SNO SNAKE SHO opening Sleighbell Weekend

Twelve years ago, some Onekama area artists hit upon the idea of showing art work to the public in their homes and studios on the same summer weekend. They mapped out a route for visitors to use “to snake around the lake” and see diverse works of painting, sculpture, printmaking and fabric arts.

Over the past decade, the annual event has grown in recognition and popularity. Now the “map” extends beyond Portage Lake to include nearby communities. Numerous artists have helped create the foundational methods and style of Summer Snake, and some have passed away. We remember with joy:  Ann Smith, Michael Duvall, Evelyn Sorensen, Marcia Monnett, Kevin Berkland, Kate Heikkenen, and Jane Davidson.

SNO SNAKE SHO is presented now to gather together current participating artists and honor them in a winter holiday show at the Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts. You will get a preview of new creative directions and see some familiar styles and techniques. Above all, you cannot help but notice the wide range of visual arts talents in our community!

“I’m honored to be working alongside with the visual arts community to promote the amazing talent and creative energy that exists in our backyards,” said Board Member and Art Snake Artist Bill Hattendorf. “This show will feature 17 different artists all in our beautifully renovated gallery space in Hardy Hall,” said Xavier Verna, Executive Director of the Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts.

‘SNO SNAKE SHO’ is presented by the Art Snake and Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts (RRCA). Opening day is Thursday, December 5 at 10am, and a reception is being held on Friday, December 6 at 6pm. This exhibit will be up until Saturday, December 21 during business hours. The RRCA is closed on Wednesdays and Saturday schedules are from 1pm – 5pm. Admission is free and artwork is for sale. A portion of the sales are being donated to the RRCA by the artists. For more information visit