Ludington Area Center for the Arts Find Your Center!!

Calling all artists for LACA’s ‘HeART of LOVE’ exhibit during the month 

of February 

Area artists of 2-D and 3-D work are invited to submit work to the Ludington Area Center for the Arts’ for the art center’s ‘HeART of LOVE’ exhibit slated for the month of February. 

 Jewelry, printmaking, textiles, sculpture, ceramics, collage, mixed media, photography, pastels, and paintings of oil, watercolor and acrylic are welcomed. 2-D work must be ready to hang with wire; no yarn or string or sawtooth hangers are allowed. The entry fee for participation in this exhibit is $5 per artwork, each artist is limited to 5 pieces. 

Local Artist exhibit on display throughout January

Artist reception set for Friday, Jan. 10

Artwork from over 30 area artists will be on display throughout the month of January at the Ludington Area Center for the Arts as part of the annual Local Artist Exhibit in center's main gallery and performance hall gallery. 

LACA's Local Artist exhibit features both 2D and 3D artwork in an array of mediums (acrylic, oil and watercolor paintings, pencil drawings, pastels, photography, sculpture, block prints, collage and more. 

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.

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 2nd Tuesday

LACA's Photography Group meets the second Tuesday 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!!

Calvin University's 

January Series to be 

live streamed at LACA 

The award-winning January Series of Calvin University is coming to Ludington. From Jan. 8 through Jan. 28, 2020, the Ludington Area Center for the Arts will broadcast one of the nation’s leading lecture and cultural arts series.

Ann Compton, a 41-year veteran of the White house press corps who covered seven presidents during her tenure; Mitch Albom, an author, columnist, radio host, and philanthropist whose books have sold over 39 million copies and been translated into more than 45 languages; and Jonathan Haidt, a social psychologist at NYU whose last two books were New York Times best-sellers, are among the impressive lineup of speakers.

The 15 speakers will offer informed perspectives on a wide range of today's most relevant topics, including poverty and hunger, the global water crisis, immigration, mass incarceration, religious freedom, and big data’s inequality and threat to democracy. For a full list of speakers and topics, visit 

Chaotic Mike to host ‘Chaotic Fish’ workshop

Ludington Artist Mike Coleman AKA “Chaotic Mike’ will host his first ‘Chaotic Fish’ workshop at the Ludington Area Center for the Arts (LACA, 107 S. Harrison St., in downtown Ludington, Friday evening, Jan. 17 from 6-7:30 p.m. in the center’s main gallery.

During the ‘Chaotic Fish’ workshop students will learn how to create a one of a kind fish design and paint it onto a piece of reclaimed wood using the colors of their choosing. Students will have the choice of creating their own fish or teaming up with a friend to make a collaborative ‘Chaotic Fish Split.’ 

LACA to host showing 

of 57th Ann Arbor Film Festival Traveling Tour

The Ludington Area Center for the Arts will play host to the 57th Ann Arbor Film Festival Traveling Tour Saturday evening, Jan. 18.

The Ann Arbor Film Festival is a pioneer of the traveling film festival tour which launched in 1964 with film screenings in Paris, Los Angeles, and Berkeley. 

Beginning in June 2019 and continuing through February 2020, the 57th Ann Arbor Film Festival Tour will visit galleries, art house theaters, universities, media arts centers, and cinematheques throughout the world.

This year the film festival offered three distinct programs of recent independent and experimental short films from the 57th Ann Arbor Film Festival across all genres: experimental, documentary, animation, narrative and hybrids. 

Ludington Writers to host book launch gathering  
 for author Linda Sandow

The Ludington Writers will host a book signing for local author-artist Linda Sandow Friday, Jan. 17 at the Ludington Area Center for the Arts (LACA) from 5:30-7 p.m. in the center’s performance hall gallery. Sandow’s historical novel ‘Jacob Castle and Gliding Swan: The Story of a Mennonite Man and a Shawnee Woman’ is based on her family’s genealogy and will be for sale for $10. 

Writing About 

Your Family’s 

Genealogy workshop 

The Ludington Area Center for the Arts will offer a workshop for people interested in writing about their family’s “story.” The workshop ‘Writing About Your Family’s Genealogy’ hosted by local author and artist Linda Sandow will take place Saturday, Jan. 18 from 1-3 p.m.
Sandow will present an interactive approach to writing a story based on genealogy. The workshop is $5 and will take place in the center’s second floor figure drawing room. 

Chaotic Mike Acrylic 

Pour workshop Jan. 18

Come get messy with Chaotic Mike aka Mike Coleman at the Ludington Area Center for the Arts (LACA) for an Acrylic Pour workshop Saturday, Jan. 18 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 $32 for LACA members and $37 for non members. 

LACA adds additional Wheel Throwing pottery workshop dates

The Ludington Area Center for the Arts (LACA), 107 S. Harrison St., in downtown Ludington, will host a Wheel Throwing pottery workshop in the center’s new pottery studio Thursday, Jan. 23.
Students will learn basic skills of wheel throwing with personalized instruction from area artist Mary Case.
Each student will receive 10 lbs. of clay to create multiple items on the potter’s wheel. Students will need to return at a later date to glaze their creations.

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.