Up Front Art Walk taking place during Dogwood

Published 9:53 am Wednesday, May 11, 2016

People out enjoying the 25th anniversary season of Dogwood are encouraged to check out some original works by area artists and vote for your favorite.

Twenty-one works from artists across southwest Michigan and northern Indiana are on display 24/7 through May 15 during the Up Front Art Walk.

Creations in oil, watercolor, acrylic, mixed medium, photography and others are on display in downtown Dowagiac merchant windows.

This year’s artists include: Tom Tackett, Marsha Penn, Rebecca Kellogg, Butch Welch, Angela Rice, Jessica Pike, Jack Dreyer, Alli Farkas, Sioux McLane, Dan Smith, Christopher Matejovsky, Ashley Fries, Jeff Matejovsky, Jeff Heaton, Robert R. Williams, and Bonnie Rock.

These artists will be hosted by area merchants: Amersdorfer-Wiltse Insurance, Booth’s Country Florist, Olympia Books, Refine Women’s Consignment, Farm Bureau Insurance, Kirsch Insurance, Front Street Crossing, 1st Source Bank, Underwood Shoes, Imperial Furniture, Beeson Street Grill, WHO kNEW? Consignment, Scissor Mill, Vincent J. Jewelers, Rosy Tomorrows, Mane Attraction, Caruso’s Candy Kitchen, Shabby Bou-Chic, The Marshall Shoppe, and Edward Jones, office of Kim MacGregor.

Ballots are available at any of the participating businesses, the Dogwood Fine Arts Festival office in the Huntington Bank Building, or online. Most works are available for purchase from this juried show.

People can stroll the downtown streets and enjoy the show at their leisure.

The Festival will award cash prizes to artists in three categories:  “Best of Show,” “First Runner Up” as judged by professional guest judges, and “People’s Choice” as voted by the viewing public. This year’s “Best of Show” winner will also receive a gallery art show in the Festival Gallery later in the year.

Starks Family Funeral Homes & Cremation Services and Clark Chapel continue their commitment to the arts in southwest Michigan as sponsor of this event. The Dogwood Fine Arts Festival is made possible through a generous grant contribution by the St. Denys Foundation.

This event is free and open to the public.

For more information about this and other Dogwood Festival events call (269) 782-1115, (866) 490-2847 or visit www.dogwoodfinearts.org.