RECONNECTING OUR COMMUNITY THROUGH A SHARED LOVE OF THE ARTS
Picture: a blue arm of a river shimmering through pine branches and cedar boughs with warblers and blackbirds and finches filling the air with song, and wildflowers poking up through the moss and last year’s leaves.
This jewel is the 30-acre Chocolay Bayou Nature Preserve, tucked between the growing communities of Marquette and Chocolay Township. This small area holds part of the boundary of the 1842 Copper Treaty of La Pointe with the Anishinaabe, and also the site of the area’s first steam sawmill and furnaces.
Five years ago, the Upper Peninsula Land Conservancy completed its $165,000 fundraising goal and officially opened the Preserve. This year, we will celebrate its 5th Birthday with our first annual Bayou Art Walk, Friday, August 20 through Sunday, August 22.
The Art Walk will be a celebration of the natural beauty and community space provided by the Bayou. Artists of all media suitable to show in the woods, who have theme-fitting art, or are inspired to create new pieces for the theme, are encouraged to apply for a site in the Art Walk by submitting an application and work samples to ArtWork@uplandconservancy.org no later than July 30.
From these applicants, up to 12 artists will be selected to show their art at the Preserve through the Art Walk weekend.
The public will be invited to hike the Bayou, take part in a community art project, and visit with and support exhibiting artists throughout the Preserve!
For more information and a full list of guidelines, please click here.
To apply to show and sell your work as part of the Art Walk, please fill out the application attached on the preceding link, or fill out the online form here.