New this year for Art Rapids!

June 10 – 24, 2017

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Experience Art Rapids is a 15-day long art exhibition that will give art lovers the opportunity to experience Elk Rapids in a way they have never done before.  

Throughout the Village, local businesses and public spaces will play host to some of the region's finest artists. The public will be invited to explore the many venues, experience the warmth and charm of Elk Rapids, and cast their vote for their favorite works of art. Art Rapids will award juried prizes and a people’s choice prize totaling $6,000. For more information on how to become an exhibiting artist, a venue host, or an honored sponsor, please follow these links:




This year Art Rapids! will be replacing their annual art fair with a new and exciting event. Experience Art Rapids! is a 15-day art competition and exhibition starting Saturday, June 10, 2017 running through Saturday, June 24, 2017. Actively supporting the arts in Elk Rapids, Michigan, Art Rapids! is a non-profit organization founded in 2006.

Artists, age 18 and over, are eligible to enter the exhibition. The type of artwork accepted this year will include all mediums in 2-D and 3-D. Outdoor spaces will be available for sculptural works. All accepted artwork must be original and include a title and a brief artist statement. Artwork will be displayed in shops and businesses throughout the village of Elk Rapids which is located on the shores of beautiful Grand Traverse Bay. Cash awards totaling $6,000 will be given, including $2,500 for People’s Choice determined by ballot with a running tally being promoted throughout the event. A jury of three will select a short list of the top five pieces with an award of $2,500 for Juror’s Best of Show and a $250 award for each of the remaining four. The public will be guided though the event with a map and signs identifying participating venues. The maps will be available at our information center as well as each venue. A ballot form will be included with the map so the public can vote for their favorite work of art. Ballot box locations will also be displayed on the map. All participating artists will be invited to attend an awards party to be held on Saturday, June 24 but participation is not mandatory. A non-refundable application fee of $25 is required which covers up to five submissions per artist. Please fill out a separate application for each submission. The deadline for entry submissions will be May 1, 2017. Jury, Venue and Artist Coordinators will review and determine applications for inclusion in the event and you will be notified of your acceptance by May 10. At that time you will be sent information about installation date and time.

Please apply online and email a JPEG image of the artwork you are submitting to Rita Service at or print the Artist Application below and return to Art Rapids!, PO Box 301, Elk Rapids, MI 49629

The Art Rapids! events committee is busy preparing for a new and exciting event that promises to bring great art and many visitors to Elk Rapids. We are looking for businesses and individuals to join in our mission to enhance the arts and arts education in our community by becoming a sponsor for this village-wide event. Sponsors will be recognized in our promotional materials, receive an invitation to the awards party on June 24th, and have the satisfaction of knowing they are contributing to an event that economically benefits Elk Rapids while enhancing our lives with art. Sponsorship levels start at $100. Please join us and become an Experience Art Rapids sponsor!

Art Rapids! invites all local businesses and organizations with a little extra space (window, floor, lobby, wall, courtyard, lawn…) to be a Venue for this 15-day event.

The event committee will work with venue hosts to match artists with venues so that size and context of the artwork is appropriate for the venue. Venue hosts will be expected to allow public access to the artwork during normal business hours and provide artists with access to the venue prior and post event for installation and take down. Maps will be provided to the public listing all venues, and Experience Art Rapids! signage will be provided to each venue for display during the event. The event will conclude with an awards party on June 24th and all venue hosts will receive an invitation to join in celebrating the winners of the Juried Best of Show and People’s Choice awards.

This promises to be a fun and new experience for all of Elk Rapids. To host a venue, please apply online or print the Venue Application below and return to: Art Rapids!, PO Box 301, Elk Rapids, MI 49629 or email to Laura Andersen at andersenlj@

We're excited to announce that the following venues will be displaying the selected works during Experience Art Rapids:

Blue Heron Gallery

Cedar Creek Interiors

Cellar 152

Century 21 Northland

Chef Charles

Chemical Bank

Cone Corral

Dandelion Cottage

Dre Photography

Elk Rapids Antique Market

Elk Rapids EZ Mart

Village of Elk Rapids

Fifth Third Bank

Fitzpatrick Insurance

Hairport Salon & Spa


Mullaly's 128

Nifty Things!

St. Paul Episcopal Church

Stonehedge Gallery

Stoney Cabin Toys

Stuff & Such

The Flour Pot

The Nature Connection

The Up North Center

The W Group

Townline Ciderworks

Traverse Bay Farms

Twisted Fish Gallery

Village Market

Walk of Art

Wild Hare Rug Studio

Wittbrodt Waterfront Properties