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Gallery Walk exhibits across downtown Holland

July 30, 2014
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Gallery Walk exhibits across downtown Holland
People fill up the Lake Effect Gallery during a Gallery Walk in downtown Holland. Courtesy Lake Effect Gallery

A celebration of the visual arts will be strolling across a lakeshore town this weekend as galleries invite visitors downtown.

Tradition

Eight galleries in the downtown Holland area are welcoming people to the Gallery Walk on Friday, from 6:00-9:00 p.m., and Saturday, from 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Businesses will showcase local artwork, host artist demonstrations and offer refreshments.

The Gallery Walk will feature a variety of art: watercolor, oil and acrylic painting; photography; creative architectural design; silk ice dyeing; and more.

Carrie Rodgers-O’Neal, owner of the Lake Effect Gallery, said art gallery owners in downtown Holland coordinate events two to three times a year to feature artwork and artists to the community.

“For more than 25 years, the downtown Holland galleries have had gallery walks,” Rodgers-O’Neal said. “Typically, each gallery has featured artists who will be present to talk about their art and maybe demonstrate their art. We always try to have some nice food and refreshments out, that is always a big draw, and some of us will offer music.”

Galleries

The Gallery Walk was organized by the Lake Effect Gallery, Centennial Park Studios, Flying Colorz, Fris Downtown, Moynihan Gallery, Dry Dock at Butch’s, Carolyn Stich Gallery and Holland Area Arts Council.

Art community

Rodgers-O’Neal said the feedback from past events has been positive.

“They are amazed at downtown Holland,” Rodgers-O’Neal said. “It is not just about showing art and selling art. It is just a wonderful community event where artists meet people and people meet each other. That is what is so neat about Holland.”

With a variety of fine arts opportunities and organizations in Holland, Rodgers-O’Neal said visitors who travel to Holland from the Saugatuck-Douglas area and elsewhere are often surprised at how large the art community is in the area.

“There is a huge amount of talent along West Michigan,” Rodgers-O’Neal said. 

Art in the Park

This year’s Gallery Walk was co-produced with the Holland Friends of Art, which is sponsoring the 45th annual Art in the Park in Centennial Park on Saturday, from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., with the Holland Recreation Department.

Art in the Park features 300 artists from eight states displaying and selling their artwork.

“The vision is to make this particular weekend going forward all about art in Holland, and I hope to see it grow, both with Art in the Park and the Gallery Walk, and maybe some other things in the future,” Rodgers-O’Neal said.

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