friday fluff day- ArtPrize!!

We watched a gem miner last night in live action during ArtPrize competition, the worlds largest art competition taking place in Grand Rapids, MI.  Our uber-creative friend and artist Adam Wolpa sculped a gem mine and then did performance art to “mine” the gems, shining a light on the sparkly rocks and gems. It was so creative and beautiful! Thumbs WAY up Wolpa!

mr. miner, Adam Wolpa

mr. miner, Adam Wolpa

vote up for wolpa!

vote up for wolpa!

We were treated to the performance art piece as Adam mined the gems. Showing nightly at 7:30 on Division!

We were treated to the performance art piece as Adam mined the gems. Showing nightly at 7:30 on Division!

There were so many beautiful sculptures and paintings scattered across outdoor downtown Grand Rapids and tucked into boutiques, coffeeshops and churches.  What’s really cool is that the public votes on the piece that they like best and the winner gets $250,000! It is definitely worth checking out if you are around in the next few weeks- plus, it’s free!  That was a nice perk for Dave and I to enjoy, plus we got to walk around instead of sitting on our butts eating a giant tub of popcorn at the movies 🙂 Here are some shots of pieces that we enjoyed- check out the ArtPrize website to see more (and better shots):

there was everything from the bizarre to the beautiful at ArtPrize

there was everything from the bizarre to the beautiful at ArtPrize

this picture doesn't really capture the coolness of this water wheel that acted as a moving picture machine as well. It's located in front of the Gerald R. Ford museum

this picture doesn't really capture the coolness of this water wheel that acted as a moving picture machine as well. It's located in front of the Gerald R. Ford museum

this piece by Mario Moore is entitled "The Mother"

this piece by Mario Moore is entitled "The Mother"

I was especially moved by the piece pictured above.  Check out Mario’s profile to see more of his paintings. I always feel so invigorated after spending time looking at art- whether disturbing, abstract or impeccably detailed. When I spend time in a gallery or even just looking at books about artwork, something inside me feels like it’s unlocked, like the things I can’t even put words to are expressed in the images or sculptures I see.  I’m amazed at the creativity God has given to so many people that give us a mirror to experience the world in a different way. Even if you can’t make it to GR to see the pieces in person, clicking through some of the pieces on the ArtPrize website will provide a window to the talented people who have graced GR with their creativity.

Dave and I capped off the night with a visit to the Ritz Coney Island (so- no tubs of popcorn, just chili-cheese fries & hotdogs 🙂

yummmmm.

yummmmm.

I swear, I could eat hotdogs everyday if I let myself.

I swear, I could eat hotdogs everyday if I let myself.

What are your plans for the weekend? Any movies you’re looking forward to seeing? Projects you’re hoping to complete? People you’re going to see? Hotdogs you’re going to eat?

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