Something unique is coming to the Great Lakes Bay Region on Saturday, September 28th! An art exhibit unlike any other exhibit seen in the region and in fact, the first of its kind in the nation and the largest in the world. “Fall In…Art and Sol” is changing the way we look at functional art. The artists combine their skills in art, science and architecture to create pieces of art that is powered by the sun. Imagine walking through a Night Garden with flowers as big as twelve feet in diameter opening and closing, lit up and changing colors, creating a mood of tranquility.
Just over a month of festivities begin on September 28th and runs through October in four counties: Bay, Isabella, Midland and Saginaw. World-renowned solar artists will “Fall In” with their solar pieces of art as well as local artists, including high school.
To kick-off the exhibit on the 28th of September, downtown Saginaw will be busy with events for the entire family. The Downtown Saginaw Association is sponsoring the “First Annual Downtown Saginaw Art Market and Festival” at Morley Plaza, noon to 6:00 p.m. There will be food, music, a children’s area and, of course, art!
An Art Battle will take place where local artists compete against each other to create a solar piece in a limited amount of space and time. Music and awards will be part of the festivities at the new FirstMerit Bank Event Park beginning at 3:00 p.m. with different talents taking the stage. A sponsor video will be shown that will include comments and a tribute to the late Dr. Samuel H. Shaheen for his vision and contributions to the Great Lakes Bay Region. The evening ends with the lighting of the “O*GE’s Night Garden” and a concert.
Throughout October, which by the way is the 20th anniversary of the National Arts & Humanities Month, visitors will travel the region to view the various art pieces and to attend the many events. Working with several partners, ‘Fall In…Art and Sol” has successfully placed the creations in places such as Wenonah Park in Bay City, The H Hotel and Dow Gardens in Midland, FirstMerit Bank Event Park in Saginaw, and Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant.
Several events will take place during October with many using the theme of “Fall In…Art and Sol” as a tie-in. With over 60 organizations, this is truly a regional collaboration and one that has something for everyone to enjoy. While too numerous to list here, the events with their dates, times and location can be found by going to Great Lakes Bay Regional Convention & Visitor Bureau or by clicking on ‘Things to Do’ at Fall In…Art and Sol’s webpage. Hotel/motel accommodations can be found on the Great Lakes Bay Regional Convention and Visitor Bureau website as well.