CELEBRATING ART ON THE LAKESHORE
Visual Art & Street Party
Fine Art & Craft Show
The Lakeshore Art Festival features a unique blend of arts, crafts, music, food, and fun in beautiful Downtown Muskegon, Michigan. With nearly 300 fine arts and crafts exhibitors, a full block of children's activities, festival and specialty food items, street performers and interactive art stations this event is an all around amazing experience! Sunshine Artist Magazine has recognized the Lakeshore Art Festival as one of the "200 Best" in the country. Mark your calendar for July 7 and 8, 2017 to enjoy your artful experience at the Lakeshore Art Festival!
Muskegon's LAKESHORE ART FESTIVAL Receives Top Ranking!
We're thrilled to have been ranked #83 by the Sunshine Artist Magazine 200 Best! The festival attracts nearly 300 exhibitors and 50,000 visitors to beautiful Downtown Muskegon annually.
LAKESHORE ART FESTIVAL - July 7 & 8, 2017, 10am-6pm!
The Lakeshore art Festival features a unique blend of arts, crafts, music, food, and fun along the shoreline in historic Downtown Muskegon. This year's event will feature nearly 300 fine art and craft exhibitors, and a Children's Lane, festival food favorites, street performers and interactive art for all!
Thank you, exhibitors, for ranking the Lakeshore Art Festival #83 on the Sunshine Artist Magazine's List of 200 Best!
Click here to see a list of exhibitors and booth numbers*
*booth numbers are subject to change - if you are an exhibitor, please do not set up until checking in.
Fine Art/Fine Craft
Hackley Park is home to the Fine Art/Fine Craft Exhibitors. The park’s natural grassy landscape also features beautiful mature trees, flowering plants, sculptures, exterior and interior sidewalks. It is located in the heart of downtown Muskegon’s Heritage Village, home to the city’s library, art museum, county museum, theaters and more.
Craft/Artisan Food Market and Children's Lane
Craft exhibitors, artisan foods, and Children's Lane participants will reside in the newly renovated streets in the heart of downtown. These wide roads feature lots of natural light and gorgeous boulevards to enhance the exhibitors and shoppers enjoyment.
Friday, July 7, 2017 10am - 8pm (Tentative)
Saturday, July 8, 2017 10am - 6pm
Important Dates to Remember:
|October 17, 2016||Application For Submission open|
|February 1||Application Deadline (Application fee non-refundable)|
|February 28||Notification of Acceptance|
|March 20||Booth Fees Due|
Cancellation refund deadline. (Last date to refund and receive 100% of
|July 6||Event Set-up (Times to be listed in acceptance letter) & Artist Reception|
|July 7||Event 10am-8pm|
|July 8||Event 10am-6pm|
|July 8||Take-down 6pm-9pm|
$35 Application Fee (non-refundable)*
$250 Fine Art/Fine Craft
$180 Craft /Children’s Lane/Artisan Food Market
$1,000 - First Place/Best in Show
$800 - Second Place
$600 - Third Place
$400 - Honorable Mention
$200 - Committee’s Choice
“Last year we participated in the new craft show for the first time and we had a fantastic experience. We look forward to this year's event.” - Scot Covert, Srey’s Styles Collaborator
“This event is the reincarnation of a really artsy-craftsy show. The new organizer seems to "get" art fair and has an excellent background in event management and hopes to create a new higher end show. If you are open on this weekend and live nearby it may be worth your time.” - Constance Mettler, Call for Artists Publisher
“I just got done doing my zapplication to enter the show for this year. I have to tell you it went so fast and easy this time I couldn't believe it. I'm really looking forward to seeing you this summer.” - Thea Collier, Jeweler
"The event far exceeded my expectations! Not only has the event turned around, but the downtown area as well. I've been doing craft events for nineteen years and usually as many as forty a year (twenty states so far). I say that to make this point. Never have I seen an event make such a dramatic turn for the positive. What a credit to you, your staff, and the community. Thank you for letting me be a part of it." - Dan Lary, Candle Creations
The Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce is proud to be hosting the Lakeshore Art Festival again this year. A few enhancements have been made in order to ensure the festival's success for years to come. The park will be reserved for "fine art" or "fine craft" and the street area will feature unique "crafts", street performers and Children's Lane. Definitions of fine art/fine craft and craft are listed below.
Our jury is comprised of local artists, art educators and key Lakeshore Art Festival committee members. During our blind jury process, jurors will examine photos submitted by art and craft exhibitors and score each entry on a scale from 1 to 5. From these scores, and taking into account the uniqueness of each item, pricing and quality, exhibitors will be categorized into fine art/fine craft or general craft areas.
