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Arts Council Gallery a Venue for Four ArtPrize Artists

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GRAND RAPIDS, MI - The Arts Council of Greater Grand Rapids will be a venue
during the first annual ArtPrize event.  Liz Heller, Benjamin Duke,
Stephanie Wooster and Roger Rowley are the four artists who will display
their work in the Arts Council's gallery.  The public is welcome to stop in
a view these pieces.

Liz Heller's work is comprised of hundreds of ceramic packing peanuts
displayed on a pedestal with a video of the peanuts being dropped in a box
on a glass votive projected above.

Benjamin Duke will show his oil painting titled "Double-shot Red Eye". This
painting is inspired by the immigrant experience, Edmund Husserl's concept
of a "life world," personal/ collective catastrophe, Antoine de
Saint-Exupéry's The Little Prince (French: Le Petit Prince), and coffee.

Stephanie Wooster's oil painting "Paper on Fire" is photo-realistic.
Through it she tries to heighten the subject and environment to a level
surpassing how one would normally experience them.

Finally Roger Rowley's "Fruit Plate" consists of 200 panels.  Each panel is
a photograph of fruit in a shallow blue-rimmed soup plate. The entire
arrangement has a rainbow like effect from the changing availability of
seasonal fruit.

The Arts Council will host an artist reception on Friday, September 25 from
5:00 - 7:00pm, and the public is welcome to attend, though an RSVP is
required by September 16 by calling Angela De Luca Placencia at 616.949.2787
ex. 12.  The Arts Council of Greater Grand Rapids believes in the arts as a
core value, in the power of the arts to promote excellence, cross-cultural
understanding and a strong community. We strive to invest our resources and
energies to make the arts central to the lives of everyone in our community.

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