Roaming campus, I met with some students who hardly had a chance to step away from their studies to embark on the three week art festival this city has grown to love.
Grand Rapids exhibits some of its Grand Rapids Community College students at the Spectrum Theater, though there are GRCC students’ pieces all around the city.
GRCC student Robert Michael Watkins has a charcoal drawing called “Looking Back in Time” featured at J.Gardellas Tavern on Ionia Sreet. The drawing depicts a view of Calder Plaza in 1965 through a large eye.
“I’ve put in nearly 100 hours on this drawing, stroke by stroke,” Watkins said.
GRCC’s Art director Nick Antonakis has helped in the entry.
“He helped me write my mission statement and is a real fun guy, always keeping you smiling and laughing.” Watkins said.
He rarely has a moment when people aren’t around.
“Right when you think that crowds of people are going to cease, more just continue to gather to look.”