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MUSKEGON, MI – The award-winning Lakeshore Art Festival is now accepting fine art and craft applications for the festival taking place Friday, July 5 and Saturday, July 6, 2019. Last year, a record number of artists applied which resulted in expanding the festival footprint.
Lakeshore Art Festival has a “blind jury process.” Every year, a group of industry professionals, artists and crafters review each entry, not knowing who the applicant is (i.e. blind jury). Jurors rely solely on the images and body of work provided by the applicants and score each applicant based on standards of quality, uniqueness and handcrafted appeal. Applications are run through the online Zapplications program and can be accessed via lakeshoreartfestival.org.
Lakeshore Art Festival continues to move up in national ranking starting at #83 in 2015 to #27 in 2016 and now at #11 for 2017 by the Sunshine Artist Magazine, known for high-quality content in the fine art and craft industry.
The festival is also in the running for the 2019 America’s Best Art Fair. You can help by voting for the Lakeshore Art Festival here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/18BAFsurvey. Be sure to type in “Lakeshore Art Festival, Muskegon MI” where applicable. Lakeshore Art Festival was voted “Favorite Small Town Art Fair” in 2016 and 2017.
“It has been our goal to continually enhance the quality of exhibitors that attend the show. The recognition received by artists, national publications and guests signifies that we are reaching our goals!” commented Carla Flanders, Lakeshore Art Festival Director. “In addition to putting on a quality event for exhibitors and guests, we are pleased to announce that the festival gives back to the community and has donated over $30,000 to six local non-profits this year alone!”
Fine Artists and crafters that would like more information or want to register for the 2019 Lakeshore Art Festival can visit lakeshoreartfestival.org.
About Lakeshore Art Festival
The Lakeshore Art Festival is always the first Friday and Saturday in July. The Lakeshore Art Festival features a unique blend of 300+ fine art and craft exhibitors, street performers, specialty food booths, interactive art stations, children’s activities and so much more in beautiful Downtown Muskegon, Michigan. Local businesses interested in supporting this locally and nationally recognized festival through sponsorship can contact Carla Flanders at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information visit lakeshoreartfestival.org.
Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce
After a record-breaking number of artists participated in the 2018 Lakeshore Art Festival, organizers are planning for an even more momentous event in 2019.
Currently in the running for the country’s best art fair, the festival that’s held each year in downtown Muskegon announced it is now accepting fine art and craft applications for the event that will be held Friday, July 5 and Saturday, July 6.
The popular Muskegon Home, Garden + DIY show is returning to Fricano’s Event Center March 8 and 9, 2019. Last year, booth spaces sold quickly, so interested businesses are encouraged to apply early.
The 2019 Muskegon Home, Garden + DIY show will feature over 50 exhibitors including everything from windows, siding, gutters, and painting to home décor, furniture, landscaping and much more! Back by popular demand, the Do It Yourself seminars will highlight floral design, furniture refurbishing, backsplash tiling, gardening and more!
In addition to exhibitors and seminars, the home show will provide fun kids activities, thousands of dollars’ worth of prizes and discounted Fricano’s Pizza with purchase of a $5 home show admission ticket. Kids 12 and under are free.
“I am looking forward to the 2019 Home, Garden + DIY Show,” says Home Show Event Director, Kristin Knop. “We are excited to bring in new and exciting elements this year. Watch for details on how we will be maximizing the space!”
“I enjoyed the show tremendously! Thank you!” – 2018 Guest Attendee
“Best one yet!” – 2018 Guest Attendee
“I liked the atmosphere. I found it more pleasant than the larger one in Grand Rapids.” – 2018 Guest Attendee
Those interested in applying to exhibit are encouraged to visit www.muskegonhgs.org. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. For sponsorships or additional information about the show, contact Kristin Knop at 231.724.3182 or KKnop@muskegon.org.
About the Chamber
The Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce is the premier business membership organization on the lakeshore representing over 1,230 businesses and organizations. The Muskegon Chamber represents businesses of every size and type all over West Michigan. The Chamber is celebrating 125 years in operation working to sustain an environment for business success through community leadership, promotion, inclusive business advocacy and valued member services. The Muskegon Chamber is an award-winning Chamber, being named Chamber of the Year for the State of Michigan in 2006, 2010, 2012, and 2015 by the Michigan Association of Chamber Professionals.
Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce
The Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce is asking voters to be aware of the business issues related to Proposal 1, the recreational marijuana ballot proposal.
Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber President Cindy Larsen says a recent survey showed the possibility of legal recreation use of marijuana in Michigan was a big concern for chamber members.
CONTACT: CINDY LARSEN
MUSKEGON LAKESHORE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 8, 2018
Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber Education Statement Regarding Initiative to Legalize Marijuana
Muskegon, MI – The Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce is asking voters to be aware of the business issues related to the 2018 Recreational Marijuana Ballot Proposal. A new law may threaten the ability of employers and communities to provide safe, drug-free workplaces, and the quality of the products they make.
In Muskegon County, there are thousands of local jobs in aerospace, automotive, healthcare, and food production. The area’s largest employers have zero-tolerance drug policies. “These employers will continue their zero-tolerance policies regardless of the vote outcome. Zero-tolerance means individuals testing positive for drug use, in most cases, will not be hired or can be terminated,” says Cindy Larsen, Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber President.
“Michigan is not ready for recreational marijuana because the proposed law is not clear on how to protect the rights of the employer or employee,” says Larsen. “We hope that voters will consider issues related to their own jobs and careers and those of their friends and family before they cast their vote regarding recreational use of this controversial drug.”
The chamber education statement references the business issues related to finding qualified workers, health and safety, liability, accuracy in testing, and current federal and state regulatory gaps.
Brief Law Description
The proposed law allows adults 21 and older to purchase, possess, use and grow marijuana. The law also allows individuals to keep up to 10 ounces of marijuana in their homes and cultivate up to 12 plants for personal use.
Qualified workers. The number of workers who fail drug tests has increased significantly in recent years. The number of available drug-free workers may dictate the size or scale of a business. Less available workers may force businesses to relocate or stifle growth resulting in a lower number of jobs available locally.
Open-ended liability. Under the Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration, employers are required to provide their employees with a place of employment “free from recognizable hazards that are causing or likely to cause death or serious harm to employees.” Failure to do so opens employers to liability and lawsuits.
No explicit statutory protections for employers. The proposal raises questions related to drug-free workplace policies and employer rights. Will the proposed law allow Michigan employers to:
• Enforce drug-free workplace policies?
• Define mental or physical impairments related to marijuana use?
• Terminate employees for cause due to a positive drug test without eligibility for unemployment insurance (UI) benefits; and/or
• Deny workers’ compensation (WC) benefits if a workplace injury was caused by the injured employee’s use of marijuana?
Other Federal limitations. On a federal level this activity is still illegal, therefore, the regulatory environment is unclear and confusing for a number of industries such as banking, transportation, manufacturing, healthcare and other related industries.
No impairment test. The lack of accurate impairment testing and measurements create significant human resources dilemmas as employers attempt to guarantee safe work environments and the quality of the products they make.
State Law violations. Education is needed regarding laws related to driving under the influence. Work time missed and fines/legal fees hinder employee credibility and financial independence.
Future workforce. Research supports that use of marijuana by teenagers may cause additional health concerns including marijuana as a “gateway drug.” The health of local residents and overall community will impact future generation workforce availability.
About the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce – The Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce is the premier business membership organization on the lakeshore representing over 1,230 businesses and organizations. The Muskegon Chamber represents businesses of every size and type all over West Michigan. The Chamber is celebrating 125 years in operation working to sustain an environment for business success through community leadership, promotion, inclusive business advocacy, and valued member services. The Muskegon Chamber is an award-winning Chamber, being named Chamber of the Year for the State of Michigan in 2006, 2010, 2012, and 2015 by the Michigan Association of Chamber Professionals.
The Young Professional Award was given to Meghan Heritage of Grand Haven, founder and owner of BlueWest Properties.
Muskegon, Michigan – Mary Boyd, Chief Integration Officer for Trinity Health Michigan, was honored as the 2018 ATHENA on the Lakeshore Award Recipient. The announcement was made today at the annual luncheon celebration, held at the Muskegon Country Club. The ATHENA awards are presented annually to recognize outstanding lakeshore women who have demonstrated excellence in their business or profession, have provided valuable service by devoting time and energy to improve the quality of life for others in their community, assist women in reaching their full potential and exhibit the spirit of regional collaboration.
