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.  

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.

Shakespeare Reading Group

The Shakespeare Reading Group is open to all who have a “Love of Shakespeare” and meets once a month for about two hours to read from the works of The Bard. SRG participants read the script for the different characters and an informal discussion is held at the end of each scene. The group is open to all ages.

Participants are asked to bring their own copy of Shakespeare's works and to contribute $3 toward facility usage ($2 for LACA members). For more information, call the arts center at 231-845-2787.


Next at the Arts Center!

Carol Marshall's 'Threading a New Path' 

now on display at LACA 

The Ludington Area Center for the Arts (LACA) will host textile artist Carol Marshall’s “Threading a New Path” on display at LACA during the month of November.
In honor of the exhibit LACA will host an artist reception Friday evening, Nov. 2 from 5-7 p.m. to give area residents and visitors a chance to view the exhibit and meet Marshall.
Having never sewn before and continuing to grow her art from mural painting, Marshall began to create scenes with fabric – transforming her visions into art quilts. Using scraps of fabric samples from a local upholsterer and a $50 sewing machine she began to create with cloth as she did with paint, blending and layering to fashion landscapes, abstracts and city scenes. Marshall’s work encourages one to reach out and touch the work and become part of it.
Advancing to a more sophisticated machine and exploring ideas, she has created a collection of fabric art quilts. Her Night and Day series explores the juxtaposition of red, white, black and gold, against the shadows of the moon and the sun. Her Harbor Sights series depicts different scenes of boats and harbors. The Michigan Landscape series includes a summer sunflower field, a winter beach scene, a lakeside cabin in autumn, a snowy forest night, a pumpkin field in autumn, the grape vineyards, the Michigan rolling hills of the Grand Traverse Bay; and of course, the sunset. Her quilts “Red Sky at Night” and “By the Light of the Silvery Moon” clearly demonstrate how different the skies change and are never the same. Marshall’s abstracts are simply delightful in their whimsical display of shapes and colors as seen in My Rescue, The Women Series, and Time and Tide Wait for No Man.
“I call my technique painting with fabric. There’s nothing “set in stone” about my art style. It’s my perspective of textile art – not a quilt, not appliqué, not just a sewing project –but a form of painting. Being a painter and pastel artist, I just substitute my paint brush for a sewing machine – and fabric for the paint. There are no solid, opaque colors in nature. There are no flat surfaces. There are only shadows, lines, color variations, shape and dimension. The more bits of fabric I use, the more intense the blending of colors. The more layers I sew, the more depth and dimension. By using fabric as my tool, I can imitate nature’s texture, patterns, colors and shapes: the veritable layers of the natural beauty that surrounds us.”
Marshall’s work has been exhibited at ArtPrize in Grand Rapids; Daybreak Gallery in Manistee, Three Pines Studio in Cross Village, the Manistee Art Institute, Synchronicity Gallery in Glen Arbor, The Oliver Art Center, Pentwater, The Fiber Festival in the Old Art Building in Leland; The Fiber Art Almanac: Essays from the American Midwest; and on the on line galleries - Bauhaus Prairie Art Gallery, and, on Light, Space and Time Gallery, most recently was awarded third prize in the Abstractions: Theoretical, Conceptual, Intellectual. Her “Kaleidoscope” art quilt has been published in “1000 Quilts Inspirations” by Sandra Sider and in the Midwest Fiber Arts Trails print version of “Essays from the Midwest – The Quilt Maker’s Story”. She has taught classes in Manistee, the Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu, New Mexico and the Oliver Art Center in Frankfort, Mich.
Marshall also paints murals in private and commercial establishments. Her most recent commission being the Children’s Room in the Manistee Public Library – a 140 foot mural surrounding the reading room depicting images of Manistee County and the joy of reading.
About the Ludington Area Center for the Arts
The Ludington Area Center for the Arts (LACA) is a non-profit community arts organization that cultivates access to and advocacy for the arts and culture in West Michigan. Founded in in 2004, the LACA is dedicated to promoting and supporting the arts to help individuals find their center. The center is located at 107 S. Harrison St. in downtown Ludington. For more information, visit and follow us at and @LudCenterArts.

An Intimate Evening With 

Frank Galante Nov. 8 at LACA

The Ludington Area Center for the Arts (LACA) is excited to announce that   of Pentwater will be the next performer in the art center's “An Intimate Evening with...” series Thursday evening, Nov. 8.

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.

The monthly series got underway in October with a stellar performance by Chad Rushing.

Galante has been singing and playing guitar practically all his life (which means for more decades than he cares to admit). He started his musical journey as a regular player at many of the most happening clubs in New York City and has since performed everywhere from the Great Lakes to the Caribbean, to Amsterdam. 

When not playing the blues or jazzing out, he performs on classical guitar, lute and Baroque guitar, having studied with some of the world’s most noted performers and teachers. To quote him: "Music is my reason for being".

 plans to divide his set into two different styles; playing both the lute and blues guitar, something he is jokingly calling “BLUTE.”

"An Intimate Evening with" will run from 7-9 p.m. in LACA’s Main Gallery. Tickets are $5 each and can be purchased at the LACA Office by calling 231-845-2787 or at the door.

The "An Intimate Evening with..." series will continue on the second Thursday of each month through March (excluding December).

Kids Clay Class w/ Mary Case

Kids Clay Class w/ Mary Case is a four week class Tuesdays from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 23-Nov. 13.  This workshop is open to children ages 3 and older (anyone under 8 must be accompanied by an adult). Cost is $45/members and $55/non-members. Contact LACA to register, 231.845.2787.

Adult Clay Class w/ Mary Case

Adult Clay Class is a five week class on Thursdays from 6:30-8:30 p.m., starting Nov. 1 -Dec. 6 (class will not meet Nov. 22). Cost is $90/members and $100/non-members. Call the LACA office to register, 231.845.2787.

Adult Acrylic Painting Class

Join Mary Case in Adult Acrylic Painting from 10 a.m. to noon, Tuesdays, Nov. 6-27 at LACA. Cost is $72/members and $82/non-members. 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.


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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.