I’m working Tues. to Sat. this week, so my wife and I walked around ArtPrize today (Mon.) and got a good look at each of the top 10.  We’re both going to vote.  My wife has some art experience, having been a stained-glass artist for a number of years, even running her own shop for a number of years up in Rockford (she’s also done a little painting and sculpture).  So, she provides an interesting perspective and knows something about the materials, techniques and presentation.  At this point, I’ve talked with half of the top 10 artists, which I think is really cool.  I haven’t made up my mind, my wife has a top 3 at this point.  Leave a comment if you like and tell us your favorite, or if there was an entry or two that you thought should have made the top 10 and didn’t.  (Note, at this point I don’t think I’ll make my choice public).   I’ve been able to see about 300 of the entries.  I wish I had more time.  On the whole, we’ve had good weather, but this is going to change.  It gets pretty chilly for Friday.  The Awards Party is at The Loading Dock of the former Grand Rapids Press Building.  It’ll be a little chilly in the evening.  You can watch the show on WOOD-TV at 8 PM. Friday.

Here’s the top ten (links) in random order:  Origami, Rebirth of Spring, The Chase, Life in Wood, Stick-to-it-iveness:  Unwavering pertinacity; perseverance, Return to Eden, Lights in the Night, Elephants, City Band,