Submissions for 'ARF Prize' and West Shore Pride's 'LGBTQ Art Show'
are being accepted through Sept. 21
The Ludington Area Center for the Arts (LACA) is currently accepting original 2-D and 3-D artwork for a pair of upcoming gallery exhibits in October.
LACA will host 'ARF Prize' a gallery exhibit featuring dog themed artwork.
Area artists and dog lovers are encouraged to submit dog themed artwork for an October exhibit celebrating "Man's Best Friend."
This fun exhibit will be on display in LACA's main gallery Oct. 1-31, 2019 with a very special Artist and pooch reception Friday, Oct. 4 from 5-8 p.m.
Drop off artwork @ LACA Sept. 17-21, 2019. There is a $3 entry fee per artwork.
LACA will also be accepting artwork Sept. 17-21 for West Shore Pride's upcoming LGBTQ Art Show during the month of October.
LGBTQ artists or artists who create art with themes like equality and love are encouraged to submit ready-to-display work at the art center for possible inclusion in the exhibit. There is no charge to submit artwork for the LGTBQ Art Show.
Ludington Area Center for the Arts
107 S. Harrison Street
Ludington, MI 49431
Open - Tuesday thru Friday –11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Saturday - noon to 3 p.m.
LACA receives MCACA
grant for 2019 fiscal year
The Ludington Area Center for the Arts (LACA) has been awarded a grant of $15,000 from the State of Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA). The grant was awarded through the MCACA peer review process and was one of 561 applications to compete for MCACA fiscal year 2019 funding.
Organizations receiving a MCACA grant award are required to match those funds with other public and private dollars. LACA receives significant funding and volunteer support from our local community.
The MCACA peer review process allows for each grant application to be competitively considered by a panel of in-state and out-of-state arts and culture professionals. This ensures the taxpayers, who support this project through legislative appropriations, and all other visitors or residents in Michigan will have access to the highest quality arts and cultural experiences.
Art Critique Groups
Evening Art Critique Group will be held each month on the FOURTH MONDAY from 7-8:30 pm in the Main Gallery. All artists all welcome to attend and to bring a piece of their work to discuss in a positive environment with other artists.
Morning Critique meets every THIRD FRIDAY from 11-1 pm in the Main Gallery as well.
Learn oil painting techniques from area artist Justin David Gustafson during his weekly painting class in the LACA craft room.
This ongoing class is open to all skill levels and those interested in taking the class can join at any time. Classes are $30 per session or $100 for four. All materials are supplied.
Contact LACA at 231-845-2787 or firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
Video hobbyists and professionals are invited to join the Ludington Center for the Arts AV (Audio/Video) Club at noon on the second Tuesday of each month. AV Club participants will have the opportunity to discuss individual productions, learn new techniques, and collaborate on community projects. The club aims to be a support system for local video producers by encouraging the use of video as a communication tool. The AV Club welcomes Ludington area video hobbyists and professionals,13 and up. The group meets the second Tuesday of each month from noon to 1 p.m. in the LACA Main Gallery, 107 S Harrison St, Ludington, MI 49431. There will be a short meet and greet, a club goal discussion, and an opportunity to showcase past projects. The AV Club can stream videos from YouTube or participants can bring their projects on a flash drive.The AV Club will be hosting a weekend movie-maker competition in the fall to raise funds for shared equipment and resources. Club members may choose to compete or may volunteer to help with the event.
Open Mic nights
First and third Fridays of the month. Sign-up begins at 6:30 p.m. followed by performances at 7 p.m.
Free to perform or listen; show your support for local up-and-coming talent.
First Firday is 'Family Friendly' and third Fridays are 'Adult Themed.'
Weekly figure drawing
sessions at LACA
The Ludington Area Center for the Arts' new figure drawing group meets each Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the art center located at 107 S. Harrison St., in downtown Ludington. The group shares in the cost of the model fee. Models are both clothed and nude depending on availability.
