Time machine to art success

Judi Hemeleski poses with “Mr. 2” during last fall’s ArtPrize competition in Grand Rapids. Her creation was displayed at a downtown hotel. (submitted photo)
IRON RIVER—Call him “Mr. 2.” His name comes from a small silver locker tag, attached at the top center of Mr. 2’s wooden frame.
    But that “2” is only something you notice eventually, after you gaze at all the gizmos, gauges, gears, rows of colored lights, a copper coil and other stuff Judi Hemeleski used to create … a time machine.
    “What I have is all these pieces I’ve collected over my life to make this,” she explained recently. Including that “2” number plate. “I decided it was kind of cool, so I put it up on there.”
    Hemeleski and Mr. 2 had plenty of exciting times in late 2018. In late November, Mr. 2 won a media award at the Northern Exposure XXV show, held at the Bonifas Arts Center in Escanaba. He was sponsored by WLUC-TV/Fox UP.
    That followed a thrilling trip to the ArtPrize competition at Grand Rapids in late September. There, Mr. 2 finished in the top 25 in the Time-Based category.
    “There were 230,000 votes,” Hemeleski said, “and I was in the top 25 in my category. It was quite an honor!” During the show, Mr. 2 was displayed at Courtyard by Marriott in downtown Grand Rapids.
    With over 2,000 entries and $500,000 in awards, ArtPrize is a major show. Go to artprize.org to look at some of the entries. “You can see all the different things that I was up against.”

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