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Exhibits and Long Running Activities:

Location Date/Hours Title
Art Cats Gallery,
Lakeside Center, 1845 Lakeshore,
Muskegon

231-755-7606

Tuesday - Saturday

11 am - 5 pm and by appointment

Blown glass by Tsuga Studios; jewelry by Sherry Tinsman, Desert Heart, Gardella, Dee Janssen, and Amy Greely; Raku by Mike Bryant and Kate Tonguis, Reed Asher's stoneware pottery, and works by Louise Hopson.

Second Saturday Art Parties: on the second Saturday of the month, from noon to 5:00 pm, spotlighting a different artist each month.

 

Arts Council of White Lake
106 E. Colby., Whitehall MI

231-893-2524

 

Bettye Clark-Cannon Gallery,
Hilt Building, Frauenthal Center for the Performing Arts
425 W. Western,
Muskegon

231-722-9750

 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday  

Century Club Center Gallery

356 W. Western, Muskegon

231-571-9101

10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Saturday with later hours of Friday.

City Barn Store
6th and Webster at the Hackley and Hume Site
Muskegon

231-722-0278

Seasonal Hours – May through October, Noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.

Admission is $5 for guests 12 and older, visitors 11 and under are admitted free.

Historic Holiday Tours-Nov 28, 29 5-8 pm;

Nov 30:  Noon to 4 pm.

Dec 12, 13: 5 to 8 pm
Dec 14: 1 to 4 pm
Dec 26, 27: to 8 pm
Dec 28: 1 to 4 pm

The City Barn Store offers unique custom made items including jewelry, clothing, note cards and photographs. Books on local history, children’s educational items and other gift items are also available.

Part of the Lakeshore Museum Center

Colby Street Shops,
106 E Colby,
Whitehall

231-893-1369

 

Miniature furniture display from Stickley Brother's Furniture Co. sample builder, Charles Theodore Payne. Antiquarian books, comic art, animation cels, and comic books.

Dreese Fine Arts and Framing,
8 N. Ferry,
Grand Haven

616-402-4868

dreesefineart@sbcglobal.net

Hours vary, appointments taken.

Fine art and framing

 

Fire Barn,
Clay between Fifth and Sixth Streets
Muskegon

231-722-0278

Seasonal Hours –

May through October, Noon to 4 pm Wednesday through Sunday. 

Historic Holiday Tours-Nov 29, 30 5-8 pm; Dec 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28 and 29:  Noon to 4 pm.

Free admission

Learn about the history of fire fighting in this replica of a 1890s Muskegon Fire Station. A 1923 American LaFrance Pumper Fire Truck is on display along with hose carts, hooks, ladders and photographs of some of the area’s most devastating fires. A display on the second floor depicts the living quarters of the early fire stations. Free admission. During the holidays, visitors will find small gifts and food items which were dropped off to the firefighters by grateful neighbors

Part of the Lakeshore Museum Center

Frauenthal Center for the Performing Arts,

425 W Western Ave #200, Muskegon, MI 49440

(231) 722-9750

Monday-Friday

10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Free admission

 
Gallery Uptown,
201 Washington,
Grand Haven

616-846-5460

Monday - Saturday 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Receptions for all First Friday openings are 5:30 - 8:00 pm

Graffia Gallery,
215 W. Savidge,
Spring Lake

616-844-7006.

 

Artist, Linda Dimitroff.

 

Grand Haven Area Arts Council Building,
421 Columbus,
Grand Haven

616-842-2285

 

 

Hackley and Hume Historic Site,
6th and Webster,
Muskegon

231-722-0278

Seasonal Hours – May through October, Noon to 4 pm Wednesday through Sunday. 

Historic Holiday Tours-Nov 29, 30 5-8 pm; Dec 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28 and 29:  Noon to 4 pm.

Admission $5 for guests 13 and older, visitors 12 and younger are admitted free.

Free admission for moms on Mother’s Day Weekend.

Free admission for all Muskegon County residents during the month of October.

Tours begin in the City Barn where the Museum Store is located. The store offers unique items including jewelry and porcelain collectibles. Books on local history, children’s educational items and other gift items are also available. The store is open during normal tour hours.

The homes of Muskegon’s most famous lumber barons offer guided tours from May to October and Holiday Tours from Thanksgiving to New Year’s. Visitors will tour the lumber barons’ homes and see period decorations and Museum artifacts.

Lavish woodcarvings, outstanding stenciling and glorious stained glass windows greet visitors as they tour the homes. Built in the late 1800s, the homes are furnished in the highest tradition of Victorian Decorative Arts and include original family pieces. The Site is on the National Register of Historic Places and was rated by AAA as “one of Michigan’s best examples of Victorian homes.”