Mary Boyd, Chief Integration Officer for Trinity Health Michigan, is an accomplished healthcare executive and community supporter. She is responsible for integrating operations, policies and implementing best practices across 8 hospitals, and over 60 ambulatory sites within a network of nearly 1400 providers. Mary has received recognition in the community for her leadership at various not-for-profit organizations. This recognition includes being named a Paul Harris Fellow by the Muskegon Rotary Club and receiving the Reese Award from the American Red Cross – the highest award granted to a volunteer board member. She serves as the Chair of the board for United Way of the Lakeshore, is a member of the American Red Cross Lakeshore Region Board and the Greater Muskegon Service League. Mary is approachable, available and committed to seeing women succeed in their career aspirations.
The ATHENA award program also recognizes a young professional recipient each year. Meghan Heritage, founder and owner of BlueWest Properties, was honored as the 2018 ATHENA on the Lakeshore Young Professional Award Recipient. Meghan focuses her efforts on providing the absolute best in client care and service. As the creator of The BE Event, she works to empower women in West Michigan and beyond to see their own potential.
The recipients are chosen by a selection committee composed of representatives from the participating Chambers and community business leaders. Nine finalists and four young professional finalists were recognized at the luncheon, which was attended by over 250 regional community and business leaders.
ATHENA on the Lakeshore continues to be a unique program supporting, developing and honoring women leaders along the lakeshore. ATHENA on the Lakeshore is a program of the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce and The Chamber of Commerce Grand Haven, Spring Lake, Ferrysburg. PNC Bank is the premier sponsor.
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CONTACT: PAT SHAFER
MUSKEGON LAKESHORE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Muskegon, MI – Audrey Link, kayak sculpture artist of “Life on the Lakeshore”, announced her decision to donate all of the proceeds received from her life size kayak sculpture to the Lakeshore Human Trafficking Task Force.
Link went into the kayak sculpture project , which launched this summer, knowing she wanted her art to benefit a local non-profit. For Link, that non-profit was Lakeshore Human Trafficking Task Force, a local organization working to support survivors of trafficking. This is an organization that is close to Link’s heart.
“I chose Lakeshore Human Trafficking Task Force because it is an organization that can do a lot of good and this community needs it,” says Link. “Most people think human trafficking refers to just sex trafficking but there are many other forms like labor trafficking for example. My goal is to create more awareness in the community.”
Link, who is a graphic designer and owner of Max Graphics, worked on her kayak sculpture for well over 80 hours.
Hemisphere Design Works, formerly known as KL Outdoor, made the project possible by providing the nine kayaks for “invited” Michigan artists to create kayak sculptures. They also purchased Link’s kayak sculpture.
The organization knew they wanted to purchase one of the kayak sculptures going into the project. After an office poll, they chose Link’s kayak to purchase which is now displayed in their office on Terrace Point in Downtown Muskegon. The kayak sculpture project was one way the community is celebrating Hemisphere Design Works decision to locate their corporate headquarters in Muskegon.
The nine kayak sculptures were displayed at various locations along W. Western Avenue and Clay Street as part of Lakeshore Art Festival. Link’s kayak sculpture was located at 1st and Western by the Western Market Chalets.
“We are thankful that this kayak sculpture project brought art to our downtown as well as provided a significant benefit to a local non-profit,” says Carla Flanders, Executive Director of the Lakeshore Art Festival.
On Wednesday, Link along with members of the Lakeshore Human Trafficking Task Force and Hemisphere Design Works gathered for the removal and “hand-off” of the kayak. Tracy Lamper from Hemisphere Design Works on left; Audrey Link, Kayak Sculpture Artist on right
Link stated, “It was like Christmas coming downtown the day all the kayaks were getting installed. And now, I am so excited that my art is being put on display permanently at Hemisphere Design Works.”
The kayak proceeds were $1,600. The funds will go to a variety of things through the Lakeshore Human Trafficking Task Force including but not limited to survivors being able to attend a human trafficking conference, support for awareness events, and supplies.
If you are interested in learning more about the Lakeshore Human Trafficking Task Force, visit www.lhttf.org.
About the Lakeshore Art Festival – The Lakeshore Art Festival is always the first Friday and Saturday in July and will take place July 5 and 6, 2019. The Lakeshore Art Festival features a unique blend of 350+ fine art and craft exhibitors, street performers, specialty food booths, interactive art stations, Children’s activities and so much more in beautiful Downtown Muskegon, Michigan. For more information visit lakeshoreartfestival.org.
CONTACT: CARLA FLANDERS
LAKESHORE ART FESTIVAL