Sep 20, 2009

An Giant ArtPrize Preview on the Grand River

Two Artprize installations went up on the Grand River this past week - setting the stage for the commencement of the event on September 23. Grand Rapids is buzzing with excitement as over 1200 artists will converge in West Michigan to claim the top ten spots with prize money. Venues are throwing all kinds of parties and artist receptions during the two week event.

The first of the parties in the JW is going to happen on Tuesday as Nessie the giant loch ness monster is unveiled in the Grand River. The Nessie Launch Party event starts at 5PM on the jdek.

The JW is also hosting a Meet The Artist reception on Thursday, September 24, to showcase the work of the 11 artists displaying their work in the JW. A Vegetarian Farm Dinner will follow the reception at restaurant. Sous chef Joel Wabeke has created a wonderful vegetarian menu using Trillium Haven Farm produce and wines from Brys Estate Winery.

The JW's Absolut Friday's is also set for the 25th with Absolut models and drink specials all night in Mixology Lounge and the jdek.

On Saturday, the hotel is hosting the Red Ball to celebrate the placement of the giant Red Ball inside the Mixology Lounge. This giant 15 ft. red ball is going to be quite a sight inside the lobby of the hotel!

On Sunday, Local Libations and Savorytinis event is being hosted by the Vote With Your Fork group on the jdek. Enjoy Michigan Peach Bellinis and enjoy the wonderful views of the Grand River art installations on the jdek.

This is just for the first weekend! Hundreds of other events are happening during the opening week of ArtPrize. It is definitely going to a great time to visit West Michigan and the JW.

The Furniture City and Grand Dance sculptures as viewed on the jdek and JW helipad

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