Thursday, December 12, 2013

Lakeshore Art Festival in @Muskegon @PureMichigan is Now Accepting Applications for 7-4 & 7-5 2014, until Mid-March 2014.

We are now accepting applications through March 3, 2014Click here to register!

Fine Art/Fine Craft
Hackley Park is home to the Fine Art/Fine Craft Exhibitors. The park's natural grassy landscape also features beautiful mature trees, flowering plants, sculptures, exterior and interior sidewalks. It is located in the heart of downtown Muskegon's Heritage Village, home to the city's library, art museum, county museum, theaters and more.

Craft Exhibitors, Children's Lane & Artisan Food Market
Craft exhibitors, Children's Lane participants and the Artisan Food Market will reside in the newly renovated streets in the heart of downtown. These wide roads feature lots of natural light and gorgeous boulevards to enhance the exhibitors and shoppers enjoyment.



December 2 - Application For Submission open 
March 3 - Application Deadline (Application fee non-refundable) 
March 24 - Notification of Acceptance 
April 21 - Booth Fees Due 
May 5 - Cancellation refund deadline. (Last date to refund and receive 90% of booth fee. No refunds after May 5.) 
July 3 - Event Set up (Times to be listed in acceptance letter) 
July 4 - Event 10am-6pm 
July 5 - Event 10am-6pm 
July 5 - Take down 6pm-9pm



$30 Application Fee (non-refundable)*
$250 Fine Art/Fine Craft
$180 Craft /Children's Lane/Artisan Food Market


$1,000 - First Place/Best in Show
$800 - Second Place
$600 - Third Place
$400 - Honorable Mention
$200 - Committee's Choice



General Rules/Policies

Category Definitions



The Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce is proud to be hosting the Lakeshore Art Festival again this year. A few enhancements have been made in order to insure the festival's success for years to come. The park will be reserved for "fine art" or "fine craft" and the street area will feature unique "crafts", street performers and Children's Lane. Definitions of fine art/fine craft and craft are listed below.

Our jury is comprised of local artists, art educators and key Lakeshore Art Festival committee members. During our blind jury process, jurors will examine photos submitted by art and craft exhibitors and score each entry on a scale from 1 to 5. From these scores, and taking into account the uniqueness of each item, pricing and quality, exhibitors will be categorized into fine art/fine craft or general craft areas.

Fine Art: Traditionally, has been, painting and sculpture. Drawing and printmaking also rank within fine art, as lesser forms of painting. Ceramics, photography, glass, mixed media, performance, textiles, and the like are also considered fine art. That being said, "fine art" as defined by the Lakeshore Art Festival is a high-quality medium, that is unique and artfully made with a conscious intent to engage in the tradition of art-making and a resulting object that is art for its own sake.

Fine Craft: Objects that can have a functional intent, but are made or decorated as to be singular or rare objects. These objects tend to be luxury items and extraordinary or quite unique. Hand made furniture, ceramic vessels, glass objects, jewelry, apparel and the like fall into this category. The line between fine art and fine craft blurs very quickly. In broad strokes, fine craft becomes fine art when the methods and materials used to create the object are traditional (ceramic, glass, wood working, weaving, etc.) but the object is made with the intention of functioning as strictly an object of art.

Craft: Best viewed as a wholesale, commercial product. Objects in this category tend to be easily and quickly made, with common forms and subject matter. Ceramics and glass are the best examples. A potter can throw pots and platters quickly and efficiently. They are hand made, but primarily functional. The ceramist may then have more complex, involved works they consider their art. Glass is similar. Many artists work on what they call "production pieces" – goblets, cups, bowls, etc, and then have their own, more sculptural fine art glass. Jewelry is another good example. Think Fabrege egg versus everything in the displays at Zales. Painting and photography can also fall into this category, primarily through subject matter. Painters can easily adopt a formula that lets them produce similar landscapes and abstract paintings in very short order. These pieces are common and are frequently distinguished by competent but ordinary technique.

*Members of the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce and the Muskegon Museum of Art will receive a discounted non-refundable registration fee of $15. Email to confirm your membership and receive your discount code.

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