Art Reach of Mid Michigan

111 E. Broadway Street * Mt. Pleasant MI  48858

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

Paint the Crosswalks

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! 

Movies by Moonlight

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

Free and Open to the Public

Movie: Zootopia (click for movie trailer)

Mural Painting 

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

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.

Plein Air: Landscape Oil Painting

9am - 2pm August 22 & 23, Meet at Art Reach

Paint with oils surrounded by the beauty of nature. In this two day class, local artist Rex Tower will share his knowledge of landscape painting. With his instruction and guidance we will create dramatic images emphasizing light and the diversity of Mount Pleasant’s landscape. Both days, lunch will be provided by Max & Emily's.

Tuesday, August 23

Sidewalk Pastel Class

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

Storytelling for Kids

10am - 10:45am at Art Reach

Free and Open to the Public 

Featuring: Storytellers of Mid Michigan.   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.

Thursday, Friday and Saturday 25-27

Sidewalk Pastel Art

9 am - 5pm, August 25, 26, and 27 in front of Isabella Bank, Meet in the Art Reach Classroom

Sign up to create some beautiful Pastel Art on the sidewalk in front of Isabella Bank. Pastel sets for the event cost $15.00. For first time artists, make sure to come to the Sidewalk Pastel Class on Tuesday, August 23 in the Art Reach Classroom for a free demonstration of how to do pastel on concrete, and a chance to purchase a pastel set for the event.

Saturday, August 27

Art Battle

6pm - 8pm on Broadway St.

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! Live music will be playing outside of Max and Emily's. Make sure to stop by and check out the excitement!

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

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

10am - 3pm in the Art Reach Courtyard (out back)

Come and stop by Art Reach to create a Screen Print! This is a fun and easy stencil-type printing technique that will be fun for people of all ages. Printing can be done on articles of clothing, bags, paper, or almost any flat surface--get creative!

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

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 at City Hall

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

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