Art Reach of Mid Michigan

111 E. Broadway Street * Mt. Pleasant MI  48858

2016 Juried Award Winners

John & Ann Jensen
Linda Morey

On display at The University Art Gallery

On display at the University Art Gallery

On display at Max & Emily's

On display at The University Art Gallery

2016 People's Choice Award Winners

On display at the University Art Gallery

On display at Helios Gallery

About Art Walk Central

Art Walk Central is an art competition and an art infusion taking place from August 20-September 10, 2016. The Mt. Pleasant community hosts over 120 artist works that are eligible to win over $10,000 in prizes. Your votes will determine the People's Choice award!

Our signature Art Battle event will be held on Saturday, August 27 in front of Art Reach in downtown Mt. Pleasant.  You won't want to miss this event as we partner with Max & Emily's for their Summer Concert Series (featuring The Ragbirds) and great art all at the same time!  

In addition to the art competition, Art Walk Central fills our community with art and cultural events for people of all ages.  New this year is the inclusion of a community mural that will be painted downtown by Dillon and Payton Pringle. Whether you choose to attend your first Poetry Slam, bring the kids for Storytelling, learn about Anishinabe art and culture, get on the sidewalk for chalk art, join us painting the streets downtown, watch a bead making demonstration, attend any of our artist talks, learn to paint plein air, attend a Max & Emily's Summer Concert, enjoy Movies by Moonlight at City Hall, or participate in any of the other exciting Art Walk Central events, you can be assured that you'll be inspired to do something artistic this summer!

Monday - Thursday: 10:00 - 5:30pm
Friday: 10:00 - 7:00pm
Saturday: 10:00 - 4:00pm
Sunday: 12:00 - 4:00pm

Schedule of Events

Saturday, August 20

Kids and Culture at the Discovery Museum

10am - 12pm at the Discovery Museum

Free and Open to the Public

Movies by Moonlight

8:30pm - 10:30pm at City Hall

Free and Open to the Public

Movie: Zootopia (click for movie trailer)

Monday, August 22

Anishinabe Culture

4pm - 8pm at Town Center on Broadway St.

Free and Open to the Public

Come and learn about Anishinabe Culture. There will be dancing, music and vendors.

Tuesday, August 23

Chalk Art Workshop

6pm - 7pm at Art Reach

Laura Clift will show some techniques that can be utilized in the Sidewalk Pastel event this year.

Wednesday, August 24

Storytellers of Mid-Michigan

10am - 10:45am at Art Reach

Free and Open to the Public 

Join Mid Michigan Area Storytellers (MAST) for stories that will tickle your giggle, wiggle your smile and warm your heart. Stories shared together in the oral tradition create unique, lasting experiences. This event is free and for anyone who enjoys stories.

Glass Bead Demo

6-7pm in the Art Reach Classroom

Free and Open to the Public

Lavana Shurtliff will be giving a demonstration on Blowing Glass Beads.

Saturday, August 27


Paint the Intersection (Postponed)

10am - 2pm at the intersection of Main and Broadway

Free and Open to the Public

Come and help us paint the intersection of Main and Broadway!

Street Studio

12pm - 4pm on Broadway St. (from University to Main)
Come and see local artists at work! 

Chalk Art - Sidewalk (full) 

9 am - 5pm, August 25, 26, and 27 

Sign up to create some beautiful Chalk Art using pastel chalk on the sidewalk in front of the old Isabella Bank in downtown Mt. Pleasant. Pastel sets for the event cost $15.00. For first time artists, make sure to come to the Chalk Art Workshop on Tuesday, August 23 in the Art Reach Classroom for a free demonstration of how to chalk on concrete, and a chance to purchase a pastel set for the event. There will be a short awards ceremony in The Morey Family Gallery in Art Reach on Sunday, August 28 at 3pm.

Saturday, August 27

Artist Talks at Helios Art Gallery

120 E Broadway St, Mt Pleasant, MI 48858

1:00pm Mike Volker

1:30pm Roger Chase

2:00pm Steve Barber

2:30pm Joanne Grabinski

Max & Emily's Summer Concert Series

7pm - 8pm on E. Broadway St. 

Come by for a free performance by The Ragbirds brought to you by Max & Emily's!

Mural Painting

Stop by and watch Dillon Pringle and Payton Pringle paint a Mural at Pisanellos! The mural will be on the outside wall that faces the Art Reach Classroom. 

Monday, August 29

Kid's Collage Class

10am - 12pm at the Art Reach Classroom

Free and Open to the Public

Come and experiment with paint, stencils, and found materials! Kids will get to create unique pieces of art by painting, cutting and gluing. They will learn about the history of collage and how many individual parts can also make a whole.

Tuesday, August 30

Screen Printing

12pm- 3pm Town Center

Come and learn how to screen print for free! We will have paper available for you to print on. You are also free to bring your own shirt to print on. We will also have white shirts for you to purchase at the event. We've got three awesome designs for you to choose from. Stop by Town Center, roll your sleeves up and have some fun!

Art Battle Rescheduled for Tuesday!

6pm - 8pm in Town Center

Artists will have exactly 2 hours to complete a work of art from start to finish. The public will get to see this happen and vote for their favorite work! The winner will receive $200. Live music will be playing. Make sure to stop by and check out the excitement!

Artists can register to compete for only $25. Fill out the form in the link below and pay online with Paypal, or send a check to Art Reach of Mid Michigan.

 Artist Talk

  Starting at 3:00 at Charles V Park Library
Sally Rose
  Earl Robinette
  Jen Merrill

Wednesday, August 31

Poetry Slam

7:00 pm at Mountain Town Brewing Co. on Pickard

Free and Open to the Public

Artist Talks at Art Reach

111 E Broadway St, Mt Pleasant, MI 48858 

2:00pm Laura Coffee

2:20pm Roseanne Coty

2:40pm Gil McCann

Thursday, September 1

Saturday, September 3

Artist Talk at Trillium (Canceled)

123 E Broadway St, Mt Pleasant, MI 48858

4:00pm Megan Salchert

Artist Talks at Helios Art Gallery

120 E Broadway St, Mt Pleasant, MI 48858 

1:00pm Rebecca Zeiss

1:30pm Mark Bleshenski

2:00pm Nicki Morelli

2:30pm Kim Kleinhart

Wednesday, September 7

Judge's Roundtable

7pm in the Art Reach Classroom

The judges will talk about the top ten works of art in each category from Art Walk Central. There will be a slide show.

Thursday, September 8

80's Costume Contest
Live Music
Taste of Mt. Pleasant
Live Auction
Beer and Wine
Awarding the 2016 Art Walk Central Winners

Voting begins:                       August 20, 2016

Voting ends:                          September 7, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.

Winners announced:          September 8, 2016 at the Auction

Auction:                                  September 8, 2016 at Sacred Heart

Event ends:                           September 10, 2016

Art de-install date:               September 17, 2016


Jury Awards:            Adult 1st place:         $5,000

                                     Adult 2nd place:        $1,000

                                     Youth 1st place:        $1,000

                                     Youth 2nd place:      $250

People's Choice:      Adult:                         $2,500

                                      Youth:                        $500


John & Ann Jensen
Jan & Bill Strickler

Art Walk Central on WCFX Staff Meeting: