Ludington Area Center for the Arts Find Your Center!!

Calling All Artists!!!

Submissions for 'ARF Prize' and West Shore Pride's 'LGBTQ Art Show' 

are being accepted through Sept. 21


The Ludington Area Center for the Arts (LACA) is currently accepting original 2-D and 3-D artwork for a pair of upcoming gallery exhibits in October. 

LACA will host 'ARF Prize' a gallery exhibit featuring dog themed artwork.
Area artists and dog lovers are encouraged to submit dog themed artwork for an October exhibit celebrating "Man's Best Friend."
This fun exhibit will be on display in LACA's main gallery Oct. 1-31, 2019 with a very special Artist and pooch reception Friday, Oct. 4 from 5-8 p.m.
Drop off artwork @ LACA Sept. 17-21, 2019. There is a $3 entry fee per artwork.

LACA will also be accepting artwork Sept. 17-21 for West Shore Pride's upcoming LGBTQ Art Show during the month of October.
LGBTQ artists or artists who create art with themes like equality and love are encouraged to submit ready-to-display work at the art center for possible inclusion in the exhibit. There is no charge to submit artwork for the LGTBQ Art Show.


Now on Display @ LACA 

LACA’s Members Only Exhibit on display throughout September

Friday Night Live community 

artwork to be 

eggs-hibited as well

The Ludington Area Center for the Arts (LACA), 107 S. Harrison St., in downtown Ludington will host its first ever LACA Members Only Exhibit during the month of September in both its main gallery and performance hall gallery.

The “Members Only” exhibit features 109 pieces of artwork, both 2D and 3D, created by 28 members of the art center.

Participating artists include, Karen Clark Antrim, Steve Begnoche, Lynda Fox Blankinship, Kathlene Barrett, Laura E. Carter, Deborah Chrystal, Michael Coleman, Ione Condit, Paula DeGregorio, Chuck de la Durantaye, Karen de la Durantaye, Barbara Forgue, Scott Frederickson, Frank GalanteLynne Haslam, Brian Kainulainen, John Marek, Barry Matthews, Linda Nelson, Ellen Niemann, Denise Ottinger, Dave Preston, Sheila Preston, Annette Quillan, Marion Riedl, Linda Sandow, Andrew Skinner and Chris VanWyck.

LACA will host an artist reception Friday evening, Sept. 6 from 5-8 p.m. to allow the public a chance to view the exhibit and interact with the many talented artist participating in the exhibit. The exhibit has been judged by a trio of area artists (Kris Campbell, Justin David Gustafson and Rebecca Mott) and first, second and third place ribbons will be awarded at 6:30 p.m. the night of the reception.

Also on display at the LACA throughout September is an ‘eggs-hibit’ featuring the art center’s Friday Night Live community abstract artwork. The four-paneled artwork was created over the four Friday’s of Downtown Ludington’s Friday Night Live (July 11, 19, 26 and Aug. 2) at the corner of Loomis and James streets. To create the ‘eggs-hibit’ Friday Night Live participants were asked to toss paint filled eggs at a canvas creating a colorful abstract piece of artwork. Each week 16 dozen eggs filled with various colors of paint were used.

“I’m super egg-cited to see everyone’s reaction to this great community artwork,” LACA Operations Manager Andrew Skinner said. “Our booth at Friday Night Live was very popular each week; so popular that each week the 192 eggs were gone in under an hour. It was fun to see the smiles on the faces of both children and adults as we handed them an egg and asked them to toss them at our canvas.”

“This was a great way to introduce abstract art and the art center to the community,” Skinner said. Adding that he hopes to continue finding ways to have our community come together to create artwork.

The Ludington Area Center for the Arts is a volunteer organization that strives to engage, inspire and strengthen our community through arts advocacy.

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

2019 Visiting Writer Series Continues

Ludington Writers Presents Karen Anderson

Saturday, Sept 21, 1-3 p.m.

Ludington Area Center for the Arts'

Dance Room

107 S. Harrison St.

Karen Anderson will facilitate a workshop discussing the writing process, describing her journey as a writer, and leading participants through various writing exercises. Participation is limited, so please contact to secure a spot. Although there is no set fee for the workshop, a freewill donation of $5.00 is suggested.

Anderson is a writer who lives and works in Traverse City, Michigan.  

