Ludington Area Center for the Arts Find Your Center!!

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 am - 4 pm 

Saturday - noon to 3 pm

Instagram- @lacaarts

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 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!

‘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

LACA to host Local Artist exhibit 

Artist reception set for Friday, Jan. 11 from 5-7 p.m.

Over 20 area artist will have their artwork on display at the Ludington Area Center for the Arts (LACA), 107 S. Harrison St. in downtown Ludington, during the months of January and February part of the center’s annual “Local Artists Exhibit.”

The exhibit, which will be taking place in the center’s main gallery and performance hall gallery, features a variety of different artist media with a majority of the works ranging in price from $40 to $3,000.

Artists with work on display include, Ellen Alderink, Karen Antrim, Kathy Barrett, Steve Begnoche, Linda Blankinship, Pat Carney, Laura Carter, Mike Coleman, Chuck de la Durantaye, Karen de la Durantaye, Paula DeGregorio, Barbara Forgue, Carolyn Forsythe, Frank Galante, Justin David Gustafson, Lynne Haslam, Tom Kleinfeldt, Danielle Kowalski, John Marek, Marie Marfia, Dave Preston, Marion Riedl, Linda Sandow and Andrew Skinner.

LACA will host a artist reception celebrating the exhibit Friday evening, Jan. 11 from 5-7 p.m. The public is encouraged to support the artists by attending the reception. In addition to the Local Artist Exhibit art work from students who recently took part in the LACA Art Club featuring instruction from area artist Mary Case will have their creations on display in the center’s Unframed Gallery.

For more information contact LACA at 231-845-2787 or e-mail

LACA Film Committee 

to show Battleship Potenkim Thursday, Jan. 17

The Ludington Area Center for the Arts' Film Committee will show the film Battleship Potenkim Thursday, Jan. 17 at 7 p.m. as part of it's monthly film series.Admission is $2 for adults ans $1 for children under 18 years of age. Tickets can be turned in for a free bag of WESCO popcorn. Those in attendance will be entered in a drawing for a $40 gift card to Scotty's; the winning ticket will be drawn at the conclusion of the movie.
The film takes place in the midst of the Russian Revolution of 1905, the crew of the battleship Potemkin mutiny against the brutal, tyrannical regime of the vessel's officers. The resulting street demonstration in Odessa brings on a police massacre. 

Adult Acrylic Painting with 

Mary Case at LACA starts Jan. 15

Ludington area artist  Case will teach a six week Adult Acrylic Painting from 10 a.m. to noon, Tuesdays, Jan. 15 through Feb. 19 at the Ludington Area Center for the Arts, 107 S. Harrison St., in downtown Ludington. 

Cost is $108/members and $120/non-members. The class fee price can be prorated for late starters and individual make-up classes can be scheduled. All materials and supplies are included.

This class is designed for beginner and advanced painters to learn new techniques in the art of acrylic painting on canvas. Instruction will be directed to meet the needs of each individual student for personal growth in the acrylic. Contact the LACA office to register, 231-845-2787.

Acrylic Pour Workshop 

w/ "Chaotic Mike Coleman

Come get messy with Chaotic Mike aka Mike Coleman at the Ludington Area Center for the Arts (LACA) for an Acrylic Pour workshop Saturday, Jan. 19 from 1:30-3 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 $30 for LACA members and $35 for non-members. Additional canvases and upgrades may be available for additional purchase depending on time left and availability of extra supplies.
The workshop is open to all levels of experience. Some aprons will be available on a first come first serve basis. Please dress in clothes you don’t mind getting some paint on as it is very possible. Most paintings will be very wet it is recommended to let sit overnight and pick up later in the week.
To register call 845-2787, e-mail or stop by the LACA office between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.
The Ludington Area Center for the Arts is located at 107 S. Harrison St., in downtown Ludington.

Barns Your Way acrylic painting workshop w/ Linda Sandow

Ludington artist Linda Sandow will host an acrylic painting workshop entitled “Barns Your Way” Saturday, Jan. 26 from 2-4 p.m. at the Ludington Area Center for the Arts.
During this workshop students will learn techniques to create an original work of art on an 8x10 canvas using their favorite color. According to Sandow, “no particular skill level is required,” for students to participate in the workshop.
The cost of the workshop is $25 for LACA members and $30 for non-members. All materials are provided.
To register contact the LACA office at 231-845-2787 or e-mail The Ludington Area Center for the Arts is located at 107 S. Harrison St., in downtown Ludington.

LACA's new 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.

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.