Tuesday, 01 August 2017 14:21

Best of the West 2017 winners: Arts

Written by  Josh Veal
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Despite the small number of categories, Arts had no shortage of nominations this year, with 268 nominations for Photographer alone, and 145 nominations for Visual Artist. Thousands of votes poured in, even with only six categories to choose from. 

On the other hand, even with all those votes, we somehow ended up with the craziest tie of the entire survey in Visual Arts, with seven people placing in the Top 3. And the only repeat offender from last year is Woosah’s Erica Lang, who previously took first place thanks to her unique brand of woodcarving and printmaking. This year, tied for first are Hannah Berry, founder of art gallery Lions & Rabbits — which powered into the lead for Alternative Art Gallery this year — and Jeff Kraus, who landed on the cover of Revue’s very own Arts Issue last year.

As for the ever-popular Photographer category, Grand Rapids family and wedding photographers Heather Dixon and Devin Hendrick took the lead, bumping Katy Batdorff (with whom Revue works regularly) to third place.

Aside from that, not much changed from last year, and honestly, that’s OK!



The Winners:

Visual Artist
1. Hannah Berry (lionsandrabbits.com) and Jeff Kraus (jeffkraus.net) 
2. Erica Lang, Nick Nortier, Reb Roberts
3. Jim Foltice, Sarah Jean Anderson
Alternative Art Gallery
1. Lions & Rabbits, 1264 Plainfield Ave. NE, Grand Rapids
2. GreenLion Studios
3. Mexicains Sans Frontieres
Art Gallery
1. Richard App Gallery, 910 Cherry St. SE, Grand Rapids
2. LaFontsee Galleries
3. Lions & Rabbits
Art Museum 
1. Grand Rapids Art Museum, 101 Monroe Center St. NW, Grand Rapids 
2. Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts
3. Muskegon Museum of Art
Live Theater Group
1. Grand Rapids Civic Theatre, 30 N. Division Ave., Grand Rapids
2. Dog Story Theater
3. Circle Theatre
1. Heather Dixon Photography, Heatherdixonphotography.photoreflect.com
2. Devin Hendrick Photography
3. Katy Batdorff Photography
1. Joel Potrykus
2. Daniel Falicki
3. Carbon Stories, Gabby Hulst, Gorilla
Tattoo Artist
1. Tony Putt — Love Tattoo, instagram.com/sharktoothtony
2. Gareth Hawkins — Sovereign Arms
3. Matt Nelson — Lightning Revival


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