2019 Klompen Garden

Klompen Garden is a brand new public art project celebrating the 90th Tulip Time Festival. The project showcases 45 pairs of artfully designed large ‘wooden’ shoes installed in city parks and tulip beds in the downtown Holland area.

Artists living in Ottawa, Allegan, Kent, Muskegon and Kalamazoo counties were invited to submit a design concept and sketch for this one-of-a-kind art project. Tulip Time is supplying each selected artist or group of collaborating artists with a large pair (34”L x 12”W x 12”H) of ‘wooden’ shoes, through which each will bring their concept to life. 

The artists, or groups of collaborating artists selected to create this unique garden are as follows:

Name/Organization:  Concept Name

Art for All:  Tulips for All

Donna and Gary Bogle:  Klompen Cakes on a Klompen

Barbara Carlson:  Tulips, Sunshine & Whimsy

Amber Darsch, Color Me Well Graphics:  A Small Town, Big Traditions

Amber Darsch, Color Me Well Graphics:  I Dance Among the Tulips

Beth De Jong:  Earth, Wind, and Spitfire


Evergreen Day Center:  Geo Past

Evergreen Day Center:  Walk in my Shoes

Amanda Fickel:  Shoes of a Feather

Jackie Foss:  Sew Dutch

Jackie Foss:  Starry Shoes

Christopher Garcia:  Night and Day

Olivia Hill:  Folk Art Klompen

Susan Hill:  Dorothy Goes Dutch

Susan Hill:  Traditional Delft

Holland Area Arts Council:   Color Wheel of Spring

Kids’ Food Basket:   A Community Solution

Diane Kovacich:  Holland, the Jewel of Michigan’s West Coast

Marsha Marier:  Dancing Tootsies

Marsha Marier:  Nature’s Marigold Dance

Claire Miller:  Bloem Kus

Claire Miller:  Holland Hue

Veronica Morgan:  Dutch Lullaby

Veronica Morgan:  Street Scrubber

Rozlin Opolka:  Dance Among the Fireflies

Angela Price:  Keyan

Delaney Ann Prins:  Holland Traditions

Delaney Ann Prins:  Piet Mondrian goes Orange!

Stephanie Sebright:  90 Years of Dance

Cathryn Schofield:  Flowers out of Foot Steps

Lisa Schulist:  In Full Bloom

S2Yachts:  Yacht Feet

Carolyn Stich:  A Punny Bouquet

Carolyn Stich:  Star Light, Star Bright

Kimberly Smith:  Glass Slippers

Zoe Streiff:  The Dutch Birdhouse

Tulip Time Festival:   Heirloom

Kelly Vander Kley:  Glass Flowers in Orange

Kelly Vander Kley:   Kleurrijk Klompen

Priscilla Walsh:  Orange you going to dance?

Heidi Weller:  De Oranje Klompen

Heidi Weller:  Klompen van Delftware

Robert Wilson:  Music to My Feet

Robert Wilson:  Vintage 90

Upon completion of the 45 projects, a juror vote and public vote will determine the favorite klompen. Our Klompen Garden juror, Kristin Jass Armstrong, Executive Director of the Saugatuck Center for the Arts will select the juror’s pick. The juror’s pick will be awarded a grand prize of $1,000 and will be announced at an artist reception on April 11. The public will also have a chance to vote for their favorites of the remaining 44 klompen between May 1 – 11, 2019. The top three public picks will be announced on May 12. Of the public votes, first place will be awarded $500, second place will be awarded $300 and third place will be awarded $200. 


Not an artist, but interested in supporting this public art project at the 90th Tulip Time Festival? Businesses, organizations and individuals can support Klompen Garden for a donation of $1,000. Donors will receive recognition on Klompen Garden collateral and will take home a pair of completed klompen after the festival.