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Visual Art Exhibitions at the LACA!

Watercolor Batik exhibit by Carole Nielsen

Exhibition runs NOW through Nov. 18 in the Main Gallery at LACA. Carole says her artwork is motivated by a strong desire to continue to learn and develop as an artist. After retiring from 30 years of teaching high school art, she has focused on watercolor painting and experimenting with watercolor batik. She uses the batik process to create paintings with strong value contrast and vivid color. Watercolor batik is a resist method of painting. It is a process of painting and waxing many layers. After the final wax layer, the paper is crumpled to crack the wax and the last value of paint is applied over the entire paper to create the crackled batik effect.

Coming Exhibit to enjoy in the Performance Hall Lobby

Exhibition from Nov. 1 thru Nov. 17.  G2S students have been brainstorming and creating art pieces to showcase the impact of water on Earth. The students learned various science content through field experiences of water quality testing and a nature walk to observe interactions between Earth systems. This collection and project has been titled "Water Works". Students have been working with various mediums from foam models and sculptures, to clay, canvas, and even a hands-on water wheel! Reception will be Friday, Nov. 3 from 5-7 pm during First Fridays Art Walk.

The Arts Center is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays & Fridays from 11-4 and Saturdays from 12-3.
It is Free and Open to the Public.


2017 Exhibits Previously at LACA

September-October- Cuba: Because I Could, photography exhibition by Rachel Brock.
August-September- Exhibition by 11 Local Artists of the LACA Visual Arts Critique Group
August- Pop Art sculptures by Pentwater High School students
June-July- Retrospective exhibit by Ann Salisbury of Raleigh, NC and Epworth
June-July- Exhibit by Elaine Earl, 92-year-old Ludington artist.
April-May - "Iconic Images & Cameras" by Photographer John Mickevich
April- May - "Making Faces" by Pastel Artist Marie Marfia
March - Cuba! Photography by three Northwest Michigan photographers.
January-February - Works of Nine Local Artists.

2016 Exhibits Previously at LACA

  • December 2015 -January 2016-Handmade Musical Instruments Exhibit
  • February-March - Drawing Conclusions Exhibit featuring original comic book, graphic novel, fantasy, and cartoon-style art and illustrations.
  • April-May - OJ DeJonge Middle School Exhibit
  • June-July - Carol Garneau Legacy Retrospective Exhibit
  • August-September - Social Justices Issues: Art Object and Installations by Pentwater High School Art Students
  • August-September – Betty Knight Silander Retrospective Exhibit

2015 Exhibits Previously at LACA


  • November- Autism Awareness Exhibit
  • September-October - Yvonne Carlson- A Retrospective
  • August - Character Creature Features - Collaboration between 3rd and 7th grade students at Pentwater Schools. Art Teacher Carrie Jeruzal.
  • June and July, “In the Forest”—recent paintings by GVSU faculty member Jill Eggers
  • May - O.J. DeJonge Middle School Student Art Exhibit - featuring a collection of a variety of different media that students study at OJ DeJonge, influenced by artists such as Georgia O'Keeffe, Frida Kahlo, and Eric Carl and art movements such as Impressionism, Fauvism, Expressionism and Cubism. Jen McWilliams-Knee - Middle School Art Teacher.
  • April - Earth Day Celebration - Call to Artist Exhibit featuring works from over 30 Michigan artists that explore the natural world, share an environmental message and propose new ways to co-exist with the environment.
  • March - Emerald Expressions Exhibition - featuring original Ireland Travelogue photography by Rob & Becky Alway.

2014 Exhibits Previously at LACA

  • December 2014-February 2015 - Maritime Heritage Ship and Lighthouse Exhibit - Port of Ludington Maritime Museum Celebration.
  • November - Type 56 and the Invisible Wounds of War - An exhibition of photo collages depicting images from a Vietnam veteran's nightmares of war.
  • October - Foster Elementary Kids Create! - An Exhibit of Original Art Created by Foster Elementary 3rd-5th grade students - Scott Bentz Art Teacher.
  • September - National Parks Road Trip Photography Exhibit - featuring original photography by Karen West.
  • June -August - Botanicals Exhibit - invitational exhibit featuring artist's interpretation of plant life in all its forms
  • May-June - Carolyn Damstra Exhibit featuring Carolyn's recent paintings of the Leelanau PenninsulaShore Community College and at the KIA in Kalamazoo. She has used many media and enjoyed trying new ones over the course of her longtime artistic career. She describes that she did portraits in charcoal or pastel at art shows for several years and that "Faces are my favorite subject. I often saw a face that I felt I just had to paint. " Elaine, at age 92, resides at Longfellow Towers and is a participant in the Arts Center's Visual Arts Critique Group.