- Associated Press - Sunday, January 21, 2018

MARQUETTE, Mich. (AP) - An art project in northwest Michigan is encouraging people to be creative for 100 consecutive days.

The 100DayProject is running in Marquette until April 30, The Mining Journal of Marquette reported. It’s the project’s fifth year in the city. This year’s theme is “Mirrored Light.”

Catherine Benda of Houghton and Marquette ceramist Ann Russ are spearheading the project.

“The 100DayProjects really give us that permission to play and explore and experiment for an extended period of time, and how often do we give (ourselves) that gift?” Russ asked.

The theme can be interpreted literally, symbolically or metaphorically, Russ said.

“The theme is strictly optional,” Russ said. “It’s up to you if you want to use it or not. It’s for those people who want a bit of a nudge.”

Participating artists shouldn’t focus on creating perfect art, Russ said. Instead they should view the 100 day project as a “creativity excavation” and something that can be developed overtime with practice, she said.

“It stimulates our imagination,” Russ said. “Creativity helps us make better decisions.”

Kim Danielson doesn’t have any formal art experience, but is participating in the project this year. While she didn’t have time in the past to take part in the exercise, Danielson said she wants to explore her creative side following her recent retirement.

“I’m hoping to nurture that part of me and develop a routine where I can explore that on a daily basis,” Danielson said.

The Marquette Artist Collective is partnering with the project this year and will display artwork from participants in an October exhibit at the Peter White Public Library.

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Information from: The Mining Journal, http://www.miningjournal.net


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