 

Part of the Lakeshore Museum Center

Holton Historical Society,
6511 Holton Whitehall Road,
Holton.

231-821-2773

Saturday - Sunday through October

1:00 - 3:30 pm

 
James Jackson Museum of African American History,
7 Center St
PO Box 3965
Muskegon Heights

231-739-9500

tmcmoaah@aol.com

2-5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday

Embraces local Black History with historical displays and local artists' displays. Exhibits include African American History in Muskegon County, Freedom Now Party of Michigan, Jim Crow, Black Panther Party, Underground Railroad.  Now showing:  “The History of the African American Church in Muskegon County.

Lakeshore Museum Center,
430 W. Clay,
Muskegon

231-722-0278

Weekdays: 9:30 – 4:30

Weekends: Noon to 4 p.m.


FREE ADMISSION

Opening November 22:  Armchair Archaeology:  Amateur archaeologists explored Muskegon County from the 1930s to the 1960s. Working outside of their occupational expertise, these “Armchair Archaeologists” pursued their interest in Native American culture and natural history. A selection of these objects became the core of the Lakeshore Museum Center collection.

“Michigan from the Depths of Time” takes visitors on a 400 million year journey through Michigan in the making in this new permanent exhibit. Experience a prehistoric exploration of plants and animals, an underwater habitat, a swampy forest, the last ice age and the Great Lakes and its fascinating creatures.

“Coming to the Lakes” features a life sized mastodon, trader’s cabin and sawmill. Hand-on opportunities can be found in the Science Center and Body Works.

Collector's Corner:  Hat Pins.  Sept 2, 2014-Mar 8, 2015.  The Collector's Corner exhibit at the Lakeshore Museum Center features the Hat Pin collection of Martha Giacobassi. Hatpins, the decorative yet functional objects that held women's hats in place, have been popular since the 1800s. Styles range from plain and utilitarian to highly decorative and ornate. Hatpins grew in length as women's hat styles grew in size, which meant that some hatpins were well over a foot in length. After injuries and attacks with hat pins began to receive news coverage in the 1910s, laws and ordinances were passed in many states limiting the length of hatpins and requiring that they have covered tips. The collection features 263 hatpins as well as hat pin holders, photos, and hats.

Visit the Muskegon Mercantile in the Museum for a unique shopping experience. Books and videos on local and Michigan history and topics, Lakeshore Museum Center souvenirs, children’s toys and books and jewelry fill the shelves. Museum members receive a 10% discount on their purchases.

Loading Dock Coffee Shop Art Gallery,
101 Columbus,
Grand Haven

616-847-2540

 

Features works by local artists in a variety of visual media.

Loutit District Library
407 Columbus Ave
Grand Haven, MI 49417

616-842-5560

Mon-Thurs 9AM-9PM
Friday 9AM-6PM
Saturday 9AM-5PM
Sunday - School Year 1PM-5PM
Sunday - Summer Closed
 
Musical Fountain
Waterfront Stadium,
Grand Haven

800-303-4097

Open nightly at 9:30 pm from Memorial Day to Labor Day, and December 1 - 24 from 7:00 - 9:00 pm

Musical Fountain

Muskegon Community College, Hendrik Meijer Library

231-777-0324

 

50th Anniversary of the Snurfer’s Invention from Dec. 1-March 31.

The library exhibit features photographs of the World Championship Snurfing competition hosted by MCC, an array of vintage Snurfer boards, clothing and more.

The MCC exhibit is part of a yearlong celebration of the Snurfer’s invention by Muskegon’s Sherman Poppen. The Snurfer was featured this fall in a Travel Channel segment “Granddaddy of Snowboarding” and in the November edition of Michigan History Magazine.

For more information on the other events, contact Ron Pesch at peschstats@comcast.net or at (231) 759-7253.

Muskegon Community College,
Overbrook Art Gallery,
Muskegon

231-777-0324

Monday-Friday

9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Special weekend and evening hours will be held on Dec. 3-6 during performances of “A Civil War Christmas” in the adjacent Overbrook Theater. Call (231) 777-0324 for more information.

A free public reception will be held Thursday, Nov. 20, 6-7:30 p.m., with a gallery talk by the artists at 6:30pm.

An exhibition of 3-D prints and other digital work entitled “Nagas” by Saritdikhun Somasa runs from Jan. 20, 2015 to February 27. The exhibit is linked to the annual MCC Global Awareness Festival, which this year focuses on the Pacific Rim region.

