Local artists gear up for annual Art Prize competition

A previous winner of the ArtPrize competition hangs in the Grand Rapids Art Museum. It is a pencil drawing.

Seven Traverse City artists are gearing up for the world's largest art competition.

Art Prize, the annual competition that transforms the streets of Grand Rapids into an art exhibit, opens September 18.

Among the thousands of artists vying for the $200,000 top prize are seven Traverse City artists.

Barry Brown entered his stained glass mosaic named "Peace Totem." Brown said his piece was conceived in "direct opposition to today's dire global events and pop culture's fascination with apocalyptic themes."

Jason Hulet entered a time lapse of downtown Grand Rapids. All of the photos were taken over two days while walking the streets downtown.

Tom Kauffman created a sculpture called "Kinderbells" that is a set of eight bells tuned to a C-Major diatonic scale. The bells are made from recycled industrial oxygen tanks. The piece comes from a different, larger sculpture that was commissioned for the Taylor School for Special Needs in Petoskey.

Paul Welch's piece "Face to Face" will be displayed as a banner printed in silk screen. Welch said it signifies the importance of portraiture throughout the history of art.

D.B. Henkel submitted a oil and egg tempura painting on stretched linen called "Holiday Jubilee." The piece depicts all of the popular American holidays intermingling with each other.

Natalie Ferrer and the Bayside Bombshell's Burlesque Trope has prepared a theatrical burlesque musical portraying the "misadventures of Hunter S. Thompson, bringing the good doctor of journalism back to life. The piece is called "Fear and Loathing at ArtPrize: A Savage Musical Journey to the Heart of the Burlesque Dream."

Janelle Dahlberg entered her painting entitled Phenomena. Dahlberg said she wanted to paint an image that looks like you are in a large wave while surfing.

Today marked the closing of the "Connections Period" where the more than 2,100 artists and 186 venues connect online to find the best venue for each piece of art.

Art Prize was named one of the "Five festive events you won't want to miss in 2013" by TIME Magazine.

You can see all of the entries and learn about voting on theArtPrize website.