Fine Art: Traditionally, has been, painting and sculpture. Drawing and printmaking also rank within fine art, as lesser forms of painting. Ceramics, photography, glass, mixed media, performance, textiles, and the like are also considered fine art. That being said, "fine art" as defined by the Lakeshore Art Festival is a high-quality medium, that is unique and artfully made with a conscious intent to engage in the tradition of art-making and a resulting object that is art for its own sake.
Fine Craft: Objects that can have a functional intent, but are made or decorated as to be singular or rare objects. These objects tend to be luxury items and extraordinary or quite unique. Hand made furniture, ceramic vessels, glass objects, jewelry, apparel and the like fall into this category. The line between fine art and fine craft blurs very quickly. In broad strokes, fine craft becomes fine art when the methods and materials used to create the object are traditional (ceramic, glass, woodworking, weaving, etc.) but the object is made with the intention of functioning as strictly an object of art.
Craft: Best viewed as a wholesale, commercial product. Objects in this category tend to be easily and quickly made, with common forms and subject matter. Ceramics and glass are the best examples. A potter can throw pots and platters quickly and efficiently. They are hand made, but primarily functional. The ceramist may then have more complex, involved works they consider their art. Glass is similar. Many artists work on what they call "production pieces" – goblets, cups, bowls, etc, and then have their own, more sculptural fine art glass. Jewelry is another good example. Think Fabrege egg versus everything in the displays at Zales. Painting and photography can also fall into this category, primarily through subject matter. Painters can easily adopt a formula that lets them produce similar landscapes and abstract paintings in very short order. These pieces are common and are frequently distinguished by competent but ordinary technique.
*Members of the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce and the Muskegon Museum of Art will receive a discounted non-refundable registration fee of $15. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm your membership and receive your discount code.
There are plenty of ways to get involved with the Lakeshore Art Festival.
Interested in volunteering for the festival? Email email@example.com
The Children's Lane hosts a variety of vendors and activities that focus specifically on children and families. The area will feature free or low-cost, family-friendly, kid-centered arts, crafts, entertainment, retail and more. Additionally, the event will focus on engaging children (and families) in a healthy way, to educate them on positive living and to include elements of creativity, good eating habits and staying active.
If you are interested in being part of this amazing opportunity or would just like to learn more please email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Lakeshore Art Festival features a street party atmosphere that highlights many forms of artistic expression. If you are interested in being one of our many street performers during the two-day event please click here.
The Lakeshore Art Festival is a unique blend of fine art, crafts, music, food and fun positioned beautiful Downtown Muskegon. Hundreds of exhibitors will be showcasing their handcrafted products along with children’s activities and Artisan food market all wrapped up in a street party atmosphere.
Registration to become a 2017 exhibitor will be available in the fall of 2016.
There are many ways in which you can get involved in the Lakeshore Art Festival including sponsorship, volunteer, product/service donations, prize donations, business partnerships and more! Click here to download a sponsorship form.
For information regarding the Lakeshore Art Festival, Contact Event Director, Carla Flanders at email@example.com or 231-724-3176 .
To speak with a representative from the organization behind the Lakeshore Art Festival, the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce, contact the Chamber’s Communications Director, Cece Riley at firstname.lastname@example.org or 231-722-3751 FOR MEDIA INQUIRIES ONLY.
Click here for high resolution downloadable images. Photo credit to Lakeshore Art Festival, unless otherwise listed on image.
There are many ways in which you can get involved in the Lakeshore Art Festival including sponsorship, volunteer, product/service donations, prize donations, business partnerships and more!
Thank you 2016 Lakeshore Art Festival Sponsors:
A percentage of the proceeds will go to benefit No More Sidelines.
Art has been the driving force in downtown Muskegon for over a century. In 1961 Hackley Park became the center for a large scale art and craft show known as Muskegon Art in the Park. In 2013, the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce took the local Art in the Park event to the next level with the creation of the Lakeshore Art Festival!
To create a vibrant, sustainable art and craft event showcasing the Muskegon lakeshore. Featuring a juried fine art show, craft fair, artisan food market, children’s area, interactive art and performing arts/entertainment. Attracting visitors, artists and crafters from across the country and enhancing the economic impact of the area while fostering art and cultural awareness.
For Lakeshore Art Festival questions call 231-724-3176 or email email@example.com
Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce
380. W. Western, Suite 202
Muskegon, MI 49440