TRAVERSE CITY— ArtPrize power couple Ann and Steve Loveless are turning their sights to a new competition.

The combined two-time winners of one of the world's richest art competitions hope to build a new audience at the first Experience Art Rapids!

The Elk Rapids event, June 10-24, is a 15-day competition and exhibition that displays art works inside and outside public venues and allows the public to cast votes for their favorites. If the concept sounds familiar, it's because sponsoring organization Art Rapids! looked to Grand Rapids' ArtPrize for inspiration when searching for a new event to replace the one-day juried art fair that ran every June for 11 years.