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  1. Yarn Bomb Installation Day

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    Sunday, September 15 | 9:30 am

    Yarn bombs are set to drop on the Glen Arbor Arts Center on Sunday, September 15, 9:30 am. Volunteers are needed to help install hand-knit “bombs” on trees in the GAAC’s backyard grove as part of the upcoming exhibition “Fiber Without Borders,” a juried exhibition of contemporary fiber art. Yarn bombing is friendly community event, and a form of temporary street art. Yarn in any form (knit, crochet, latch hook, cross stitch, amigurumi or simple wrapping) adorns an object [e.g. tree trunk or limbs, poles, waste can] in the public environment. While other forms of graffiti may be decorative, socio-political commentary, or vandalism, yarn bombing was initially almost exclusively about reclaiming and personalizing sterile or cold public places. The start of this movement has been attributed to Houston resident Magda Sayeg, who says she first got the idea in 2005 when she covered the door handle of her boutique with a custom-made cozy.

    Volunteers of any age are invited to help with the yarn bomb installation. To volunteer, call the GAAC, 231/334-6112. “Fiber Without Borders” runs September 13 – November 7. For more information go to
    GlenArborArt.org. The GAAC is located at 6031 S. Lake St., Glen Arbor.

  2. Artist in Resident talk: Patricia Schaefer

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    Painter Patricia Schaefer will discuss a new series of paintings that explore the human body and bodies of water she plans to create as part of her 2019 artist’s residency with the Glen Arbor Arts Center. The presentation is August 30, noon at the GAAC, 6031 S. Lake St., Glen Arbor.

    Each of the GAAC’s artists-in-residence gives a conversational overview of their residency. These presentations offer a chance to hear about the resident’s project, and the process they experienced during their two-week stay. Schaefer’s GAAC residency was a chance to explore the overlay of the human body in the landscape – as well as ask questions about how human bodies and bodies of water intersect, and explore the political, environmental land existential questions that study prompts. San Francisco, California, is Schaefer’s home base.

    The GAAC artist-in-residence presentation are free and open to the public. For more information go to
    GlenArborArt.org

  3. Top list of things to do while visiting the Glen Arbor area

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    Summertime! We’re so fortunate to enjoy the natural beauty of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Summertime is prime tourism season and when you visit, you want to make it count. We’ve compiled a list of our top favs, “Things to Do” while visiting Glen Arbor by category…

    Anyone’s favorite “must do” while you’re here

    Considered a “must do,” the Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive offers world-class vistas and a perspective of the variety of vegetation and history of this treasured landscape. 

    A true gem of the area, enjoy a section of the non-motorized Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail. Open year round and well maintained, this allows you to travel the variety of landscape and lakeshore while walking, running, biking or rolling! Visit sleepingbeartrail.org for more info. (Did you know? Sections are also maintained in the winter to xc-ski or snowshoe!) 

    One of the most visited parts of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park, experience the The Dune Climb.  A steep, sandy climb…take a break then speed back down with delight! A favorite for all ages. Restrooms and vending machines available on-site, Memorial Day through Labor Day. (NOTE: Bring water & sunscreen! It gets especially hot on the sand in the elevation. Know that the “Dune Trail to Lake Michigan” is a 3.5 mileRound trip is 3.5 miles and may take 2-4 hours depending on the weather and your physical condition.) 

    You may have seen the “Cannery” in famous images of the area, visit Glen Haven, just SW of Glen Arbor, see the historic Boathouse Museum (in the Cannery), General Store and Blacksmith Shop. Restroom facilities available on-site, Memorial Day through Labor Day.

    Like History? The Empire Museum Complex in Empire, features  multiple buildings including a Sail & Rail display, a barn with horse-drawn equipment, a fire house, a blacksmith shop, an old saloon and more. Contact them for current hours to visit, learn and explore.

    Get a taste of the local region, shop a variety of vendors at the Glen Arbor Farmer’s Market, Tuesdays from 9am-1pm, June – early Sept. > See the Event Calendar

    Great for Kids and Families: 

    Take a Kayak Trip ~ Fun for kids of all ages, the Crystal river is shallow and beautiful. You can select a Kayak Trip based on time, so you can choose the appropriate amount of time on the water for your group. Listing of businesses offering Recreation. 

