Ludington Area Center for the Arts Find Your Center!!

LACA seeks entries 

for December ‘Common Threads’ fiber art exhibit

Exhibit open 

to all fiber artists

The Ludington Area Center for the Arts (LACA) is currently seeking submissions for a fiber arts exhibit entitled “Common Threads” taking place in the art center’s main gallery during the month of December 2019.

The Common Threads exhibit is open to fiber artists of all types. Artist may submit up to 4 original two- or three-dimensional fiber-based works created in the last three years for a $5 entry fee. 


Ring in the 'Roaring' 2020'sat LACA's NYE showing on the film
The Great Gatsby

Join the Ludington Area Center for the Arts as it rings in the 'Roaring 2020's with a showing of the film The Great Gatsby Tuesday evening, Dec. 31.
The 2013 film staring Leonardo DiCaprio will be shown in the center's performance hall on its new 15 ft. LED video wall.
Doors to this event will open at 7:30 p.m. and the film will begin at 8:30 p.m. and will end in time for attendees to take in the ball drop in downtown Ludington at midnight.

Booth spaces still available for Ludington Area Center for the Arts 11th annual holiday craft show

There are a few spaces available for this year's Holiday Craft Show to be held Saturday, Nov. 30 at the Ludington Area Center for the Arts (LACA). The indoor show is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 107 S. Harrison St., downtown Ludington.

Table spaces are available for exhibitors who have handmade arts and crafts items; the jewelry category is filled, however. Table spaces are $25-$35, with arts center members receiving a discount. All proceeds from space rentals benefit LACA and their mission to engage, inspire and strengthen our community through arts advocacy.

This year marks the 11th year for the Thanksgiving weekend event, which occurs on Small Business Saturday.

To receive an application, email Applications are also available at the LACA office and on their website,

For more information, contact the center at 231-845-2787.

Your Center for all the Arts! 

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. - 4 p.m. 

Saturday - noon to 3 p.m.


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Ongoing Events at the Art Center:

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.

Oil Painting w/ 

Justin David Gustafson

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 to register.

LACA AV Club meets 

second Monday of the month

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 third Tuesday of each month from 5:30-6:30 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 2nd Tuesday

LACA's Photography Group meets the second Tuesday 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.

Ukulele group 

to meet at 

LACA monthly

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.

Upcoming Ludington Writers Events

1st Tuesday: Movie TBA

2nd  Tuesday: West Side Writer's Group

3rd Tuesday: Salon

4th Tuesday: West Side Writer's Group

5th Tuesday: TBA

LACA Gift Shop

The gift shop at the Ludington Area Center for the Arts is open during regular business hours. Come in to see the wonderful work from artists throughout Michigan. Our collection includes art and craft items, paintings, fiber, jewelry cards and sculpture.


Upcoming LACA Events!!

LACA's Regional High School Art Competition 

on display in November

Public artist reception Friday, Nov.  8 

from 5-8 p.m.; Awards announced at 6:30 p.m.

The Ludington Area Center for the Arts (LACA) Regional High School Art Competition was created to showcase the talent of high school students currently attending high school or home schooled in Mason, Oceana, Manistee and Lake county.

Chaotic Mike to offer

Acrylic Pour workshop 

Come get messy with Chaotic Mike aka Mike Coleman at the Ludington Area Center for the Arts (LACA) for an Acrylic Pour workshop Saturday, Nov. 23 from 1-3 p.m.
Coleman will guide students on the widely popular abstract technique of acrylic pours.
Participants of this one-day workshop will get two canvases to paint with their choice of colors available. Cost of the workshop is $35 for LACA members and $40 for non members. 

Holiday Candle Holder workshop planned 

for Nov. 24 at LACA

Join Ludington area artist Mary Case as she hosts a Holiday Candle Holder workshop Sunday, Nov. 24 from 2-4 p.m. in LACA's new pottery studio. 

During this workshop, open to all ages and skill levels, participants create a handcrafted candle holder; perfect for a gift to a friend/family member or to gift to yourself.
Cost of the workshop is $32 for LACA members or $38 for non-members.
To register call 231-845-2787 or e-mail

Low ticket sales force cancellation of 'A Very Merry Motown Christmas' concert

Due to low ticket sales, the Ludington Area Center for the Arts and fellow concert promoter Big Round Sound  will be canceling the Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 'A Very MOTOWN Christmas' concerts featuring The Ultimate Taste Band.

"Unfortunately advance ticket sales for these events were not strong enough and promoters had to make the tough decision not go through with the concerts," LACA Operations Manager Andrew Skinner said. 

"A lot of time and money go into planning high quality performances and with minimal advance sales we didn't feel hosting the concert was a wise financial decision. Purchasing tickets in advance to events not only guarantees that you won't miss out, it also helps promoters predict attendance and avoid cancellation of great events such as this one."

LACA is a non-profit organization that strives to engage, inspire and strengthen our community through arts advocacy. The vision of the art center is to foster a community where arts and culture bring us together, feed the creative spirit and fuel community growth.

Ludington Writers 

to host Book Buddies 

event Dec. 7 at LACA

Ludington Writers group, in partnership with the Ludington Area Center for the Arts (LACA), will be hosting a Book Drive/ Luncheon Saturday, Dec. 7 to promote literacy in Mason County. 
Community members are asked to bring new and/or like-new children's books to the art center, 107 S. Harrison St., downtown Ludington, from noon to 2 p.m. for a luncheon prepared by Grand Rapids’ own Chef Adam Lance. 
Books will be donated to Cove, Head Start, and other local reading programs. A suggested minimum donation of $2.50 is asked to help cover the cost of the luncheon. 

Full Cord: LIVE in concert

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.

Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door. Call the LACA office at 231-845-2787 or e-mail to purchase tickets or visit to purchase online.

Beaded Bracelet workshop w/ Sheila Preston

The Ludington Area Center for the Arts will host a Beaded Bracelet workshop with Sheila Preston Thursday, Dec. 11 from 1-3 p.m.

During this one day workshop students will be taught how to make a stunning multi-strand beaded bracelet, a wide choice of colors will be available. No previous experience is necessary to take this workshop and all materials are provided.

Sponsor a performance 

hall chair today!

Over the past few months the Ludington Area Center for the Arts staff and a team of volunteers have been hard at work making a number of improvements to the center's performance hall. Among the upgrades are a new sound system that will allow for a crisper, cleaner sound. With the new sound system LACA's performance hall is now one of the top sounding venues in West Michigan.

Additional changes to the performance hall include freshly painted walls and the removal of the old church pews and carpeting. 

The removal of the pews and the subsequent purchase of new seating will allow the art center to use the performance hall as a multi-functional venue that can have a seating capacity of over 3oo people, host an event with no seating to allow for dancing or allow for tables to be set up for a luncheon or meeting.

In an effort to fund the purchase of the new seating LACA is selling annual sponsorships for our new performance hall chairs. Funds from the $100 annual sponsorship and $5,000 forever sponsorship will help LACA purchase new seating and continue to make additional upgrades to the performance hall for years to come. Call LACA at 231-845-2787, stop by the office or print and return the form below if you are interested in sponsoring a chair.