Dresses Made from Dictionaries and More from Grand Rapids ArtPrize 2021 • Oakland County Times

Dresses from dictionaries and more from Grand Rapids ArtPrize 2021

Dresses from dictionaries and more from Grand Rapids ArtPrize 2021

(Crystal A. Proxmire, October 10, 2021)

Grand Rapids, MI – Art is very important at Grand Rapids and every year the community thrives with creative installations. Art supports the walls of buildings inside and out. Companies host artists. The parks, bridges, shops, restaurants and public spaces show creativity. There are also concerts and artist demos, vendors, and lots of entertainment as thousands stroll around and take in the sights.

Grand Rapids also hosted the Michigan Municipal League’s annual convention, which gave Oakland County Times a chance to explore some of the city and the arts on display as well. In the historic lobby of the Amway Grand Hotel, there was an enchanting display of clothes from old dictionaries.

Rebecca Humes is a Grand Rapids area photographer who started out creating clothes from old dictionary pages as an interesting feature for her photography business. The poofy paper creations look surreal in natural landscapes, and models putting on clothes in libraries also make for fun photo shoots.

“I love finding old dictionaries and flipping through them to see all the little details,” she said. “I go to thrift stores and real estate sales and people I know find them for me. I love to take something that people no longer use and breathe new life into it. “

The arts all over the city inspired those who found things to relate to. A little girl excited to come across a circle of brightly painted brontosaurus in Plaza 5/3 on Lyon Street felt dizzy when she saw the pink one with the lab coat and stethoscope. “It’s a doctor!” she squeaked as she walked up to them and hugged the concrete creature. “It’s a doctor like I’ll be!”

The series was created by Kelly Anderson to help raise awareness about professions affected by COVID-19. There was a dinosaur for every industry: medicine, restaurants, arts and entertainment, banking, retail and shopping, agriculture.

Another popular attraction was the huge Great Lakes mural by photographer Tom Gifford. The project is called “HOMES”, with a letter for each Great Lake, and the images that make up the lakes come from photographs he took there. Visitors queued to snap a picture, which stood in the black silhouette of Michigan’s mitten, surrounded by bright images of the lakefront.

Further information on the annual competition and the exhibition can be found at https://www.artprize.org/.

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