Community Events and Fundraising

Cyndi out front of C2C saying Hi

Since opening in 2011, C2C Gallery has been very active in our lakeshore community. We have supported local non-profit groups by either creating a piece of artwork to be sold with a percentage of the proceeds or a percentage of gallery sales being donated to the group. In 2012, we organized a Grand Haven High School Art show.  Each spring high school students’ art is selected to exhibited all over downtown.

In 2014, we began organizing an annual 4th grade bus trip to ArtWalk. The goal is to offer a day of interactive learning showing that the arts can help our students learn creatively.  It’s fun to be involved in the community sharing our love for the arts plus being of service to others.

GHHS Student Art Work, June 2012

June 1, 2012

First Annual GHHS

Student Art Show

This was the beginning of an annual event. Garrett Borns performed for us at the opening. Thank you to Bob Walma for documenting this special evening.

lighthouse painting poster by christi dreese

November 2012

“Keep the Lights On”

Fundraising for Grand Haven

We hosted a special teapot exhibit along with an evening focused on Grand Haven’s lighthouse. Jon McDonald donated a painting that was raffled that evening. Singer/songwriter, Susan Picking performed that evening.


GHHS Stringed Quartet 2013

2nd Annual GHHS

Student Art Show

This was art show was this first in our new space. The student ceramic work was inspiring and the stringed ensemble sounded lovely. We spent the evening acknowledging the talent of our youth.

2013 GHHS Student Art Work

Winners of 2013 Coal Tipple competition

November 1, 2013

GH Coal Tipple Competition winners

A competition was created focused on GH’s Coal Tipple. 19 artists participated. The winners were Julie Sanford and Bob Peskorse. Bob Walma created a video and organized a group to build awareness of the disrepair and needs of this local icon.

November 23, 2013

First Shop 4 Schools

Fundraising Event

A group of local citizens created this event supporting area schools. Our gallery participated by donating 10% of all sales that day. Customers loved supporting artists and their favorite schools.


May 2, 2014

3rd Annual GHHS

Student Art Show

We added jewelry to this student art show. Julie Sanford and Stacy Broas assisted us in selecting the best student art for 2014. It was a fun evening with the students and their families.

GHHS student art show 2014

2014 4thgrade-artwalk

September 30, 2014

GHAPS 4th Graders

visit artwalk

We organized a class trip for all of Grand Haven’s 4th graders to visit ArtWalk, create tessellations of their own, receive a free lunch courtesy of Harbor Restaurants. It was a fun day for students and chaperones. The students were able to connect math, reading, and working together toward a common goal to ART. Amazing!



November 7, 2014

Keep the Bowl Event

partnership with Bluebird Cancer Retreats

We partnered with Bluebird Cancer Retreats by hosting a “Keep the Bowl” event. We donated 50 bowls (made by Cyndi Casemier); had soup donated by area caterers; live music; and Ken Foster as our featured artist. We raised more than $1,200 for this non-profit.

Bowls donated for event

Shop 4 Schools

November 15, 2014,

2nd Annual

Shop 4 Schools Event

This is the second year for our community coming together to support our local schools. C2C Gallery and other participating merchants donated 15% of sales to selected area schools.

Cyndi out front of C2C saying Hi

March 6, 2015

First Friday Art Hop

Downtown Grand Haven

This was the First Community First Friday Art Hop. We connected area artists and merchants. Artists displayed a piece of artwork from 6-8pm in several downtown stores. The artisan explained their work to visitors. More than 12 merchants participated. This will continue to be a monthly event.


Student artwork Ceramic 2015

March 31, 2015

4th Annual

GHHS Student Art Show


Our 4th Student Art Show that now includes jewelry and ceramic artwork by GHHS students. We work collectively with Stacy Broas and Julie Sanford. Instructors Sheri Greene and Irene Sipes assist in the jury process. A fun evening for students and their families. We recognize the best student art of the area.

Student art show

Purple Community Fundraiser

June 11, 2015

Fundraising Event supporting Purple Community/Van Andel Institute

We worked with Lakeshore Office Furniture and the Purple Community non-profit to organize an evening of music, art, and Michigan wines/beers. All proceeds were donated to the Purple Community.

The Purple Community Fundraiser

DIA GHAPS 4th graders

4th Grade Class Trip

September 29, 2015 ArtWalk

This year our class trip was focused on the traveling exhibit provided to Grand Haven by the Detroit Institute of Art. The students selected favorite reproductions of classical paintings. Returning to school, they worked in teams creating reports using their new IPADS.

grand Haven artwalk

Save the Catwalk

February 5, 2016

Fundraiser for the

“Save the CatWalk Fund”

Think of Grand Haven and immediately, you think of our pier. Our boardwalk, lighthouse, and catwalk have been featured in thousands of paintings and photographs. As with all things, after many years the catwalk needs to be repaired. We teamed up with Desserts by Design and Aldea Coffee. Live music with Nick Kraus. 15% of all proceeds will be donated. Plus, we created a poster from one of Bob Walma’s images with a portion of the funds also being donated.


May 6, 2016

5th Annual GHHS Student Art Show

This year we added two dimensional art with the ceramic and jewelry component. The jurors were Cyndi Casemier, Julie Sanford, and Stacy Broas. It was exciting to hang student artwork in the windows of downtown stores. We recognized the best artwork in each category. Thank you to the teachers who work to stretch the creativity of the students. Gabrielle Rabon, a student musician, performed her harp.

student graphite drawing


JANUARY 13, 2017


This is Grand Haven’s annual “Wine About Winter” event. Start by purchasing wine tasting tickets, and then wander in and out of local businesses enjoying a variety of wines while viewing local artwork.

C2C Gallery is a tasting venue this year. We will be providing refreshments to be enjoyed with our wine selection.

In addition to being a serving venue, we will also have Eli Zilke talking about his glass art and showing new installations.

Please join C2C and the entire downtown business community for Wine about Winter.

save the catwalk fundraising efforts

February 2017

Fundraiser to help re-construct our CatWalk.

First Friday of February, we hosted live music, with 10% of all sales going to our community wide effort to re-place our Catwalk.

Save the Catwalk by Stella Eckert

6th annual ghhs student art show

6th Annual GHHS

Juried Student Art Show

May 2017

Each year, we host a student art show. This year’s entries were reflections of our students world. Always amazed at the talent of our youth.

GHHS Student Art Show with students and sheri greene instructor Irene Sipes instructor

September 2017

raffle to raise money for Ottawa County Parks

On Sept. 1, we joined Ottawa County Parks Foundation and Michelle Courier to raise money for our more than 6500 acres of parks and green spaces. Michelle donated a painting to be raffled during this event. Thank you Michelle.

Mesa Sky Michelle Courier painting