an interesting dynamic to the piece,” she said. Her painting can be seen at West Coast Coffee, 55 Monroe Center.

_N-Artprize6-FreemanClare Freeman, of Cedar Springs, is an Oriental dance artist. “Let the magic of Middle Eastern dance sweep you away! Swirling silk, entrancing candles, captivating swords, glittering costumes…” she says. Her entry is called “Moon’s Enchanting Light” and can be viewed at Dadds Magic Bus and Limousine at 407 Turner Ave.

_N-ArtPrize7-DeChamplainCarol DeChamplain, of Sand Lake, submitted her entry, “Tree Pose,” made with naturally made paint. “My art recognizes the beauty of nature combined with the stamina and meditation of yoga by super-imposing yoga poses within my tree. Within the tree are 16 sun salutation poses surrounded by the beauty of nature. My medium is Eco-Friendly by mixing my own paint from Wild Michigan Berries, Limestone, Cornstarch and Milk, 100% Cotton Acid-Free Canvas, hand made frame,” she explains. Her painting can be seen at Yoga HEAT, 820 Monroe Ave.

_N-ArtPrize8-HuangDavid Huang, of Sand Lake, has created another piece of sculpture for ArtPrize this year titled, “Luminous Relic 1168.” He says this piece began as a flat 12 inch disk of copper and through much hammering, has been formed into the work you see. “The rim is polished sterling silver and the interior is gilded with 23-karat gold leaf. Like my other vessels this piece is about the natural, sensual world, skilled labor, timeless beauty, and the inner spirit made visible.” David’s entry can be seen at Women’s City Club, 254 East Fulton Street.

A complete list of participating artists and venues can all be viewed at www.artprize.org/entries.

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Voting deadline nears in Red Flannel Art Review


Steve Anderson, the metal sculptor who designed the Cedar Springs Red Hawks at the high school and athletic stadium, created this frog for Probst Floor Coverings and Draperies to display.

Steve Anderson, the metal sculptor who designed the Cedar Springs Red Hawks at the high school and athletic stadium, created this frog for Probst Floor Coverings and Draperies to display.

The Red Flannel Festival is holding its own version of ArtPrize here in Cedar Springs. The Red Flannel Art Review opened Labor Day, with 21 businesses featuring 22 artists.

Residents will determine the winner by their vote, and they are being asked to vote only once. Voting will end on Wednesday, September 18, and winners will be announced September 21 at the Wine & Microbrew tasting event.

Look for the art review symbol (a paint palette and paintbrush) or sign displayed in a window to see who might be featuring a piece of art, or go to redflannelfestival.org for a complete listing of the businesses and artists.

 

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Bus trip to ArtPrize


Do you want a fun way to see ArtPrize without the hassle of driving around to all the locations, dealing with crowds, and finding parking spots that do not require a lot of walking? There is now an opportunity for just that by taking an ArtPrize bus tour!

The tour takes place on Thursday, September 27, and begins with the motorcoach leaving at 8:15 a.m. from Cedar Springs. The tour will guide you to many of the ArtPrize exhibits and get you around without the hassle. Included in the day’s activities are admission into the Grand Rapids Art Museum before opening to the public that day, admission to the Frederick Meijer Gardens, lunch at the Pearl Street Grille, a souvenir, a water bottle and an ArtPrize guidebook from the day and more. This will be a great new way to experience ArtPrize, so get registered today as space is limited. The cost is only $75 and includes all these great things. The deadline for registration is September 17, so don’t waste a minute!

This is just one of the many offerings through the Cedar Springs Area Parks and Recreation Department. If you like travel, there is also Virtual Travel Adventure shows and other bus trips are in the planning stages. Please check out these an other programs by logging onto the Cedar Springs Area Parks and Recreation website at www.csaparksandrec.com. You can register for these programs in person at the Cedar Spring Public Schools district office (a.k.a Hilltop building) at 204 E. Muskegon. The parks and recreation office is located on the 3rd floor. For other information or questions, please feel free to call the office Monday-Wednesay from 8:30am-3:00pm at 696-7320 or email the director anytime at director@csaparksandre.com.