    Charter Fishing ~ Get out on the big water and enjoy the sun, waves and bring in a big catch! Sure to make memories. See list of Charters & other Boating opportunities: Beaches & Boating

    Glen Arbor Township Park ~ walkable distance from most any point in Glen Arbor, make a pit stop to the newly renovated Township Park, located next to Northwoods Hardware, corner of M-22 and State Street. It’s equipped with a public restroom picnic seating under a pergola, water bottle refill station, the coolest playground, green spaces, basketball courts, tennis courts, pickleball courts, sidewalks throughout, a pavilion, and public parking. 

    A shorter hike good for most all ages and abilities, with a rewarding view, do the Pyramid Point trail, part of the National Lakeshore. >>List of  trails.

    Bike ~ Glen Arbor is central to the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail (a non-motorized, maintained, paved or grated trail) offering a safe and scenic experience of the Lakeshore. Open to walk, run or bike in the Summer, maintained sections are also perfect for cross-country skiing or snowshoeing in the winter. Need to rent equipment? See our list of businesses offering Recreation. Find out more about the SLHT via our list of  trails.

    Glen Arbor Arts Center hosts events year round like art classes for children and adults; Also known for their Summer-long, family friendly “Manitou Music Festival” events, their annual free “Dune Climb” concert in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. 

    > View our full post on “Things to Do/Kids & Families”

    For the adventure seeker: 

    Paddle-board ~ on the Glen Lakes for sights of the Dunes over aqua colored, Caribbean-like waters.

    Mountain Bike a newer and developing trail in Palmer Woods Forest Reserve, part of Leelanau Conservancy. >> Palmer Woods

    Cyclists like to train and ride M22 and other county roads, known for their hills and winding scenery. 

    Kayak Lake Michigan ~ Enjoy a different vantage point of the shoreline…from the water! This activity is recommended with a guided tour or experienced boaters. Guided tours provided by All About Water

    Swim ~ suit up and take your pick of stunningly beautiful and secluded inland lakes or Lake Michigan. Get in a refreshing dive and some exercise! 

    See the iconic view from the “Empire Bluff” trail in the National Lakeshore. Round trip is 1.5 miles with hilly landscape, Beech and Maple forest, fields and Dunes. The trail leads to a high bluff overlooking Lake Michigan. For your safety and to protect the environment: please do not descend the bluff. Trails & Scenic Views

    Shopping & Dining:

    We have some of the best Art Galleries with a compilation of well known Midwest & International Artists, make sure to experience each and surely find a treasure. Some Galleries and the Glen Arbor Art Center host Artist Receptions and Gallery Openings throughout the season. While out for the evening, stop and enjoy an opening. > List of Art Galleries

    Tasting Rooms: Part of the newly formed Glen Arbor Village Wine Trail, enjoy sips of wine and cider at each of these locations, featuring indoor and outdoor, family friendly spaces: •Glen Arbor WinesCherry RepublicM22 Glen Arbor

    Glen Arbor Art Fair ~ Hosted by the Glen Lake Women’s Club, annually at the Town Hall, happens mid-July on a Wednesday. For more info and to see more upcoming events, view our Event Calendar.

    Glen Arbor has a wide variety of shopping destinations all worth knowing and visiting! From Murdicks Fudge at the Totem Shop; Find jeans and swimsuits, buy bicycles and paddleboards; suit up in lifestyle clothing, resort wear or find a new “up north,” “Mitten-themed” apparel from Momentum or Bay Wear; Glen Arbor is also home to the famous Cherry Republic & Arts Tavern; decorate your up north home or cottage; shop Cottonseed and Becky Thatcher Jewelry, and more! >> View all Specialty Shops

  4. Yarn Bomb Maker Day

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    The Glen Arbor Arts Center is hosting a yarn bomb Maker Day on Sunday, April 28, 1 – 3 pm at the GAAC, 6031 S. Lake St., Glen Arbor. This is the first of four Makers Days leading up to a September 15 yarn bombing/installation in Glen Arbor. Yarn bomb-making is a no-fail, friendly community event for people of any needle skill.

    Yarn bombing is a form of temporary street art where yarn in any form (knit, crochet, latch hook, cross stitch, amigurumi or simple wrapping) adorns an object [e.g. tree trunk or limbs, poles, waste can] in the public environment. In addition to sharing more details about the September 15 installation, we’ll begin work on the yarn bombs. There will be a short presentation about the activity of yarn bombing. Please bring: your needles, craft yarn, old
    wool sweaters that no one will wear, yarn sewing needles. This yarn bombing is part of our upcoming exhibition “Fiber Without Borders,” September 13 – November 7.

