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Women in the Arts 

during the month 

of March

LACA, Ludington Library to host Women Artist Film Series 

In honor of Women’s History Month, Mason County District Library and Ludington Area Center for the Arts invite the public to view three biographical films about women artists.  All the films will be shown at the West Shore Bank Room at Mason County District Library in Ludington.  On Sunday, March 10 at 2:00 pm, our film will be Georgia O’Keeffe, starring Joan Allen and Jeremy Irons, directed by Bob Balaban. Celebrated photographer and art impresario Alfred Steiglitz (Jeremy Irons) is shocked to learn that the extraordinary drawings he has recently discovered were rendered by a woman. Deciding to display the work of then-unknown artist Georgia O’Keeffe (Joan Allen) in his gallery without her knowledge, the fiercely private artist orders him to remove the collection. Once Alfred convinces her to allow him to become her benefactor and to champion her artistry, their relationship evolves as they fall deeply in love. As their relationship suffers, Georgia’s search for solace moves her west, where she finds new inspiration for her paintings – and ultimately her own voice – in the New Mexico landscape.

On Tuesday, March 19, at 7:00 pm, our film will be Cutie and the Boxer, presented by POV, PBS’ award-winning documentary series. This film captures two lives united by a dedication to art-making for a touching meditation on the eternal themes of love and sacrifice. Cutie and the Boxer is a 2013 American documentary film produced, shot, and directed by Zachary Heinzerling. The film focuses on the chaotic 40-year marriage of two artists, the boxing painter Ushio Shinohara and his wife Noriko and features original artwork by the couple. On Wednesday, March 27, the scheduled film is&nbsp;<i>Isadora</i>, starring Vanessa Redgrave and Jason Robards, directed by Karel Reisz.&nbsp; The film is&nbsp;a biography of the dancer Isadora Duncan, the 1920s dancer who forever changed people's ideas of ballet. Her nude, semi-nude, and pro-Soviet dance projects as well as her attitudes on free love, debt, dress, and lifestyle shocked the public of her time.  This event is free and open to the public.

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!

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.

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. 


Next at the Arts Center!

An Intimate Evening 

with Bob Zahrobsky 

Accordionist Bob Zahrobsky will be the next performer in the Ludington Area Center for the Arts' (LACA) “An Intimate Evening with...” series Thursday evening, March 14.
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.
Zahrobsky will be performing selections with an international theme. Tangos, Brazilian, Cuban, French cafe, Americana and eastern European music will be featured. Zahrobsky has been playing accordion since he was 6-years-old and toured with the Yucatan Symphony Orchestra in 2010.
The "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.

Chairs Your Way w/ Linda Sandow March 16 at LACA

Artist Linda Sandow will host a "Chairs Your Way" acrylic painting workshop Saturday, March 16 in the upstairs craft room at the Ludington Area Center for the Arts, 107 S. Harrison St., in downtown Ludington.

The workshop will take place from 1-3 p.m.

Each participant will choose a favorite color and use its complement to paint an original art work on an 8 by 10 canvas. No particular skill level is required. Collage work with patterned papers is also a possibility. All materials are provided.

Cost of the class is $25 for LACA members and $30 for non members. Contact the Ludington Area Center for the Arts at 231-845-2787 or to register.

Acrylic Pour Workshop with "Chaotic" Mike Coleman 

Chaotic Mike Coleman will host another of his highly popular acrylic pour workshops Saturday, March 16 at the Ludington Area Center for the Arts (LACA) 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. 

Coleman will host another acrylic pour workshop Saturday, March 16 at 1:30 p.m.

To register for either workshop 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.

Art center to show 

the film 'Frida' March 21

The Ludington Area Center for the Arts Film Committee will show the 2002 film 'Frida' Thursday, March 21 as part of the center's month-long celebration of Women in the Arts.Frida features best actress nominee Salma Hayek as Mexican surrealist Frida Kahlo in this biopic, which chronicles her turbulent marriage to Diego Rivera, her political activism and the severe pain she experienced following a bus accident.Tickets are $2 for adults and $1 for children. Tickets can be turned in for a free bag of Wesco popcorn. Additional popcorn, candy and drinks will be available for purchase.

LACA to present 'The Amazing Fair Women' March 30-31 

Original play to conclude art center's month-long celebration of Women in the Arts

This original play by Jane Carpenter is a historic re-telling (in Readers Theatre style) of the amazing women who were responsible for the creating the Women's Building at the Columbian Exposition of 1893 in Chicago.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased in the LACA office, by calling 231-845-2787 or at the door.

Written by: Jane Carpenter        Directed by: Chris Plummer

Mrs. Bertha Palmer: President of the Board of Lady Managers--played by Kara Rose.
Mrs Amey Starkweather: Lady Manager from Rhode Island and Superintendent of the Woman's Building---played by Kathy Hansen.
Ms. Phoebe Couzins: Lady Manager from Missouri and member of the Queen Isabella Society---played by Dee Payment.
Sophia Hayden--Young architect and Construction Supervisor of the Woman's Building--played by Kendra Gilchrist.
Enid Yandell--Young sculptor and author from Kentucky--played by Chasity Morris.
Candace Wheeler--Founder of the New York Society of Decorative Arts and Color Director of the Woman's Building---- played by Rhonda Richards.
Mary Macmonnies---Creator of the mural of "Primitive Women" for the Woman's Building---played by Chasity Morris.
Edith Clarke-Head Cataloger for the the Library of the Woman's Building---played by Mary Wickwire.
Susan B. Anthony--Elder Stateswoman of the Suffragette movement --- played by Dee Payment.

LACA to host Ludrock's 

annual Girls Rock April 6

Girls Rock is an event sponsored by The Zonta Club of the Ludington Area and coordinated by Ludrock- Music & Friends.

This event celebrates "Girl Power" and is held annually at the Ludington Area Center for the Arts- 107 S. Harrison St. Local female musicians, singers, and artists of all ages perform live at the Ludington Area Center for the Arts performance hall.
Between musical performances, local women from various walks of life will tell short stories of outstanding accomplishments, perseverance, overcoming obstacles, activism, and contributions to the local community.
This event aims to celebrate and empower women and inspire others to follow their dreams, set personal goals, and positively impact the local community by their contributions. It’s a cause worth celebrating and will be an amazing event not to be missed.
There is generally a cash bar available for those over 21. Admission to the event is usually $2, and donations are also appreciated.

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.

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.

LACA Performance Hall upgrades are nearly complete

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 (231-845-2787), stop by the office or print and return the form below if you are interested in sponsoring a chair.