GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - Jason Gamrath and Benjamin Gazsi have a few things in common.
For both, 2013 has been their first ArtPrize. Both also made it into the Top 10. That means they are both guaranteed a cash prize regardless of whether they win the $200,000 grand prize.
And both of them have already lined up deals to sell their art.
"I actually did sell this one and I have a few sales in progress, which is amazing in itself," said Gamrath, whose glass orchid garden "Botanical Exotica a Monumental Collection of the Rare beautiful" has been displayed at the Grand Rapids Art Museum.
And Gazsi already has a deal to make another "Earth Giant." The one he entered in ArtPrize is located along the Grand River outside the Grand Rapids Public Museum.
"Another venue's owner really wanted him for their spot. When I said I was going to be here, they asked if I could make another one," he said.
Both artists say they were able to sell the pieces for a good chunk of change.
"It ranges from 20,000 up to 40,000 for the bigger, more complex pieces," Gamrath said.
Gazsi said is sales will help pay for his travel.
Anthony Jackson didn't make the top 10 this year, but he says his metal dragon sculpture "Steam Baby," displayed at The B.O.B., already has four potential buyers.
One buyer who immediately caught his attention was Ripley's Believe It or Not, which would put the art at one of its attractions.
"That's interesting that somebody from an out-of-state corporation would be interested in it and it's exciting," Jackson said.
Whether or not they sell their artwork, the artists say competing for a chance to win ArtPize is the ultimate gift.
"Winning money would be great," Gamrath said. "It would be great, but I got to make my dream come true which is a colossal orchid garden out of glass."
According to ArtPrize, there are more than 1,000 pieces of artwork for sale this year.
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