Tulip Time Announces the Klompen Garden Winning Artist

HOLLAND, Mich., April 12, 2019 – Tulip Time Festival (www.tuliptime.com) is pleased to announce Lisa Schulist and her klompen, In Full Bloom, as the winner of Klompen Garden, a brand new art project celebrating the 90th Tulip Time Festival. The announcement was made Thursday evening at an artist reception held at the Saugatuck Center for the Arts.

It started in a brainstorming session. Then, a seed was planted. And now, 45 pairs of artfully designed large ‘wooden’ shoes will soon be ‘growing’ in city parks and tulip beds throughout the downtown Holland area!

Artists living in Ottawa, Allegan, Kent, Muskegon and Kalamazoo counties were invited to submit a design concept for this one-of-a-kind art project. Of those submitted, 45 were selected.  The artists received a large pair (34”L x 12”W x 12”H) of ‘wooden’ shoes, to bring their concept to life.

On Thursday, April 11, Kristin Armstrong, Executive Director of the Saugatuck Center for the Arts, selected the’ juror’s pick’ which was awarded a grand prize of $1,000. The winning artist is Lisa Schulist with her klompen In Full Bloom.  Kristin commented on her thought process in making this selection. “I think the design and use of color is very well done. I also see it as representing inclusion and diversity – you don’t have to be Dutch to celebrate Dutch heritage. Our community is made up of people from all different backgrounds who come together to celebrate Tulip Time.” The winning klompen will be on display in the lobby of the Holland Civic Center during the festival.

Winning artist, Schulist, is a painter, a lover of color and a gardener. She uses pallet knives, pencil erasers and endless bottles of paint to create her acrylic paintings. She combines bold, vivid colors of glossy, matte and metallic paints to produce a piece that draws the viewer in for a closer look. Schulist happily resides in Holland with her husband, Martin. Together they have four grown children.

The remaining 44 pairs will compete for People’s Choice Awards.  The public can vote for their favorites 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. See if you can find all 45 klompen around town! A ‘Hunt and Find’ activity map will be available soon at www.tuliptime.com/klompen-garden.

How to vote:  You can vote via Facebook by ‘liking’ the original image of your favorite artwork on the Tulip Time Facebook page. Each like is one vote. You can also vote for your favorites by visiting www.hollandsentinel.com/contests, where you can vote one time, per day, per device.

The artists, or groups of collaborating artists participating in the public vote 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

Perla DeLeon                                                    FIESTA TULIPAN

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

S2 Yachts                                                         Yacht Feet

Carolyn Stich                                                    Klompen Delft

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


Interested in supporting this public art project for 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.

For additional details, contact Elizabeth Wallace at [email protected] or 616.396.4221 x104. Follow this project now through the festival by using #klompengarden!

Join the dance as we “paint the town orange” at Tulip Time’s 90th Anniversary celebration May 4-12, 2019. Detailed program and event information for Tulip Time 2019 is available on www.tuliptime.com. Tickets for all shows can be purchased online at www.tuliptime.com, in person at the Tulip Time Festival Box Office located at 42 West 8th Street, Holland, Michigan, or by phone at 800-822-2770.