MUSKEGON, MI – Art and craft lovers looking for something fun to do this weekend should look no further than the Lakeshore Arts Festival in downtown Muskegon.
The festival will feature nearly 300 exhibitors of fine arts and crafts and will host international street artist David Zinn, known for his chalk art.
The organizers of the nationally recognized annual event say that two days of fine arts, crafts, music and food are available on Saturday 25 June from 9:00 to 18:00 and Sunday 26 June from 9:00 to 16:00
Stands will be spread across eight blocks in the heart of downtown to allow residents and visitors to browse creations for purchase and learn more about the various vendors.
A map of the festival can be viewed here.
In the past, around 55,000 people have attended the popular festival which occupies West Western Avenue from First Street to Fourth Street and along Clay Avenue along Hackley Park.
There is a buzz about Zinn, having been creating original artwork in and around Ann Arbor since 1987.
“David Zinn is known for his unique perspective on seeing art in the most unusual places,” Lakeshore Art Festival director Carla Flanders said in a press release.
“Where others might see a crack in the sidewalk, David sees a colorful and playful creature just waiting to be designed. Zinn’s art, along with our Chalk-the-Walk event, not only helps bring art and color downtown, but also allows everyone to explore their artistic side and become an active part of the Lakeshore Art Festival! “
Zinn will create eight to ten works of art with plaster during the festival and it will be up to the public to find them. One piece will be “a permanent work of art that will add to the already vibrant public art collection Downtown Muskegon has to offer,” the statement said.
To accompany Zinn in his pursuit of art, festival organizers invite the community to participate in “Chalk-the-Walk” along Western Avenue in the PADNOS Public Art Project on Saturdays 4pm – 6pm
Small free chalk bags can be picked up at the following locations: PADNOS, Blended Furniture Market, Arts Council of White Lake-Nuveen Center, Muskegon Museum of Art, Art Cats Gallery, Disability Network of West Michigan, and Read Muskegon.
Here is the list of the highlights of the event:
- Author’s Alley: 20 Michigan authors at 4th Street and Clay Avenue.
- Juried Fine Art: 100 exhibitors at Hackley Park
- Craft & Artisan Food: 160 exhibitors on 4th Street and Western Avenue.
- 22 food vendors.
- Children’s Lane: 14 interactive arts and educational stations with free or low cost activities.
- Street Performers: Located in Hackley Park, Olthoff Stage, and 2nd Street and Western Avenue.
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