Walking through a beautiful art gallery or scenic art festival is bound to bring out your creative side. Here in West Michigan, an art excursion is always nearby with many museums, galleries, art centers, and annual festivals. If you want to surround yourself with your favorite art, many galleries and stores sell items that can turn your home into your own art sanctuary. Find your bliss with West Michigan’s vast and varied arts culture.
Art in Southern West Michigan
The Memorial Weekend Art & Wine festival at Lemon Creek Winery in Berrien Springs is a two day celebration of regional art, music, food, and wine. Come kick off the summer on May 26th & 27th with over 25 exhibits of different mediums, including hand-crafted stained glass, jewelry, pottery, photography, and fine art paintings. Entry is free, with wine available throughout the day.
Arcadia Brewing Company in Kalamazoo is planning an art event in January to once again coincide with the release of their Art Hop beer. This is an evening of art exhibits and events, perfectly paired with your favorite Arcadia beers. Check Arcadia Brewing Company’s website for more details as they’re finalized!
The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts is a museum and art school filled with opportunities to experience, enjoy, learn about, and make art. The KIA offers tours, classes, exhibits, and hands-on experiences for the whole family. Their upcoming exhibits include Dawoud Bey: Harlem, USA, and Harlem Redux and My Hero: Contemporary Art & Superhero Action.
The Marshall area is home to two of Michigan’s finest art galleries. One of the galleries includes decorative glass, ceramic, wood, jewelry, photography, and paintings, with classes available for all ages. The other gallery hosts special shows throughout the year. In January, a show featuring local artists, titled “Unconditional Love,” will promote a local animal shelter. Shelter animals will be featured in the art, with a pet adoption event during the month. Visit the Marshall area, and see what the galleries in the area have to offer through galleries and events.
Tibbits Opera House in Coldwater will bring the Best of the Eagles: An Eagles Tribute Band to the stage January 27th at 7pm, as part of the IceFest celebrations. Warm up with this hot tribute band in the historic theatre, which not only features a permanent Henry Clay Lewis Art Collection, but also hosts local Arts Alive’s rotating art gallery of themed exhibits in their lower level art gallery. With gallery themes such as A Feminine Twist to Pops of Color, the variety of shows will impress artists and art-lovers alike. Looking forward to the summer, Arts Alive will also host their Spring Art Walk on June 8th starting at the Tibbits art gallery.
May Erlewine is coming to the Mendel Center at Lake Michigan College in Benton Harbor as part of their Hanson Series on Friday, January 12th. Some people might call May Erlewine “Michigan’s Songbird,” but her songs have traveled far beyond her home state. One of the most prolific and passionate songwriters of her generation, May’s music has touched the hearts of people all over the world. May pulls from a wide variety of sounds and influences to create her unique musical landscape. You’ll hear traditional folk roots, old time country swing, soul, and rock and roll throughout your evening together.
River Country has an art gallery and center for the arts for you to check out. The first is a regional artist cooperative that provides work and retail space for local artists of all mediums, while the other displays art in the Three Rivers area.
If you are into visual or performing arts, the City of Hastings offers something for everyone. Come downtown and enjoy a self-guided tour of the city’s year-round outdoor sculpture exhibit. In the spring, Hastings will unveil new sculptures as part of its 2018/19 sculpture tour. If you enjoy the performing arts, check out HastingsLive!, a 12-week summer concert series at the Thornapple Plaza, featuring local and regional talent.
More Art in Southern West Michigan
- Barn Theatre School for Advanced Theater Training, Augusta
- Box Factory for the Arts, St Joseph
- Cornwell’s Turkeyville USA, Marshall
- Farmers Alley Theatre, Kalamazoo
- Gilmore Keyboard Festival, Kalamazoo
- Island Art Fair, Grand Ledge
- Khnemu Studio on Fernwood Farm, Fennville
- Krasl Art Center, St Joseph
- Ledge Craft Lane, Grand Ledge
- Leila Arboretum & Children’s Garden, Battle Creek
- Olde World Village, Augusta
- South Haven Center for the Arts, South Haven
- The Heritage Museum & Cultural Center, St. Joseph
Art in Central West Michigan
The Muskegon area is home to art museums, events, and centers. As one of the most highly respected art museums in the midwest, the marbled halls of the Muskegon Museum of Art offers a full schedule of permanent collection displays, traveling exhibits, and a lovely museum gift shop. If you’re in the area on July 6th & 7th, visit the Lakeshore Art Festival, ranked #27 in the nation and 1st in the state for classic and contemporary craft shows by Sunshine Magazine. It features a unique blend of arts, crafts, music, food, and fun, and attracts nearly 300 juried fine art and specialty craft exhibitors. If you’re still looking for more art, the area’s art centers feature curated galleries, available for your perusal. Visit Muskegon for some of the best art experiences in the state!
