Award-winning nature photographer and Rockford resident Stacy Niedzwiecki will be competing in ArtPrize 2009. Her Michigan Moments photo series will be displayed at SanChez Bistro, a popular downtown Grand Rapids restaurant located at 38 West Fulton.
Niedzwiecki’s images are an inspirational journey through the most picturesque locations in the Great Lakes State, from backyard settings, local parks and beautiful lakeshore areas. The artist invites her audience to experience peace and tranquility found in the natural splendor so unique to Michigan. Her ArtPrize entry features a series of large gallery-wrapped canvas giclée prints, paired with a multimedia screen presentation along a 36 foot wall on the second floor mezzanine level of the restaurant.
Artists from across the country and 24 other countries are competing in ArtPrize. Niedzwiecki hopes that her work will have enough “hometown appeal” to viewers that she will land in the top ten finalists. “My goal is to carry the flag for West Michigan and the things that are so wonderful for those of us living here,” Niedzwiecki says.
Voting for ArtPrize contestants begins the opening night Wednesday, Sept. 23 at 6 p.m. and will continue through Wednesday, Sept. 30. On Thursday Oct. 1, the top ten ArtPrize artists will be announced at which point the public will then vote for the placement of those ten artists. In order to vote, the public must register at an official registration location. There are 14 places throughout downtown Grand Rapids. For details on voting and how to register, visit www.artprize.org/vote.
For an entire afternoon of ArtPrize fun, Niedzwiecki suggests a good day to plan a visit will be Sunday, Sept. 27. The venues located in the Heartside district are collaborating on a special neighborhood “Strolling Brunch” event.
Some venues will be serving complimentary food items and have a cash bar available from noon until
4 p.m. Niedzwiecki, along with other artist, will be present to discuss their work. Other opportunities to meet the artist at SanChez will be available throughout ArtPrize—visit stacyn.com/artprize/events for the schedule of appearances.