Ludington Area Center for the Arts Find Your 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 am - 4 pm 

Saturday - noon to 3 pm

info@ludingtonartscenter.org

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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.

Adult Oil Classes w/ Justin David Gustafson

Classes are offered every Sunday of each month from 1-4 p.m. Cost is $30/class or $100/four weeks of classes. Gustafson supplies all materials and runs the classes like an open studio, so all skill levels are welcome to attend! Call 231-845-2787 to register.

New Gypsy Jazz Jam Sessions!

LACA and Stephen Plummer will be holding Gypsy Jazz jams from 6:30-9 pm, every FOURTH Wednesday of the month in the Main Gallery. All instruments are invited to attend. The jams are free! Selmer style guitars are optional, but a plus! Beginners are highly encouraged to attend!

Traditional Irish Sessions!

LACA is sponsoring a Traditional Irish Session from 5-6:30 pm, every THIRD Tuesday of the month at the center.  

Shakespeare Reading Group

Due to dwindling participation in the Shakespeare Reading Group (SRG), this group will take a hiatus until more participants can commit to attending. 
We would like to have 8-10 people at each session in order to have more people reading the parts and taking part in the discussion. It is difficult to read if you only have 3 or 4 people attending.
People would not have to commit to every single month, but would be expected to attend 3/4 of the time.
If we can get the desired 8-10 participants committed, the group would resume in February, meeting on the First Thursday of the month from 7-9 p.m. 
The SRG is open to all who have a love of the Bard's works. SRG participants read the script for the different characters and an informal discussion is often held at the end of a scene.
If you are interested in participating in this group, please e-mail Marion Riedl marioniriedl@gmail.com with SRG in the subject line before Jan. 15.

Open Mic nights from 7-9 pm with signup at 6:30 pm. FIRST and THIRD Fridays. First is family friendly and third is adult-focused. Located in the Performance Hall.

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.

 

Next at the Arts Center!

Sara Verschueren’s 
‘Into the Wild’ on display 
at LACA in December

Wild life artist Sara Verschueren’s “Into the Wild” exhibit will be displayed in the performance Hall gallery at the Ludington Area Center for the Arts during the month of December.
An artist reception will take place at the center, 107 S. Harrison St., Friday, Dec. 14 from 5-7 p.m. This free reception is open to the public and will include refreshments.
Verschueren has been fascinated with animals and nature her whole life. “I was born right here in Ludington and live in Fountain with my husband, our three kids and many animals. I am a self-taught artist and I paint very intuitively.”
Verschueren says her favorite way to portray the animals she paints is with acrylic paints. “I find that I can with acrylic paint, give so much feeling and depth to the animals, which really speaks to what I am trying to do when I paint. I also enjoy drawing with colored pencil. To me, there is something so magical with taking a pencil and bringing forth life on a blank piece of paper.”
She says her inspiration on how and what to paint comes to her very organically. “I usually don’t have a set animal I want to do, but rather I let the animal choose me. When I see an image there is something inside me that says, I need to paint that. I feel that every animal has a story and a soul and I feel that is my gift, to translate that story for the animals and share it with the world. My hope as an artist is that my paintings and drawings with touch some parts of the wild spaces still left within us all.Sara Verschueren’s ‘Into the Wild’ on display at LACA in December
Wild life artist Sara Verschueren’s “Into the Wild” exhibit will be displayed in the performance Hall gallery at the Ludington Area Center for the Arts during the month of December.
An artist reception will take place at the center, 107 S. Harrison St., Friday, Dec. 14 from 5-7 p.m. This free reception is open to the public and will include refreshments.
Verschueren has been fascinated with animals and nature her whole life. “I was born right here in Ludington and live in Fountain with my husband, our three kids and many animals. I am a self-taught artist and I paint very intuitively.”
Verschueren says her favorite way to portray the animals she paints is with acrylic paints. “I find that I can with acrylic paint, give so much feeling and depth to the animals, which really speaks to what I am trying to do when I paint. I also enjoy drawing with colored pencil. To me, there is something so magical with taking a pencil and bringing forth life on a blank piece of paper.”
She says her inspiration on how and what to paint comes to her very organically. “I usually don’t have a set animal I want to do, but rather I let the animal choose me. When I see an image there is something inside me that says, I need to paint that. I feel that every animal has a story and a soul and I feel that is my gift, to translate that story for the animals and share it with the world. My hope as an artist is that my paintings and drawings with touch some parts of the wild spaces still left within us all.


'Outdoor Handcrafted items 
and Wildlife' exhibit 
on display in December

The Ludington Area Center for the Arts (LACA) will celebrate the outdoors with its newest exhibit 'Outdoor Handcrafted items and Wildlife' displayed in the center's main gallery during the month of December.

This wonderful exhibit will feature handcrafted items (carvings, turned bowls, furniture and more) created by local artists and artisans. The walls of the gallery will feature paintings, drawing and photography by some of the area's top nature artists.

A reception celebrating the talented artists of this exhibit will take place Friday evening, Dec. 7 from 5-7 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public.

‘An Intimate Evening with...' 

returns with comedian Logan Monson Jan. 10 at LACA

The Ludington Area Center for the Arts (LACA) is excited to announce that Ludington High School senior Logan Monson will be the next performer in the art center's “An Intimate Evening with...” series Thursday evening, Jan. 10.The monthly “An Intimate Evening with...” series features different artists, musicians, dancers, writers, etc. who will perform their talent in an intimate gallery setting to an active audience. Monson is an up-and-coming comedian who has gained popularity at the Ludington Area Centerfor the Arts open mic nights. While working toward a career in comedy, Monson has performed in several local theater productions as well as recently attending a workshop with Chicago’s Second City improv group.Monson expresses himself through a style of comedy best described as thought-provoking, mischeivious, and playfully dark. While still relatively new to the comedy scene, Monson's personal experiences and observations keep audiences intrigued and craving more.The "An Intimate Evening with..." series will continue on the second Thursday of each month through March (excluding December).About the Ludington Area Center for the Arts


Save 10% on all purchases in the LACA gift shop and galleries on Tuesday's in December

The gift shop at the Ludington Area Cengter for the Arts features over 70 Michigan based artists and their works including paintings, pottery, jewelry, photography, fabric works and more!

Just in time for the holiday season LACA will be offering a 10% discount on all purchases in the gift shop and the center's galleries on Tuesdays during the month of December.
Make sure to stop by the gift shop for all of your holiday shopping needs.

LACA gift certificates 

make a great holiday gift

Share the love of art this holiday season with gift certificates from the Ludington Area Center for the Arts (LACA).  

Gift certificates are available in any denomination to the LACA gift shop which includes artwork from over 50 area artists. Also available are membership gift certificates. Stop byy the LACA gift shop Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. or Saturday's from noon to 3 p.m. to pickup a gift certificate.