Sunday, September 22, 2013

Art Prize 2013! - Week of Sept.16th

This guy is hoping to catch a whopper!
Cameron was already 2 years old when ArtPrize was introduced in 2009.  And today, this event is one of the things that has put Cam's hometown on the map.

ArtPrize® is an open, independently organized international art competition with a $200,000 top prize decided entirely by public vote. For 19 days, three square miles of downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan display
Cam's Dad is soooo strong!
art from around the world, popping up in every inch of downtown, and it’s all free and open to the public. (

Over the weekend, the Weatherford family picked up cousins Coco and Libby and ventured downtown to check out the amazing displays. The voting is actually quite difficult because there are so many different mediums used- it's tough to compare.  One of Cam's favorites was the "Giant Quakers" set up in front of the public museum.  The colorful sails blowing elegantly in the breeze on Grand River looked larger than life.

A person who's always been a very large part of our lives is Julie, Cam's very first physical therapist.
Julie's known Cam since he was 2 months old. She was in our home nearly every week until Cam was 2 years old.  At Wellerwood school, Julie continued to challenge him and watch him grow in more ways than one.
She's been with us every step of the way.  Julie has used Cameron's photos and videos in many presentations locally and around the world.  As she likes to say- "Cam's gone international!"
This week we had to say "see you later" to our good friend as she and her husband embark on a move to California.  There are many "Julie-isms" we've learned over the years...
You have to work for didn't cross mid-line...sack of potatoes or dead deer...You have to do it yourself...Give me a hug (that's one reserved for Cam).  It has been an honor, Julie, and we look forward to seeing you when our paths cross again, as we know they will.  For every challenge you've given both Cam and his parents, we thank you, for everything.

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