Anyone interested in modeling for the group is asked to contact John Marek at 231-239-0176.
LACA Photography Group to meet monthly on the 3rd Wednesday
LACA's Photography Group meets the third Wednesday of every month at 6 p.m. in LACA's main gallery Meetings are free and open to anyone who would like to discuss all things photography.
Each gathering of the group will include a brief highlighted topic followed by open discussions among attendees.
Occasional "field shoots" may be scheduled at various locations around the Ludington area on weekends.
to meet at
All Ukulele musicians are welcome and encouraged to attend. Sessions are divided into a beginner session from 1-1:30 p.m. followed by an "experienced" (can play 4 chords ) session from 1:30-2:30 p.m.
1st Tuesday: Movie TBA
2nd Tuesday: West Side Writer's Group
4th Tuesday: West Side Writer's Group
5th Tuesday: TBA
2019 Visiting Writer Series Continues
Ludington Writers Presents Karen Anderson
Saturday, Sept 21, 1-3 p.m.
Ludington Area Center for the Arts'
107 S. Harrison St.
Karen Anderson will facilitate a workshop discussing the writing process, describing her journey as a writer, and leading participants through various writing exercises. Participation is limited, so please contact WestShoreWords@gmail.com to secure a spot. Although there is no set fee for the workshop, a freewill donation of $5.00 is suggested.
Anderson is a writer who lives and works in Traverse City, Michigan.
She was a columnist for the Traverse City Record-Eagle for 30 years and published two collections. Since 2005, she has contributed weekly essays to Interlochen Public Radio. An illustrated collection of her essays was published in 2017, “Gradual Clearing: Weather Reports from the Heart.” Karen has a master’s degree in English Literature from the University of Michigan and is retired from Northwestern Michigan College where she was director of marketing and public relations. She enjoys camping, canoeing, reading, writing, listening, and learning.
This is the third in the visiting writing series this year. To date, poet Jack Ridl and graphic fantasy comic writer Scott Barrons have both come to Ludington and presented information about their genres. Ludington Writers meets twice a month to share new writing that individuals bring. For more information, contact WestShoreWords@gmail.com
The Ludington Area Center for the Arts (LACA), 107 S. Harrison St. in downtown Ludington invites local artists to demonstrate their creative processes in creating works such as photography, ceramics and glass, sculptures, 3-D work, fabric/fiber art, sketches, as well as paintings of watercolor, pastel, acrylic, oil and mixed media. There is no table fee and artists may sell their work.
Demo Day pt. 2 ‘Demo Day Strikes Back’ will take place Saturday, Sept. 28, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the LACA performance hall. This event is free and open to the public to attend and participate in.
To reserve a table at Demo Day sign up at the LACA office during business hours (Tuesday-Friday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays noon to 3 p.m.) or call LACA at 231-845-2787.
The Ludington Area Center for the Arts (LACA) will host Ludington Area musicians Stephen and Kaedin Plummer Thursday, Sept. 26 as part of the art center's "An Intimate Evening With..." series.
An Intimate Evening With Stephen and Kaedin Plummer will take place on the stage in LACA's performance hall starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 each and can be purchased at the door or in advance by calling 231-845-2787.
Stephen and Kaedin are founding members of the Third Coast Gypsy Jazz Band and have enjoyed playing for the last five years with one another.
Stephen has studied music at The Atlanta Institute Of Music, City College Of New York and the New School University’s Jazz And Contemporary Music. He has shared the stage with
many national acts and enjoys teaching guitar at Instrumental Music, and The Ludington Area Center for the Arts. Stephen plays in Andrew Brown’s 'Djangophonique,' 'Groove 101' and The West Shore Community College Big Band.
Kaedin cut his teeth with Ted Malt’s LHS Jazz Band and later with band leader Keith Kuczynski. He
regularly plays with 'Third Coast Gypsy Jazz Band,' 'Marsupial Mammals,' and Ted Malt’s West Shore Community College Big Band.
