Area residents make top 20 at ArtPrize

Randall Libby, of Manistee, made the top 20 in the Grand Rapids Art Prize competition with his artwork Michigan Petoskey Stone. (Courtesy photo)

Randall Libby, of Manistee, made the top 20 in the Grand Rapids Art Prize competition with his artwork Michigan Petoskey Stone. (Courtesy photo)

GRAND RAPIDS — Randall Libby, of Manistee, and Steve and Ann Loveless, of Frankfort, have been selected to be one of the 20 finalists in the Grand Rapids Art Prize competition.

Libby’s entry is the “world’s largest petoskey stone display.” Using petoskey stone and fossil it measures approximately nine feet tall by nine feet wide.

The display is a state of Michigan map, featuring all 83 counties. The piece of art took hundreds of hours of labor to complete, using hundreds of individual slices of semi-precious stone.

According to Steve Loveless, five finalists are selected in each of the four art categories; 3-D, 2-D, time-based and installation art. The number of votes each artist has accumulated is reset, so that all votes must be accumulated through final selection.

Voting will continue until 11:59 p.m. on Thursday.

Winners will be announced Friday evening.

“We have both been delighted and would like to thank the number of Benzie County residents that have made the trip to ArtPrize to say hello and vote for us,” Steve said.

The piece they have entered is called “North Woods Awakening,” and is a 25 foot long, five foot tall project.

It starts out as a photograph of a wooded section of St. Pierre Trail, and as it moves to the right, slowly changes into an art quilt. Pieces of fabric overlay the print, and print overlaps pieces of fabric.

Anybody wishing to vote on art in Art Prize can register to do so online, but must visit Grand Rapids Art Prize locations in order to activate their online voting privileges.

Steve Loveless puts the finishing touches on the project he and his wife, Ann, have created for the ArtPrize competition in Grand Rapids. The piece is a photograph on the left side, and slowly transitions to an art quilt on the right. (Colin Merry/Pioneer News Network)

Steve Loveless puts the finishing touches on the project he and his wife, Ann, have created for the ArtPrize competition in Grand Rapids. The piece is a photograph on the left side, and slowly transitions to an art quilt on the right. (Colin Merry/Pioneer News Network)

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