Ludington Area Center for the Arts Find Your Center!!

Calling All High 

School Artists!!!

LACA seeks submissions for center's first ever High School Art Competition

The Ludington Area Center for the Arts (LACA) will host its first ever Regional High School Art Competition Nov. 1-27, 2019. 

This juried exhibit is open to all high school students in Mason, Oceana, Lake and Manistee counties.

Students may submit up to three pieces of 2D or 3D artwork for consideration in the exhibit. In addition to selecting artwork for the exhibit, judges will also select three artworks to receive a cash prize. There is no fee to enter this competition/exhibit.

Artwork can be dropped off at LACA (107 S. Harrison St., Ludington, MI 49431) through Oct. 19 during normal business hours (Tuesday -Friday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. or Saturday noon to 3 p.m.). 

All 2D work should be ready to be displayed. Artists will be notified of their acceptance into the exhibit by Oct. 26. Artist may offer their artworks for sale if they so choose, retaining 70% of all sales.

LACA will host a special artist reception and awards ceremony Friday, Nov. 8 from 5-8 p.m. to celebrate the work of these fine artists. I hope that you can join us!

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.

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.


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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 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.

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!!

Arf Prize on dispaly at LACA throughout October

Viewers Choice Award votes can be purchased for $1 each in the LACA gift shop

The Ludington Area Center for the Arts (LACA) is hosting Arf Prize, a  celebration dog related artwork,  in the center's main gallery during the month of October. 

Arf Prize features nearly 70 original pieces of 2-D and 3-D artworks of dogs created by area artists and dog lovers.

Arf Prize awards were announced Friday evening, Oct. 4 during an artist reception hosted for the opening of the exhibit. Judges Chris VanWyck and Bridgett Ennis awarded 'Best In Show' to 1481 by Andrew Skinner. The judges also selected the following to receive Honorable Mention: Rocco & Buneho by Lynne Haslam, Dane by Jane Sleeman and Hubba Bubba by Karen de la Durantaye. Additional awards included: Cosmic Canine Creations Award: Ruger by Aaron Fugere; Lakeshore Animal Friends Award: Winter Coat by Dave Preston; and the Wags n' Wiskers Award: Old Friend by Tami Willison.
Don't forget to stop by LACA throughout the month of October to view all of the Arf Prize entries and cast your ballot for our Viewers Choice Award. Votes are $1 each and can be purchased in the LACA gift shop.

West Shore Pride LGBTQ Art Show on display 

at LACA though Oct. 19

Artist reception Friday, Oct. 11 from 5-8 p.m.

West Shore Pride and the Ludington Area Center for the Arts are hosting an LGBTQ Art Show in the art center's performance hall gallery through Oct. 19.

The exhibit includes over 30 artworks featuring LGBTQ themes of equality and love.

In celebration of this exhibit West Shore Pride and LACA will host an artist reception Friday, Oct. 11 from 5-8 p.m. This is a great chance to take in the exhibit and meet many of the artists. Both West Shore Pride and LACA will have information about their organizations to distribute as well.

Lil Rev returns 

to LACA Oct. 19-20

Nationally known instructor to offer ukelele 

and harmonica workshops, evening concert

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.

Youth Sewing Group 

at LACA to begin Oct. 2

LACA will be hosting a 6 week Youth Sewing Group led by Deb Borema. The group will meet Wednesdays from 5-6:30 p.m. starting Oct. 2.

Learn to use a sewing machine while creating numerous wearable items!

The Youth Sewing Group is free to children and grandchildren of LACA members ages 12 yrs. and up. $35 LACA membership can be purchased to join group.

call 231-845-2787 or e-mail to register. Class is limited to 10 people.

Brian Oberlin 

to offer Mandolin workshop at LACA

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 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.

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.
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 to purchase tickets or visit to purchase online.

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.