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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

 

January 5- February 27, 2016: Taylor Overbey: Religion & Politics

March 1-April 2:  16th Annual Change of Seasons.

May 3-June 25:  In the Abstract:  Candace Law

June 28 - July 23:  Micro: Take another look at Photography

July 26 - Aug 27:  Our Town:  A Community Plein Air Exhibition

Aug 30 - Oct 15:  Tales Untold:  Kat VanderWeele

 

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

231-332-4102

 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday Through Feb 29:  Women to Watch-2016 Art Exhibition  
City Barn Store
6th and Webster at the Hackley and Hume Site
Muskegon

231-722-0278

Seasonal Hours – May through October, 10 am to 4 pm Thursday through Monday (1-4 on Sundays).

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

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, 10 am to 4 pm Thursday through Monday (1-4 on Sundays).

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

Fire Barn Gallery
18 North 5th St
Grand Haven

917.572.0175

Wed: 12:00 - 6:00 pm
Fri - Sat: 12:00 - 6:00 pm
 

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

February 5: 19th Annual Winter Arts Festival

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 - 10 am to 4 pm
Thursday through Monday (Sunday 1 - 4 pm)

Holiday Tours:
December 26 – 4 to 8 pm,
December 27 – 1 to 4 pm.

Admission $7 for adults and teens, $5 for 65 and older, visitors 12 and younger are admitted free.

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, books on local history, children’s educational items, and more.
 

The homes of Muskegon’s most well-known lumber barons offer guided tours from May to October and Holiday Tours on Thanksgiving and Christmas weekends. 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 MI 49440

231-722-0278

November – April:
Weekdays: 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Saturday: Noon to 4 pm.

May - October:
10 am to 4 pm

FREE ADMISSION
 

Through January 29:  “Storytelling Through the Mail: Tall Tale Postcards” features over 80 examples of “tall tale” postcards from around the United States which demonstrate a unique form of popular humor dating back to the early 20th century. Other items in the exhibit include taxidermy specimens, newspaper cartoons and magazine covers, all of which help to tell the story of the tall tale postcard. The exhibit is on loan from the Michigan State University Museum.

“Michigan through the Depths of Time” takes visitors on a 400 million year journey through Michigan in the making. 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, fur trader’s cabin, and sawmill. Hands-on opportunities can be found in the Science Center and Body Works.


Visit the Muskegon Store 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.

Michigan's Heritage Park
8637 N Durham Rd
Whitehall, MI 49461

231-722-0278

Open May through October

Explore 10,000 years of Michigan history in a natural woodland setting. Visitors will walk along a half-mile paved trail through the woods and enjoy seven historic stops along the way. The park includes a Native American Wigwam Village, Fur Traders Post, Civil War Camp, Logging Shanty, 1900s farmhouse and more. A site of the Lakeshore Museum Center.

Part of the Lakeshore Museum Center

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

   
Muskegon Community College,
Overbrook Art Gallery,
Muskegon

231-777-0324

Monday-Friday

9:00 am - 4:00 pm

 

Muskegon Heritage Museum,
561 W Western,
Muskegon

231-722-1363

Thursdays through Saturdays from Mid-May to Mid-October 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.

New exhibit:  Shaw-Walker Co.

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 is run completely by volunteers and is funded through MHA memberships, donations, grants and admissions.

Muskegon Museum of Art,
296 W Webster,
Muskegon

231-720-2570

Sunday: Noon - 5 pm

Tues-Wed: 11 am - 5 pm

Thursday: 11 am - 8 pm

Friday - Saturday: 11 am - 5 pm

Closed Monday


MUSEUM ADMISSION: Adults $5

Ages 17 & under Free

Students with I.D. Free

MMA Members Free

Additional admission may be charged for special exhibitions.

Through April 2016: Avian Avatars
The Muskegon Museum of Art presents Avian Avatars, a public art installation designed by The Myth Makers, artists Donna Dodson and Andy Moerlein. The project consists of five bird sculptures, 18 to 26 feet tall, which are crafted from maple saplings, wire ties, and found objects. Each of the sculptures has been installed in a different downtown Muskegon location and will be on display through April 2016. The Avatars can be seen at the Muskegon Museum of Art, the Lakeshore Museum Center, the Muskegon Convention and Visitors Center, the Hines/Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce Building, and the Muskegon Farmers’ Market.


January 18 through April 17, 2016 

I, Too, Am America: The Art of Bryan Collier from January 18 through April 17, 2016. Each year, during the span between winter and spring, the MMA presents the work of a renowned book illustrator. This year’s exhibition features 15 original large scale illustrations created by Bryan Collier for the picture book, I, Too, Am America, written by Langston Hughes. The exhibition offers opportunities to celebrate African American History Month in February and March Reading Month and is part of the MMA’s Finding Common Ground African American art program series. Bryan Collier will talk give a lecture about his life and career at the MMA on Thursday, March 10 at 7:00 pm.

Collier graduated from the Pratt Institute and is the former Program Director at the Harlem Horizon Institute. His many books have earned accolades that include the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award, Caldecott Medal, and the Jane Addams’ Children’s Book Award. He has also been nominated for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Children’s Literary Work. Today Bryan spends his time working on his book illustrations, creating his own studio pieces, and going into classrooms to talk with teachers, librarians, and students about books and art. “I get so much from those school visits. With the books I’ve been doing, I have this amazing opportunity to bring my art and the process of making artwork and books into the classroom. I ask the students to talk to me and talk to each other about how they feel and what their own experiences are. Basically I ask them to tell their own story. Then I ask them to tell their own story through art.”
“The experience of making art is all about making decisions. Once the kids really get that, you see them making the connection. They go from saying, ‘That’s not about me’ to ‘Hey. Look at me. This is who I am.’”
I, Too, Am America is underwritten by the Folkert Family Foundation and made possible in part by the Michigan Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Additional support is provided by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs with the National Endowment for the Arts.

