Downtown GR Inc. has shifted the summer movie series to North Monroe, beautifying a space just north of the Ford Freeway.

And one of the artists who painted a fish in the former parking lot was me.

The movie series, 'Movies On Monroe', will kick off at 6:30pm tonight with showtime for the double feature 7:30pm. The movies will Hugh Jackman's 'The Greatest Showman' and the Tom Hanks classic 'Big'.

They'll even have a real Zoltar machine like in the movie 'Big' on hand so you can find out your future. There will be circus performers and other activities according to Jen Schumacher of DowntownGR Inc.

The public space along the river has been converted to a public space, and will eventually become a park. The movie series, which will be every other Friday throughout the summer months is a way of getting the public space activated according to Schumacher.

Over 30 local artists were given access to the blue space with one assignment: paint a fish. I was one of those artists, and devoted my art to the coho salmon that live in the waters of nearby Lake Michigan, so if you stumble past the 'Insane Coho Lips' painting on the north edge of the lost, that would be mine.

Jojo Girard/TSM
Jojo Girard/TSM

But the idea of painting a fish meant different things to the different artists, here's a look at some of the fish now occupying the North Monroe lot. Some of these were still being worked on by the various artists.

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