Every year, Grand Rapids is taken over by ArtPrize for 19 days in September and October. ArtPrize is a radically different kind of art festival, with art featured throughout Grand Rapids’ city center and in some of the surrounding area. Find art at Van Andel Arena, DeVos Place, the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, Frederik Meijer Gardens, and more. Even with all these great venues, some of the best art can be found just by walking through downtown Grand Rapids. Anything is fair game, so you’re sure to find paintings, sculptures, 3D displays, interactive art, and much more. ArtPrize is the perfect time to explore a lively Grand Rapids while constantly surrounded by art!
Whether you’re in Grand Rapids for ArtPrize, or you find yourself there during other times of the year, a stop at the Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM) is sure to inspire your artistic side. Focusing on art, design, and creativity, the GRAM provides diverse platforms for experiences, ideas, and dialogue that seek to enrich the human spirit and build practical learning skills.
C2C Gallery in Grand Haven believes that life is better when it includes art. Their mission is to bring the work of great artists into the homes, cottages, and offices of their clients. C2C Gallery offers a very wide range of art at affordable prices. With their motto “Art for Your Everyday Life,” C2C Galley truly wants to show you to experience the artsier side of life.
The tasting room at Great Legs Winery, Brewery & Distillery in Holland will be filled with the creative artwork of art teachers and their students all January long. A welcome reception in their honor will be held on Saturday, January 20th beginning at 6:30pm. Stop by and see the art while it’s showcased in Great Legs’ small grotto room through January 31st.
Art comes to life in the Mecosta County area. The area is home to a large gallery for local and visiting art and cultural exhibits. Another hotspot for the arts features both exhibits and gifts created by local Michigan artists. Whether you want to look at art or add it to your collection, the Mecosta area has you covered.
Art lovers will love a visit to Mt. Pleasant. The area is home to a community art center, featuring an artist gift shop, fine art gallery, and classes for both adults and kids. They also offer private painting parties and rental of the gallery for private parties and functions.
More Art in Central West Michigan
- Act II Boutique, Holland
- Broadway Grand Rapids, Grand Rapids
- Community Circle Theatre, Grand Rapids
- Courtyard Concerts, Spring Lake
- Fallasburg Arts Festival, Lowell
- Feast of the Strawberry Moon, Grand Haven
- Forest Hills Fine Arts Center, Grand Rapids
- Grand Rapids Ballet, Grand Rapids
- Grand Rapids Civic Theatre, Grand Rapids
- Grand Rapids Symphony, Grand Rapids
- Holland Area Arts Council, Holland
- Holland Museum, Holland
- Lake Odessa Area Arts Commission, Lake Odessa
- LowellArts, Lowell
- Michigan Irish Music Festival, Muskegon
- Seven Steps Up Live Music & Event Venue, Spring Lake
- St. Cecilia Music Center, Grand Rapids
- The Gallery Brewery, Portland
- Windmill Island Gardens, Holland
Art in Northern West Michigan
Films can often be overlooked pieces of art, but many prove their artistic value. The National Writers Series is launching its spring season on January 18th with an advanced screening of 12 Strong, a Jerry Bruckheimer movie based on the bestselling book Horse Soldiers, written by NWS co-founder Doug Stanton. The movie will be shown in Traverse City’s State Theatre, starting at 7pm. Tickets are free, but donations are kindly requested.
Visit Sault Ste. Marie for art and performances at the area’s art centers and theatres. Throughout downtown Sault Ste. Marie, crosswalks have been artistically painted, murals have been created on the sides of buildings, and statues adorn sidewalks, bringing out the inner artist in everyone.
Art is such a beautiful thing, and it’s proudly displayed throughout Charlevoix. The Circle of Arts, located in downtown Charlevoix, features new art exhibits monthly. While strolling through downtown, be sure to check out the historic mural proudly displayed on the side of Central Drug, or stop by the Charlevoix Public Library for a variety of unique sculptures and murals. Your trip through Charlevoix will impress you with its wide array of art.
More Art in Northern West Michigan
- Adams Madams, Central Lake
- Harbor Springs Lyric Theatre, Harbor Springs
- Michigan House Cafe & Red Jacket Brewing Company, Calumet
- National Cherry Festival, Traverse City
- Oliver Art Center, Frankfort
Art Near West Michigan
The Art Gallery of Algoma is a public gallery dedicated to cultivating and advancing the awareness of visual arts in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. The AGA’s commitment to excellence is reflected in all aspects of its programming. Approximately 24 exhibitions are mounted each year featuring local, national, and international artists. The AGA also boasts an ever-growing permanent collection of 5000 works of art and an arts-related resource centre.