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Developing ArtPrize 2017

Many people forget that art isn’t specifically defined as something stationary that we are just meant to look at. ArtPrize has not forgotten this detail and actually includes many time based pieces that depict the performing arts as well. Though Lauren Loria’s piece Dévelopé is only a visual representation of the performing arts, it still captures the beauty and emotion of ballet by freezing the dancers at a specific moment in time. The goal of her piece is to allow viewers to contemplate dance without the constant change that comes with watching a performance. Since dance is an ephemeral art form, important artistic details are often missed so please don’t miss this opportunity to experience dance frozen in time through Lauren’s photographs! The competition runs from September 20 – October 8, 2017.

The Creatures of ArtPrize 2017

As you’ve seen in previous posts, we really do love those artist who look to the Holiday Inn Grand Rapids Downtown to be their home for ArtPrize year after year. We were proud to host Mary Steenwyk in 2015 and are honored to host her again for ArtPrize 2017! Her Questioning Creatures, embody the questions of What? Who? and Why? The young students at Jenison Christian School helped create these whimsical sculptures that represent the hidden hope that lies within these difficult questions. Check them out on the East side of our building this fall! The competition runs from September 20 – October 8, 2017.

The Return of the Wire Art

Back by popular demand, Todd and Kiaralinda are making their third ArtPrize appearance this year for ArtPrize 2017! This dynamic duo have graced the street corner in front of the Holiday Inn Grand Rapids Downtown for the past two years and we are thrilled to welcome them back with their piece Mr. Twister. Their piece this year incorporates a time based element. Bringing back their signature wire art, participants will be able to custom order wire art, created before their eyes, that will add to the installation as the competition goes on. Please don’t miss out on this exciting interactive opportunity! We love these artists and we know you will too! The competition runs from September 20 – October 8, 2017.

Returning ArtPrize Artist!

Randy Brewer is no stranger to ArtPrize or the Holiday Inn Grand Rapids Downtown. This is Randy’s 7th time participating in the annual art competition and his 3rd year at the Holiday Inn. We love Randy’s work and are honored to have him back. His piece, On The Farm, depicts the farm life Randy was accustomed to as a child by way of a present day farm in rural, Northern Michigan. The painting conveys a peaceful mindset that should remind us all of the simpler times and the importance of coming together as a community. Take a break from the city streets and stop in to our lobby this fall to catch this stunning oil painting! The competition runs from September 20 – October 8, 2017.

We Love GR…and ArtPrize!

Sticking with the native Grand Rapids artist theme from our previous post, Ashley Dupy is our third featured artist for ArtPrize Nine! ArtPrize is an annual art competition that takes place in Grand Rapids each fall and we are honored to host Ashley as a first time participant!  Ashley’s piece, The Grand Rapids Experience, gives you a true sense of what our beautiful city is all about. Her work depicts iconic landmarks such as Frederik Meijer Gardens and Founders Brewing Company, among some other favorites! If you are not a native of the city and are wondering what we are all about, Ashley’s piece will tell you all that you need to know! Come check it out and let her piece guide you to your next adventure! The competition runs from September 20 – October 8, 2017.

GR is ArtPrize!

The Holiday Inn Grand Rapids Downtown would like to introduce you to the second of our 13 featured artists for ArtPrize 2017. If you haven’t joined us for ArtPrize in past years, ArtPrize is an annual art competition that takes place in Grand Rapids each fall. This year, our lobby will feature artwork that showcases Grand Rapids and Michigan as a whole. Our second featured Artist is Charles Helmholdt and his wife Diane. Native to Grand Rapids, Charles and Diane are excited to make their return to the ArtPrize competition. Their piece, Grand Rapids 1999, offers a futuristic view of our city from a Victorian perspective. Inspired by their work with Euro Disney, this ink and pen drawing depicts specific Grand Rapids landmarks with an exaggerated, turn of the century, twist. Its beautiful antique frame will surely make it stand out! Don’t miss your opportunity to see such a fun piece!...
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ArtPrize 2017

The Holiday Inn Grand Rapids Downtown is very excited to be participating in ArtPrize again this year as a hosting venue. We have 13 talented artists who will be displaying their artwork both in our lobby, and outdoors. We cannot wait for you to see them all! In the weeks leading up to the city-wide event, we’d like to introduce you to each of our artists and give you a sneak peek as to what to expect if you are visiting us this fall. Without further ado, meet our first artist, Mark Edwards! This is Mark’s second year entering in the annual competition. His piece this year, Rolling Stones Keep Rolling, reflects his love for music and restoring instruments. The piece showcases the journey of Rolling Stone Magazine from its inception. 4 antique barn doors hold original stories from the magazines, as well as other assorted authentic documents, on top...
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Fifth Third River Bank Run

On Saturday, May 14, 2016 Grand Rapids will host the 39th Fifth Third River Bank Run – the largest 25k road race in the country!  Once again, the Holiday Inn Grand Rapids Downtown is excited to host many participants and their families for this exciting event.  This year the event is expected to draw more than 18,000 participants.  With an event this large it’s important to be in the know.  We advise all our race day participants to review some Race Day 101 tips prior to your arrival to make your race day the best it can be. The race route does impact some access to the hotel.  Please see the 2016 River Bank Run Street Closures prior to arrival.

State Games of America 2017

Coming summer of 2017 Beer City USA becomes Sports City when Grand Rapids hosts the State Games of American August 3 – 6, 2017.  These olympic style games will bring in thousands of athletes from all over the country to compete. So “Bring Your Game” for the State Games of America in 2017. State Games of America – Grand Rapids 2017 “Bring Your Game” from Antix Creative on Vimeo.