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Bryan Graham’s “Friend Village,” featured here inside the windowsill at WHO kNEW? Consignment is one of 20 pieces of art that will be on display inside local businesses during Dogwood’s Up Front Art Walk, which runs through the entire festival. (Submitted photo)
Bryan Graham’s “Friend Village,” featured here inside the windowsill at WHO kNEW? Consignment is one of 20 pieces of art that will be on display inside local businesses during Dogwood’s Up Front Art Walk, which runs through the entire festival. (Submitted photo)

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Sixth-annual Up Front Art Walk begins Friday

Published 8:00am Friday, May 9, 2014

With over 20 pieces of art displayed across 20 different local businesses, the Up Front Art Walk has a lot to offer visitors of the Dogwood Fine Arts Festival.

They won’t have to worry about missing anything either, as it falls into a time slot that fits into anyone’s schedule: all day, until the end of the festival on May 18.

This is the sixth year that the festival has hosted the week-and-a-half long art show, which features paintings, sculptures, photos and other media from artists throughout southwest Michigan and northern Indiana. The show was created and organized by Kris Lamphere, owner of WHO kNEW? Consignment.

“I initiated Art Walk because I felt it would be a good match with our evening events,” Lamphere said. “It’s a gallery show that is 24/7, and it helps promote our local businesses.”

This year, the festival received more than 80 submissions for entry into the show. These were narrowed to 20 finalists by a three-person jury, comprised of other artists, Lamphere said. The chosen artists range from residents of Indiana to nearby communities like Paw Paw and Marcellus.

“There’s no theme for the artwork on display,” Lamphere said. “Each artist submits whatever type of art is their specialty.”

Three awards will be handed out to pieces on display: a $250 Best of Show award, a $150 award for first runner-up and $100 for a people’s choice award.

The first two prizes will be decided by a pair of guest judges, Tami Miller, curator at St. Joseph’s Krasl Art Center; and Marc Dombrosky, chair of the Department of Visual and Performing Arts at Southwestern Michigan College. The two will tour the exhibits on Monday and announce their decision later in the week.

The people’s choice award, meanwhile, will be decided by visitors to the event. People can vote for their favorite work of art either by filling out one of the paper ballots located at participating locations or by emailing the festival. The votes will be tallied on May 19, at the conclusion of the festival.

“A lot of people make it a point to come down to get a ballot and a guide,” Lamphere said. “They’ll come downtown to get dinner, and they’ll spend sometime before hand checking out the artwork.”

The list of businesses and artists participating in this year’s Art Walk are:

Huntington National Bank: Martha Cares, “Mama Meow”

Amersdorfer-Wiltse Agency: Leanor Schmidt Papai, “Lea’s Peonies”

Booth’s Country Florist: Alli Farkas, “Meadow at Conkle’s Hollow”

Oh, My!: Christine Terrill, “Coreopsis”

Glamour Plus: Diane Overmyer, “Outside the Box”

Farm Bureau Insurance: William Hurst, “Michigan Vineyard”

Kirsh Insurance: Bonnie Rock, “PereLaChaise, Ici Repose”

Front Street Crossing: Angela Rice, “Native Round Gourd”

1st Source Bank: Jeff Matejovsky, “Dumbell”

Underwood Shoes: Dan Smith, “Folk Singer”

Imperial Furniture: Marsha Penn, “The Grape Escape II”

WHO kNEW?: Bryan Graham, “Friendly Village”

Scissor Mill: Jude Phillips, “Window in Old Brewery”

Vincent J. Jewelers: Bill Rothwell, “Truck at Lixey Fish Market”

Mudluscious: Connie Shew, “One September Morning on Diamond Lake”

Mane Attraction: Greta Hurst, “Glory, Glory”

Caruso’s Candy Kitchen: Christine Parkhurst, “Kingdom of the Frog Prince”

Shabbybou-Chic: Diane Overmyer, “Our Town”

The Marshall Shoppe: Marsha Penn, “Tiger Lilies”

Edward Jones: Jeff Matejovsky, “Flourish”

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