December 10 through March 20, 2016
COMMON GROUND: African American Art from the Flint Institute of Arts, the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, and the Muskegon Museum of Art
The Flint Institute of Arts, the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, and the Muskegon Museum of Art are three of the most prestigious art museums in Michigan. While each institution is distinguished by its own unique holdings, collecting strengths shared in common inspired this collaboration, the exhibition Common Ground.

Common Ground celebrates our museums’ mutual dedication to collect works by African American artists. From an astounding corpus of nearly 400 works, 60 paintings, sculpture, and works on paper were selected. Dating from the 19th century to the present, they chronicle a cultural journey of nearly 200 years. The exhibition is organized into five themes: Gaining Access, New Self-Awareness, Political and Social Expressions, Examining Identities, and Towards Abstraction. These themes provide a broad overview of the history of African American art, from the talent and determination of the earliest artists who overcame daunting social challenges to internationally acclaimed work by leading contemporary artists.

Legendary African American artists, including Henry Ossawa Tanner, Elizabeth Catlett, Charles White, and Jacob Lawrence, are represented in Common Ground. Several Michigan artists are also represented—among them Hughie Lee-Smith, Richard Hunt, Charles McGee, and Senghor Reid.

The Muskegon presentation of Common Ground incorporates additional examples of African American art from our collections, further demonstrating home pride in the MMA’s treasures and our contribution to the cultural legacy of the City of Muskegon and West Michigan as a whole.

February 4 – 18, 2016
Postcard Salon Exhibition, Reception & Sale
The MMA’s popular Postcard Salon returns in 2016 with the opportunity to view hundreds of small-scale artworks by artists throughout the region, starting February 4. The short exhibition ends with a free Postcard Salon reception and sale on February 18. The reception starts at 5:30 pm with complimentary refreshments and a cash bar. Starting at 7:00 pm that night, guests can buy the artworks for $30 each. The Postcard Salon is sponsored by G&L Greek Chili Dogs and WGVU Public Media.

Native Visions: Indian Painting of the Southwest, 1920s-1940s, from the Collection of Charlotte Mittler will open at the Muskegon Museum of Art on March 3, 2016.

Variously described as modernist and Native American art, Indian easel painting is a unique and indigenous art form of the 20th century. To enrich our experience in viewing and appreciating this distinctive American Southwest painting tradition, Bruce Bernstein will explore its histories, contexts, and artists. Discover this intriguing, beautiful, and relatively unknown art form as exemplified by works from the Charlotte Mittler collection.

Indian easel painting is a unique and indigenous art form of the 20th century. Native Visions comprises 35 works from this distinctive painting tradition—dance, hunt, and game themes rendered in gouache and watercolor and pictured in a naturalistic flat-art style. Some of the most revered artists from the Rio Grande, Hopi, and Navajo (Diné) Pueblos are represented in the exhibition, among them Crescencio Martinez, Fred Kabotie, Tonita Peña, and Velino Shije Herrera.

The formative years of these principally self-trained artists were shaped by aggressive reform, in the 1920s, from the assimilation policies of the Bureau of Indian Affairs imposed upon Indian children attending government-run boarding schools, to the wide acceptance of progressive principles that were incorporated into Indian education by the 1930s. As a result, young students, unexposed to formal art training, were encouraged to express their Native identity freely. The Studio of the Santa Fe Indian School, begun in 1932, was a major force in bringing American Indian painting to national and worldwide attention. The Studio’s first director, Art Institute of Chicago graduate Dorothy Dunn, codified “traditional modernism,” that preserved, through painting style and iconography, ancient visual traditions and contemporary Pueblo worldviews. Many of the artists in Native Visions attended the Studio School and emerged to critical acclaim.

Native Visions was organized in cooperation with Charlotte Mittler of Three Rivers, Michigan. The Mittler Collection comprises Pueblo paintings from southwest tribal areas that were created by students of the Santa Fe Indian School and by independent painters who pioneered Santa Fe’s modern Indian art movement in the first decades of the 20th century. The collection is one of the most extensive holdings of Native American easel painting in private hands. MMA Sr. Curator Jane Connell comments that it is “of great import and pride to the MMA to develop exhibitions drawn from the rich trove of art found in Michigan collections.”

The exhibition is underwritten by Hines Corporation. Co-sponsors are Frontier Communication and Legacy Trust. The media sponsor is Blue Lake Public Radio. Additional support is provided by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Arts.

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.

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

 

 

Sochon and Halona Pottery,
4200 Obenauf,
Twin Lake

231-821-0850
Shppottery4200@aol.com

 

Pottery and woodworking by Flynn Sochon and Halona Gustin.

S. S. 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 MI 49440

231-722-0278

Seasonal Hours – May through October, 10 am to 4 pm Thursday through Monday (1-4 on Sundays).

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.

South Pier Head Lighthouse
Beach Street
Muskegon, MI 49440

231-722-3751

Seasonal Hours-Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Monday, Tuesday, and Saturday, 10 am - 2 pm

Adults $4 and children 12 and under $2.

Come join us in climbing the lighthouse down by Muskegon shoreline, and learn about the history of the lights. Children must be 3 ft to climb.  Wear sturdy shoes. Can't wait to see you there! :)
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. 


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.