Traverse City Record-Eagle

Michigan

November 4, 2013

Artists transform Muskegon Lake debris into art

MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) — Art created from debris removed from around Muskegon Lake is being featured through Friday at the Red Lotus Gallery.

The 24 people whose work appears in the Muskegon Lake Art Project exhibit used debris that was cleared recently from the shoreline, according to The Muskegon Chronicle (http://bit.ly/1hwKkx0 ).

Ruth Bolles, project creator, told the newspaper she got the idea after reading about a Hurricane Sandy art project.

"I wish I could say (the idea) was completely mine, but there's an artist on the East Coast who did a similar project after Hurricane Sandy," she said.

"I was participating in (the cleanup of Muskegon Lake) and said, 'Wow, this would be an awesome opportunity for the community,'" Bolles said.

She commissioned 24 local artists to "do their thing," said Ginny Gilbert, a Muskegon Center for the Arts member.

"Artists came together to take the debris that was picked out of the lake during the cleanup," said Michael Schaafsma, gallery co-founder. "They were given an amount of time to create something from the debris."

The challenge excited the artists, he said.

"It's pretty interesting the array of pieces that came out of (the debris)," Schaafsma said.

All of the art is for sale.

The gallery is open 2 to 6 p.m. Wednesday to Friday.

Participating artists are Sarah Barnard, Emily Bennett, Ruth Bolles, Charlie Brown, Kristen Cooper, Dulcey French, Jan Grant, Laurie Hieftje, Lon Hieftje, P.J. Johnson, Karen Kayes, Pam Keys, Linda Kufta, Rebecca McCroskey, Bill Randall, Fred Reinecke, Tonya Rund, Ron Schaafsma, Dawn Sherwood, Rebecca St. Clair, Lynn Stribley, Catherine Swiatek, Luz Taylor and Thomas Toebe.

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