    We need donations of craft yarn, large size knitting needles, and old wool sweaters for this project are welcomed. Drop off your donations at the GAAC, and Wool and Honey in Cedar, Michigan.

    For more information call the GAAC, 231/334-6112.

  5. Exposures: Leelanau student’s art reception

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    The Glen Arbor Arts Center celebrates the 31 st edition of Exposures, an annual exhibition of creative work of nearly 100 Leelanau County students in grades k – 12. A reception to honor the exhibitors is Thursday, April 25, 4 – 6 pm in the GAAC gallery.

    Exposures is a cooperative venture that spotlights the creative talents of students from Leelanau County public and private schools, home-school students; and the elementary-age students in the GAAC’s After School Art program. The exhibition recognizes the creative talents of students who were selected by jury to be published in Exposures, the Leelanau County student journal. Each published student receives a free copy of the magazine and additional copies will be for sale at the GAAC for $5.

    The exhibition is open to the public, and runs until April 28. The GAAC gallery is open Monday through Friday 9 am – 3 pm and noon – 4 pm on Sundays. For more information go to GlenArborArt.org

  6. Little Artists

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    Parents and Caregivers are invited to “Little Artists,” a program designed towards pre-school age children and includes interactive, process-based projects that nurture natural creativity. Each session is hosted at the Glen Arbor Arts Center and includes a story, snack, multiple stations to explore and features a unique interactive, hands-on project. Instructor Michelle Aucello guides parents and children to work together to to create an amazing seasonally inspired or holiday themed project to take-home each session.  Each class is 90 minutes on select Friday mornings, which also includes a small snack.

    “Little Artists” is a drop-in program is $15 per child/adult, and $5 for any additional children. Non-participating infants less than 1 year are welcome at no charge. For additional information, please call the GAAC at 231/334-6112


    Michelle Aucello is an educator with 26 years of experience. Michelle taught first and second grade in Honolulu, Hawaii for 13 years as well as classes on Early Literacy at the University of Hawaii. Michele also worked with Honolulu Family Magazine as a contributor, blogging about food and crafts and providing educational tips for parents. In 2017 Michelle successfully developed a new program for the GAAC called Little Artists which explores creative projects for preschool children and their parents/caregivers.

  7. Winter Songs and Carols

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    Manitou Winds celebrates the coming season with a concert of “Winter Songs & Carols,” December 7, 7:30 pm at The Leelanau School, 1 Old Homestead Road, Glen Arbor. An evening intertwining chamber music with song and spoken word, the annual concert is sponsored by the Glen Arbor Arts Center. It’s open to the public without charge.

    The ancient Celts divided the year into a light half (May-September) and a dark half (November- April), seeing the dark half as the beginning. Inspired by this traditional view of the seasons, Manitou Winds created a program of music exploring winter as a beginning rather than an end. The eclectic program will contain both traditional music and original compositions performed on colorful combinations of instruments, reflecting a sense of optimism for what lies ahead in the New Year. 

    Founded in 2014, Manitou Winds is a versatile chamber ensemble comprised of five musicians who perform on many different instruments throughout their programs. In this December concert, Emily Curtin Culler, soprano, and Jan Ross, narrator, join the quintet. For more information please go to GlenArborArt.org, and click on EVENTS. No reservations required.

  8. Little Artists

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    Parents and Caregivers are invited to “Little Artists,” a program designed towards pre-school age children and includes interactive, process-based projects that nurture natural creativity. Each session is hosted at the Glen Arbor Arts Center and includes a story, snack, multiple stations to explore and features a unique interactive, hands-on project. Instructor Michelle Aucello guides parents and children to work together to to create an amazing seasonally inspired or holiday themed project to take-home each session.  Each class is 90 minutes on select Friday mornings, which also includes a small snack.

    “Little Artists” is a drop-in program is $15 per child/adult, and $5 for any additional children. Non-participating infants less than 1 year are welcome at no charge. For additional information, please call the GAAC at 231/334-6112


    Michelle Aucello is an educator with 26 years of experience. Michelle taught first and second grade in Honolulu, Hawaii for 13 years as well as classes on Early Literacy at the University of Hawaii. Michele also worked with Honolulu Family Magazine as a contributor, blogging about food and crafts and providing educational tips for parents. In 2017 Michelle successfully developed a new program for the GAAC called Little Artists which explores creative projects for preschool children and their parents/caregivers.

