Ludington Area Center for the Arts
Ludington Area Center for the Arts
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Upcoming LACA events

July 'Pandemic Ingenuity' exhibit features artwork created during COVID-19

The Ludington Area Center for the Arts (LACA) will host an exhibition of artwork created during the COVID-19 shutdown entitled ‘Pandemic Ingenuity’ during the month of July in the art center’s newly renovated performance hall lobby gallery.

The exhibit features the works of over 20 area artists in several mediums.

A public artist reception to celebrate the artists taking part in this exhibit will take place Friday, July 10 from 5-8 p.m. 

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WSAF hosting 
Virtual Art Fair

Canceling the 52nd annual West Shore Art Fair (WSAF), originally slated for July 4-5, 2020, was a very tough decision for the Ludington Area Center for the Arts (LACA), the local non-profit organization that hosts the WSAF, and we did not take this decision lightly. However, the safety of our artists, volunteers and community were at the forefront of our decision.

The cancellation of the WSAF, known as one of the best art fairs in the nation, not only means 

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Ken Cooper's "What I Did On My Summer Vacation" exhibit on display July 1-31

The Ludington Area Center for the Arts will host Manistee artist Ken Cooper's 'What I did on my summer vacation' exhibit during the month of July in the center's main gallery. 
Cooper has been showing his art throughout his native Michigan and the United States for more than three decades. He spent over a decade working in England with Britain's National Trust, foundations, museums, and historic sites there 

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LACA Summer Concert Series to begin July 22

The 2nd annual LACA Summer Concert Series will kick-off Wednesday, July 22 in downtown Ludington's Waterfront Park with a performance by Tosha Owens w/The Bobbie Murray Detroit AllStars.

All LACA Summer Concerts Series concerts will take place Wednesday evenings starting at 7 p.m. and are free to the public.

While the concerts are free to attend and open to the public, putting on the series is not free to the art center. LACA is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that relies on monetary donations to help fund its events and programs. 

Donations to support the concert series will be collected by LACA staff and volunteers at each concert. 

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'Grab & Go' art fundraiser submission and exhibition dates rescheduled

An artistic fundraising project “Grab & Go” announced earlier this year by the Ludington Area Center for the Arts has been rescheduled for early . 

The completed canvases should be returned to the art center by Friday, Aug. 21 and will be displayed on a wall in time for a unique “Grab & Go” public reception Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020. The displayed canvases will be sold at a fixed price of $35 starting at that day and the purchasers may take immediate possession of their selections upon payment (“Grab & Go”). 

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Full Cord Bluegrass returns to LACA Nov. 7

The Ludington Area Center for the Arts welcomes Full Cord to the center's performance hall stage Saturday, Nov. 7 at 7:30 p.m.Full Cord features seasoned bluegrass musicians Todd Kirchner, Eric Langejans, Brian Oberlin, Grant Flick and Matthew Davis. 

 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. 

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LACA to host Michigan Mandolin Orchestra        
Saturday, Nov. 21 

The Michigan Mandolin Orchestra begins its second season with a joyful concert at the Ludington Center for the Arts Saturday, Nov. 21. Directed by Michigan’s mandoliner, Brian Oberlin, the 16 piece Orchestra features mandolins, mandolas, octave mandolins, mandocellos, guitars and upright bass. Music selections include laureate composers; Tchaikovksy, Rachmaninoff, Vivaldi and Stamitz. As all good mandolin orchestras go, the Italian contingent of the program features a Tarantella by the great Rafale Calace. 

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First and Third Thursday Open Studio

Join fellow artists during the first and third Thursday of each month for an open painting and drawing studio session at the Ludington Area Center for the Arts (LACA) from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

Open studio is intended to foster creativity and encourage experimentation in an atmosphere cultural exchange, conversation, encouragement and freedom of expression.

LACA members may attend open studio sessions free of charge while non-members must pay a $5 fee. Participants are asked to check in at the LACA office. Artists supply their own materials.

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2nd annual LACA 
Regional High School Art Competition announced

The Ludington Area Center for the Arts (LACA) Regional High School Art Competition was created to show case the talent of high school students currently attending high school or home schooled in Mason, Oceana, Manistee and Lake counties. The exhibit will take place in LACA’s main gallery Nov. 3-26, 2020 with an artist reception slated for Friday evening, Nov. 6, 2020 from 5-8 p.m.; awards will be announced at 6:30 p.m. Area high school artists may submit three pieces of 2D or 3D artwork for consideration in this juried exhibit. Prizes will be awarded to the top three pieces in the exhibit. 

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Visual Arts Critique Group

The Ludington Area Center for the Arts' Visual Arts Critique Group gathers in the center's main gallery from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. during the third Friday of each month. 

All artists all welcome to attend and to bring recently completed or works in progress to share with fellow artists. The group aims to foster a positive creative environment by discussing and giving creative criticism of others artwork. 

This is a free event and is open to the general public.

Open Mic Night @ LACA

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.'

LACA Ukulele group

Ukulele musicians of all levels are invited to take part in the LACA Ukulele Group the second and fourth Wednesday of each month.

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.

Group participation is free to LACA members and non-members are asked to make a small donation to the art center.

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Ludington Area Center for the Arts

107 S. Harrison Street

Ludington, MI 49431

Phone: 231-845-2787


Business Hours 

Open - Tuesday thru Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.       Saturdays, noon to 3 p.m.

Ludington Area Center for the Arts is supported in part by: