The natural beauty of Northern Michigan has been an inspiration for visual artists, authors and musicians for many years. Area communities have unique ways to appreciate artists with museums, festivals and educational opportunities to celebrate every season.
Visual and Performing Arts
Gaylord Area Council for the Arts (GACA)
Community Arts Center, 125 E. Main St.
Juried and nonjuried exhibits throughout the year as well as artist receptions. Permanent retail space with member pieces for sale. Open Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., and Saturday 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
2013 exhibit highlights:
Black and White and Red exhibit, Feb. 5-March 2;
photography exhibit, March 5-April 27;
Rod Lawrence exhibit, May 8-June 29;
Juried Fine Arts Winners Invitational, July 9-Aug. 31;
Juried Fine Arts exhibit, Sept. 4-Oct. 26.
Gaylord Community Productions
P.O. Box 4011, Gaylord
Presents various theatrical productions throughout the year, gathering talent from around Gaylord. Since 1995 the group has brought a small slice of Broadway to the area.
This summer, GCP is featuring, “Annie Get Your Gun.” Volunteers interested in taking part in any phase of production can contact Al Glasby at 231-546-3889.
Gaylord area students
Throughout the year talented students showcase their skills. GACA hosts visual art exhibits highlighting elementary and high school student work. The St. Mary Cathedral Players and the Gaylord High School Drama Club present theatrical productions.
Jordan River Arts Council
301 Main St., East Jordan
Member exhibits, workshops, receptions and gatherings. Open daily, 1-4 p.m., during exhibits only or holiday sales periods. Occasional studio space available.
Boyne Arts Collective
210 Lake St., Boyne City
Gallery with member works, seminars and workshops. As part of South Boyne district (SOBO), the group also supports music and dance lessons and live entertainment.
Crooked Tree Arts Center
461 E. Mitchell St., Petoskey
Full schedule of educational programs for adults and children, ongoing exhibits and a yearlong performing arts series featuring dance companies and musicians.
Charlevoix Circle of Arts
09 Clinton St., Charlevoix
Juried and nonjuried exhibits, gift shop and classes for adults and children.
Cheboygan Opera House and Area Arts Council
403 N. Huron St., Cheboygan
231-627-5432; box office, 231-627-5841
Hosts year-round performances of orchestral and solo musicians, ballets as well as dance lessons and art workshops.
Kirtland Center for the Performing Arts
10775 N. Saint Helen Road, Roscommon
Regional and national acts throughout the year, including musicians, comedians, dance companies.
Parkside Arts Council
P.O. Box 163, Bellaire
Unique artist collective in Bellaire features traveling studio space, film events, educational opportunities and group critiques with other artists.
Institute for Sustainable Living, Art and Natural Design (ISLAND)
5870 Cottage Drive, Bellaire
ISLAND combines fine arts, natural design, architecture, community planning and farming and preserving techniques with an emphasis on being ecologically responsible. Based out of Bellaire, the group offers workshops, movie screenings and artist residency programs.