Three Rivers Artists Guild members work on projects that allow us to bring more of our art to the community, enriching people’s lives and helping to promote the Three Rivers as an arts-oriented town and as an arts destination.
On the second Sunday of each month from noon to 3pm during the summers of 2009, 2010 and 2011, the public was invited to a fine arts event in the Three Rivers Farmers Market Pavilion in Scidmore Park.
Directions to the Second Sunday Markets:
From Kalamazoo or from Indiana, take US Highway 131 to Three Rivers, and turn east on M60 (West Michigan Avenue.) Scidmore Park is about .8 mile on the right (south).
Despite what the MSU Farmers’ Markets website and Google maps tells you, the Farmers’ Market Pavilion is NOT on the corner of West Michigan Ave & Spring Street. Coming from Highway 131 on M60/West Michigan Avenue, continue past Spring Street and watch for a driveway on the right, across the road from LA’s Coffee Cafe (140 West Michigan Avenue). There will be signs, and you can see the parking lot and the market pavilions from M60/West Michigan Avenue.
Press coverage of the 2009 Second Sundays included the River Country Journal, Oct. 15, 2009, “TR Artists Guild wraps up Art in the Park Market“, with two audio interviews with Guild members. Second Sundays were also covered by the Three Rivers Commercial News (“Bringing Beauty to the Community” by Elena Hines, August 13, 2009) and the Kalamazoo Gazette.
Guild events in 2009 also included the following:
- Fall Color Tour – The Carnegie Center for the Arts hosted a show and market for Three Rivers Artists Guild members in conjunction with the 2009 Three Rivers Fall Color Tour.
- Downtown at Christmas
A gallery for Guild members was open downtown Three Rivers through December 2009. It was a great success for both the participating artists and the community. See Holiday Gallery & Art Market underway until December 24th in downtown Three Rivers – an article in the River Country Journal, December 2nd, 2009. There was also coverage in the Three Rivers Commercial News, back issues available for a fee.
Other projects under discussion include:
- Expanding use of the Three Rivers Artists Guild website to facilitate communication between members and to develop connections with the Three Rivers community.
- A series of shows of member artwork in local public places.
- An Art Fair was formerly held in Bowman Park and could possibly be continued.
- Work toward federal nonprofit status has begun. State of Michigan nonprofit status was granted in December, 2009.
- A logo and a slogan were approved by the membership on Oct. 15, 2009.
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