Grand Rapids ArtPrize Review

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I’ve thought and thought on how to describe ArtPrize in Grand Rapids to the unfamiliar. The best description I can come up with is that for art and craft lovers it is the equivalent of Disney World.

Grand Rapids ArtPrizeThe anticipation of what is awaiting you visually around the next corner only compares to standing in line at a theme park waiting for your next ride. The thrill of discovery. Your senses overwhelmed by the sight of the art pieces, the comments of the crowds as they came upon a piece of art they either liked or hated, the taste & smell of the wonderful food found wafting in from all over town, and the feel of goosebumps when you come upon an amazing find.

Last year we spent only a day and a half in Grand Rapids. It was only time enough to see the bigger venues. So this year we decided to spend three days. We are so glad we did. We were able to get farther out from town and see places that we might never have seen otherwise.

Grand Rapids Art PrizeArtPrize is designed to send you on a exploration the entire city. We had the opportunity to see some amazing venues including museums, hotels, restaurants, churches and parks to just name a few. The creators of ArtPrize have developed a plan to bring you to town for the art show, make you familiar with various locations and then hope you will be back to visit.

It worked with us. Last year while exploring ArtPrize we came upon Leo’s Restaurant. We were very intrigued by it, but didn’t take time to eat at that time. We deliberately sought it out this year and had a wonderful lunch. My crab cake melt was excellent and their homemade Parmesan waffle fries were very tasty.

Grand Rapids Leo's RestaurantOne of the most memorable venues we came upon was Fashion Has Heart. The entry was Corporal Hoffman Series. It combined a wounded warrior with an art designer who, through their work, told the soldier’s story. A touching tribute to those people who put their lives on the line for us.

Grand Rapids ArtPrize Fashion Has HeartSt. Cecilia Music Center was a real find. It was established in 1894 and much of the concert hall is still as it was during that time. It was also the location of the Top 5 music award winners of ArtPrize.

Grand Rapids ArtPrize St. Cecilia'sFountain St. Church was an art piece in itself. Throughout the Sanctuary are mosaics, paintings, wood carving and stone sculptures. They offer tours and it is something we will put on our list to do in the future.

Grand Rapids ArtPrize Fountain Street ChurchWe had Sunday brunch at Six One Six in the J W Marriot hotel. There was a wide selection of choices and Chef Elvis even flipped the omelets in the air.

Grand Rapids Six One SixDinner one night was at Bistro Bella Vita. They pride themselves on their Mediterranean countryside menu. Randy splurged and had Duck Two Ways. The breast was so moist he actually thought he was eating beef for a second. I had the Harvest Ravioli. It was sweet potato ravioli with roasted vegetables. I was surprised how much I could taste the sweet potatoes in the ravioli. The vegetables were roasted to perfection.

Grand Rapids Bistro Bella VerdaGrand Rapids certainly knows how to do it right. They are continually bringing in events to keep the city active and thriving. As ArtPrize was coming to a close, Rascall Flatts was having a concert. It is a city on the move in the right direction thanks to their citizens with a vision.

Accommodations and a gift card were provided. No compensation was received. The honest opinions are my own and those of my family.

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  1. I love the stain glass window at the church. I would love to go and see all the different pieces of art. Great pictures!

  2. Lots of amazing things to see!

  3. Michigan has some beautiful sites! I have lived their for 22 years, and still missed a lot of things. If we make it back to visit family we will have to head out to grand rapids to check out these beautiful sites.

  4. RICHARD HICKS says:

    I love seeing art and would love to have the chance to see this. Impressive!

  5. So many great things to see there and the food looks really good.

  6. Wow, looks awesome! What a great experience!

  7. Sarah Hayes says:

    sounds like a fun event with some really great art work and great food.

  8. Betsy Barnes says:

    This looks like a really fun event! I would love to see the art, especially the sharks in the water. Those dinner photos look pretty yummy too! :)

  9. Heather Hayes Panjon says:

    I’d Love To Check Out The St. Cecelia Music Center! The Food From Bistro Bella Vita Looks Delish!

  10. That would be so much fun to see. I like the sharks over the water.

  11. I had no idea! What an interesting review. I’d love to visit! :)

  12. Nicole Dz says:

    What a treat & adventure this must have been, we stay close to the Detroit area, we never take the time to actually visit these kind of places and see what it has to hold. And I love art!

  13. This looks like an absolutely amazing place! All of the nice pieces of art to see and the food looks scrumptious.

  14. kristen mcclary says:

    I love the stained glass window its beautiful

  15. That crab melt looks super yummy! It’s making me hungry!

  16. kelley wood says:

    wow that food looks amazing! I have never been to michigan. thanks for sharing !

  17. Austin Baroudi says:

    Looks like an awesome place! I like the hedgehog pushing the stroller!

  18. shelly sawicki lash neuhouser says:

    I grew up in Grand Rapids, it is fantastic!

  19. Julie Wood says:

    What a beautiful place to visit. I like the Museum and the food looks delicious. The tribute to the fallen soldier is special. I sure would like to go to Grand Rapids.

  20. Mary Beth Elderton says:

    Nice! Art,museums,and food are our primary interests when we travel.

  21. Mary Happymommy says:

    These photos are gorgeous. The church window is amazing.

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