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Amelia Pruiett, Marketing and Promotions Coordinator for the Town of Marquette Arts and Culture Center, participates in the “What does water mean to you?” campaign. » community art project in South Beach. The activity is part of Art Week 2022. (Diary photo by Christie Mastric)

MARQUETTE — With the Great Lakes Trader depositing limestone nearby and beachgoers frolicking on play equipment and paddleboards, South Beach was action-packed on a warm and sunny Tuesday afternoon.

It was a great moment for the community art project – titled “What does water mean to you?” — which was part of Art Week 2022 in the town of Marquette.

Until Saturday, a multitude of events are planned throughout the city to promote the art.

Amelia Pruiett, marketing and promotions coordinator for the city’s arts and culture center, and Tristan Luoma, program coordinator, spearheaded the community art project, which involved people stopping in South Beach to write on a banner what water means to them.

There was a lot of water around the project: the Lake Superior massif, which undoubtedly inspired comments such as “feeling gratitude for the Higher experience,” “refreshing” and “fresh and cold” written on the banner.

“Our goal is to fill all of these swirls with words or little water-inspired squiggles, and that’s the theme for Art Week this year,” said Pruitt. “Finally, we will have a nice background banner for some future events and concerts.”

Other activities planned for Tuesday in South Beach included a senior dance class, hosted by the Marquette Senior Center; chalk art; public tours of Lake Superior Press, located down the street at 802 S. Lake St.; the music of Speaking in Tongues, the father-son musical duo of Ronnie and Elliot Ferguson; and the music of Waawiyeyaa, a local Anishinaabe-based rock band consisting of Tom Biron, Jud Sojourn, Danny Garceau, Jeff Bailey and Martin Reinhardt.

The Office of Arts and Culture coordinates Art Week.

Louma said the week went well.

“More interest than ever – every year more people ask about it and are aware of it”, he said.

The city’s shoreline was featured on Monday. South Marquette was the center of attention on Tuesday, with downtown Marquette being the center of attention today. Friday’s events will focus on the lower harbour, with Lighthouse Park the center of activity on Saturday.

In the official Art Week program guide, Marquette Mayor Jenna Smith said: “When I think of water, the first thing that comes to mind is our view of Lake Superior along the shoreline at Marquette,” said Smith, who noted that she also imagined being splashed by her kids at Clark Lambros Beach Park, watching the sunrise at McCarty’s Cove, touring the Dead River in a kayak, looking for beach glass , picking up driftwood, ice skating on frozen Lake Superior near the Lower Harbor ore wharf, biking with friends along the multi-use trail, and swimming on a summer day.

The program also includes quotes from Tiina Morin, City Manager of Arts and Culture, and City Manager Karen Kovacs.

“Highlighted by site-appropriate art experiences, roadside poetry, plein-air painting and hidden performances on beaches, bogs and rocks, Art Week offers a unique opportunity to explore our city, our community and ourselves with new perspectives”, Morin said.

Kovacs was quoted as saying, “Art is woven into every part of our lives here at Marquette and it’s what makes our community so vibrant and special.”

For a full list of events, visit mqtcompass.com.

Christie Mastric can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 250. His email address is [email protected]



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