OSCODA – The Oscoda Township Art and Placemaking Committee has issued a call for artists to seek entries to exhibit on the Oscoda Art Walk this summer.
Artwork will be reproduced on rigid, weatherproof pedestals placed throughout Oscoda’s downtown Art Walk and Social District, and original artwork will be displayed at Huron Shores Artisan Hall from June 24 through August 22.
The theme for this show is “Take Flight”, which, according to committee member Sharon Ostrander, “can be the flight of birds, the flight of airplanes, the flight of fantasy – the artist’s inspiration as to what ‘Take Flight’ means to them.”
Artists have until April 9 to submit their two-dimensional works on paper or canvas. Entrants do not need to be residents of Oscoda or Michigan, but are encouraged to reflect what inspires them about Michigan and its natural resources.
Entries will be judged by acclaimed Michigan artist Heiner Hertling, known for his Emmy-nominated series, “Your Brush with Nature.”
First, second and third place winners will receive cash prizes of $500, $300 and $100 respectively, two honorable mentions will receive $75 each and 16 merit award winners will receive $35 each.
Winners will be announced at the Opening Reception at Huron Shores Artisan Hall on June 24, the day before Art on the Beach 2022 opens at Oscoda Township Beach Park.
“We plan to have several initiatives in the future and are considering photography, murals, interactive sculpture and other opportunities to enjoy fine art in downtown Oscoda,” the committee chair said. , Drew Tice.
To enter the contest, artists should visit the Oscoda Art Walk Facebook page, facebook.com/OscodaArtWalk, or call the Oscoda – AuSable Chamber of Commerce at 739-7322. Business owners are encouraged to inquire about pedestal sponsorship opportunities.
The Art and Placemaking Committee is a subcommittee of Oscoda’s Economic Improvement Committee and consists of Chair Drew Tice, DAM Designs, Co-Chair Lain MacKenzie of To the Moon and Back and Anchorage Retreat Center , Sharon Ostrander of Truly Yours and the Shelton Fund for the Arts, Heather Tait of Tait’s Bill of Fare and the AuSable River Canoe Marathon, Ann Rataj, artist and curator/owner of Huron Shores Artisan Hall, Nancy Howse of the Oscoda – AuSable Chamber of Commerce and Oscoda Rotary, Vicki Hopcroft of Hopcroft Law PLC and Aviko Fine Art, Dave Iler of Vinnie’s AuSable Hardware and Oscoda’s Economic Improvement Committee, and Todd Dickerson, Director of Economic Improvement.
For more information on the Art Walk, visit its Facebook page, or its webpage, oscodatownshipeic.com/art-walk/.