Somasa, a 2-D and 3-D computer graphic artist, was born in Thailand and grew up in a Buddhist environment. For the past 10 years, he has been teaching Digital Arts at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. His focus is in several areas, including digital three-dimensional sculpture, digital animated film, digital image manipulation, and drawing/rendering.

Despite his emphasis on the digital medium, Somasa has evolved some of his work in tangible 3-D forms using a 3-D printer and laser cutting. This particular work is composed with multiple models depicting from Buddhist folklore focusing on Nagas (serpents) and how they are related to Buddhism.
“I am interested in a precision of computational generated forms. The combination of software and hardware, allow me to create the complex virtual sculptures that can be generated into the actual objects.” explained Somosa.

Muskegon Heritage Museum,
561 W Western,
Muskegon

231-722-1363

Fridays and Saturdays from Mid-May to Mid-October 11 am to 4 pm


Fridays Memorial Day to Labor Day  11 am to 4 pm


Admission:  $4.00 for adults, $2.00 for students, children under 5 are free.  Muskegon Heritage Association members and their families are free.

The Muskegon Heritage Museum focus is on the industries that made Muskegon a manufacturing center for more than 100 years.  Preserving that industrial heritage as well as presenting  information about the historic homes and buildings in Muskegon are the features of the museum.  There is a working Corliss Valve steam engine which runs an antique line shaft and machine shop, a vintage printshop, and exhibits about the foundries, patternmakers, Muskegon Brewery, Stuart Hartshorn Roller Shade Company,  the Occidental Hotel and  Sappi Paper MIll to list just a few. Check out the web site at www.muskegonheritage.org for more information and photos.  Group tours for students and adults are available upon request.  The museum is located across from the Amazon Building and is in Heritage Village.  A walking tour of Heritage Village and the historic homes is available at the museum.  The museum has just undergone a complete renovation of the exhibits and an expansion so there are many new features and exhibits.  The museum is run completely by volunteers and is funded through MHA memberships, donations, grants and admissions.  Check out this  museum of Muskegon's fascinating history.

 

Muskegon Museum of Art,
296 W Webster,
Muskegon

231-720-2570

Sunday: Noon - 4:30 pm

Wednesday: 10 am - 4:30 pm

Thursday: 10 am - 8 pm

Friday - Saturday: 10 am - 4:30 pm

Closed Monday  & Tuesday

(Open Tues. & Thur. 10--6, June 1 through Labor Day)


MUSEUM ADMISSION: Adults $5

Ages 17 & under Free

Students with I.D. Free

MMA Members Free

Additional admission may be charged for special exhibitions.

November 6, 2014 thru February 15, 2015.
JAPANESE WARRIORS: Robots from the Warren Schwartz Collection
Michael and Kay Olthoff/Thelma and Paul Wiener Gallery
This exhibition showcases selected robots from Schwartz’s collection of over 1,000 pieces produced from 1972 to 1982, during the peak of these action figures’ popularity. His collection features models from the Japanese television series Astro Mu, Captain Ultra, Fang of the Sun Dougram, Ganbare!! Robocon, Ganbaron the Tiny Superman, Mazinger Z, Robodachi, Space Dragon Gaiking, and several others. Schwartz’s collection has been featured in publications like Super7, a magazine for Japanese animation enthusiasts, and the book Super #1 Robot (Chronicle Books, 2005). Support provided by Cinema Carousel.

November 6, 2014 – January 26, 2015
JAPANESE TRADITIONS
Alcoa Foundation/Ernest and Marjorie Cooper Gallery
Japanese Traditions features the art of Japan in a wide array of eras, media, and subject matter, all pulled from the MMA’s permanent collection. Woodblock prints of the 18th and 19th centuries will be seen along with prints from the 20th, revealing both a continuity and transformation from the past. 19th and 20th century ceramics, decorative arts, and works of contemporary glass are also highlighted. Japanese Traditions provides deeper perspective into the cultural and artistic origins of the robot collection on display in Japanese Warriors: Robots from the Warren Schwartz Collection.

Branching Out: Michigan Woodworkers December 11, 2014 through February 8, 2015 Branching Out features the art of Michigan artists who work in wood. Sculpture, fine furniture, and craft objects will be on display, highlighting the range of techniques and forms these artists are incorporating to create their pieces.

Wood is a versatile medium, readily shaped and assembled into myriad forms. It can be left raw and natural, stained and varnished, or painted, allowing for a range of expressive possibilities. Wood can appear soft or hard, heavy or weightless, dense or translucent. It is this versatility and beauty of the wood medium has attracted artists for centuries.

