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Muskegon’s Lakeshore Art Festival Moves Up in National Ranking!

MUSKEGON, MI – The Lakeshore Art Festival ranked #27 in the nation and 1st in the state of Michigan for Classic & Contemporary Craft Shows by the Sunshine Artist Magazine. This ranking was up from #83 position in 2015. Sunshine Artist Magazine, known for high-quality content for the fine art and craft industry, ranks the nation’s most-profitable fine art and craft festivals based on subscribers’ sales performance each year resulting in – Sunshine Artist Magazine 200 Best!

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LAKESHORE ATHENA® AWARD PROGRAM

 

 

NEWS RELEASE                                                                             

PATTI POPPE, PRESIDENT AND CEO of CMS ENERGY AND ITS PRINCIPAL SUBSIDIARY, CONSUMERS ENERGY, WILL BE THE KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT THE 13TH ANNUAL

 

Thirteen area lakeshore women will be honored at this year’s 13 Annual Lakeshore ATHENA Award Luncheon.

 

GRAND HAVEN, Mich., September 18, 2017 –   Patti Poppe, President and CEO of CMS Energy and its principal subsidiary, Consumers Energy will be the keynote speaker for the 13th Annual Lakeshore ATHENA Award luncheon. The event will be held on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at the Trillium Catering and Event Center,

17246 Van Wagoner Road, Ferrysburg |Spring Lake.  Poppe was elected to this position in July 2016 leading Michigan’s largest utility and the nation’s fourth largest combination utility. Poppe held a variety of automotive management positions and served as power plant director at Detroit, Michigan based DTE Energy before returning to her hometown of Jackson to join Consumers Energy in 2011. She earned a master’s degree in management from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business and received a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in industrial engineering from Purdue University.  As President and CEO, Poppe has focused on connecting the company more closely with its customers and adapting lean operating system principles throughout the utility.

 

The Lakeshore ATHENA Award Luncheon is a program of The Chamber of Commerce Grand Haven, Spring Lake, Ferrysburg; the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce and the Michigan West Coast Chamber of Commerce and is presented annually to recognize outstanding lakeshore women who have demonstrated excellence in their business or profession, have provided valuable service by devoting time and energy to improve the quality of life for others in their community, assist women in reaching their full potential and who exhibits the spirit of regional collaboration.   This year we celebrate eight ATHENA Nominee Finalists and five ATHENA Young Professional Nominee Finalists.

 

2017 ATHENA Nominee Finalists

Liz DeLaLuz ~ Greater Ottawa County United Way

Darcy Komejan ~ Children’s Advocacy Center

Reyna Masko ~ Ottawa County Court Investigator

Geri McCaleb ~ City of Grand Haven Mayor

Jennifer Owens ~ Lakeshore Advantage

Kelly Springer ~ Metal Flow Corporation

Rachel Terpstra ~ Gielow Groom Terpstra & McEvoy, PLC

Mirka Wilderer ~ Evoqua Water Technologies

 

2017 ATHENA Young Professional Nominee Finalists

Elizabeth Carson ~ The Shoreline Center

Stefanie Herder ~ Grand Haven Area Convention & Visitors Bureau

Colleen Hill ~ Huntington Bank

Elizabeth Kidd ~ Community Foundation of the Holland / Zeeland Area

Nicole Paquette ~ Community Foundation of the Holland / Zeeland Area

 

 

Reservations are required for the Tuesday, October 3, 2017 event.  Cost to attend is $45 per person for Chamber members, $55 per person for non-members or $430 for corporate table of eight.  A portion of all tickets sales supports the ATHENA Scholarship Program.  Reservations can be made by calling The Chamber Grand Haven 616.842.4910 by September 27, 2017 or you may register on line at www.grandhavenchamber.org.  PNC Bank is the premier sponsor of the Lakeshore ATHENA® Program.

 

CONTACT:  Pamela Blake

The Chamber

616.842.4910

pblake@grandhavenchamber.org

 

 

 

 

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Community comes together to spruce up Sherman Boulevard

MUSKEGON, MICH. – Sherman Boulevard got some sprucing up on Monday, which will turn into an annual event.

 

A number of volunteers were along the boulevard painting fences, removing weed and cleaning up trash from along the side of the road.

 

The community event is part of Watch Muskegon’s revamped image campaign. Organizers say Sherman Boulevard such a high-traffic corridor that all of the Muskegon area will benefit if it’s a little nicer.

 

The effort got a big hand from around 40 teens who arrived from all around the country to take part the Catholic Heart Work Camp.

 

 

 

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July 2017 E-news

July 2017 E-news

Exhibitors Report Record Sales!

CONTACT: CARLA FLANDERS
LAKESHORE ART FESTIVAL DIRECTOR
PHONE: 231-724-3176
cflanders@muskegon.org

 

NEWS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 11, 2017

Exhibitors Report Record Sales!

MUSKEGON, MI – Tens of thousands of Muskegon residents and visitors from all over the U.S. attended the Lakeshore Art Festival in Downtown Muskegon this past weekend. Attendees raved about the variety of the activities and the overall quality of the show. Exhibitors were ecstatic about their exposure and sales! Multiple exhibitors commented that on Saturday they broke their all-time one-day record sales.

 

“The show has grown in so many ways!”, says Event Director, Carla Flanders. “We’re thrilled with the response from the exhibitors and guests who have recognized the positive changes, enhanced product quality, and overall festive atmosphere. Our show is being recognized on a national scale and exhibitors are coming from across the country to be in the Lakeshore Art Festival!”

