Artsy Areas

Some cities or regions in West Michigan draw artists and their works to that area. Check out what these art hubs have to offer!


Inside Southwestern Michigan’s Creative Connections map, you’ll find 16 creative destinations in Berrien County. To entice you to connect with each one, you’re challenged to a game of Creative Pursuit. The more Creative Connections galleries, museums, and theaters you visit, the more fun you’ll have and the more prizes you can earn. The Creative Connections program runs through April 30th, 2019.

Throughout downtown Holland, life-size bronze sculptures dot the landscape. South Shore Village is also the backdrop for a community mural project. These murals depict important scenes from historic Holland, like the early boat-building industry, Holland’s designation as the hometown of four Medal of Honor winners, and the inspiration for L. Frank Baum, who wrote The Wizard of Oz.

For art lovers, the Petoskey area is an awesome place to visit. Trendy galleries and cute-as-a-button art collectives dot the region offering everything from paintings to sculptures to mosaics and hand-painted clothing. Performing arts are also alive and well, with summer performances and a wealth of concerts and shows.

Art is brought to life in the Mecosta County area. Their local art center has a large gallery for local and visiting art and cultural exhibits, connected to a gift shop features art and gifts by Michigan artists. This entity is a staple in the Big Rapids community as they offer classes throughout the year such as Beginning Photography and an Open Pottery Studio as well as a place for groups such as Intimate Theater and Novel Tea Book Club to host their activities.

Pick up a brochure and enjoy a year-round self-guided outdoor sculpture tour in historic downtown Hastings. Before, during, or after your tour, take time to shop in Hastings many unique shops and enjoy dining and refreshments at one of the many downtown restaurants and eateries.