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

July 7 & 8, 2017

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! 

2017 EXHIBITOR REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!

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Event Info

Returning July 7 & 8, 2017 to Downtown Muskegon, MI

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. 

 

2017 EXHIBITOR REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!

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LAKESHORE ART FESTIVAL - July 7 & 8, 2017, 10am-6pm!

 Click here to see a fun 30 second overview of the Lakeshore Art Festival!

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!

 

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Exhibitor Info

EXHIBITOR OVERVIEW

200-Best-Logo-2015 GoldThank you, exhibitors, for ranking the Lakeshore Art Festival #83 on the Sunshine Artist Magazine's List of 200 Best! 

 

 

2017 EXHIBITOR REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!

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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.

 


2017 DATES

Event Dates/Times
Friday, July 7, 2017          10am - 8pm (Tentative)
Saturday, July 8, 2017      10am - 6pm

Important Dates to Remember:

October 24, 2016 Application For Submission open
February 1   Application Deadline (Application fee non-refundable)
February 28      Notification of Acceptance
March 20  Booth Fees Due
May 2  

Cancellation refund deadline. (Last date to refund and receive 100% of
Booth fee less $50 administration fee. After May 2 no refunds.)

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


Exhibitor Fees

$35 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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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

"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

 

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 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 / Fine Craft: Art in the Park
Art in the Park is held in historic Hackley Park, a green landscaped square block that features beautiful trees and flowers, interior and perimeter sidewalks, historic sculptures and a center circle. It is located in the heart of downtown Muskegon’s Heritage Village, home to the Muskegon Museum of Art, Lakeshore Museum Center, Monet’s Garden, Hackley Library, and Frauenthal Center for the Performing Arts.
 
Crafts: Craft Fair / Artisan Food Market
The Craft Market will flow through beautiful downtown Muskegon and will include only handcrafted goods. Absolutely no buy and sell. The Craft Market footprint will flow into the Children’s Lane but crafters will not have booths in the children’s area unless specifically desired.
 
Emerging Artist Program
New to Lakeshore Art Festival, this category is designed specifically for artists who are beginning their career in the art world and have very little experience exhibiting and selling their artwork at any venue. The application procedure and fee are the same as the regular show, however, upon acceptance, emerging artists will pay a lower booth fee of $150 and may be sharing a tent area with other artists. Artists may only apply to the Emerging Artist Program OR for the general show, but they may not apply to both. Space is limited in this category. The Festival reserves the right to pre-screen and research emerging artists to make sure they are a fit for this category and to ensure that they do not have extensive experience exhibiting and selling their work.
 
Emerging Artist applicants will proceed in the same manner as professional artists and submit images of their artwork through the regular application on Zapplication.org. Emerging Artists are asked to apply with a 5th image of their work instead of an image of their booth. When uploading your images, you will upload the 5th image of your work by selecting ‘YES’ this is your booth shot, even though it is not. Then select ‘Emerging Artist’ as your medium category and you will be ready to complete the application.
 

*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 artfest@muskegon.org 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.

 

Volunteer

Interested in volunteering for the festival? Email artfestvolunteer@muskegon.org 

 

Children's Lane

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 artfest@muskegon.org 

 

Entertainer

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.

 

Exhibitor/Vendor

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.

 

Sponsorship

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. 

 

Press Room

For information regarding the Lakeshore Art Festival, Contact Event Director, Carla Flanders at artfest@muskegon.org 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 criley@muskegon.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.

 

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Sponsors

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 learn more about sponsorship opportunities!

 

 

Thank you 2016 Lakeshore Art Festival Sponsors: 

BENEFACTOR

ART ENTHUSIAST

CREATIVE

FRIENDS OF ART

ROCKSTOCK MUSIC FESTIVAL & FIREWORKS SUPPORTERS

A percentage of the proceeds will go to benefit No More Sidelines.

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About Us

LAKESHORE ART FESTIVAL HISTORY

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! 

 

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

 

AREA LODGING

Hotels & Motels
Cottages
Bed & Breakfasts
Campgrounds

 

LAKESHORE DINING

Restaurants, 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

 

GENERAL QUESTIONS AND MEDIA

For Lakeshore Art Festival questions call 231-724-3176 or email artfest@muskegon.org

To reach the main office call 231-722-3751

 

MAILING ADDRESS

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

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Meet the Team

CARLA FLANDERS
Lakeshore Art Festival Director
PAULA RAY
Fine Art/Fine Craft Coordinator
KEN SUTTON
Food Vendor Coordinator
CHAMBER STAFF
Festival Support Team
JOHN DUMOUCHEL
Logistics Coordinator
DEB SCHAUB
Craft/Artisan Food Market Coordinator
MICHAEL RAMSEY
Volunteer Coordinator
BRITTANY DIAL, FIT4MOM MUSKEGON
Children's Lane Coordinators

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