 

Over 110 exhibitors in the Fine Art and Fine Craft were juried by professional artist and Grand Valley State Art Professor, Renee Zettle-Sterling. Awards totaling $3,000 were presented to winners. The ‘Best in Show’ award was presented to Doyle Borntrager for his “Knarley Knot” wooden goods, second place was presented to Heather Miles for her abstract paintings, and third place went to Jonathan Kesler for his one-of-a-kind clay stoneware. Honorable Mention was awarded to Emre Tekeli for her handmade jewelry, and Committee’s Choice went to Charity Mendoza for her textured artwork. (see photos attached)

 

The public was also invited to chime in and vote for their favorite booth in the People’s Choice Award hosted by the Women’s Division Chamber of Commerce. First place went to Airika and Maxwell Kolenda for their hand made wood and home decor, second place went to Robert Knoll for his unique wooden furniture, and third place went to Dale McClain for his gourmet dip mixes.

 

For decades, art has been a driving force in Downtown Muskegon, and Lakeshore Art Festival strives to continue that tradition. This year’s festival welcomed multiple live art experiences. TerraLynn Lake used chalk to create a larger than life replica of Edward Curtis’s Thunderbirds & Whales (see photo attached) while Sarah Landstrom painted a vibrant kayak which was then sold at the festival. (see photo attached)

 

The Nuveen Center also hosted “Color Muskegon” where 8 large panels were painted by guests during the show and auctioned off during the festival. (see photo attached) A few panels are still available for purchase. For more information on purchasing these one-of-a-kind panels contact nuveen@artswhitelake.org or call 231-893-2524.

 

Newest additions to the festival this year were the Wine and Craft Beer Garden and Chalk the Walk. Attendees were able to sip and savor craft beer and wine while browsing the Fine Art in Hackley Park as well as create their own chalk art between the lines of nearly 300 sections of walkway down Western Ave. Chalk the Walk was hosted by Downtown Muskegon Now First Fridays. Both new activities were a huge success!

 

Lakeshore Art Festival is nationally ranked by Sunshine Artist Magazine 200 Best, and was voted Favorite Small Town Art Fair by artfaircalendar.com. Visit www.lakeshoreartfestival.org for more details.

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Lakeshore Art Festival 2017 kicks off with large crowds, music, art

MUSKEGON, MI – With almost 300 exhibitors and lots of new offerings, Lakeshore Art Festival 2017 had downtown Muskegon hopping on its first day, Friday, July 7.

Festivities began at 10 a.m., and the downtown area quickly filled attendees who watched street performers, contributed to community art and browsed the craft and fine art booths on West Western Avenue, Third Street, Clay Avenue, Fourth Street and in Hackley Park.

One early highlight was a U.S. Army band on the Olthoff Street Stage on Third Street. The band entertained with songs such as “Crazy Train” by Ozzy Osbourne.

This year’s festival is scheduled for 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday, July 7, and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, July 8.

The annual event typically draws tens of thousands of people to downtown Muskegon.

For the first time, Lakeshore Art Festival is offering a beer garden, featuring wine and craft beer in Hackley Park. While the park isn’t fenced off, festival workers are asking people to finish their beverages before leaving the park. The garden is coordinated with the Greater Muskegon Jaycees.

On Friday morning, visitors were already filling in Forrest Hanson’s sketches of Muskegon-area landmarks. The boards are located in the traffic circle at the intersection of Third Street and West Western Avenue.

Artists TerriLynn Lake and Sarah Landstrom were already hard at work on their creations for the festival. Lake is creating a 4 foot by 11 foot chalk art replica of Edward Curtis’ Thunderbirds & Whales on Clay Avenue along the exterior of Hackley Park. Landstorm is in the traffic cirlce at Third and West Western painting a kayak donated by KL Outdoor, which will be auctioned off during the festival.

Lakeshore Art Festival to feature over 300 artists in downtown Muskegon

The Lakshore Art Festival is back, and this year the even promises to be even bigger and better.

 

Over 300 artists will be featured at the event, showing off a variety of arts, crafts, music, food and fun along the shoreline.

 

New to the festival this year, there will be a Wine and Craft Beer Garden where visitors can enjoy a nice adult beverage while shopping for art.

 

There will also be other new events such as the K-12 Student Art Showcase, Kayak Painting with Sarah Landstrom, and Chalk the Walk.

 

The Lakeshore Art Festival is happening on July 7 and 8 in downtown Muskegon.

 

For more information, visit lakeshoreartfestival.org or follow them on Facebook.

Get your art on at the Lakeshore Art Festival!

MUSKEGON, MICH. – The Lakeshore Art Festival gets underway July 7 and 8 in downtown Muskegon.

The festival features nearly 300 fine art and specialty craft exhibitors, children’s activities, specialty food items, street performers and multiple interactive art stations.

Carla Flanders joined us from the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce to tell us more about the event, which has been recognized by Sunshine Artist Magazine as one of the “200 Best” in the country and by ArtFairCalendar.com as “Favorite Small Town Art Fair.”

June 2017 E-news

June 2017 E-news

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A unique blend of arts, crafts, music, food and fun along the shoreline in historic Downtown Muskegon. More than 300 artists and crafters will be showcased with fine art in the park, crafts, children’s activities and Michigan food market – all wrapped up in a huge downtown street party atmosphere!   Come out and join us on July 7th,  and July 8th, 2017.

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