2nd Annual Art Explosion

100+ artists will compete for $8,000 in cash prizes in a two-week, public and juried art contest in Grayling, MI, hosted by AuSable Artisan Village in partnership with Kirtland Community College.

Kirtland Community College Grand Prize
$5,000

The public will vote to determine one artist to take home $5,000. The artist whose work receives the most votes will win the Kirtland Community College Grand Prize.

Juried Award
$1,000
Juried Award
$1,000
Juried Award
$1,000

The juror will award three artists $1,000 each for outstanding artworks.

Outstanding Venue Award
$500

The public will also vote to determine one venue to win $500 for an outstanding exhibit experience.

September 4
Exhibition & public voting opens
September 19
Last day for public voting
September 20
Awards reception at the Michigan Ave. container yard
Grayling
Art Explosion takes place in downtown Grayling, MI
Artwork
100+ artworks publicly exhibited in downtown Grayling
$8,000
Four artists will take home $8,000 in awards

Meet The Juror: Jef Bourgeau

L: Jef Bourgeau, R: Art Crush no.1b by Jef Bourgeau

Detroit native Jef Bourgeau is an artist and curator who pioneered digital paintings on canvas using scanners and digital inkjet technology. He has exhibited extensively in galleries and museums across Europe, Asia and the United States.

About AuSable Artisan Village

AuSable Artisan Village is a non-profit art center featuring a retail co-op art gallery of dozens of Michigan artists, a live performance stage, and a Creativity Center for classes & workshops.

Our purpose is to initiate and support art & creative activities that stimulate economic & cultural development of the Grayling community & Northern Michigan region.

View our website here: artisanvillage.org

2020 Public Vote Winner

$5,000 Kirtland Community College Grand Prize

Some Gave All
Daniel Kaminski
Mio, MI

Some Gave All is a collection of life-size wooden figures depicting the artist's interpretation of the sacrifices made by United States soldiers, as well as a visual depiction of the "mechanical" psychological state of these men & women. Each figure is assembled from various individual pieces of different species of wood.

2020 Juror Award Winners

$1,000 Graying Promotional Association Juror Awards

Best of Show
Confidential Secret
Adenuga John Opeyemi
Ibadan, Nigeria

Confidential Secret is an intimate and confrontational hyper-realism charcoal portrait drawing of a young African woman. According to the artist, this piece is a contribution to the Stop The Rape campaign in Nigeria, where abuse of young people is an ongoing epidemic.

Crazy Paper
Kim Froese
Howard City, MI

Artist Kim Froese from Howard City, MI is a textile artist working with hornet’s nest paper. Crazy Paper, an abstract painting, stands over six feet tall, “painted” with various species of hornet’s nest paper and sealed with an ultra resilient, high-gloss finish. The multitude of paper swirls are reminiscent of Van Goh’s iconic impressionist brush strokes, in neutral and natural browns, grays, and whites, assembled into an improvised composition. Kim’s other work includes found objects and sculptures covered in bee paper. Two of her large sculptures are owned by Ripley’s Believe It Or Not.

Lost & Found
BreeAnn Veenstra
Grand Rapids, MI

Lost & Found is a series of six multi-media illustrations. The series explores the theme of playful adventure as a prescription for the lost, and uses imagination to re-enforce a positive outlook for the lossee. The main character - a plush toy animal - shares a bond between the human world and the natural world. Diverse scenes of action incorporate a range of different Michigan wildlife. In the end, we learn that as long as we let innocence run free, we'll never be lost.

2nd Annual Art Explosion

100+ artists competed for $8,000 in cash prizes in a two-week, public and juried art contest in Grayling, MI, hosted by AuSable Artisan Village in partnership with Kirtland Community College.

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2020 Juror: Jef Bourgeau

L: Jef Bourgeau, R: Art Crush no.1b by Jef Bourgeau

Detroit native Jef Bourgeau is an artist and curator who pioneered digital paintings on canvas using scanners and digital inkjet technology. He has exhibited extensively in galleries and museums across Europe, Asia and the United States.

About AuSable Artisan Village

AuSable Artisan Village is a non-profit art center featuring a retail co-op art gallery of dozens of Michigan artists, a live performance stage, and a Creativity Center for classes & workshops.

Our purpose is to initiate and support art & creative activities that stimulate economic & cultural development of the Grayling community & Northern Michigan region.

View our website here: artisanvillage.org