 

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ArtPrize trolley tour


If you are going to ArtPrize, you might want to consider riding the trolley from Cedar Springs to Grand Rapids on Monday, September 26. The special ArtPrize Trolley tour, brought by Cedar Springs Area Parks and Recreation, costs $74 and includes:
•    a visit to the Grand Rapids Art Museum and special gift bag.
•    A guided tour of historic Heritage Hill and down town Grand Rapids with time to view the outdoor art exhibits downtown and along the Grand River
•    Lunch at the beautiful Covenant Village of the Great Lakes. Featuring more Art Prize exhibits
•    A visit to Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park. Your visit includes the indoor gardens,

•    a tram ride and seeing the ArtPrize exhibits located at the Gardens
•    Transportation via Grand Rapids Trolley
•    Services of a Countryside Tour Director
The trolley will depart from Cedar Springs Public Schools District Office (in the lower parking lot near Northern Physical Therapy) at 8 a.m. For more information call Amanda Gerhardt at 696-7320 or email her at director@csaparksandrec.com.
If you haven’t yet registered to vote at ArtPrize, it can be done online at artprize.org. Anyone ages 16 and up can register to vote. If you voted in 2010 or 2009, your email will still be on file. Just log back in to re-register. Once registered, accounts must be activated in-person. Participants are required to present a valid government-issued identification in order to ensure the validity of the vote, and so outsiders can’t “game” the system. Your valid ID MUST be presented at any ArtPrize registration and be in the form of a driver’s license, state ID or passport. This can be done beginning Sept. 17 at The Hub at 41 Sheldon, or at any of the eight ArtPrize Exhibition Centers starting Sept. 21 and through the duration of the event.
Voting during week one of ArtPrize 2011 begins Sept. 21 at 6:00 p.m. and runs through 11:59 p.m. on Sept. 28. Voters can vote up or down for any of the 1,582 artists. One vote per person is allowed for each work of art. Voting results will continually be posted online at artprize.org. The Top 10 finalists will be announced Sept. 29; 6:00 p.m. at Rosa Parks Circle, in downtown Grand Rapids.
Voting during week two begins after the Top 10 announcement. Voters can cast only one vote for one of the 10 finalists. Votes can be changed until the close of voting on October 5 at 11:59 p.m. In week two, voting results will not be posted online. The winners will be announced on October 6.

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ArtPrize 2011 registration dates announced


Officials of ArtPrize, a radically open art competition giving away the world’s largest art prize, have announced the 2011 registration dates for venues and artists and special dates for submitting art to be installed in the Grand River. ArtPrize 2011 will run from Sept. 21 through Oct. 9.

“The artist and venue registration process was developed during the last two years based on feedback provided from artists, venues, city hall and ArtPrize visitors,” said Rick DeVos, ArtPrize founder.

Key dates for ArtPrize 2011 include:

Venue Registration

Open: Monday, March 14, 2011

Close: Thursday April 14 (5 p.m. EDT)

Artist Registration

Open: Monday, April 18

Close: Thursday, June 16 (5 p.m. EDT)

Artist/Venue Matching

Open: Tuesday, May 31

Close: Thursday, June 30 (5 p.m. EDT)

“A lot of the most memorable work in the event is created for a specific space,” said ArtPrize Executive Director Bill Holsinger-Robinson. “Artists will know all the available venues as they register.” Holsinger-Robinson cautions artists, “The vast majority of artists who did not secure a venue in 2010 were the ones who signed up at the last minute. Register early.”

Any art proposed for installation in the Grand River, which runs through the heart of the three square-mile ArtPrize district, must be submitted to the city of Grand Rapids and the Department of Natural Resources and Environment (DNRE) according to the following schedule:

Pre-application filed with the City: Monday, March 28

Application filed with the DNRE: Friday, April 8

(The DNRE will process the application using the following steps)

1.      Public notice period begins: Friday, April 22
2.      Public notice period ends: Friday, May 13
3.      Public hearing, if requested: Friday, June 10
4.      Required time for comments: Monday, June 20

Permit Decision: Wednesday, June 29

“This process allows the City to review proposed work to ensure that there is artistic quality and structural integrity to the proposed installations,” said José Reyna, fiscal services manager for the city of Grand Rapids. “The DNRE application will review the proposed installations in the context of environmental, structural and navigability impact on the river.”