The artists in Branching Out were selected based on their history of producing creative and expressive works of art in wood. All live and work in Michigan, providing guests an opportunity to explore the diversity of our State’s fine art community.

Branching Out is part of the MMA’s ongoing Made in Michigan Artist Series, a commitment to supporting and exhibiting the work of Michigan artists.

Branching Out is underwritten by the Van Kampen Boyer Molinari Foundation. Media Sponsor is Blue Lake Public Radio.

The Essential Elijah Pierce.  December 11, 2014 through February 8, 2015. The MMA presents The Essential Elijah Pierce, an exhibition of more than 40 woodcarvings by African American carver, barber, and lay preacher Elijah Pierce (1892-1984). The narrative carvings are drawn from the collections of the Columbus Museum of Art, Ohio, whose holdings of the self-taught artist’s prolific output are the most comprehensive in the country.

Pierce, who was born on a cotton plantation in Baldwyn, Mississippi, spent most of his adult life in Columbus. His carvings are hailed as important additions to the history of American folk art and to the larger story of American art as a whole. A master storyteller, Pierce often worked this phrase into his pieces: “Your life is a book and every day is a page.” His “sermons in wood”—religious themes, moral lessons, and secular subjects—all share this philosophy: we are given a clean page every day upon which to “write” our lives.

The Essential Elijah Pierce marks the first time in 20 years that the Columbus Museum of Art has organized an in-depth study of Pierce’s work. It builds upon Columbus’s seminal 1993 exhibition, Elijah Pierce, Woodcarver, which was organized in part by Jane Connell, at that time a member of Columbus’s curatorial staff, and today the MMA’s Director of Collections and Exhibitions/Senior Curator.

Belinda the Ballerina and Friends: The Illustrations of Amy Young
February 5 through April 26, 2015
Muskegon Museum of Art Alcoa Foundation & Ernest and Marjorie Cooper Gallery

Big-footed ballerinas, dogs on boats, and mud fairies are just a few of the characters that Amy Young has brought to life through her stories and bright, colorful book illustrations. This exhibition features original artwork she created for the popular children’s book Belinda the Ballerina and other books that Young has written and illustrated.

Young was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and says from a young age she remembers wanting to be an artist. She earned her BA at Yale University, her MFA in painting from Indiana University, and a Harvard law degree. After practicing law for seven years, she found herself drawn back to making art. Her first picture book, Belinda the Ballerina, which she wrote and illustrated, was published by Viking in 2003. She continues to write and illustrate children’s books from her home in Spring Lake, Michigan.

Beginning February 19, 2015 and running through May 3rd, the Muskegon Museum of Art will host The Art of the Brick®, an exhibition featuring large-scale sculptures created out of iconic LEGO® bricks by New York based artist Nathan Sawaya.

The exhibition has proved to be very popular with audiences as it has toured the globe. “This year alone, we’ve visited Ireland, South Africa, and Amsterdam,” said Sawaya. “We are thrilled to be bringing this collection to Muskegon.”

Like most young kids, Sawaya started playing with LEGO at a young age. But unlike most kids, Sawaya never stopped building, creating and exploring his own imagination. The result has solidified his place in pop culture history and he is making an indelible mark on the art world as well. The award-winning artist has catapulted the iconic LEGO brick into an art medium all its own, transforming this construction toy into awe-inspiring and thought provoking sculptures. The centerpiece of Sawaya’s collection of sculptures, as well as arguably his most famous piece of artwork, is entitled Yellow, a LEGO torso of a man ripping open his chest while yellow plastic bricks cascade out of the open chest cavity. Sawaya has made a name for himself by creating out of LEGO exacting replicas of the human form in various states of emotion, including anger, love, depression and joy.

Concurrently on display at Muskegon Museum of Art for the run of the exhibition will be Sawaya's unique multimedia collaboration with award-winning Australian photographer Dean West, entitled IN PIECES. The two artists spent years traveling and working together to blend their crafts resulting in the IN PIECES collection of visually stunning hyper realistic images that are exhibited with corresponding and complimentary three dimensional LEGO sculptures.

“I use LEGO bricks as my medium because I enjoy seeing people’s reactions to artwork created from something with which they are familiar. Everyone can relate to it since it is a toy that many children have at home. I want to elevate this simple plaything to a place that it has never been before. I want to elevate this simple plaything to a place it has never been before. I also appreciate the cleanliness of the medium. The right angles. The distinct lines. As so often in life, it is a matter of perspective. Up close, the shape of the brick is distinctive. But from a distance, those right angles and distinct lines change to curves,” Sawaya said.

