Five Rockford artists with entries in ArtPrize 2013

Five local artists have entries in one of the largest art shows in the nation this year. ArtPrize begins September 18, however artists have already begun installing works in an area covering three square miles of downtown Grand Rapids.

This independently organized international art competition with an unprecedented $200,000 top prize decided by popular vote is all free and open to the public.

Five members of the Rogue River Artists Association have entries in the event this year; Shirley Dean, Linda Bassford, LeAnne Sowa, Brad Nielsen and Mary Myszka. All have entered the competition in the past.

Shirley Dean’s acrylic painting “Misty Morning” depicts two horses enjoying a drink along a section of the Rogue River. It will be showing at the First Community Bank at 60 Monroe Center.

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“Cooper”, the 115 pound Bernese Mountain Dog mascot of a northern Michigan winery, is the subject of Linda Bassford’s oil painting.. Bassford will also be showing at the First Community Bank at 60 Monroe Street.

LeAnne Sowa is continuing the story of her Moose paintings. Sowa’s new painting is called “Moose Rapids”.  This watercolor, 7 feet by 9-1/2 feet, is made of 9 separate panels. The idea came after her Moose in the bathtub work from last year and deciding to do another “moose” type adventure. Sowa says, “I hope it makes people smile!” Her work is being shown at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel.

“A Pilgrimage to Israel” is a collection of work by Brad Nielsen resulting from a recent family trip. His photograph “Devotion” is one piece from that collection which shows a monk serenely standing in the sunlight filtering through the windows of the Grotto of the Nativity. His work is showing at the Women’s City Club.

Mary Myszka, President of the Rogue River Artists Association, has entered her acrylic painting, “Fluxus” which won 4th prize at the West Michigan Regional Art Competition this year. Fluxus means “to flow” and is an example of her highly original abstracted and colorful style. Myszka’s work will be showing at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel.

More information on these artists and the entire ArtPrize event can be found on their website:

The Rogue River Artists Association has enjoyed a surge in membership this year as a local non-profit organization actively working to build awareness and community involvement with the visual arts. Anyone interested in more information on the association can visit their website at

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