  9. Little Artists

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    Parents and Caregivers are invited to “Little Artists,” a program designed towards pre-school age children and includes interactive, process-based projects that nurture natural creativity. Each session is hosted at the Glen Arbor Arts Center and includes a story, snack, multiple stations to explore and features a unique interactive, hands-on project. Instructor Michelle Aucello guides parents and children to work together to to create an amazing seasonally inspired or holiday themed project to take-home each session.  Each class is 90 minutes on select Friday mornings, which also includes a small snack.

    “Little Artists” is a drop-in program is $15 per child/adult, and $5 for any additional children. Non-participating infants less than 1 year are welcome at no charge. For additional information, please call the GAAC at 231/334-6112


    Michelle Aucello is an educator with 26 years of experience. Michelle taught first and second grade in Honolulu, Hawaii for 13 years as well as classes on Early Literacy at the University of Hawaii. Michele also worked with Honolulu Family Magazine as a contributor, blogging about food and crafts and providing educational tips for parents. In 2017 Michelle successfully developed a new program for the GAAC called Little Artists which explores creative projects for preschool children and their parents/caregivers.

  10. Little Artists

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    Parents and Caregivers are invited to “Little Artists,” a program designed towards pre-school age children and includes interactive, process-based projects that nurture natural creativity. Each session is hosted at the Glen Arbor Arts Center and includes a story, snack, multiple stations to explore and features a unique interactive, hands-on project. Instructor Michelle Aucello guides parents and children to work together to to create an amazing seasonally inspired or holiday themed project to take-home each session.  Each class is 90 minutes on select Friday mornings, which also includes a small snack.

    “Little Artists” is a drop-in program is $15 per child/adult, and $5 for any additional children. Non-participating infants less than 1 year are welcome at no charge. For additional information, please call the GAAC at 231/334-6112


    Michelle Aucello is an educator with 26 years of experience. Michelle taught first and second grade in Honolulu, Hawaii for 13 years as well as classes on Early Literacy at the University of Hawaii. Michele also worked with Honolulu Family Magazine as a contributor, blogging about food and crafts and providing educational tips for parents. In 2017 Michelle successfully developed a new program for the GAAC called Little Artists which explores creative projects for preschool children and their parents/caregivers.

  11. “Talk About Art” What is an artist’s residency?

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    The GAAC AIR Collection exhibition also includes two related programs: Friday, November 9: Glen Arbor painter Harvey Gordon, a past chairperson of the AIR
    Committee, offers “A Radical Perspective of Art,” a Brown Bag art history presentation at 12 noon. This event is free and open to the public.

    Sunday, November 11: What is an artist’s residency? A panel of working artists who have all enjoyed artists’  residencies — Margo Burian, Lori Feldpausch and Joan Richmond — talk about how an artist’s residency figures into a studio practice. Presented as part of the “Talk About Art” series. 2 pm in the GAAC gallery. No charge.

    The Glen Arbor Arts Center spotlights its permanent collection of works by more than 40 artists who have enjoyed a two-week residency in the GAAC’s Artist-in-Residence [AIR] program. The exhibition runs November 9 – December 21 at the GAAC, 6031 S. Lake St., Glen Arbor.

    Artists who enjoy a residency in the AIR program often make a gift of work to the GAAC at the end of their stay. It is a practice that was initiated more than a decade ago, and has allowed the GAAC to build a permanent collection and a record of AIRs’ work. This program of artists’ residencies began in the 1990s at the initiation of the late Suzanne Wilson, one of the GAAC’s
    founders. Wilson handpicked visual artists for the program, and found area friends to house them. Today, a committee of seven volunteers administer the program. The GAAC offers seven residencies each year from May to October. A selection of work by Suzanne Wilson will also be part of this exhibition.

    For more information about these activities, go to GlenArborArt and click on EVENTS. In November and December, the GAAC is open Monday through Friday 9 am – 3:30 pm, and noon
    – 4 pm on Sundays.

  12. “A Radical Perspective of Art,” a Brown Bag art history presentation

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    The GAAC AIR Collection exhibition also includes two related programs: Friday, November 9: Glen Arbor painter Harvey Gordon, a past chairperson of the AIR
    Committee, offers “A Radical Perspective of Art,” a Brown Bag art history presentation at 12 noon. This event is free and open to the public.

    Sunday, November 11: What is an artist’s residency? A panel of working artists who have all enjoyed artists’  residencies — Margo Burian, Lori Feldpausch and Joan Richmond — talk about how an artist’s residency figures into a studio practice. Presented as part of the “Talk About Art” series. 2 pm in the GAAC gallery. No charge.

