Thank you to EVERYONE who made a donation to the Ludington Area Center for the Arts during the Community Foundation for Mason County's Match Day!
It's people like YOU that make Mason County such a great place to live!
LACA to host artist receptions for August exhibits
The Ludington Area Center for the Arts (LACA), 107 S. Harrison St. in downtown Ludington is currently accepting reservations for its upcoming Friday, Aug. 7 artist receptions from 4-8 p.m.
The art center is again using a free reservation system as a means of staggering the number of people planning to attend the receptions in response to the Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s latest executive order which limits indoor gatherings.
The reservation system will allow for LACA staff and volunteers to manage the number of people in our facility, hopefully limiting the number of people we will have to ask to wait to enter the building. Reservation time-slots begin every 15-minutes and are valid for 30 minutes allowing visitors to view the art center’s 3 new exhibits; Paula DeGregorio and Frank Galante’s ‘Double Vision,’ Cheryl Gould and Linda Sandow’s ‘Two Artists from Vicksberg,’ and John Marek’s ‘People, Places and Things.’
LACA Summer Concert Series tentatively cancelled
It is with great sadness that LACA will be tentatively cancelling its 2nd annual LACA Summer Concert Series (Wednesday evenings in Waterfront Park) until further notice due to the limitations on outdoor gatherings related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Outdoor events in Mason County are currently limited to 100 people. Having a free public concert such as the LACA Summer Concert Series makes gauging the number of people who will attend very difficult.
That being said, the difficult decision to cancel the concert series unfortunately had to be made. Should the limitations on outdoor gatherings be increased prior to the scheduled conclusion of the concert series (Sept. 2) LACA will move forward with the concerts.
'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”).
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.
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.
& Frank Galante's 'Double Vision' on display in August
The Ludington Area Center for the Arts (LACA) is excited to showcase the artwork of Pentwater artists Frank Galante and Paula DeGregorio during in August 2020.
Galante and DeGregorio will exhibit an array of artwork in various mediums (paintings, both oil and acrylic; pastels; collage and abstract). They will also exhibit a handful of works featuring the same subject matter done in their own individual styles.
LACA will host a public Artists reception Friday, Aug. 7 from 5-7 p.m. Due to indoor gathering restrictions we are limiting entry and taking reservations.
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.
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
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.
DIA's Inside|Out on display in Ludington this summer
The Ludington Area Center for the Arts (LACA) is excited to announce that the Detroit Institute of Arts' (DIA) popular program Inside|Out will be on display throughout downtown Ludington this summer and fall.
Now in its 11th year, Inside|Out brings high-quality reproductions from the DIA’s collection to outdoor venues throughout the state of Michigan.
“LACA is very excited that the DIA has chosen Ludington as one of the host sites this summer,” LACA Executive Director Andrew Skinner said. “This is a great opportunity for our community and visitors to experience world renowned, high quality artwork.”
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.
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.'
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.
Your Center for all the Arts!
Ludington Area Center for the Arts
107 S. Harrison Street
Ludington, MI 49431
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: