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Booth spaces still available for Ludington Area Center for the Arts 11th annual holiday craft show

There are a few spaces available for this year's Holiday Craft Show to be held Saturday, Nov. 30 at the Ludington Area Center for the Arts (LACA). The indoor show is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 107 S. Harrison St., downtown Ludington.

Table spaces are available for exhibitors who have handmade arts and crafts items; the jewelry category is filled, however. Table spaces are $25-$35, with arts center members receiving a discount. All proceeds from space rentals benefit LACA and their mission to engage, inspire and strengthen our community through arts advocacy.

This year marks the 11th year for the Thanksgiving weekend event, which occurs on Small Business Saturday.

To receive an application, email Applications are also available at the LACA office and on their website,

For more information, contact the center at 231-845-2787.

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.


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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.

Ludington filmed 

‘Coming Up For Air’ 

Mason County premiere 

Nov. 3 at LACA

Coming Up for Air, an award winning feature drama focusing on the key role caregivers play promoting family wellness plays at the Ludington Area Center for the Arts (LACA) Sunday, Nov. 3. 

Tickets to the 6 p.m. screening can be purchased at LACA, 107 S. Harrison St. in downtown Ludington, or at the door. A 4:30 p.m. VIP reception with the filmmakers will precede the screening. The VIP reception includes an autographed poster, dessert and admission to the screening. VIP tickets are $25 and can also be purchased at LACA or at the door.

“This very topical new film will inspire empathy and awareness of the complexities of personal responsibility. It addresses how crises that may lead to tragedy can be de-escalated and creates an appreciation of how families can promote wellness. It will also support community discussions of the real conditions and biases toward effective mental health treatment.”

Brian Oberlin to offer Mandolin workshop, 

concert Nov. 9 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. and an evening concert starting at 7:30 p.m.

Designed for beginner to intermediate mandolin players, Oberlin's workshop will focus on technique, reading tablature, rhythm, chords, melody and the necessary tools that accompany folk, bluegrass and swing music. 

Mosaic Birdhouse Ornament Workshop 

w/ Sheila Preston

Get in the holiday spirit by making a Mosaic Birdhouse Ornament with instructor Sheila Preston at the Ludington Area Center for the Arts.

Come join the fun learning how to do mosaics. At this two day workshop (Nov. 14 and Nov. 15 from 2-4 p.m.), students will make a bird house ornament using pre-made mosaic tiles over a wooden form with many colors to choose from.

An Intimate Evening 

w/ Travis Swanson Nov. 14

The Ludington Area Center for the Arts’ An Intimate Evening With… concert series continues Thursday, Nov. 14 with Jazz, R&B, Blues and Soul guitarist Travis Swanson.

An Intimate Evening with Travis Swanson will begin at 7 p.m. in the LACA performance hall. Tickets are $5 each and can be purchased at the door or in advance by calling 231-845-2787.

‘Downtown:’ A Mixed Media Workshop 

with Linda Sandow

The Ludington Area Center for the Arts (LACA) will host a mixed media workshop taught by Ludington artist Linda Sandow Saturday, Nov. 16 from noon to 4 p.m. in the center’s main gallery. 

No drawing skills are required for this unique class and all art materials are supplied. Cost of the workshop is $50 for LACA members and $55 for non-members.

Chaotic Mike to offer

Acrylic Pour workshop 

Come get messy with Chaotic Mike aka Mike Coleman at the Ludington Area Center for the Arts (LACA) for an Acrylic Pour workshop Saturday, Nov. 23 from 1-3 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 $35 for LACA members and $40 for non members. 

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.

Beginning Bronze Metal Clay Pendant Design workshop

Bronze Metal Clay (PMC) is pure Bronze metal in clay form that can be molded into beautiful jewelry and hardened into solid Bronze by firing in a kiln.
During this introductory workshop, instructed Sheila Preston, students will explore design, texture, shaping, stamping, cutting, joining, metal finishing and basic jewelry techniques.

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.