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4:59 PM, Sep 12, 2013   |    comments
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GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- It's beginning to look a little like ArtPrize. The fifth edition of this city's "radically open" art competition opens Wednesday, September 18.

Thursday, large outdoor installments could be found around downtown; indoor exhibitions are filling fast and workers of all kinds are rushing to meet Wednesday's deadline.

Contractors were constructing a garden on Sheldon Avenue outside the ArtPrize Hub. They pledged to be finished by Friday.

Inside the Hub, last year's Grand Prize winner, Adonna Khare, was reinstalling her winning entry, 'Elephants,' the massive drawing that she said "changed her life."

Thursday night, the first in a flurry of kickoff parties was held at the new ArtPrize Clubhouse, a venue reserved for subscription members of ArtPrize.

"The ArtPrize Clubhouse is all about creating relationships and helping people dive deeper into the ArtPrize experience," said Amelea Pegman, community engagement director. "With the Clubhouse, we want to create a place for people to make connections, where ArtClub members can meet artists, where artists can meet sponsors, and where media can meet the community that is central to ArtPrize."

The Clubhouse is above J. Gardella's Tavern, at 11 Ionia SW.

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