International art show in Grayling delayed, but not cancelled
Thu, 07/16/2020 - 1:26pm caleb
The Great Northern Art Explosion, organized by AuSable Artisan Village in Grayling, has chosen to delay, but not cancel, one of Michigan’s richer fine art award events with $8,000 in prize money.
The second annual Art Explosion is an opportunity for artists to publicly showcase their best work, and to have their hand at multiple cash prizes in the process. The exhibition-contest includes three juried prizes at $1,000 each, and a $5,000 public vote grand prize sponsored by Kirtland Community College. The show, which was originally scheduled for an August 8 opening, has been pushed back to open on September 4, with awards presented on Sunday, September 20.
“The delay will give organizers more time to recruit and train volunteers and prepare venues to host the show that meet COVID-19 safety guidelines,” said Terry Dickinson, the director of AuSable Artisan Village.
The reset will also push the entry deadline back to August 10 at midnight, providing an opportunity for local and regional artists to register their work for a shot at $5,000. Currently, most entries are from Michigan; however, there are entries from coast to coast across the nation, from the Washington to New Jersey and as far away as South Africa.
“The Great Northern Art Explosion is becoming an international fine art event taking place in Grayling, the crossroads of northern Michigan,” Dickinson said. “Across the nation and across the State of Michigan, art fairs and performing art events have been cancelled because of challenges related to COVID-19. Artists struggle to find events and venues to show and sell their craft. The creative economy, generated by arts and cultural events, is one of the hardest hit sectors of the economy.”