Local artists sought for Downtown Art Competition

Story By Noe Hernandez, Livingston Daily Press & Argus

The Howell Main Street Downtown Development Authority once again is asking local artists, as well as artists from across the state and nation, to submit their artwork for a chance to win the second, and now annual, Howell Art Project competition.

The person who ends up in first place gets a $1,000 check and will have his or her artwork exhibited on the outer walls of downtown businesses for about a year. The runner-up gets $500. The third-place finisher wins $250.

The winners will be announced during the Art Walk and Auction Party in August.

“Art creates a sense of place and really ties the community together,” DDA Director Cathleen Edgerly said Friday. "We’re just excited to bring back the Art Walk and Auction to the community and look forward to seeing all the art submitted by the local and national artists."

Emilie Beadle, a painter from Romulus, won the inaugural contest with an oil-on-canvas painting done with pallet-knife-style of an ice-covered forest she aptly named “Icy Forest.” A copy of the painting is on display on the west outer wall of the Howell Opera House on Grand River Avenue. 

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