David Zinn coming to Lakeshore Art Festival


An international street artist will create improvised artworks throughout downtown Muskegon. 

The annual Lakeshore Art Festival (LAF), taking place from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, June 25-26, in downtown Muskegon, will host street artist David Zinn. 

Zinn uses chalk, charcoal, found objects, plants and landscape features to create improvised, temporary drawings. 

He will create 8-10 pieces of art throughout the festival, one of which will be permanent and will be added to downtown Muskegon’s public art collection.

As part of the festival’s activities, the community is invited to join Zinn from 4-6 p.m. June 25 to Chalk-the-Walk along Western Avenue within the festival footprint. Free chalk will be provided at the following locations: PADNOS, Blended Furniture Market, Arts Council of White Lake-Nuveen Center, Muskegon Museum of Art, Art Cats Gallery, Disability Network of West Michigan and Read Muskegon.

“David Zinn is known for his unique perspective on seeing art in the most unusual places,” said Carla Flanders, LAF director. “Where others might see a crack in the sidewalk, David sees a colorful and playful creature just waiting to be designed. Zinn’s art, coupled with our Chalk-the-Walk event, helps to not only bring art and color to downtown but also allows everyone to explore their artistic side and become an active part of the Lakeshore Art Festival.”

In addition to the work of Zinn, LAF also will offer its traditional lineup of vendors, foods and activities for all ages. 

This year’s artist lineup includes woodworkers, fiber artists, and glass and jewelry makers ranging from locations in Florida and Ohio to California and Texas. Local makers will be featured, including Grand Rapids comedian and artist Sarah Jean Anderson, Aquinas art professor and portrait artist Chris Laporte and Christopher Wojnar, woodmaker at Grand Pine Creations. 

Street performers will showcase acrobatics, theater, balloon making, comedy, dancing, juggling and more, while MOMS Club of Muskegon, Bethany Christian Services and the Muskegon Museum of Art will offer a range of free and low-cost activities for children. 

Local and international food options will be offered at this year’s festival and Author’s Alley will return, with over 20 Michigan authors’ books on display for purchase near Clay Avenue and Fourth Street.

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