I always try hard to attend this event, because I love to see everything, not just what the juror ends up keeping for the show. As many as 300 paintings are shown for several seconds each, of which only 50 - 80 paintings will later be selected by the juror (depending on the size of the venue). Of the 200-some that are NOT selected, there are still many many wonderful and interesting paintings, and this is the only chance, sometimes, to see them. Michigan artists are a varied group, and there will be a wide range of styles, from abstract to still life to portraiture.
And (if you entered) you get to see your own work projected on a large screen, an experience in itself : in my recent post I was musing about how photographs of my artwork seem to look BETTER when concentrated down to a couple of inches. When the same artwork is expanded, all bets are off - I am often surprised at which paintings look better, which look much worse that way. Okay, some are even fairly represented too.
If you've not attended one of these sessions, be reassured that commentary - even whispered - is discouraged quite seriously. Although honestly, I've often heard murmurs when the subject matter turns out to be an especially cute animal.
I hope to see you there!