Nationally known ukulele teacher and performer, Lil Rev (Marc Revenson) will make his third visit to the Ludington area Center for the Arts (LACA) Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 19-20.
During his time in Ludington Lil Rev will teach a trio of workshops at the art center, Beginning Finger Picking for Ukulele, Harmonica from Scratch and Essential Strums for Ukulele. In addition to the workshops Lil Rev will host an evening Ukulele concert in the LACA performance hall.
The Beginning Finger Picking for Ukulele workshop, open to all levels, will take place Saturday, Oct. 19 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Cost of the workshop is $25 for LACA members and $30 for non-members. Students are required to have their own Ukulele.
The Harmonica from Scratch workshop is designed for both beginners and the novice. This workshop will take place from 1:30-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19. Cost of the workshop is $25 for LACA members and $30 for non-members. Students will need a key of c diatonic 10 hole harmonica.
Essential Strums for Ukulele is open to all skill levels and students will learn the 12 most important strum patterns including: calypso, reggae, blues, rock, country, waltz, Irish, do-wop and much more. Each style will include a song example. This workshop will take place from noon to 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20. Cost of the workshop is $25 for LACA members and $30 for non-members.
Students who register for more than one workshop will save $5 per workshop.
Lil Rev will perform a family friendly ukulele concert Saturday evening, Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. in the LACA performance hall. Tickets are $5 in advance and $10 at the door.
To register for the workshops or to purchase concert tickets contact LACA at 231-845-2787, e-mail email@example.com or visit LACA at 107 S. Harrison St., in downtown Ludington.
LACA is also the home to a ukulele group which meets on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month at 1 p.m. New members are always welcome.
Mandolinist Brian Oberlin of the band Full Cord will host a Mandolin workshop at the Ludington Area Center for the Arts Saturday, Nov. 9 from noon to 2 p.m.
Designed for beginner to intermediate mandolin players, this workshop will focus on technique, reading tablature, rhythm, chords, melody and the necessary tools that accompany folk, bluegrass and swing music. For the more advanced players, students will attain newfound knowledge on chord movement, theory, musicianship and strumming hand techniques. Charts will be provided in notation and tablature.
Oberlin is a seasoned and professional mandolinist and educator of 20 years.
Cost of the workshop is $40 for LACA members and $50 for non-members. Call the LACA office at 231-845-2787 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
Oberlin will also be playing a solo evening concert (Saturday, Nov. 9 at 7 p.m.) in the art center's performance hall. Tickets are $8 in advance or $10 at the door.
The Ludington Area Center for the Arts welcomes Full Cord to the center's performance hall stage Saturday, Dec. 7 at 7 p.m.
Full Cord features seasoned bluegrass musicians Todd Kirchner, Eric Langejans, Brian Oberlion and Grant Flick.
The band has an extraordinary song base, with songs ranging from traditional country and bluegrass to modern pop hits, big band era tunes and everything in between (and we do mean everything!). With hundreds of songs in their repertoire, they never run out of songs to choose from.
Based in West Michigan, Full Cord has had the privilege of performing all over the state, from private parties and events to breweries, barns and bluegrass festivals.
With the talent of over 60 years combined musical experience, Full Cord brings incredible style to traditional bluegrass. They are introducing bluegrass music to everyone in a way that keeps people coming back for more.
Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door. Call the LACA office at 231-845-2787 or e-mail email@example.com to purchase tickets or visit eventbrite.com to purchase online.
Are you LGBTQ, or create art with LGBTQ themes like equality and love? What does being queer or an ally mean to you? Show us! LACA and West Shore Pride are hosting a LGBTQ art show in October. Drop off your ready-to-display work at LACA between September 17-20 for inclusion in the show. Any medium that can be displayed on a pedestal or hung on a wall will be accepted. Works will be displayed in the Performance Hall Vestibule from October 2 - 19. For more information about the show, contact info@
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