Art WalkCentral, a community wide art competition and exhibit sponsored by Art Reach of Mid Michigan, will take place throughout Mt. Pleasant from August 7 through 28, 2013.  More than 100 artists from throughout Michigan and beyond will display their art work in Mt. Pleasant stores, art galleries, public spaces and businesses.  

Artist Lorna Poulos has entered a sculpture you will find downtown at town center.  The piece features a tree with flowing “leaves” and a butterfly.  The unique feature of the butterfly sculpture is the pinwheel addition.  Walk up to the piece and spin the wheel, when you look through the pinwheel the colors change in the wings of the butterfly making this a creative addition to the month long event.




Visitors of the event may participate by voting for their favorite art entries.  The artists receiving the most votes will win a cash prize.  Voters must register before voting; voter registration may be done on line at  Voting begins at 9 a.m. on August 7 and ends at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, August 27.  Winners will be announced on Wednesday, August 28 at the Art Reach Auction for the Benefit of the Arts fundraiser.

Pieces of art can be found throughout Mt. Pleasant; inside stores, the Art museum of Central Michigan University‘s campus, and the Ziibiwing Center.  Photographer Kelli Walton’s collage of photos can be found at the locally owned Max & Emily’s Eatery and features 11 different babies all under 10 days old.  “It’s a celebration of new life and parenthood,” said Walton.  Walton won second place last year and had great things to say about this years entries.  “This year Art Walk Central has really increased the quality or art.  there is more sculptures and interactive art.”

“New” by Kelli Walton



“The month of August is all about the ART!” stated Kathryn Hill, Executive Director of Art Reach of Mid Michigan.  “We’re excited about the quality of art entered in this year’s event. We have several outdoor sculpture pieces that are sure to ignite curiosity.”

 Have you seen Big Foot?  He is waiting for you at City Hall.  the larger than life piece was created by artist Justin La Doux of Alma, Michigan and is made entirely with recycled metal.

Big Foot by Justin La Doux

Registration and voting has already begun for this event.  You can register from now until August 26th and the last day of voting is August 27th.  One of the volunteers at registration is CMU student Kara Kinsman.  Kinsman has been interning with Art Reach this summer and wanted to get a feel for the event.  “I hope to run a studio one day and I thought I would get a lot of experience and see how a large event like this is run,” said Kinsman.
  “It’s the second day and we have more than 230 people registered and voting already,” added Kinsman.Be sure to come and check out all the artist works and the added weekend events to really get into the mood and experience all Art Walk Central has to offer here in Mount Pleasant, Michigan.

“Visual Rhythm” by Robert Barnum



Community art events will take place throughout the month as part of the Art Walk Central event.

 View the entire month of activities below:
Wednesday, August 7
                9                              Voting Begins!
                5-7                          Art Reach Meet and Greet Event
Thursday, August 8
3:30                        Artist Talk:  Brett Sauve, Ann Kowaleski and Carol Sue Bentley at the Park Library, with a reception to follow at the CMU Art Gallery
Friday, August 9
                3                              Artist Talk:  ICCU.  Artists: Lily Kostrzewa and Katie Chichester Mester
Saturday, August 10
                9-2                          Plein Air Workshop with instructor Rex Tower (2 weeks). 
10-2                       Community Paint Day (intersection of Main and Broadway)
                4                              Off Broadway Dancers demonstration (Town Center)
6-8                          Art Battle in Town Center (Glow sand provided by VML)
                8:30-10                 Movies by Moonlight at City Hall.  “Happy Feet”
The Art Battle 
Tuesday, August 13
                1-3                          “Inspired by Jeff Coons – I Love Art Topiary”
                5                              Artist Talk:  Dennis Edwards at Flour Uprising
6-8                          Chalk Art Workshop at Art Reach.  Limit of 20 participants. 
Wednesday, August 12
2-4                          China Painting  Demonstration by Donna Roberts.  Ginkgo Tree Inn
Thursday, August 15      
9-5                          Chalk art event in front of old Isabella Bank building
6:30 – 8:30           Carving workshop for Steamroller printing activity
Friday, August 16
                9-5                          Chalk art event in front of old Isabella Bank building
                3                              Artist Talk:  ICCU.  Artists:  Mark and Sarah Cox
Chalk Art 
Saturday, August 17
                9-2                          Plein Air Workshop with instructor Rex Tower.  Lunch provided by Max & Emily’s
10-noon               Chalk art event.  Prizes awarded at 1:00 p.m. in front of Art Reach
10-2                       “Magnificent Mt. Pleasant” installation.  Inspired by Mike and Doug Starn’s “Big Bambu” project.
                                This project is supported by Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the Great Lakes Bay Region.
8:30-10                 Movies by Moonlight at City Hall.  “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”
Tuesday, August 20
                1-3                          Hand made musical instruments. Drop in activity
Friday, August 23
                4                              Artist Talk:  Ted Evans and Jason Mathews at CMU Art Gallery
Saturday, August 24
                11-4                       Steamroller print making
1-3                          Bubble making
                5-6:30                    Judge’s Roundtable at City Hall.  Judge’s favorites will be announced
                7:00                        Max & Emily’s Summer Concert Series: Howie Day
Steamroller Print Making 
Tuesday, August 27
                1-3                          Drop in craft activity.  Pin wheels
                5                              Voting concludes
Wednesday, August 28
5:30                        Art Reach Auction/Sacred Heart Parish Hall.  All Art Walk Central winners will be announced
For more information or questions, call Art Reach at (989) 773-3689, or visit the Art Walk website at