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CELEBRATING ART ON THE LAKESHORE
Visual Art & Street Party
Family Activities
Fine Art & Craft Show

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July 4th & 5th in Downtown Muskegon, Michigan.

For decades, art has been a driving force in downtown Muskegon.  The Lakeshore Art Festival continues that tradition with a unique blend of arts, crafts, music, food and fun along the scenic shoreline.  The Lakeshore Art Festival features hundreds of artists and crafters, a Children’s Lane, street performers and a food area including an Artisan Food Market and festival food favorites.

Event Info

July 4th & 5th in Downtown Muskegon, Michigan.

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Art has been a 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!

Featuring a unique blend of arts, crafts, music, food and fun along the shoreline in historic Downtown Muskegon. Hundreds of artists and crafters will be showcased with fine art in the park, crafts, children’s activities and an Artisan Food Market all wrapped up in a street party atmosphere.

 

INTERESTED IN BEING INVOLVED OR PARTICIPATING?

The online exhibitor registration deadline for the 2014 LAF has passed.  Those interested in exhibiting at this year’s show can still be added to the waitlist. Please email festival director, Carla Flanders at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  for more details.

There are plenty of other ways to get involved with the Lakeshore Art Festival too! Fill out one of the forms on our Get Involved section for more information.

 

AREA LODGING

Hotels & Motels
Cottages
Bed & Breakfasts
Campgrounds

LAKESHORE DINING

Reasturants, Bars & Grills
Fast Service Dining
Cafe & Coffee Shops
Ice Cream

 

LOCAL TRANSPORTATION

MATS City bus
Busy Bee Taxi
Muskegon County Airport
Lake Express High Speed Ferry

 

EVENT MISSION STATEMENT

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 crafts people from across the country and enhancing the economic impact of the area while fostering art and cultural awareness.

 

Exhibitor Info

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EXHIBITOR OVERVIEW

The online exhibitor registration deadline for the 2014 LAF has passed.  Those interested in participating in this year’s show can still be added to the waitlist. Please email festival director, Carla Flanders at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more details. 

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 Exhibitors, Children's Lane & Artisan Food Market
Craft exhibitors, Children's Lane participants and the Artisan Food Market 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.

 

IMPORTANT DATES

December 2 - Application For Submission open 
March 3 - Application Deadline (Application fee non-refundable) 
March 24 - Notification of Acceptance 
April 21 - Booth Fees Due 
May 5 - Cancellation refund deadline. (Last date to refund and receive 90% of booth fee. No refunds after May 5.) 
July 3 - Event Set up (Times to be listed in acceptance letter) 
July 4 - Event 10am-6pm 
July 5 - Event 10am-6pm 
July 5 - Take down 6pm-9pm

 

EXHIBITOR FEES

$30 Application Fee (non-refundable)*
$250 Fine Art/Fine Craft
$180 Craft /Children’s Lane/Artisan Food Market

FINE ART/FINE CRAFT PRIZES

$1,000 - First Place/Best in Show
$800 - Second Place
$600 - Third Place
$400 - Honorable Mention
$200 - Committee’s Choice

 

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General Rules/Policies

Category Definitions

 

SEE WHAT OTHER ARTISTS ARE SAYING...

“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

 

EVENT CATEGORY DEFINED

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 insure 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, wood working, 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  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  to confirm your membership and receive your discount code.

 

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There are plenty of ways to get involved with the Lakeshore Art Festival. Click on your preference below:

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Children's Lane

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Please fill out this form if you would like to Volunteer for the Lakeshore Art Festival taking place on July 4th and 5th in downtown Muskegon, Michigan.

Filling out this form will not register you to volunteer but it will add you to our contact list. More information on the event and specific volunteer tasks will be available closer to the event date. Thank you!

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 fill out the below information. Please note, filling out this form will not register you to be in Children's Lane but it will add you to our contact list. We will get in touch with you to provide further details.

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 fill out the form below and we will contact you with more details.

The Lakeshore Art Festival is a unique blend of fine art, crafts, music, food and fun positioned along the shoreline in historic Downtown Muskegon. Hundreds of exhibitors will be showcasing their hand crafted products along with, children’s activities and Michigan food market all wrapped up in a street party atmosphere.

If you would like more information on how to be an exhibitor/vendor at Lakeshore Art Festival please fill out the form below. Please note, filling out this form will not register you to be an exhibitor/vendor but it will add you to our contact list. We will get in touch with you to provide further details. If you would like to register to be a craft/art exhibitor click here.

 

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For information regarding the Lakeshore Art Fesitval, Contact Event Director, Carla Flanders at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 231-722-3751 FOR MEDIA INQUIRIES ONLY.

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Meet the Team

CARLA FLANDERS
Lakeshore Art Festival Director
PAULA RAY
Fine Art/Fine Craft Coordinator
JOHN DUMOUCHEL
Logistics Coordinator
KEN SUTTON
Food Vendor Coordinator
CHAMBER STAFF
Festival Support Team
DEB SCHAUB
Craft/Artisan Food Market Coordinator
YMCA
Children's Lane Coordinator

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For Lakeshore Art Festival questions call 231-724-3176 or email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.                                           
To reach the main office call 231-722-3751

 

 

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Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce 
380. W. Western, Suite 202 
Muskegon, MI 49440

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