Pop-up art event to benefit Ottawa County Parks

OTTAWA COUNTY, Mich. (WOOD) — The Nature Center at Hemlock Crossing will be transformed into an arts venue Saturday night to benefit local artists and the Ottawa County Parks Foundation.

The event, organized by the Lakeshore Visual Arts Collective (LVAC), will take place from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The art exhibition will feature the work of 40 local artists specializing in different mediums including painting, photography, jewelry, blown glass, ceramics, sculpture, and more.

LVAC’s goal is to foster a sustainable artist community and do good at the same time. The group’s pop-up events raise tens of thousands of dollars for local nonprofits and connect artists with patrons.

“It’s hard to find places to show and more importantly it’s hard to find affordable places to show, so LVAC is a model because it’s artist-run and it’s non-profit where all the artists can join at any skill level and any level of experience and they really do receive the majority of the income from their work, which is unlikely in a gallery or other setting,” said said event organizer Kathleen O’Brien.

Everyone who attends will be able to admire the artwork, listen to live music, and even stop at a cash bar and food truck. A $10 donation is suggested at the door. All donations and 10% of all artwork sold will benefit the Ottawa County Parks Foundation.

“The Parks Foundation is amazing,” said Jessica Vanginhoven, Interpretive Services Coordinator for Ottawa County Parks and Recreation. “They all aim to bring the community closer to nature and that’s just one of the many ways they do it; exposing people to art and nature, finding them new places to go, and they are committed to supporting so many park projects.

For more information about the event or LVCA, you can visit their website.

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