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GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- With Thursday's rain and more on the way Friday, some ArtPrize pieces may not get many viewers over the next two days.

But we've got you covered, if you'd prefer to stay covered.

On a day of gray skies and rain drops, you'll still find somewhat of a rainbow if you step inside the Harris Building.

"This is an interactive piece," said Bob Dykstra, of one art piece that takes up an entire room on the second floor. He oversees 82 pieces of art at the Harris Building. It's one of ArtPrize's largest indoor venues.

"The artist designed it in such a way that you can't hurt it by bumping into it. So once people don't get afraid of it, they have fun with it."

What makes the Harris Building a good place to spend a rainy day, is that you can write messages on the wall to 30 artists, including Beverly Larsen.

"If the weather is bad, they can hang out and enjoy all the artwork and read all the stories and get inspired," said Larsen.

Most art is indoors. Of this year's 1,524 ArtPrize entries, 1,086 are inside. Just scroll down the ArtPrize website and search by venue or entry.

Another venue worth lingering inside is SiTE:LAB.

"We're able to offer artists to come in for lengthy periods of time, and spend that time installing their pieces, and as a result I think we have pieces in here that are like no other venue," said curator Tom Clinton.

There's 16 pieces, including one that fills another room full of color. "He was here for about a month," said Clinton of the artist.

Denis Schmidt says she's already looked at 300 pieces since ArtPrize kicked off and would be happy to spend Thursday and possibly Friday indoors, if she had to.

"I'd like to see at least 300 more," she said.

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