Rockford man is co-creator of top 10 ArtPrize entry receiving national media attention

More than 15,000 sky lanterns were launched from downtown Grand Rapids 
as part of an ArtPrize entry. More than 50,000 people came to light a lantern or view Lights in the Night – where hope takes flight. The lanterns were meant to represent hopes, dreams and wishes. The ArtPrize entry is now in the Top 10. Photo by Cassie Patton

by Cindy M. Cranmer A Rockford man is one of the co-creators of an ArtPrize entry being discussed locally and internationally after thousands and thousands of participants and spectators gathered Friday night to help Mark Carpenter and Dan Johnson realize their vision for ArtPrize and landing their entry in the top 10. Dan Johnson, of […]

Wild west captured in deer farm turned agri-tourism resort

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by BETH ALTENA When you have over 200 beautiful white tailed deer fenced adjacent to a major road, people will stop and want to see them. That’s the experience of the Powell family, who opened their working deer farm in 2003. Located at 7850 14 Mile Road (M-57), their 80-acre business has received a lot […]

Three Rockford artists impact Grand Rapids ArtPrize

Linda Bassford with her painting, appropriately titled Dog Days

by Cindy M. Cranmer Rockford watercolor artist showcases moose print Bright colors and larger sizes often attract people to ArtPrize entries. A Rockford watercolor artist has both going for her in her 2012 entry. LeAnne Mawby Sowa uses her unique watercolor style, which uses colorful washes and bold details to show off her artwork. “The […]

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ArtPrize a statement about faith and abortion

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Rockford resident Patrick Keeley said he doesn’t care how his Artprize piece scores with judges or where it ends up in the final vote—he just wants to send a message. The image he has installed at 300 Fulton is a life-death image that represents his pro-life beliefs. “The reason we made the art is to […]