Muskegon Railroad Historical Society,
561 W Western,
Muskegon

231-773-6411

 

Features a pictorial history of Muskegon railroading on the walls and three operating model-train layouts including a Polar Express train. Children of all ages welcome. Free admission.

Norton Shores Branch of the Muskegon Area District Library
705 Seminole

231-780-8844

   
Nuveen Community Center for the Arts

106 E. Colby Street
Whitehall

231-894-2787

Tuesday – Friday:
Noon – 6 pm

 

 

Red Lotus Gallery,
356 W. Western, Muskegon
Muskegon, MI 49441

231-206-0426

Sun-Tues Closed
Wed-Fri  10 am – 6 pm
Sat 10 am – 4 pm
Showing in January:  New works from artists Ruth Bolles, Bill Randall, and Carol Bartos

 

 

 

Sochon and Halona Pottery,
4200 Obenauf,
Twin Lake

231-821-0850
Shppottery4200@aol.com

 

Pottery and woodworking by Flynn Sochon and Halona Gustin.

SS. Milwaukee Clipper,
Lakeshore Drive at McCracken St.,
Muskegon

231-755-8066 or 231-722-2538

Open May through September

Saturday and Sunday

1:00 - 5:00 pm

Admission is $7 for adults and $5 for students and free for children 5 and under.

Oldest and only surviving American Great Lakes passenger ship. It was rebuilt and redesigned in 1940 by marine naval architect George Sharp of New York and today harbors the world's most complete Art Deco collection of Warren McArthur furniture.

Private tours can be arranged.

Scolnik House,
540 W Clay,
Muskegon

231-722-0278

Seasonal Hours:

May through October, Noon to 4 pm Wednesday through Sunday.

Historic Holiday Tours-Nov 29, 30 5-8 pm; Dec 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28 and 29:  Noon to 4 pm.

Admission at the Scolnik House is free.

The Scolnik House tells the story of families living in Muskegon during the Great Depression. Guests can listen in on a party line conversation, hear radio programs from the period and learn about how families made do during the important time in American history. During the Holidays, simple decorations show how families may have celebrated during the Great Depression.

Part of the Lakeshore Museum Center  .

Tri-Cities Historical Museum,
1 N Harbor,
Grand Haven

616-842-0700

 

Feature maritime history, period living, and historic time line displays hightlighting the earliest beginnings of the Tri-Cities area.

USS LST 393
Mart Dock,
Fourth Street,
Muskegon

231-722-4730 or 231-730-1477

Open May to October

Sunday-Saturday


10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Tours are $8 for adults and $5 for students. Family rates available. The LST was used during World War II and the Allied invasion at Normandy, France.

D-Day exhibit honors all the veterans who embarked upon the largest seaborne invasion in history, especially the 29 men from Muskegon, 12 of whom would not survive the battle. This exhibit takes you on a visual journey through the various stages of that great crusade, beginning with profiles of the various leaders of the Allied Forces and the planning it took to make the invasion possible. Other highlights include an in-depth look at the airborne invasion, a profile of the five landing beaches and a look at the aftermath and casualties suffered.

USS Silversides Submarine Museum,
1346 Bluff,
Muskegon

231-755-1230

Hours for Sept-May
Sun-Thurs: 10 am- 4 pm
Fri-Sat: 10 am-5:30 pm

Tickets for the combined tours of the submarine Silversides and US Coast Guard Cutter McLane are $8.50 for adults, $7.50 for senior citizens 62 years and older, $7.50 for students 12-18 years old and $6.50 for children 5-11 years old.

 

Features tours of the USS Silversides submarine and the former US Coast Guard Cutter McLane. 

Civil Air Patrol Exhibit: The Civil Air Patrol was created in December of 1941, one week before Pearl Harbor. The CAP brought together a group of dedicated volunteers to form one organized unit that helped defend our coast lines from the Germans and the Japanese. During WWII, CAP pilots flew more than one-half million hours, rescued hundreds of crash survivors
and were credited with sinking two enemy submarines. Since then the CAP has helped defend our national interests through all kinds of dangers including being the only private agency allowed to fly when the skies went silent after 9/11.

Nov 17-Feb 22:  The US Army Nurse Corps in WWII:  We Didn't Do Anything! Or so they said. The nurses who served in WWII did not consider themselves heroes as the term is customarily used. The exhibit at the Silversides Museum will describe their accomplishments and sacrifices using video, posters, slogans uniforms and more to inform the visitor

 

White River Gallery,
106 E. Colby Street
Whitehall

231-894-8659

Wednesday-Friday  10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.,

Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Sunday Noon - 4 p.m.