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Bringing Art to the People

December Art Hop brings artists and locals to downtown businesses


The Blue Water Young Professionals, along with 25 local artists and 20 downtown businesses teamed up for 2013’s last Art Hop on Dec. 7.

Art Hop
Rose Norton sits at her photography display in Elite Feet. Photo by Emily Mainguy.

Art Hop is an event that has been happening since 2012 according to the events website, bluewaterarthop.org. It is an event that occurs monthly in which local area artists set up artwork in a downtown business for visitors to stroll around and see what Port Huron offers.

Many cities around Michigan host a similar event, such as Kalamazoo and Grand Rapids, many artists in our Hop have been participating all over Michigan for more than these two years.

“I believe that it is important for people to discover the art that is happening in their town,” stated Frann Ramales, a chainmaille artist who was displaying her work in The Raven.

“This is my first year doing Art Hop. I think it’s a great idea for local artists to meet the public,” stated Rose Norton, whose photography was on display in Elite Feet.

Since Art Hop happens every year, the Blue Water Young Professionals are still improving the event.

“Next year we hope to add more live music in the streets so that there’s ‘art’ in the music form as well. We will be reaching out to the merchants and artists for any other suggestions to help keep the event fresh and fun,” explained Jackie Hanton, Vice President of the Blue Water Young Professionals.

According to Hanton, the next Blue Water Art Hop date has not yet been set but will likely occur sometime in April.

Those interested in learning more about the Art Hop can visit the Young Professional’s website at www.bwyp.org.

Emily Mainguy

Copy Editor