As in 2010, ArtPrize will partner with institutions such as the Grand Rapids Art Museum, the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts and others to form large neighborhood destinations where visitors can launch into surrounding venues. These Exhibition Centers will be professionally managed and bring a minimum of 25 installations to one site and serve as a launch pad into the surrounding neighborhoods. Each will offer voter registration, an ArtPrize gift shop and an ArtPrize shuttle stop. Exact locations of the Exhibition Centers are still being determined.

ArtPrize has invited thousands of artists worldwide to register for ArtPrize 2011, which will award the world’s largest cash prize for art totaling $484,000. Prizes include: First place $250,000, second place $100,000, third place $50,000, fourth through tenth places $7,000 each, and five juried awards at $7,000 each.

In ArtPrize 2010, Chris LaPorte of Grand Rapids, Mich. captured the top prize of $250,000 for his work Cavalry, American Officers, 1921. In ArtPrize 2009, Ran Ortner of Brooklyn, N.Y. captured the top prize of $250,000 for his work Open Water No. 24.

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Local artist enters ArtPrize


Over the last few weeks we’ve been hearing a lot of buzz about ArtPrize, billed as part arts festival, part social experiment. It’s giving away the world’s largest art prize—$250,000—and a 1995 Cedar Springs High School grad has the chance to win it.

Lisa Spielmaker entered this painting, called “Essence” in the ArtPrize contest in Grand Rapids.

Lisa Spielmaker entered this painting, called “Essence” in the ArtPrize contest in Grand Rapids.

Lisa Spielmaker, now of Lakeview, is a bookkeeper by day at White Creek Lumber in Cedar Springs, but she loves art and paints in her spare time. She took her first art class between 5th and 6th grade, and while in high school, two of her pieces were chosen for a show at Calvin College, for which she received an award. She earned a degree in 1998 from Grand Rapids Community College, where she focused on art and art history. Two of her pieces are still in GRCC’s collection.

When she heard about ArtPrize, she was intrigued.

“It’s exciting. I think it’s cool to be part of something that brings people together,” said Lisa.

Lisa Spielmaker often does portraits for people, like this one of a young friend.

Lisa Spielmaker often does portraits for people, like this one of a young friend.

ArtPrize is a radical new art contest based in Grand Rapids. Over 1,260 artists will display their work in 159 different venues in Grand Rapids. The boundaries are Leonard to the north, Wealthy to the south, College Ave. to the east, and Straight/Alpine Ave. to the west. The international contest will be decided solely on a public vote.

For her entry, Lisa created a piece of art titled “Essence” that is being displayed at the Ledyard building, 125 Ottawa, in Grand Rapids. According to her work statement about the painting, ESSENCE is “the inward nature, the true substance, or constitution of anything, as opposed to what is accidental, phenomenal, illusory. To me nature is one of the greatest inspirations. It brings us an inner peace. It is the essence of everything.”

N-ArtPrize2-artist-Lisa-SpiLisa said that to her, the greatest pleasure in being an artist is to have a meaningful effect on other people. “Art is something that should inspire others. Art is the perfect way to communicate with people. I want people to see my work and take it for what it is. I don’t create to be picked apart or critiqued. I create to create. I believe that is what art is, the love of creating something and no matter what it is, it is beautiful. Out of that blank white canvas, or board, or paper was nothing, and it became something.”

Voting began yesterday for artist’s works. Those who want to vote can pre-register online at www.artprize.org, then go to one of the various locations in Grand Rapids to register in person, and then start to vote. During the first week, artists will check out and vote on individual works of art, giving them a thumbs up or thumbs down. Voting can be done online at home, through texting on your cell phone, through your mobile browser, or iPhone app. Live results can be viewed online, and the first week of voting ends September 30. The top ten finalists will be announced the evening of October 1, and then you can only vote once, for one of the top ten pieces of art. Voting then ends Oct. 7. Winners will be announced in a celebration at Rosa Parks Circle, October 8, at 7 p.m.

For more info please visit www.artprize.org.

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