She was a columnist for the Traverse City Record-Eagle for 30 years and published two collections.  Since 2005, she has contributed weekly essays to Interlochen Public Radio.  An illustrated collection of her essays was published in 2017, “Gradual Clearing:  Weather Reports from the Heart.” Karen has a master’s degree in English Literature from the University of Michigan and is retired from Northwestern Michigan College where she was director of marketing and public relations.  She enjoys camping, canoeing, reading, writing, listening, and learning.  

This is the third in the visiting writing series this year. To date, poet Jack Ridl and graphic fantasy comic writer Scott Barrons have both come to Ludington and presented information about their genres. Ludington Writers meets twice a month to share new writing that individuals bring. For more information, contact

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 seeks artists 

to participate 

in Demonstration Day

The Ludington Area Center for the Arts (LACA), 107 S. Harrison St. in downtown Ludington invites local artists to demonstrate their creative processes in creating works such as photography, ceramics and glass, sculptures, 3-D work, fabric/fiber art, sketches, as well as paintings of watercolor, pastel, acrylic, oil and mixed media. There is no table fee and artists may sell their work. 

Demo Day pt. 2 ‘Demo Day Strikes Back’ will take place Saturday, Sept. 28, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the LACA performance hall. This event is free and open to the public to attend and participate in.

To reserve a table at Demo Day sign up at the LACA office during business hours (Tuesday-Friday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays noon to 3 p.m.) or call LACA at 231-845-2787. 

LACA's 'An Intimate Evening With...'
series to feature Stephen 
and Kaedin Plummer

The Ludington Area Center for the Arts (LACA) will host Ludington Area musicians Stephen and Kaedin Plummer Thursday, Sept. 26 as part of the art center's "An Intimate Evening With..." series. 
An Intimate Evening With Stephen and Kaedin Plummer will take place on the stage in LACA's performance hall starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 each and can be purchased at the door or in advance by calling 231-845-2787.
Stephen and Kaedin are founding members of the Third Coast Gypsy Jazz Band and have enjoyed playing for the last five years with one another.
Stephen has studied music at The Atlanta Institute Of Music, City College Of New York and the New School University’s Jazz And Contemporary Music. He has shared the stage with
many national acts and enjoys teaching guitar at Instrumental Music, and The Ludington Area Center for the Arts. Stephen plays in Andrew Brown’s 'Djangophonique,' 'Groove 101' and The West Shore Community College Big Band.
Kaedin cut his teeth with Ted Malt’s LHS Jazz Band and later with band leader Keith Kuczynski. He
regularly plays with 'Third Coast Gypsy Jazz Band,' 'Marsupial Mammals,' and Ted Malt’s West Shore Community College Big Band.

Lil Rev returns 

to LACA for workshops 

and concert Oct. 19-20


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.

The Beginning Finger Picking for Ukulele workshop, open to all levels, will take place Saturday, Oct. 19 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Cost of the workshop is $25 for LACA members and $30 for non-members. Students are required to have their own Ukulele.

The Harmonica from Scratch workshop is designed for both beginners and the novice. This workshop will take place from 1:30-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19. Cost of the workshop is $25 for LACA members and $30 for non-members. Students will need a key of c diatonic 10 hole harmonica.

Essential Strums for Ukulele is open to all skill levels and students will learn the 12 most important strum patterns including: calypso, reggae, blues, rock, country, waltz, Irish, do-wop and much more. Each style will include a song example. This workshop will take place from noon to 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20. Cost of the workshop is $25 for LACA members and $30 for non-members.


Students who register for more than one workshop will save $5 per workshop.

Lil Rev will perform a family friendly ukulele concert Saturday evening, Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. in the LACA performance hall. Tickets are $5 in advance and $10 at the door.

To register for the workshops or to purchase concert tickets contact LACA at 231-845-2787, e-mail or visit LACA at 107 S. Harrison St., in downtown Ludington.

LACA is also the home to a ukulele group which meets on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month at 1 p.m. New members are always welcome.

Brian Oberlin to offer Mandolin workshop 


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.

Call to Artists 

for LGBTQ Art Show

Are you LGBTQ, or create art with LGBTQ themes like equality and love?  What does being queer or an ally mean to you?  Show us!  LACA and West Shore Pride are hosting a LGBTQ art show in October.  Drop off your ready-to-display work at LACA between September 17-20 for inclusion in the show.  Any medium that can be displayed on a pedestal or hung on a wall will be accepted.  Works will be displayed in the Performance Hall Vestibule from October 2 - 19.  For more information about the show, contact or call (231) 845-2787.  To learn more about West Shore Pride, a local non-profit supporting LGBTQ folks, email or find them on Facebook.

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.

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