    The Glen Arbor Arts Center spotlights its permanent collection of works by more than 40 artists who have enjoyed a two-week residency in the GAAC’s Artist-in-Residence [AIR] program. The exhibition runs November 9 – December 21 at the GAAC, 6031 S. Lake St., Glen Arbor.

    Artists who enjoy a residency in the AIR program often make a gift of work to the GAAC at the end of their stay. It is a practice that was initiated more than a decade ago, and has allowed the GAAC to build a permanent collection and a record of AIRs’ work. This program of artists’ residencies began in the 1990s at the initiation of the late Suzanne Wilson, one of the GAAC’s
    founders. Wilson handpicked visual artists for the program, and found area friends to house them. Today, a committee of seven volunteers administer the program. The GAAC offers seven residencies each year from May to October. A selection of work by Suzanne Wilson will also be part of this exhibition.

    For more information about these activities, go to GlenArborArt and click on EVENTS. In November and December, the GAAC is open Monday through Friday 9 am – 3:30 pm, and noon
    – 4 pm on Sundays.

  13. Little Artists

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    Parents and Caregivers are invited to “Little Artists,” a program designed towards pre-school age children and includes interactive, process-based projects that nurture natural creativity. Each session is hosted at the Glen Arbor Arts Center and includes a story, snack, multiple stations to explore and features a unique interactive, hands-on project. Instructor Michelle Aucello guides parents and children to work together to to create an amazing seasonally inspired or holiday themed project to take-home each session.  Each class is 90 minutes on select Friday mornings, which also includes a small snack.

    “Little Artists” is a drop-in program is $15 per child/adult, and $5 for any additional children. Non-participating infants less than 1 year are welcome at no charge. For additional information, please call the GAAC at 231/334-6112


    Michelle Aucello is an educator with 26 years of experience. Michelle taught first and second grade in Honolulu, Hawaii for 13 years as well as classes on Early Literacy at the University of Hawaii. Michele also worked with Honolulu Family Magazine as a contributor, blogging about food and crafts and providing educational tips for parents. In 2017 Michelle successfully developed a new program for the GAAC called Little Artists which explores creative projects for preschool children and their parents/caregivers.

  14. Little Artists

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    Parents and Caregivers are invited to “Little Artists,” a program designed towards pre-school age children and includes interactive, process-based projects that nurture natural creativity. Each session is hosted at the Glen Arbor Arts Center and includes a story, snack, multiple stations to explore and features a unique interactive, hands-on project. Instructor Michelle Aucello guides parents and children to work together to to create an amazing seasonally inspired or holiday themed project to take-home each session.  Each class is 90 minutes on select Friday mornings, which also includes a small snack.

    “Little Artists” is a drop-in program is $15 per child/adult, and $5 for any additional children. Non-participating infants less than 1 year are welcome at no charge. For additional information, please call the GAAC at 231/334-6112


    Michelle Aucello is an educator with 26 years of experience. Michelle taught first and second grade in Honolulu, Hawaii for 13 years as well as classes on Early Literacy at the University of Hawaii. Michele also worked with Honolulu Family Magazine as a contributor, blogging about food and crafts and providing educational tips for parents. In 2017 Michelle successfully developed a new program for the GAAC called Little Artists which explores creative projects for preschool children and their parents/caregivers.

  15. Art in Bloom History Talk Lunch

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    Art lecturer Linda Young explores how artist have depicted flowers in paintings throughout the history of Western Art in “Art In Bloom,” a Brown Bag BYO art history talk on April 18, at Noon at the Glen Arbor Arts Center, 6031 S. Lake St., Glen Arbor.

    “Art In Bloom” is a lunch hour talk. Young will highlight paintings from the early Renaissance to contemporary times, with stops along the way to view work by the Dutch Masters, Monet and the Impressionists, as well as Georgia O’Keeffe, Miriam Shapiro, and Andy Warhol. Young’s talk will include a gallery tour of works in the GAAC’s “In Bloom,” an exhibition of floral paintings and sculptures by five local artists.

    Linda Young, a Glen Arbor resident, was director of Museum Education at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts for 20 years. She has presented art history lectures and docent trainings in museums and art center throughout the Midwest. 

    Seats for “Art In Bloom” are $10/GAAC members, and $15/non-members. Reservations may be made on-line, at the GAAC website, www.glenarborart.org/lectures/. “In Bloom” continues through May 17. The GAAC is open Monday through Friday 9 a.m. – 2p.m., and noon – 4 p.m. on Sundays. For information, please call 231/334-6112

  16. In Bloom – Artist Reception

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    The wildflowers return to Northern Michigan in April and May – both outside and inside. The Glen Arbor Arts Center [GAAC] presents “In Bloom,” an exhibition exploring the different ways five local artists interpret the subject of flowers in paint, mixed media and porcelain. “In Bloom” opens April 6, at 6 p.m.with an artists’ reception.

    Painters Lauren Everett Finn of Honor, and Kasson Township resident Carol C. Spaulding look to their gardens and the woods for inspiration. Working in acrylic and mixed media, Finn brings to “In Bloom” work from her 100 Bouquets series. Spaulding paints in watercolor paint create dream-like impressions of her subject. Rounding out the exhibition is an installation of Forest Flowers, the award-winning porcelain sculptures created by Beth Bricker and Cherrie Bricker Stege, both Glen Arbor residents, and their late mother, Ananda Bricker.

    “In Bloom” continues through May 17. The GAAC is located at 6031 S. Lake St., Glen Arbor. The gallery is open Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and noon to 4 p.m. on Sundays. For more information about the exhibition or any of its programs, please go to the GAAC website, www.glenarborart.org

  17. In Bloom Art Exhibition

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    The wildflowers return to Northern Michigan in April and May – both outside and inside. The Glen Arbor Arts Center [GAAC] presents “In Bloom,” an exhibition exploring the different ways five local artists interpret the subject of flowers in paint, mixed media and porcelain. “In Bloom” opens April 6, 6 p.m. with an artists’ reception.

    Painters Lauren Everett Finn of Honor and Kasson Township resident Carol C. Spaulding look to their gardens and the woods for inspiration. Working in acrylic and mixed media, Finn brings to “In Bloom” work from her 100 Bouquets series. Spaulding paints in watercolor paint create dream-like impressions of her subject. Rounding out the exhibition is an installation of Forest Flowers, the award-winning porcelain sculptures created by the late Ananda Bricker, and her daughters Beth Bricker and Cherrie Bricker Stege, both Glen Arbor residents.

    In addition to the exhibition, the GAAC offers a series of programs that explore in more depth the subject of flowers, and the “In Bloom” artists’ thinking and creative processes:

    • Talk About Art with Lauren Everett Finn and Carol C. Spaulding on Sunday, April 15, 2 p.m. Free.
    • “Art In Bloom,” an art historical tour of flowers in painting led by Linda Young on Wednesday, April 18, noon. Tickets for this Brown Bag BYO talk are $10/ members, $15/non-members. Please register on line.

    • Talk About Art, “The Family That Makes Flowers Together …..,” a conversation with the Bricker Sisters about Forest Flowers, Sunday, May 6, 2 p.m. Free.
    • “In Bloom” continues through May 17. The GAAC is located at 6031 S. Lake St., Glen Arbor. The gallery is open Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and noon to 4 p.m. on Sundays.

    For more information about the exhibition or any of its programs, please go to the GAAC website, www.glenarborart.org

  18. Works In Cloth by Molly Phinny

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    The Glen Arbor Arts Center [formerly the Glen Arbor Art Association] is showing Works In Cloth 2015-2017, a small survey of fiber constructions by Leelanau County artist Molly Phinny. This mini-show is hung in the GAAC’s new Hall Gallery and continues through April 8, 2018. The GAAC is located at 6031 S. Lake St., Glen Arbor.

    For decades, Phinny’s creative practice focused on landscape painting. She worked in watercolor and acrylic, and painted widely: scenes from her Leelanau County home, from her travels to Europe and throughout the U.S. In recent years, Phinny has transitioned away from paintbrush and paper, and embraced thread and needle, fabric and stitching as the foundation of her expressive compositions.

    Fiber work is “an extension of my painting,” Phinny said. “It’s still working with shape and color.” Her scissors — instead of brushes — create the shapes. Fabrics supply the color. Phinny composes with vintage textiles [cast-off laces and handkerchiefs inherited from her maternal grandmother], and recycled clothing. Used clothing has history, she said. It is softened by wear. And each piece of denim or corduroy or velvet or cotton comes with a story, which can suggest an idea for a composition. The GAAC is open 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. during the week, and noon – 4 p.m. on Sunday. For more information please call 231/334-6112.