Captain Art Walk counts 1200 articles on Michigan art. To share the passion with a wide audience, let's publish an annual review.
Captain Art Walk is an project to create a fictional character and, in a sense, bring him to life. This is starting to come to pass, with artists appropriating the Captain in their art. It is hoped that Captain Art Walk will enter the regional lore, becoming as well known as Pual Bunyan. Modeled on the steamship captains on the Great Lakes of the 19th and 20th century, Captain Arthur Walker is an elderly man who passes his time painting watercolors in the dunes of West Michigan and sending his special assistant to photograph and document art openings, musical performances and theater productions. The mission of Captain Art Walk is to help people find art and artists that are close to home. That is, help people to find art that is within walking distance. As well, the Captain tries to write and talk about art in a way that is simple, conversational and viral. As part of the Grand Haven Art Walk and Art Prize 2012, the ghost writer of Captain Art Walk wishes to publish from his collection of essays the best writing on the local art scene and honor local artists with publication of illustrations in his yearly log. This publication is to coincide with an exhibition that presents the curated and published works of art for a month long show. To add to the reach of the art walking, art talking message, Captain Art Walk's Log for 2012 will be released on CreateSpace, allowing a wider audience to access the text and images on Kindle, iPad and Nook. CreateSpace will be the tool employed to desktop publish the Captain's Log.
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